Tax Day is upon us

Tax Day has arrived and it’s snowing outside, which can’t be a coincidence. I have no idea what that means, but it seems appropriate.

Did everybody get their taxes filed on time? Just think, right now, all the rich libs who spend the rest of the year saying wealthy people should pay more in taxes are holding guns to the heads of their accountants and ordering them to eke out every possible last-minute deduction.

Below is a column I wrote in 2006 about this annual occasion.


Tax Day Blues

Today is the day when the tax returns of all hard-working citizens of the United States need to be in the mail. Many of us are so busy in our daily lives that we never consider what is involved in this behemoth of a tax system, but the implications of “Tax Day” deserve further exploration. How did this come about, and where is it headed?

Since the dawn of man, we have been filled with a motivation to move forward. We’re wondrous creatures in our adaptability and ingenuity. We’ve discovered fire, tools, the wheel, medicine, television, space travel, automatic garage door openers, disco and abdominizers. Seven out of nine isn’t bad.

Through all those thousands of years we’ve been pushing our intellects to become a better, more efficient civilization. With the exception of certain alleged sitcoms and politicians who treat the public teat like a rottweiler’s chew toy, we have.

Amidst all these changes, however, remains an urge in many of us that still tugs at the core of our biological makeup, just as it did a thousand years ago. Many of us, through the thousands of years gone by, have shaken this yearning, but for others it’s an urge that’s so overwhelming that they have stopped fighting it and now act upon it, all nice and legal like, thanks to the laws for which this Tax Day is symbolic. That lust is: “How can I get my hands on some of their stuff?”

Cave dwellers asked themselves that question, and if they didn’t get what they wanted, they used their clubs to achieve those ends. These days, with obvious exceptions, human beings are far more civilized. Now, when people ask themselves how they can get their hands on the stuff of others, they simply get elected to Congress – then hire people to wield the club.

Of course, Congress won’t take your stuff directly. If they did, we wouldn’t be paying nearly as much in taxes, mainly because “self-imposed term limits” will never be in a politician’s lexicon.

Enter the Internal Revenue Service, which gives politicians the ability to commit crimes without leaving any fingerprints on the gun, and demonstrates for us the single component that separates modern man from primitive man: Subcontracted coercion.

On this Tax Day, we’re writing checks to the government for any taxes due, or awaiting a check in return for any overpayment. Some of us get excited about a tax return, but if we lent our Mercedes to a friend, and months later all we got back was a tire, a door and a windshield wiper, would be giddy about our “Benz return”?

Paying taxes wasn’t always such a treacherous and confiscatory undertaking. For a long time, this country was run on very limited funds. Up until the early 1800s, the government was operated purely on internal sales taxes and revenue from a gigantic powdered wig and red-coat closeout sale. Then in 1817, the government got rid of internal taxes and functioned mostly on tariffs on imported goods. Can you imagine running this bloated monster of a federal government solely on import taxes imposed on sneakers and gag gifts?

We were created with the ability to create. All this is evidenced in the brilliance of many of our finest moments, from medicine to art to science, but that all came to an end with the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913. The amendment gave Congress legal authority to tax income. The kids finally found the key to the Founding Fathers’ liquor cabinet.

Much of the creative energy that should be focused on curing disease, designing grand buildings, composing music, and exploring the farthest reaches of the universe, now goes into trying to figure out a way to write off our lawnmower as a dependent.

Will the 16th Amendment ever be repealed? This may mean that the tax collector would have to be sent to our homes to collect, and we’d actually see how much money is going out the door. The government knows this, which is why they would repeal the Second Amendment before even considering repealing the 16th. In other words, keep filling out those tax forms. We’re in it for the long haul.

On this day, America’s biggest homework assignment of the year is due. The government chose the middle of April because in the springtime, as our fancy turns to other things, we may be too busy to notice that our pockets are being picked. Even if we do notice, the politicians hope we’ve forgotten about it by the first Tuesday in November.

Sunday flashback quiz: Gores, Clintons and marital longevity

If you were shown this picture in 1992 and asked “over 20 years from now, which one of these couples will still be married,” what would your answer have been?

I probably would have gone with “the Clintons.” Tipper had no political aspirations (other than slapping warning labels on Twisted Sister albums) whereas Hillary could have caught Bill with a bevy of college cheerleaders (probably has for all I know) and she couldn’t have severed ties with him if she wanted to get anywhere politically.

Somehow the libs not only view that as a wonderful qualification for the presidency, but also consider Hillary a beacon of feminism.

Aerial footage of the revolution will not be televised: FAA declares no-fly zone over Bundy Ranch area; Update: Standoff over, for now

Instead of just backing off and letting things cool off a little, the feds continue to pour gas on the situation in Nevada.

The fact that they’ve now declared the area a no-fly zone (and as such off limits to media helicopters and such) doesn’t exactly mean they’re planning to stand down. Probably quite the opposite:

An intense showdown in the state of Nevada between a family of ranchers and federal agents continues to escalate after a longstanding land dispute two decades in the making came to a head earlier this month.

As RT reported earlier this week, hundreds of armed agents with the United States Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have descended on the Clark County, Nevada ranch of 67-year-old Cliven Bundy to execute the court-ordered confiscation of nearly 1,000 cattle, according to his family, which the US government says have trespassed on federal property.

The Washington Free Beacon newspaper reported on Monday this week that 234 of the 908 cattle had been wrangled up by government agents and their contractors, and news of the dispute has since further propelled the story into the national spotlight.

According to a notice posted by the Federal Aviation Administration a no-fly zone was enacted for a 3-square-mile area around the site of the Bundy’s ranch.

The no-fly zone is in effect until May 11th, which makes me wonder what the government has scheduled for May 10th.

It’s too bad Bundy isn’t an illegal alien — Eric Holder himself might even be out there supporting him.

Update: Corrected the spelling of “aerial” in the title. That’s what I get for posting in a hurry!

Update II:

Well I’ll be darned. The feds, in spite of every indication they were about to go full Janet Reno on the Bundy family, have backed off and left. Bundy can now look forward to a series of continued strongly worded letters from the government.

If they come for him later on, they’ll do it quickly and in the middle of the night so there’s no opportunity for protests to form.

Heh: GOP Rep. passes on questioning Eric Holder because average citizen ‘would be in jail’ by now

In general, government officials often emerged unscathed for things that average Americans would go to jail for, but Eric Holder is a towering example among examples.

At a hearing yesterday, Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold spoke a simple truth:

“I’m committed to maintaining the constitutional balance of power and the authority this branch, this legislative branch, has,” Farenthold said. “And I just don’t think it’s appropriate that Mr. Holder be here.”

“If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department subpoenas, they would be in jail, not testifying,” he noted. “But I realize there are questions to be asked, and I’ll yield the remainder of my time to [South Carolina Republican congressman] Trey Gowdy.”

At the same hearing, Holder lashed out at Rep. Louie Gohmert for suggesting Holder doesn’t take the House’s 2012 contempt vote seriously: “You don’t want to go there buddy!”

Whenever Holder says “you don’t want to go there,” somebody should go there.

Oh great: Ted Kennedy Jr. trying to get into politics

Just as I was starting to enjoy a diminishing number of Kennedys in political office (though of course the Kennedys don’t like that at all), Ted Jr. comes along to try and ruin things:

Ted Kennedy Jr. is planning to run for the state Senate in Connecticut.

Two people briefed on the decision say the son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce Tuesday that he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the state’s 12th District. They spoke on condition of anonymity because Kennedy wants to make the announcement.

Kennedy is a 52-year-old health care lawyer who lives in Branford, a coastal town outside New Haven, and has been mentioned as a possible political candidate for years. He had said last month he was considering running for the seat.

Suggested campaign slogan for Jr.: “In spite of my lineage, I’ll get you all the way across!”

Does anybody really think a Kennedy believes “state Senate” to be worthy of the name? The Washington Post notes:

Ultimately, he has apparently chosen a rather low-profile entree into elective politics — at least, by his family’s standards.

Kennedy Jr. has zero elective office experience, so he probably figured he should spend a few months wearing a paper trainee hat in state office before running for U.S. Congress. After all, pop had “U.S. Senator” engraved on his silver spoon 20 years ago, so it has to happen.

In 2009, Ted Jr., after being asked if he’d decided to run for Congress, said “I haven’t crossed that bridge yet.” No, seriously.

Taxpayer response to Rep. Jim Moran’s request for a congressional pay raise

Democrat Rep. Jim Moran recently said that members of Congress can’t afford to live “decently” on their $174,000 a year salaries and deserve a raise. Fine then, go find a different job in the private sector that will pay more money to useless tools who don’t know how to do anything except pile on debt and screw things up. Good luck with that.

In the meantime, taxpayers respond to Rep. Moran’s request accordingly (language warning):

Susan Rice recommends more diverse U.S. diplomats who ‘look like the world’… and don’t question talking points

Creating a more effective diplomatic corps through platitudes:

No mention of a necessity for competence, honesty or integrity, and for good reason.

Obama administration ‘Champion of Change’ indicted for immigration fraud

A woman named Bonnie Youn has been indicted on three criminal charge counts in a U.S. District Court in Georgia:

The first indictment count alleges Youn committed perjury with regard to an alien illegally in the United States. The second indictment count alleges that Youn violated a federal immigration law that prohibits bringing illegal aliens into the United States and harboring them, alleging she did so “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.” The third indictment count alleges Youn illegally tampered with witness testimony, specifically alleging she influenced the illegal alien—whose identity is kept anonymous in the indictment—to provide false information about employment in the United States to federal agents.

Rather unsurprisingly, Youn is an Obama administration “Champion of Change.”

Many, many hours after the indictments, this is still up at the White House website:

Just because she’s been indicted doesn’t mean she’s still not a “champion” to this administration.

Fort Hood: Think about it…

The man who went on a murderous rampage at Fort Hood was on the loose for 15 to 20 minutes before a military policewoman confronted him.

Fifteen to 20 minutes running around shooting people without being stopped. On a U.S. military base — full of disarmed soldiers.

Can you imagine what kind of carnage would ensue if somebody were able to pull off a coordinated attack involving several gunmen at a base because of the ridiculous PC gun regs at U.S. military installations?

Last night I read some comments from people on lockdown at Fort Hood, and a couple of them said they felt safer and less helpless in Afghanistan than they do when they’re at Fort Hood. And no, Piers Morgan, they don’t feel less safe because others might have a gun. They feel less safe because they’ve been stripped of theirs.