Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Render Unto Caesar
But do I have to render so damn much?

Yesterday's post on gas prices (and Former Altar Boy's combox comment) got me thinking about taxes.

I paid taxes up-front when I purchased my refrigerator, washer & dryer, clothes, furniture, tools, etc.

I paid taxes up-front when I purchased my home, truck, and car. But for some odd reason, I also have to pay taxes on those same items on a yearly basis. Hmmmm...

That got me to thinking ---

I pay taxes when I buy a gasoline. I pay taxes every month for having a telephone. I pay taxes every month for having electricity in my house. Gas, phone, and electricity? You gotta be yankin' me!!??

But did things get worse the more I thought about it? Damn right they did!

I pay a tax for the money I have saved. I pay a tax for the profit I made on my investing in mutual funds. I have to pay the government because I'm fiscally sound?

I pay a sewer tax, hence, for the privilege of flushing human waste down the toilet, I have to pay a tax. Oh, and I pay a tax on the toilet paper, too. So for defecating and exercising personal hygiene, I have to pay the government?

And just when I couldn't think the government couldn't possibly be more arrogant, I realized that I'm taxed for the food I eat and the water I drink. Back the truck up... I have to pay the government just to eat and drink so I can LIVE?

Doesn't the Mafia do the same thing? I think it's called extortion.


Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

I am no good at economics, but I wonder if we put a tarrif on all good's comming in from China, even a tiny one, we could really cut taxes. China after all NEEDS to sell stuff to us, if we were charging them a bit to unload their ships hear I'd think that would be great.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...


Are you just now figuring out the fact that we are being fleeced?

You know, the colonials rebelled against their legitimate sovereign (ostensibly) over a tax on tea.

We have, depending on one's income level, about a 50% taxation rate, all things considered.

I'm not preaching rebellion. I am a Catholic and a loyal American patriot and nationalist. Render unto Caesar, and all that.

I'm just pointing out apparent inconsistencies.

Semper fidelis.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I've known that for quite some time now. I just thought myposting style would be a lot wittier than "gee, I'm now realizing that I've been getting screwed for decades now".

KnowwhatImean, Verne?


10:54 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

...and Our Gummint has a LOT MORE GUNS than the Mafia ever did...

2:02 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...


Looks to me as though you have been rendered FOR Caesar...

3:17 PM  

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