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WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374

At first I thought this was funny...then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land,

Tax his bed,

Tax the table

At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,

Tax his mule,

Teach him taxes

Are the rule.

Tax his work,

Tax his pay,

He works for peanuts


Tax his cow,

Tax his goat,

Tax his pants,

Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,

Tax his shirt,

Tax his work,

Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,

Tax his drink,

Tax him if he

Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,

Tax his beers,

If he cries

Tax his tears.

Tax his car,

Tax his gas,

Find other ways

To tax his ass.

Tax all he has

Then let him know

That you won't be done

Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,

Then tax him more,

Tax him till

He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,

Tax his grave,

Tax the sod in

Which he's laid.

Put these words

Upon his tomb,

'Taxes drove me to my doom...'

When he's gone,

Do not relax,

It's time to apply

The inheritance tax.

Think about this list of taxes:

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Excise Taxes

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)

Gross Receipts Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Personal Property Tax

Privilege Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Tax

So Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax

Sales Tax

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Un employment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge Tax

Use Tax

Utility Taxes

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft Registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the Most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the World, and mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the world happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to 'press 1' for English?? &@*#+%$ (expletive)

I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times!!!!!

expatriate's picture
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3206

Ah, but back then we had unemployment, people without health care, poverty. etc. All those taxes made it possible to spend trillions of dollars to...still have the same problems.

Joined: 07/29/2008
Posts: 723


Largest ecomomy in 1900 don't know how one would measure prosperity.

National debt was six times larger in inflation adjusted dollars 59 trillion than we have today.

Income tax begun just after civil war as i remember. 140 years ago.

I see you like women in their place, 100 years ago they couldn't vote. you would have loved that.


Tell you the truth I'm not sure how to take it. I'm a little too caustic sometimes so I'm trying to be nice, but you might want to check things out a little before believing them. Sometimes if things sound a little weird..... maybe they are.

Location: California
Joined: 09/06/2008
Posts: 1066

I must applaud your efforts of late to be civil in disagreeing with others. It has not gone unnoticed. Thank you. Now having said that the above is simply a humerous poem, written to illustrate the ridiculous tax burden the American taxpayer shoulders. If this little poem makes you write such a serious response possibly it contains an uncomfortable message? The truth is sometimes found in unlikely places. In addition I didn't find the post suggested women should be without the vote or oppressed. What I got from that was that back then families didn't have to have both spouses working just to make ends meet as my wife and I do. That's the message I got from it anyway.

expatriate's picture
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3206

I certainly didn't see any misogynistic comments by Bunny in there. I took the comment about mom staying home to mean that one income sufficed to raise a family.

And if you're going to adjust the debt of the time for inflation, then you need to adjust the GDP as well. Maybe you'd care to do that, because you neglected to post it.

And although the income tax was first used in the Civil War, it didn't become permanent until much later.

Joined: 07/29/2008
Posts: 723

Just pointing out the parts that were untrue on the chain letter, like the basic premis that there were no taxes or debt then. I googled. Seems many others got the same letter.

We have a problem in this country of late due to simplistic fiscal policy, all tax cuts all the time, and absolutely no regulation, seems like a sorry thing to pertpetuate it.

No need to adjust GDP for inflation, the chain letter was basicaly right that the US was the largest economy in relation to all others in the world, wouldn't matter how you counted the money. We had just recently past China, which had shrunk due to internal problems. For 100 years we've been richer than China, wonder how much longer. They have great central bankers.

WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374

You miss the whole point civetcat. I believe that Congressman Ron Paul said it best when he said we have allowed our selves to become too over regulated and too over taxed, the founding fathers would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with.

It's not that I don't think taxes are nessesary for the upkeep of our country. I just get real mad when I see that hard earned money I pay the government get used to pay the bill of certain people (all races and ethnicities included) who are unwiling to get up off their hind end and make a better life for themselves and family and who are all too willing to live off of and take full advantage of the system.

I also get very mad when I see tax money that isn't really used for it's intended purpose and Uncle Sam finds another excuse to add on another tax. Here is a perfect example of this: Yesterday my states governor signed a bill that would increase my vehicle registration by $40 a year. They say it's to help pay for road construction and bridge maintenence. I pay taxes on fuel, and vehicle ownership already. Many others pay taxes on car rental fees. My question is: Where is all that money going and why has it not been used properly on roads and bridges. If it had been, there would be no need to raise everyones vehicle registration tax. I suspect it's like other tax money we pay, it gets alocated to fund other things besides it's intended purpose. Right-wing conservative or left-wing liberal, democrate or republican, neither side should have to tolerate this misuse.

I think that our senetors and congressman should be grilled by angry tax payers the same way congress grilled the CEOs of the automakers and the big banks.

Joined: 07/29/2008
Posts: 723

I'm paying that tax too, the $40. We have this thing called TABOR, that restricts the raising of taxes, so the state gov can't just arbitrarily raise them, and we are dependent on sales taxes. Now the sales tax is down because of the economy, and we have more schools and roads and police and teachers and stuff than we can pay for.

Meanwhile cowgal up in the NW corner of our state reports the roads are getting torn up by all the energy traffic. She also thinks Ritter isn't sending money her way for political reasons, (the 500 million from stimulus for Colorado highways) Ritter says having a guaranteed source of funding for roads that isn't affected by the economy will allow for better long range planning. Also I'd think the evenly split state legislature would cure the political problems.

I'ts not the fairest tax. Out of work Joe in his Pinto pays the same as Broker Bob in his Beemer, but it's better than going back to dirt. One time I saw a city that had been allowed to go back to dirt, you could still see chunks of asphalt under the dirt, completely dark at night, holes big enough to fall into, bandits. Not pretty.

If nothing else I'm happy to pay my increased percentage of federal taxes this year so Joe in the Pinto who can less afford it, can spend his money on tires.

WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374

I'm not. I think the money we pay in vehicle registration tax and gas tax should have been better utilized before. My question still stands: What was happening to that money we paid in taxes before? It sure wasn't used to repair bridges I'll tell you that much. Denver's city bridges have been slowly crumbbling for decades.

expatriate's picture
Location: Arizona
Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 3206

When it comes to taxes, 5 percent of the people in this country pay 60 percent of the income taxes. The bottom 40 percent pay nothing.

Obama's answer is to go after that 5 percent that's doing the heavy lifting, and proclaim that they're not lifting enough. It's not just a matter of raising the top bracket from 30 to 39 percent. It's increasing things like the capital gains tax that effectively make the increased burden even heavier.

The question is simple: What happens when the beast of burden decides he's had enough and sits down?

Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 1585

I was listening to Radio program at work yesterday when they played a speech by Dr. Walter E. Williams who is the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
He gives an excellent analogy in this speech and calls it "Certificates of Performance". I would suggest a listen to it.

The link below will take you to a Quicktime Flash player which does not have a counter, unfortunately. Just slide the slider to just a little past half way and after the local news and about 60 seconds of talk by the host you'll get to hear Dr, Williams wisdom.


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