The way I look at it, the purposes of blogs vary somewhat. We have the 'educational' blog, the 'informational' blog, the 'entertainment' blog, the 'self-promotion' blog, the 'I-have-way-too-much-time-on-my-hands' blog and the 'venting' blog, among others.
Today, I shall use this as a 'venting' blog, so here goes:
Spring with it brings many things, the emergence of worms, robins following the frost line to gobble up said worms, budding flowers, runny noses from said budding flowers, rain, rain, and more rain.
But more than that, there are ... dun, dun, dun .... taxes.
Yup, April brings both showers and taxes, both of which leave you feeling soaked. And regardless of whether you are getting your own money back from the government (which they borrowed tax free), or whether you are going to contribute more to their coffins, er, coffers, you have to send a return to them. Or, if you like, to return a return to them.
I happen to be getting money back from them, thanks in part to the losses I sustained as a writer (why isn't my wife happy about these losses, then?), and just got my return back from my accountant.
So I was going to sign it and send it to the IRS when I noticed something.
On the envelope (that they furnished)...
...up in the right corner...
...it says that I have to affix postage to it.
What's that all about!!!???
The way I figure it, the second I drop it in a mail box, which is owned by the Federal Government, I've done my job of putting it in their hands. After that, I figure it's their problem moving it from one hand to the other.'
They already have my money, and now I have to spend more money to get back the amount they shouldn't have taken in the first place!
Not only that, but even the stamp money goes into their hands!!!
Think about it.
I figure there are, what, 300 million Americans? And I don't know the exact statistics, but let's say a third of us pay taxes. So 100 million people sending a return at thirty nine cents each will have to 'affix,' ... get this ... $39 MILLION DOLLARS worth of stamps ...
... stamps bought from the Federal Government!!
... to mail a document to the Federal Government!!!
... to either send them more money!!!!
... or get back their own money interest-free!!!!!
I have to stop now. My '!" key is getting hot.
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