Did you walk into work, only to be hit with the sudden urge to jump out a window? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone in this feeling as today is Tax Day.
Yes, it’s that one time of year where you start to realize that no, you can’t afford to upgrade to a biggie size, because you’re search the back seat for loose change in order to meet that payment voucher deadline listed with your tax return. You may be trying to calculate how much you can save on your power bill by living in darkness for the next 4 months, hoping to offset any financial burden you owe to the government.
Well don’t panic, you’re not the only one to have stressed out over taxes. One needs to only look at history to see a familiar trend:
The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” (Will Rogers)
“The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling.” (Paula Poundstone)
“Of life’s two certainties, at least you can get an extension for taxes.” (Unknown)
Yes, we’ve all felt the burden at one point or another. It’s a part of life we cannot avoid, but we can at least plan ahead for next year. So go ahead and order that biggie size, you’ll just have to offset it with a large donation of clothing to the Salvation Army or a even larger donation of cash to your local church.
Want more? Well, take a look at the thoughts of policy makers from the past:
“What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.” (Thomas Paine)
“I cannot lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” (James Madison)
“It would be a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their income.” (Ben Franklin) *Ben might have a cow nowadays*
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” (Winston Churchill)
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” (Ronald Reagan)
“Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)