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Taxation Blues

Taxation Blues
From Charley Reese’s Final Column
Retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel

This might be funny if it weren’t so true. 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 anyway!

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 xxx...(donkey?)

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 some more,
Tax him til
 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,
Its time to apply
 The inheritance tax..


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 (currently [more than] 44.75 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
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment 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 Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge 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 happened?  Can you spell ‘politicians?’