Thursday is an anniversary no one will celebrate: The 100th year of the federal income tax.
Once upon a time, the federal government existed without taking a chunk of people’s pay. It was the 1800s and people worked on farms and probably got paid in turnips, which are more difficult to tax than paychecks.
I won’t bore you with the history, we’ve got The New York Times for that, but President Woodrow Wilson signed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution Oct. 3, 1913. Workers have been complaining ever since.
The problem with an income tax is that it creates a lot of paperwork and federal employees. Not ideal.
Today, the federal government is partially shut down, but you will notice the full amount of taxes will be deducted from your paycheck Friday.
During the shutdown, the feds are making life as difficult as possible on Americans innocently caught in the political crossfire.
Why are there barriers around many national monuments in open-air pavilions? The few surviving World War II veterans that remain are having to storm the barricades to view the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
It would have been cheaper to not erect fences.
Why are there fences around the MLK Memorial? Why can’t people walk up to the Lincoln Memorial and view giant Abe?
Why are the boat ramps closed at Lake Lanier?
Why did the National Zoo’s Panda Cam have to be turned off? Are they feeding the animals? Of course they are; they’re just being jerks.
Why are politicians considered “essential” federal employees?
WSB-TV reported this morning that three federal programs that babysit preschoolers may be closed soon. Why is a government hundreds of miles away from soon-to-be angry parents caring for children? If it is necessary that government cares for children, it should be local government — at least we can storm the Governor’s Mansion and still make it home for dinner.
Meanwhile, privately-owned Stone Mountain Park remains open. If you celebrate something today, let it be capitalism. Voting with your wallet actually yields results.
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