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Days of Rage April 7, 2011

Posted by Michael in Economics, Personal Experiences, Politics.
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Today, I kicked off my annual month-long days of rage against the machine.  I’ve been putting this off, but I had to get started.

This is me for the next month, on the left

How and why did I do this?  I’ll tell you.  I installed Turbotax and started working on my tax return, because I could not procrastinate any longer.

Have you ever seen the data on who actually pays federal income taxes?

No?  Go here. I’ll tell you the facts that matter to me.  The top 5% of wage earners are 34.73% of adjusted gross income, and pay 58.72% of the federal income tax.   The super-rich Bill Gates types actually pay proportionately less than that, and there are not enough of them to really matter.  Thanks to folks like me, the bottom 50% are paying essentially nothing and getting a free ride.  This is before you take into consideration the distribution of benefits that the federal government is shelling out to illegal immigrants, poverty pimps, welfare moms, dairy farmers, public sector unions, worthless bureaucrats, favored corporations, and other assorted freeloaders.

So, at the moment, I don’t even know how my tax return will look.  Heck, maybe I’ll get a few bucks back.  What I do know is that I’m going to be mad as hell.  I’m going to get my annual opportunity to consider the amount of money (it’s gonna be six figures) I am spending on dishonest people who run Planned Parenthood abortion mills, promote systemic voter fraud by ACORN, specialize in race hustling to demand massive handouts because, for example, they mighta sorta been a black farmer back in the day  of DOA discrimination assuming they had actually been willing to work behind a mule in the hot sun, welfare moms who make a career out of pumping out illegitimate babies, effete snobs at NPR who assume people like me are racist fools, bureaucrats flying to nice resorts so they can jerk each other off with their fantasies about the pernicious effects of a benign gas like CO2 (which actually has a well-documented fertilizer effect), and a clueless President who thinks he can heal the world by playing golf and  by flying around the globe at great expense so that he can walk on red carpets, read a teleprompter, attend state dinners and other fun events, and play more golf.

Meanwhile, Congress and the President seem incapable of taking even baby steps towards a budget that will not bankrupt my children.

I’m just sayin’, this is not a good time of year to annoy me.

I’m retired now, so starting in 2012 I think I will be able to manage my tax bracket so that I stop paying for the rest of you assholes.  I’ll get to choose whether I spend pre-tax or post-tax or capital gains money, or my free capital gain on real estate.  I can figure out how to game the system.

Fuck you.

You wanna know how the so-called “rich” people in America feel about you at this time of year?

Fuck you.  I was born poor, I spent my time in a trailer park, and I don’t owe you anything.

I will give you something, because Jesus demonstrated a special concern for the poor, especially widows and orphans.  But paying taxes is not giving.  It is just allowing bureaucrats to spend my money in order to create permanent dependencies that lock in their own position.  Look at HUD or HEW or food stamps from the DOA.  Have they accomplished anything?  Did they make a dent in the War on Poverty?

Nope, they made it worse, across the board.  The best possible means to address poverty are family, friends, churches, charities, or even  local and state governments.  We know this, and yet we displace them with bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. who will do the wrong things every time.

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1. Cathy - April 7, 2011

This is me for the next month, on the left

I’m on the right… waaaay back… steering clear of Bad-breath Batman.

Like my peek-a-boo top?

2. BrewFan - April 7, 2011

*hugs Michael*

I am not in your tax bracket my friend but I share your pain. I have worked two jobs at times to make ends meet and I hate the fact that I have to work for almost half a year TO JUST COVER MY TAXES!

3. Cathy - April 7, 2011

*hugs Brew*

4. Hotspur - April 7, 2011

Take a deep breath, Michael. Else you’ll hurt yourself.

5. beasn - April 7, 2011

Michael, we are twins. While we are in a bracket or two below you, I’ve got two envelopes that I have to send out right before midnight on RAPE day.

Fed + state + property + personal property = thousands more than my salary.

I am working for less than nothing amongst welfare whores, affirmative action morons, and retards. I get to see all those hungry food stamp recipients come in and frequently purchase expensive cakes (wedding – $89 and up, and specialty – $38 and up) with our tax dollars ’cause surely cake fills up and nourishes a family of four making payments on baby grands and assorted game systems.

grrrrrr..

6. Michael - April 7, 2011

Take a deep breath, Michael. Else you’ll hurt yourself.

Poverty is a real issue, one which Jesus commands us to pay attention to.

The only issue is — how?

China basically delegates the problem to families. We are doing the opposite. I am firmly convinced that the U.S. federal government is the worst agency we could pick to deal with poverty. Their track record of catastrophic failure is obvious to anyone.

7. pendejo grande - April 7, 2011

I plugged all my stuff in to turbotax the other night. I don’t even know what the final number is on what I’ll pay this year because I was fixated on the big red number at the top of the screen. I still owe $2001. So I’ll be mailing uncle sugar a smooth two grand plus a gw next Friday. I guess I ought to go look at the bottom line. My guess is it’s low five figures. I like to think that mine goes straight in to a soldiers paycheck. That’s what I like to think.

8. Michael - April 7, 2011

I get to see all those hungry food stamp recipients come in and frequently purchase expensive cakes

Don’t get me started on the food stamp program. I have heard too many stories about Arab immigrants buying steaks and lobster with their food stamp debit card, and then paying cash for the beer and cigarettes, and wheeling all this out to a really nice SUV.

On the positive side, they all go shopping together. It’s a family experience. Personally, I hate shopping and I avoid doing it with anybody.

(I have a relative who works in a grocery store.)

9. wiserbud - April 7, 2011

As someone who, until recently, was basically a ward of the state, let me just say “thank you for all that you do.”

10. geoff - April 7, 2011

The family always tries to escape when it’s tax weekend, but I won’t let them. They need to share my pain. I had to file 5 returns this year. I was so pleased.

And this year, since I worked in two states, I overpaid in MA and underpaid in CO. So I paid my CO tax bill quite promptly (actually 7 weeks ago), and they cashed the check just as promptly. But did MA get around to paying me what they owe? Not so far.

The biggest problem with taxes, besides the gnashing of teeth a la Michael, is that you’re never confident that you really, truly did it right. So you live in fear each year.

We need a simpler code.

11. Michael - April 7, 2011

As someone who, until recently, was basically a ward of the state, let me just say “thank you for all that you do.”

I appreciate that Wiser, I really do. You are somebody that I know and care about, so that resonates with me.

But, you’re just talking to me at the wrong time of year. Right now, I don’t care if you and your family had starved to death.

I’ll feel better about this in June.

12. Michael - April 7, 2011

you’re never confident that you really, truly did it right. So you live in fear each year.

Yeah, especially when Turbotax crashes and fucks up and loses some of your income, and you find out about it two years later, with interest and penalties.

13. daveintexas - April 7, 2011

This is the time of year when I reflect back on my good fortune, and the things I worked so hard for, for my family, for myself.

And give 40% of it to Uncle Sugar. To hand out like candy for votes.

I love this system. I don’t have to call myself a serf, I just get to be one for 5 months out of the year.

14. Michael - April 7, 2011

Also, don’t even bother fucking with foreign tax credits that are not downloadable from somebody like Vanguard or Fidelity. It’s just not worth it.

15. osoloco - April 7, 2011

The year my husband was out of work for 8 months, we still paid taxes. I write and mail my checks on the 15th. Last minute. Every year.

16. Michael - April 7, 2011

Same for me, osoloco. I pay at the last minute. But I do it online. No paper.

17. wiserbud - April 7, 2011

But, you’re just talking to me at the wrong time of year. Right now, I don’t care if you and your family had starved to death.

Hey, I’m right there with ya. The way I look at it, I’ve been paying into the system for 35 years. I basically just had to make a small withdrawal.

In CT they are debating whether or not to eliminate the property tax deduction. However, it does not matter how much you pay in property taxes, they limit the deduction to $200. Max.

All it takes to exceed that maz is to have two cars. It’s a fucking joke.

But the Dems are making a big deal about taking this hyuuuge deduction away from those evil rich people so they will pay their fair share.

And the teet-suckers just lap it up. SCREW THE RICH!! TAKE AWAY THEIR DEDUCTION!!!!

Two hundred freaking dollars. Max. And people get elected over this.

18. osoloco - April 7, 2011

I’ve considered online but I like the 2 day lag time with snail mail.

19. Mitchell - April 7, 2011

You rubes are doing it all rong! I get $2,100 FROM the government this year! So you see I don’t pay any taxes at all! WOO-HOO!!!

20. Retired Geezer - April 7, 2011

Preach it Brotha!

21. Lipstick - April 8, 2011

Got us an H&R Block Master Tax Dude. It’s worth it not to have to do it yourself and then worry if it’s right.

22. lauraw - April 8, 2011

*files extension

23. daveintexas - April 8, 2011

Puttin mine in the ethernets this evening before I leave. Along with a “check”.

24. geoff - April 8, 2011

Got us an H&R Block Master Tax Dude. It’s worth it not to have to do it yourself and then worry if it’s right.

I used to have an accountant do mine, but there were always errors. I figured I could make those errors myself for a lot less money.

25. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2011

You rubes are doing it all rong!

Uh, I don’t think you’re allowed to claim knitting needles and yarn as part of Medical expenses.

26. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2011

On second thought, maybe that would be covered under Mental Health.

See you in a week or so.

27. Cathy - April 8, 2011

I did the taxes every year before we had our own home personal computer with TurboTax. I had been a bookkeeper in an accounting department where we kept the books without computers. So I kept our personal accounts using extra-wide high quality columnar paper, writing small and neat. It was hard to keep up with it. I’d put it off, but I eventually got to it. I prepped taxes at a table. I had piles of all the paper justification and stapled the papers together with top-sheets giving me all the summary information that would be later put onto the tax forms.

I’m glad I don’t have to do taxes anymore, especially the way I did without a computer system. Our personal finances are a lot more complicated and I’m glad Michael is willing to tackle it. But when he gets started on them, I still FEEL the pain and anger.

What is happening to working people in this country is ROBBERY, straight up.

28. Cathy - April 8, 2011

Hey, I’m right there with ya. The way I look at it, I’ve been paying into the system for 35 years. I basically just had to make a small withdrawal.

Wiser, you paid plenty into the kitty.

You did not cause the problem. Lots of unemployed lost jobs because businesses are being crushed and oppressed by government interference. You were entitled to every penny you got. ((hugs))

29. geoff - April 8, 2011

Check out the little CBS feature on Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion.

30. daveintexas - April 8, 2011

Wow. That’s cool.

Metheny has always been willing to try weird stuff, and I almost always like it (wasn’t too keen on his “native American vocals” phase).

See him live a couple of times. He’s a monster.

31. sandy burger - April 8, 2011

you’re never confident that you really, truly did it right.

It’s ridiculous. I’ve studied advanced mathematics, and I still don’t know if I’m doing my taxes correctly. It should be simple arithmetic.

32. Mark in NJ - April 8, 2011

Geoff – you probably already know this but Pat M attended U of Miami when both Steve Morse and Jace Pastorius were also there.

Here’s an interview where Morse talks about playing w/ Metheny back then — says there’s even a tape of it:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?doc_id=98310

33. Mark in NJ - April 8, 2011

sorry – Jace = Jaco

34. Cathy - April 8, 2011

Enjoyed Pat Metheny story. We own some of his CDs and have always loved his sound.

Hadn’t realized he was from the Kansas City area and is just a few years younger than I. What cool innovation.

35. daveintexas - April 8, 2011

He did a lot of work with Lyle Mays too, North Texas boy.

36. geoff - April 8, 2011

Here’s an interview where Morse talks about playing w/ Metheny back then — says there’s even a tape of it:

Thanks for the link – I hadn’t heard any of that before.

37. geoff - April 8, 2011

He did a lot of work with Lyle Mays too, North Texas boy.

Yeah, I always felt that they were at their best when they worked together. Mays has such a touch with the keyboard.

Enjoyed Pat Metheny story. We own some of his CDs and have always loved his sound.

Went to a local dive-ish kind of bar & grill a month ago, and my daughter immediately made a beeline for the jukebox. She comes back a little later and asks me what my favorite song is. So I say, “Are You Going With Me? by Pat Metheny, but don’t bother looking for it – there’s no way that jukebox would have it.”

She comes back later and by golly it did have it, plus another 40 Pat Metheny tunes. I’m guessing this thing is wired to the internet and has access to a database of songs. The interesting thing is that most of the songs were not the album versions – they were concert versions that I assume cost less in licensing fees. For jazz, that’s great – you get to hear a completely different solo.

Which brings me back to Pat Metheny, who, when he plays the solo in Are You Going With Me? manages to make it sound so similar each time. It’s all improvised, but it’s clear that in his mind there’s a definite message in the song, so he uses slightly different words but says the same thing each time.

38. kevl - April 8, 2011

Kansas City is a big blues mecca.
Jazz is cool and I love it, but I sure don’t understand it. The times I’ve seen it live, I think “how do they all end on time? How do they know when someone has a solo?”

They just nod at each other and off they go. Jazzmen are dangerous and hot.

39. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2011

Jazzmen are dangerous and hot.

Except for the Bass Players.
They just plod along.

OK that’s ridiculous, I’m just trying to poke Dave and get a reaction.

40. Sobek - April 8, 2011

Pupsterrrrrrr!!!

41. harrison - April 8, 2011

My god that’s scary, Sobek.

42. Michael - April 8, 2011

So now we are a smart jazz blog?

Who knew this would happen?

43. Michael - April 8, 2011

I mean, Pat Metheny ain’t gonna pay my taxes, so fuck him. Neither will Michael Brecker, even though we paid good money to see him live in Georgetown, so fuck him too.

(I told you I was in a bad mood.)

44. ChrisP - April 8, 2011

In our house, Anita is the “Tax Wizard”. She drags out all the paperwork, sits behind me(her computers are on the opposite wall), and sighs heavily, shuffling papers and clicking keys. After a few days, she fires-up the laser-printer, prints some forms and says; “Here, sign this.”
I don’t question it. I just obey.
It’s for the best. Really.
We know they will just give our money to ass-hats.
So it goes…

45. geoff - April 8, 2011

Neither will Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker got a special exemption because he died of cancer in 2007.

46. geoff - April 8, 2011

…more specifically, leukemia.

47. daveintexas - April 8, 2011

as a hack guitarist I’m pretty much always gonna be in awe of Metheny.

Kevlarchick asked a good question, “how do they know when someone has a solo?”

Teh answer is, there is always a “verse” if you will, in a jazz suite. A fixed tune that is played out just like a vocalist doing verse one of any song. Most songs have a verse and a chorus or bridge, and the soloist typically plays both.

The handoff occurs when they decide whether to do the verse/chorus once, or twice, but in every case, that’s a fixed number of measures, so they always know the handoff point, and a look to the other player is sufficient for the “it’s yours now” thing.

48. Retired Geezer - April 9, 2011

Yeah, even a hack bluesharp player like me can usually figure out when it’s my turn for Glory, even with a group I’ve never played with before.

I soooo wanna play with Dave someday.

49. geoff - April 9, 2011

It’s tougher to figure out when the rest of the group should come back in (i.e., when the solo ends), because you want to give the soloist the freedom to use some extra time if he’s feeling particularly feisty. But there, too, a look at the group about four measures ahead lets them know that it’s time to get back to the written score.

50. Cathy - April 9, 2011

I love jazz music.

But jazz is not as much a spectator event in my book. It’s best in the context of a chillin’ venue, where folks are chatting amongst themselves over a drink and some food, or people watching in an outdoor setting maybe while reading a book or playing frisbee.

One might occasionally STOP whatever is going on and LOOK at the musicians, but simply sitting and facing them in a theater is less enjoyable for me. Just my thing.

51. Dave in Texas - April 9, 2011

>> But there, too, a look at the group about four measures ahead lets them know that it’s time to get back to the written score.

Exactly that. Head nods all around.

52. Michael - April 9, 2011

It’s actually kinda fun to watch the body language going on with a jazz quartet. It’s a fundamental element of the combination of spontaneity and rigorous discipline that makes jazz the uniquely American classical music.

53. geoff - April 9, 2011

It’s actually kinda fun to watch the body language going on with a jazz quartet.

Yeah – I think I mentioned watching the Yellowjackets in concert one time, and I said to my date, “Wow the bass player hates the saxophone player!” Just the way they interacted with body language and musically made it seem that way.

Six months later the saxophone player (who was my favorite musician in the group) was gone. The bass player, who was IMHO an enormous egomaniac, is still there today.

54. Michael - April 9, 2011

The idea of jazz as “America’s Classical Music,” by the way, is not my own. I swiped it from the communists at NPR.

Also, it’s not entirely American, because its roots are clearly in Africa. “Jazz” music is some kind of African word (Yoruba? — Cathy should know) that means “orgasm,” and it really developed from ragtime music played by blacks in New Orleans whorehouses (specifically, the Storeyville red light district) . Go figure. Orgasm music in Storeyville brothels grew out of the African tribal dance music that was a formal and serious mating ritual. I think I learned this from communists who produced a special about it at PBS.

55. Michael - April 9, 2011

Nevertheless, I say fuck CPB and the horse they rode in on. It’s tax season for me.

Still, you have to admit that those effete liberal leaches have produced some really good programs.

56. geoff - April 9, 2011

Just watched the clip where President Obama tells the guy to give up his 8 mpg SUV and get something more economical. People have been talking about that for a couple of days (the “let them eat cake” aspect, as well as the AP scrubbing the quote from their article), but I was struck by his delivery. Our President sounds like a standup comedian, not a statesman. It’s really embarrassing watching him talk to the crowd – he lectures them while using this standup comic-type rhythm and patter.

57. Michael - April 9, 2011

Barack Hussein Obama — Hope and Change Narcissism and Golf.

58. Rosetta - April 14, 2011

Nice post, Michelle. I share your pain, suffering and outrageous rage.

I would like to be in a locked room with baseball bats engraved with the the tax code and the tax man for 20 minutes.

I would also like a butcher’s apron so I don’t mess up my street clothes.


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