Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Freedom Day

It's Tax Holiday Day here at the White House. A little known fact, all Presidentially appointed Executive employees do not have to pay federal income taxes. That's right out of Timmy Terrific's office, so if the Treasury Department is saying so, it must be true.

I, for one, enjoy paying my taxes. For a period of time back in the mid-1980s, I filed Big Guy's taxes for him to avoid, shall we say, some embarrassing income issues that arose as he worked his way through college. But since the early 1990s, as his income levels have increased and his finances have become more complex, he farms it out to his accountant in Chicago, and by "accountant in Chicago" I mean "accountant in Chicago," if you get my drift.

This year, expect to see a lot, and I mean A LOT of charitable giving on the First Couple's tax return.  Since Big Guy's plan to punish charitable tax deductions as the loopholes for the wealthy that they are got panned, Big Guy and Lady M want to show that you can be generous to others and pay your fair share at the same time.  Who knew that Tony Rezko had a home for unwed fathers?


  1. This is the big TEA party day! I hear they are having one right across from the White House.

    John's Space

  2. At the white house, they are having Green Tea....for no apparent reason

  3. Joey B. says "paying taxes is patriotic," TOTUS, so I'm glad you're a patriot. Happy Tea Party Day.

  4. POTUS has now taken to using a Big Screen TV BO-Teleprompter or TOTUS now becomes BO-BS or what BSOTUS?....BS is in there someplace.

  5. I take it, TOTUS, that you e-file?

  6. TOTUS can you tell us how much of a charitable contribution POTUS gave to ACORN?

  7. Hilarious. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

  8. TOTUS

    Tony Rezco had a home for unwed fathers??? How come that he never spilled the beans on that one when he was singing? Wow, that must be GIGANTIC!

  9. TOTUS, since BO and family recently attended a local church, I thought it appropriate for you to go with me to a story out of the Bible concerning a leader and his people. In 1 Kings 12:1 - 15 (subtitled in my Bible "King Rehoboam Acts Foolishly") we see a new leader in Israel, Rehoboam, son of Solomom, confronted with a people who were taxed heavily and forced into labor to maintain the opulence of the king's palace. Sound like anyplace you know - like Washington? Anyway, the people were NOT happy, and let the new king know that things needed to CHANGE. So the new king asked his older counselors for advice and they told King R. to treat the people kindly, do as they ask (like lower the taxes) and be a servant to THEM. Did King R. listen? Of course not - he went to his buddies - aka "young men who grew up with him" - you know, in Chicago lol - and they suggested to him the very opposite! They said the king should threaten the people with still heavier taxes and more forced labor! Make their life under the old king look like a picnic! Faced with two opposite pieces of advice, what then did the king decide to do? He followed the younger men's advice and the story goes that the people of Israel REVOLTED against the King and his taskmasters, and the kingdom of Israel eventually became divided.

    The moral of the story for a new leader?
    Listen to your elders.
    Listen to the cries of the people you govern who pay the taxes and work hard to provide government leaders with their opulent lifestyle.
    Ask God to show you how to serve the people. Thousands of them will show up at the Tax Day Tea Parties across the country today.
    THEN talk about the right kind of CHANGE.

  10. Nice Biblical application, Spring Chicken.

    This evening, I read an especially appropriate passage in Psalm 5. "The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies ... But let all who take refuge in you be glad ... Spread your protection over them ... ." Psalm 5:5-6, 11.

    --- And how comforting it was to look up yesterday where I was standing on a street corner at the busiest intersection in our county, waving and carrying my "TAXES KILL JOBS" sign, revelling in the comaraderie of like minded people and the enthusiastic horn honking of many of the cars, and see 4 EAGLES CIRCLING about 500 feet above us. They wheeled and soared in a circle directly overhead for about 10 minutes (at 1PM PST), then they disappeared. God is watching over us. And God is working -- even now.

  11. (just in case it turns out to be significant, it was around 2PM PST)

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