No - I did not get my Hot Dog. Hot Dogs are too American and there was a line. Oddly the Taco stand was not very busy, probably because the Tea Party are anti-Hispanic and racist. The leader of the tea Party was quoted on Twitter on March 21st as saying "Illegals everywhere today! So many spics makes me feel like a speck. Grrr. Wheres my gun!?"
A very bright leader there.
In a recent poll 49% of Tea Party people get their news from FOX and 59% say that have a favorable opinion of Glenn Beck (who is certifiably insane). Only 18% of the country as a whole view Beck favorably. In fact the biggest reason for being a Tea Party extremest is not ideology, not any particular political belief, but whom they watch on television (according to the website FiveThirtyEight and a NYT poll).
I don't understand this whole anti-tax thing and the need for ALWAYS lowering taxes. Taxes pay for things like caring for the elderly, establishing justice, providing public education, fighting terrorism, and protecting the environment. Without taxes we have none of this.
Paying taxes is just like giving money in church isn't it? Do you go to church and resent giving money to help out? No! Yet some churches and relegions require you always give. That's a tax, they just call it by a different name.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization."
The first known tax system started about 3000BC in Ancient Egypt for a grainery and I think an airport (they were ahead of their time as planes were not invented yet. Talk about some big protests!!) Taxes are even mentioned in the Bible, Genesis chapter 47, verse 24 says "But when the crop comes in, give a fifth (20%) of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children."
I believe if you do not want to pay taxes then you don't get ANY of the goods that taxes give you. Go ahead and work until you are 90 - no Social Security for you. No health care, no nothing for you.
Again Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. says "Most conservative criticisms about the ill-effects of taxes are exaggerated or untrue. Taxes are in fact good – they are dues we pay to enjoy the numerous vital benefits that government provides for our society."
Sure - our government is always taking money from us in the form of taxes but it is also constantly giving back to use in the form of services that improve our lives. Without taxes we would be dumping our daily crap in the streets right? Let the Tea Partyers crap in their own lawns if they don't want to pay taxes.
I play SIM City and in order to buy new things like Fire Stations, air ports, stadiums and schools I have to raise taxes from time to time and the SIMS hate me for that, but geez, they sure like having roads and sports and schools to increase the education levels. BUT THEY HATE TAXES.
People love free stuff.
OK OK OK - I got on a rant.
Oddly - when I sell a print I always feel guilty for adding tax. I got crushed on paying taxes with Turbo Tax this year because it never asked me about the taxes I collected. I tried calling an accountant in Columbus but it seems accountants are too busy to worry about helping out a small businessman. LOL
On this date in 1943 Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered. Albert Hoffman accidentally LSD-25 and got all weird. he went home feeling weird and in his notes he wrote "I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."
Yup - been there, done that (a long time ago and I still live to talk about it).
This photo reminds me of one of those times.