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I’ve been known to comment I’d prefer to live in another country where the people are offered so much more in exchange for their taxes paid; in response I generally receive negative feedback including the stated claim citizens of those countries pay up to half their income in taxes!, as if that is supposed to horrify and humble me.

Instead, to this I reply: “do you not realize WE pay up to half our income in taxes; many being hidden taxes?

My grievance is: by comparison we get very little in return!” On top of our heavy taxation, WE still have to pay exorbitant amounts of money for medical and dental care despite paying out large sums of monthly fees for ‘so-called’ private medical insurance (which only pays a portion leaving us financially responsible for medical expenses on top of “insurance” premiums and fees) And, unlike citizens of those other countries WE still have to pay HUGE sums of money for a college education! And this is only to name a couple things!

In honor (said tongue in cheek) of today being “tax day”, I thought I’d share the following, a poem included in a comment posted by a writer calling himself “Hawk”.  The poem was part of a comment following an article you can read at this link:


While not literal and specific, I thought it an illustrative example of what I see as the situation here in the U.S. of A.

I hope you enjoy the poem and will also follow the link to read not only an interesting article but even more interesting and informative comments that follow. I share it for interest purposes only. You can internet search “Charlie Reese tax poem” if you wish to learn information in regard to the poem’s authentication, history, etc.

This version of the poem was found at this link: http://ackadia.com/general-interest/charley-reeses-final-column-for-the-orlando-sentinel/

“Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.

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

Be sure to read all the way to the

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
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 ass.

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 till
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 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