Monday, April 04, 2005

Horse closes Interstate and Are we entering the dark ages?

Only in New Mexico can a lone horse close I-25 in both directions--while "he gets wrangled up" and make one of the lead news stories. It is nice to know that stuff like this still happens in the US. It is hard to remember how rural the US really is. According to the 2000 census over 94.6 percent of the US is rural! So yesterday was spent doing Taxes--turbo tax does make it easier but really what a pain--I think it is better pay someone else to do it--worse all is that in the end you do not know if you really got all of the savings that you could have had.

Does anyone else think we are entering the dark ages where people no longer want to pursue the truth or facts out of laziness or too much going on or whatever the excuse--seems people do not want to pursue the facts or the truth and the methods of getting the truth are becomming harder and harder.

The Dark Age is defined as: destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or
intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.

The age wherein he lived was dark, but he Could not
want light who taught the world to see. --Denhan.

The tenth century used to be reckoned by medi[ae]val
historians as the darkest part of this intellectual
night. --Hallam.


I want to read this book but not looking forward to being pissed off.
Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else
by David Cay Johnston
Most Americans would agree that they are duty bound as beneficiaries of our democracy to pay taxes, and the majority of us do pay—-exorbitantly. But what about those who do not pay their fair share? David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, here reveals how fairness and equity have eroded from the American tax system. Johnston describes in shocking detail the loopholes our government provides the "super rich"--from private individuals to profitable corporations—-to hide their wealth, to defer or evade tax payments, and to pass the bill to law-abiding middle-class Americans. The loss in revenue "imposes a severe cost on honest taxpayers" through reduced services, increased federal debt, and a weight on the middle class that threatens to impede its ability to achieve upward social mobility

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