February 09, 2005

this is the one wherein i complain about gwb

The taxman came today. It's always an adventure when the taxman comes - this year is no exception. I just today received my final W-2. I didn't think it was going to happen. My dad called me at about 11:30am to tell me it had come in the mail.

Not wanting to NOT get a chance to talk to the taxman in person, I hopped in my MINI and scooted the 35 miles home from work. I arrived just in time and after a few minutes, he was ready to have his way with me (or my forms, or, whatever).

Guess what I'm getting back this year from the federal government? Guess how much Bush's great tax cuts got me? $10. That's not short for anything. Ten. Whole. Dollars. That's, like 200 nickels for the Vegas slots next month (roughly 5 minutes of ACTUAL gambling time). Like, what am I complaining about?

Here's what I'm complaining about: these past two years have been the worst for me, in terms of tax refunds. In previous years (with similar, or slightly higher incomes), I have always received great returns. So, middle- or low-income people be warned, these Bush tax cuts are not helping us. They are helping the wealthy, but not us.

I wouldn't feel so bad about it if I knew that my tax dollars were being spent wisely, but they're not. They're being used to fund an unnecessary war. They're being used by Homeland Security to further obstruct the freedoms of the citizens of this country (particularly of the non-Caucasian variety). His new budget for 2006 requests that money be cut from vital programs for the environment, the poor, veterans, and education. (Because, ya know, they don't really need the help. But we need to help the terrorists convert to Christianity, obviously. Or at least force them to take up some of our ideals, cultural differences be damned.)

Another fun moment was when the taxman brought up Social Security with my father (who is due to retire in the next couple of years). The taxman looked at me and said "You know, under Bush's plan, you're not going to get any Social Security, right?" I blinked a couple of times and responded I - I - I don't really think that's going to pass. He's worried about it for himself as well. He's 54, and apparently Bush has only promised those 55 years or older that they would receive their full Social Security benefit.

I don't know why the majority of the nation's voters voted for this lying sack of bunk. He does not care about us. When he talks about "what's best of America", I don't think he can pin down for you what America is ("America is about Freedom", so says He). Fucker.


posted by julie at February 9, 2005 02:16 PM

things people have said

And this is the one wherein I spend 15 minutes trying to figure out what GWB stands for when I could have just read your post and gotten it that way. Ah well, it's not like I have anything else that I should be doing.

so said: erik at February 11, 2005 09:05 AM



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