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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2009-04-15 16:27 

While Tax Freedom Day was Monday, most people think today is the day we all pay our taxes.

And every year, most people play the “Tax Lotto”, filling out their forms hoping that this year they have a winner (refund) as opposed to a loser (tax liability.) Some people always get a refund. Some people always pay. Some people, like those trying to get a business started, have good years and bad years.

But no one is exempt.

Whether it’s sales tax, use tax, dog licenses, car registration, gas tax, cigarette tax, property tax, alcohol tax, soft drink tax, or the $10.59 in various taxes New York City residents pay on their $49.99 cell phone bill (or, 21.18% of the total bill)… we all pay.

And where is our money going? Let’s see:

  • $4,600,000 to try an communicate with E.T. (the Allen Array Telescope)
  • $100,000 studying online video games
  • $2,000,000 to re-purchase the presidential yacht Jimmy Carter sold in 1977
  • $10,635,495 researching animal waste
  • $3,000,000 to fund the Arctic Winter Games
  • $600,000,000 to automate the 2008 census (and failing at it)
  • $2,000,000 on the Charles Rangel Library. Interestingly, Charles Rangel was the congressman who asked for the funding for his ego trip.
  • $1,000,000 funding the “Waterfree Urinal Conservation Initiative”
  • $500,000 for the construction of the Sparta Teapot Museum
  • $1,000,000 to restore Woody Island. Population: 0

(These and other fun facts are available at the Citizens Against Government Waste website)

Despite 9-to-1 phone calls to our “representatives” in Washington, they voted to bail out GM and Chrysler because “we can’t let them go bankrupt.” They forced out GM’s CEO and pressured Chrysler to look to Italian carmaker Fiat to form a partnership. Now these same people who told us we couldn’t allow them to go bankrupt are telling GM to prepare for bankruptcy, while Fiat tells Chrysler that they won’t agree to any partnership unless — surprise! — Chrysler gets the unions to lower expenses.

Americans have had enough.

They are gathering today by the thousands, protesting across the country in mass “tea party” gatherings to tell Washington to stop wasting our money.

Meanwhile, ABC reports that Mr. Obama, who made $2.7 million last year, ┬áis “unaware” of any tea parties.

Are you mad yet?


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One Response to “It’s tax day… do you know where your money is?”

  1. FIGHT BACK Says:

    I just saw a study indicating that up to 19 percent of a cell bill goes to taxes, fees, and other unspecified surcharges, so it’s not a big surprise to me if NYC is squeezing me and other New Yorkers for all it can. In terms of advice to deal with this, I will mention that I use some online tools to combat wireless overcharging; for example, one great online company called Validas at http://www.fixmycellbill.com cuts the average person’s cell bill by 22% annually. Validas was actually just on Good Morning America at http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=6887412&page=1. Being a savvy consumer is becoming increasingly important as the recession cuts into all of our pockets.

    Good luck!

    Dylan