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Tired Donkey

The Tired Donkey

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The Tired Donkey blogs about cocktails, ways to get the most out of your Mac at home, work, college . . . wherever. He used to write about the unending abuse suffered by the 51% of Americans who actually pay the federal income tax. But this became too depressing, and, frankly, no one wanted to read it.

Nevertheless, if you came here looking for the Tired Donkey's brilliant analysis of our dim-witted tax system, you can still find his earlier posts. Just check the archives or the
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Rethinking Our Tax System




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Despite his great wisdom on the matter, the Tired Donkey swore off writing about taxes long ago because (1) of the thousands of visitors his blog gets every month, about two of them look at his tax-related posts, and (2) writing about our tax system became so depressing that the Tired Donkey nearly expired. Unfortunately, the recent brouhaha over the debt ceiling and a run of staggering stupidity at the New York Times is forcing the Tired Donkey to come out of tax retirement. So here we go. The Tired Donkey will try to make it brief.

On the day after the announcement of the debt ceiling deal, the New York Times’ editorial page, under the headline “
To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal,” opined that the Democrats “held out for a few basic principles.” Among these, the paper observed, was the principle that there “must be new tax revenues in the mix so that the wealthy bear a share of the burden . . .” Hmmm. A share of the burden? Let’s check that out.
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We Are Not Children, Mr. President

Man Wanders in Money Field
The Tired Donkey is no idiot, and he does not like being treated like one. Myrmidon Donkey Obama has proposed a $2.5 trillion budget which includes a $1.2 trillion increase in the federal deficit. These are big numbers. Too big for the Tired Donkey to comfortably contemplate, so he found some help here visualizing how much money $1 trillion is. Take a look. Now imagine how tired this donkey and all the other donkeys out there are going to be when we get done paying off that extra $1.2 trillion in debt; and--if you are a glutton for punishment--go a little further: imagine all the Freeloaders standing by and watching while you do all that work. The Tired Donkey truly regrets doing this to you on a Friday, but sometimes we have to suffer for the truth.

So. To much fanfare on April 20, Myrmidon Donkey Obama
announced that he was going to find some way to cut $100 million from his $2.5 trillion budget, apparently believing that we are so dumb we would find that to be an example of his great fiscal responsibility. It is not an example of that. It is, instead, a sign that our new administration is just as cynical as our last. If you’d like to see another helpful visualization of what that $100 million cut looks like in relation to the whole budget, the video is below:



We are full grown donkeys, Mr. President. Not colts. Speak to us as if we are capable of processing language. When you act as if we are simpletons, it makes you look silly. And it makes us mad.
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The Tired Donkey

Sitting Donkey
The Tired Donkey blogs about cocktails, ways to get the most out of your Mac at home, work, college . . . wherever. He used to write about the unending abuse suffered by the 51% of Americans who actually pay the federal income tax. But this became too depressing, and, frankly, no one wanted to read it.

Nevertheless, if you came here looking for the Tired Donkey's brilliant analysis of our dim-witted tax system, you can still find his earlier posts. Just check the archives or the
Site Map.

Note: The Tired Donkey is not advertiser supported, and he gets no benefit from any product mentioned on his site.

The Tired Donkey

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