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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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The Tired Donkey wants some fairness in the tax code. Everyone who lives in this country should contribute to the cost of running it by paying a fair share of federal income taxes. It is unjust and immoral that more than 45% of the people living in America do not pay any of these taxes at all. The Tired Donkey hopes to change this by (1) making the freeloaders feel ashamed of themselves so they start electing people who will create a fairer tax code, (2) educating the public about the inequities in the current tax code, and (3) convincing current taxpayers to flex their financial muscles by refusing their wages for one week a year, thereby depriving the federal government of the money that would otherwise come from their labor.

Though you may think he is crazy, the Tired Donkey is serious. But he will admit that me may be living in a dream world. He hopes not. The Tired Donkey firmly believes that some small percentage of the freeloaders are honorable people who have never been asked to confront the fact that it is entirely improper for them live in this country without helping pay for it. And we don’t have to move many people to change the dynamic in Washington. Everything the Tired Donkey is planning is premised on (1) his faith in the American people, and (2) his belief that when they are exposed to the truth they will vote for fairness. If he is wrong about that then at least he will have made a gallant effort in a quest for justice. And who doesn’t want to do that?

If you are a fellow taxpayer—a donkey—and you think you can’t make a difference, take a look at the numbers. In 2007, American donkeys ponied up $1.17 trillion to Uncle Sam. That’s $22.5 billion a week. A week. If just 1% of our fellow donkeys give up their salaries for a week, it will deny the government $225 million. That is what
Tired Donkey Week is all about. Join the movement.

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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.

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