Busy week locally and nationally

Published 10:55 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last week could very well qualify as the week that wuz. Yes, I know, wuz happens not to be a proper word other than in southern slang. However, events of the past, present and perhaps future made it a very interesting week indeed. There were some notable events colliding with events from the past in dire contradiction to founding principles, if you bothered to take note of it.

How incredible was it that income redistribution day better known as tax day, came on April 18. Normally it falls on April 15, but due to a local holiday, Emancipation Day, in Washington D.C. on the 16th, that was actually celebrated on Friday, the 15th, it was changed. Although it was not a national holiday, the IRS granted two extra days for tax day this year since filing dates do not fall on the weekend and D.C. was celebrating on Friday. Is that not clear as mud? Actually, it is much clearer than the 74,608 pages in the federal tax code, according to the Washington Examiner, so beloved by the politicians in Washington, D.C.

However it is difficult not to see the irony in it being on April 18, only one day prior to Patriot Day on April 19. As a reminder, it was on April 19, 1775 that the first shots for liberty and self determination of the American Revolution known as “the shot heard around the world” occurred at Lexington and Concord. The American Revolution was fought due in part to unfair taxation without representation imposed on the colonists by Great Britain. Ironically, the thing we face now is the collecting of taxes by an overspending federal government for purposes not authorized in the Constitution.

If this wasn’t enough to make it a special week, April 24 was Tax Freedom Day for all the hard working stiffs supporting the rest of their countrymen and the world. Tax Freedom Day is the day when workers finally pay enough in taxes to pay off federal, state and local taxes and begin to accumulate a little for themselves and their families. It amounts to a collective 31 percent tax rate. Of course, if Bernie Sanders or Hillary have their way it is going to get much worse. Perhaps you will have to work until July or September depending on how much they decide to give away in freebies to the unproductive in order to achieve income equality to usher in the socialist utopia.

Do not be deceived. This cannot all come from the top 20 percent of earners since they are already paying 83.9 percent of all the federal income taxes. It will be spread throughout the working populace regardless of what Bernie or Hillary says. Sorry, space does not allow for an accounting of the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18. Also absent is the traditional founding of Rome on April 21, 753 B.C., by orphaned Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf. Nor does it allow for the reenactment of the Battle of Selma or the Selma report card either. They were all contributors to the week that wuz.