Make sure you say that ‘bowe leg-ed,’ for extra goodness.
So, tax day has come and gone, but this year’s deadline brought more than just the usual annoyances and ass hattery that are so prevalent in the news around this time of year. Yeah, there was still the pompous news people and their pappy politicians (the ones in power grandstanding for taxes and the ones slightly less out of power grandstanding against taxes [you know, vice versa of last year]), but this year… this year we had tea!
Yeah, I’m talkin about the tea parties. Fear not, dear reader! This is not another political post. Really. :D
When I first heard of the tea parties, I wondered why people would be so pumped to go put balls in their mouth.
Oh come on, you expected that joke and you know it.
Now, I’m not one of those people who goes around at rebate time with cream in my crop at the thought of money back from the government, but I’m also not one of those people who smugly insults those who do, based on how it’s money the government had us overpay so it could use it for a while.
No, I let those people be happy, cause, well, I’m at least glad about it. Fuck if I’m not gonna be happy about getting money, even if it was mine in the first place. The difference between me and the asshole that goes around spreading tax day misery is that I recognize the fact that the government could have just as easily not given me my money back. They could make up any excuse they want to keep it or even to take more.
They’re not supposed to, mind you, but this is the system that puts the lawmakers in charge of giving themselves a raise or not.
But, it’s easy to bitch and hard to fix, which is why I was glad to see thousands of great Americans gather together to bitch about what’s going on.
You heard me. Or is that read me? Either way…
As a rule, I tend to think ill on protests and group rallies like this, for the aforementioned reason about fixing and bitching. Look at the hippies! A bunch of people get together and piss and moan, talk about having their voices heard, and usually not much gets accomplished.
However, hippies have more of a history of getting together to smoke pot, get lazy, or get arrested. Not much action comes of them by nature.
These people, though, were more than that. Libertarians, Republicans, Democrats… people with jobs, people with families, people that are pissed off. And when they get angry, these people are more likely to punch you in the face than a hippie.
So maybe, just maybe, something will come of all this. I’ve given it a few days to see if anything has, but nothing major so far. Here’s hoping a little bit of fix begins to trickle from the bitch. That maybe a few of those people won’t just talk but will do, and laws might be more fair again someday.
The only thing that’ll fix this is people actually changing the laws and legislation (and probably changing the legislators too!), so here’s hoping that starts to happen.
Am I over dramatizing all of this? I’m not meaning to. For the most part, I don’t pay attention to politics. Not my thing, and so I try not to bitch too much (really, if I cared that much I should go try to change things, right?).
But there are some things I can’t help but comment on.
For instance, when I did my taxes this year (screw you H&R Block!) I noticed something on the Illinois site. Here, go have a look. No, really, read it. It’s not hard to understand.
Fine, fine. The basic gist is that if you purchase stuff outside of Illinois, and you live in Illinois, well then you should pay Illinois the tax they missed out on by not purchasing that item in Illinois.
Buy gas in Iowa and if it has a cheaper rate than Illinois, well you better remember to pay Illinois the difference or you’re a tax cheat!
Really? Did Rod Blagobitch from the State of Chicago introduce this, or was it one of the other corrupt governors that we’ve had?
To make things even more ridiculous, there is no way for them to track this. It’s an honor system. They actually expect people to keep track of a year’s worth of purchases and report them.
“Why sure, hyuck, you betcher I’ll give you more money!”
I have to wonder, how many people actually do that? And is it fear or honesty that motivates them?
Dear reader, are there things like this in your state \ country?
Oh, and I know I’ve already used the phrase “To make things even more ridiculous,” but to make things even more ridiculous, they have a special form for cigarette purchases.
Go back to that link and look at the pdf for RC-44.
Funny, isn’t it? And yet, friggin sad.
This is why I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic about the corruption in government and taxes.
Some of you won’t care, because you don’t smoke, or because you think smokers should be punished to encourage them giving up a bad habit.
Well, I don’t smoke. I never have. But I know enough people that do smoke to hear about this stuff, and none of them had ever heard of RC-44. Again, how many people actually fill that thing out? o_0
I come from close to the Illinois\Missouri border, close to Hannibal and Quincy, and most of the Illinois smokers snag a pack or two when they’re in Missouri. Not more than that, mind you, as they live close by and boot legging is illegal. (And yes, they’ve caught people from other parts of the state coming through with trunk loads of Missouri cigarettes.)
The reason they buy in Missouri is lower taxes. It’s that way on gas and on cigarettes. Last time I was in Hannibal, I checked the price on a pack of Marlboro, then compared it to a gas station where I live now (about 2 hours away).
Okay, so my official one for Illinois would actually be ‘six something’, because I didn’t remember the exact price by the time I got to this point in the blog. But it’s a close estimate, and really is about twice as much as Missouri.
I’m really glad I don’t smoke, but if I did… Well, I’d raise my middle finger proudly in a big ‘fuck you’ to Illinois’s tax system.
Seriously, and I thought gas was high. (It was 19 cents cheaper in Missouri today, so nyah!)
Okay, so what does all this have to do with bow-legged T-Rexes? (You did say ‘bowe leg-ed’, didn’t you?)
I got Universe Overkill and he’s awesome, but his alt mode is bow-legged. I even got out my Classics Grim to make sure, and he didn’t have the problem. On taking the hips apart, I found out what the problem was, so it’s fixable. But still.
If it had happened on only one hip, I would’ve thought a factory accident, but this seems more like molding error.
Anyone else have the problem?
Bah, I’ll probably do a guide on it anyway. I don’t think it would be a whole week or anything, but a quick guide will be nice to other people with the problem.
In related news, his will be among the few tf boxes that I hold on to. He won’t be displayed in it, but I’ll keep it around.