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As I queue this diary, I wonder how many familiar faces will be absent tonight, hunkered down trying to get TurboTax to the point where hitting SEND is an option. For the rest of you, follow me below the orange stack of tax forms, after a word from our sponsor...

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My facebook wall is full of people talking taxes. From those excited to be getting a refund to those cursing Obama and blaming him personally for the fact their kids aren't getting a vacation this year. One of the things I saw was this MoveOn video featuring Robert Reich:

There are as many diverse opinions on the complex issue of taxes and the spending thereof as there are people. Here's my take on things:

Taxes are a necessary part of a civil society, allowing it to pay for the things required to keep the claim of being a civil society.

I disagree with how some of my tax dollars are spent. I agree with other parts. The way in which I influence how these dollars are spent is via my vote. Deciding not to pay, trying to cheat on my return, or ranting on Facebook about how the government stole my money does not change how my tax dollars are spent, except that the IRS requires more money to conduct audits and citizens pay more taxes when fines are levied than they otherwise might have.

I believe one of the duties of a civil society is to provide a safety net for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. I do NOT believe that a safety net encourages people to be lazy, greedy or discourages a healthy work ethic in society.

I believe that those who earn more should pay more in taxes. That there are several hundred extraordinarily wealthy Americans paying far, far less than my family is, in my opinion, obscene.

What do you believe?

Oh - I also believe that music is good, and that ending this part of Top Comments should be with music, so enjoy a few songs before diving into the Tops, graciously formatted by BeninSC!

Taxman - The Beatles

Money - Pink Floyd

Money For Nothing - Dire Straights (THIS version has Mark Knopfler, Sting, Eric Clapton and Phil Collin. Listen to it!)



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Tonight's comments!

From bubbanomics:
This comment from DAISHI tells a stark truth about a former employer.
From BeninSC (flagged comments):
Flagged by Alice Olson, this comment by amoginesq dings whites for their judgments regarding blacks.

Flagged by lyvwyr101, this comment by Vita Brevis applauds Jack Gleeson in the role of Joffrey.

Flagged by awcomeon and California06, this comment by Glen The Plumber tells it all! Visit this one! A keeper! And to share!

From Yours Truly, brillig:
After reading Hunter's Happy Tax Day, non-corporate citizens of America, I want to be a super-duper person just like Puddytat describes!

Matt Esler's getting married! Wisper wonders if he's next.

and I found a flag:
bakeneko flagged this comment by Bob Love.



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