Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Wednesday, August 2, 2006


    Apparently, they do end...

    The telecom tax of 1898, created to pay for the Spanish-American War, has finally ended after 108 years of oppressing Americans. Social Security is still looking to go belly-up at or around 2040 (or so I hope), so apparently it takes 100 years, more or less, to get rid of a tax.

    Of course, there's another interpretation: it took 108 years to actually pay for the damned war. This would be yet another reason to stop picking fights with people. Your great-grandchildren will still be footing the tab long after you're dead.

    Posted by Tom, 8/2/2006 6:59:51 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...