Tuesday, March 27, 2007

beautiful lovely taxes

I did our taxes yesterday.

One of the strange things about living in Washington and working in Oregon part of the time is that I get to pay taxes to the government of Oregon, although I didn't vote for any of the government's representatives and, in fact, have no voice within that government. I do receive some of the benefits of that government-- the roads that I drive to work being the most obvious--but I have no ability to vote, no representative within the administration and no way to become represented.

This is what we call "taxation without representation."

Solution: I guess I'll go down to the river on the Oregon side, shoplift a couple of boxes of tea and throw them in the river.

Okay, okay, I'm kidding. I'm more of a mindless obedience type when it comes to paying taxes. Or, as they would have no doubt called me two hundred years ago, "a Loyalist."