Archive for March, 2009

Background: I got an email from a friend the other day.  It was that poem about all the different ways the government has found to tax us.  (Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed…)  Then at the end there is this big list of different taxes (44 of them) […]


I got an email from a friend the other day.  It was that poem about all the different ways the government has found to tax us.  (Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed…)  Then at the end there is this big list of different taxes (44 of them) and […]


Identity Crisis

24Mar09

They say it is a trait of Americans that we derive a lot of our identity from our jobs. Here you ask someone “What do you do?” and you are almost guaranteed to get an answer relating to their job. In Europe I’ve heard that if you ask the same question you are as likely, […]


OK.  I got to looking today at the bills getting introduced into the legislature this session.  They are up to House File 1959 and Senate File 1808.  I found it interesting that SF 1729-1808 are listed as “introduced on Monday, March 23, 2009.”  (Hence the title of this posting.)  The page lists all the bills […]


Being unemployed stinks!  I was let go from my job about 6 weeks ago.  Like most everyone who gets the boot from a job (especially one they’ve worked at for over 8 years) I think it was unfair.  Obviously my old employer thinks it’s perfectly fair—at least I would assume so since they actually did […]


Heard about the new state income tax proposal by Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL–Bloomington). She suggests eliminating the current credits for day care and subtractions for education expenses and a cap on the mortgage interest credit at $420. The Strib quotes her, “Credits are back-door spending that favor those at the higher level.” Rep. Lenczewski also touts the benefits of a simplified tax system.