Solomon, Newton, Emerson and The Balance

Solomon, Newton, Emerson and The Balance

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Wait for the Lord and he will deliver you.

I read this proverb and thought about the balance of the universe.

King Solomon is telling us that evil will be repaid by the universe, there is no need to take matters into your own hands.  Especially since our response would be futile since we do not have control over the balance.  The balance is there, always has been and always will be. Continue reading

Tax Day – Oh Boy!

Tax Day – Oh Boy!

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” John Marshall
― John Marshall

It is tax day today so I thought today would be a good day to post something I wrote a few weeks ago about taxes.

I did taxes over the weekend.  I did my taxes, my kid’s taxes, my mom and dad’s taxes and my mother-in-law’s taxes.

There was a moment in doing all these taxes that stuck with me and I wanted to write about it.

I’m not going to get political in this piece, probably never will in this blog.

Politics are a good way to alienate people and that’s the last thing that I want to do.  I have my political beliefs but like religion they are mine, personal and private.  My political beliefs are mine to take into the voting booth, in secrecy.  Some inklings of where I stand may slip out but generally I’ll be more philosophical than political.

What I will tell you is that no matter what side of the aisle the politicians are on I subscribe to the fact that they all are tainted.  Perhaps some more than others but they get the stink of corruption on them when they walk through the doors of power.

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” 
― Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson

I’m not saying they are bad people, it’s just human nature.

Tax time isn’t a very happy time for me.  I look at what I make and then what was taken from me before I even had a chance to imagine it in my hands and it upsets me.

So now I’m doing my taxes and guess what, they want even more than what they have already confiscated.

I use Turbo Tax.  I’ve used it for at least the last ten years maybe even longer. Continue reading