Reality show

No wonder this hand is empty. I pay my fucking taxes.

Raise your hand if you paid more than $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017.

The whole hand, please. Not just the one finger.

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19 Responses to “Reality show”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Of course sixty percent of the people will be aghast and forty percent, the usual forty, will think he is a genius for dodging Uncle Sam.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    So Patrick, what do you think of the latest kitty snit coming out of your city government?
    https://www.abqjournal.com/1501123/city-former-top-cop-take-gloves-off.html

  3. SAO' Says:

    Already hearing, so what, I got back $3k last year, at least he paid something.

    Idiots don’t know their refund from their tax bill.

  4. SAO' Says:

    Jason Isbell: if everyone paid $750, we’d have like 9 people in the Army.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Surprised? Nah. This shit has been going on for decades. Congress made it so. Let’s re-elect them again and see if we get different results.

  6. psobrien Says:

    https://publicintegrity.org/inequality-poverty-opportunity/taxes/trumps-tax-cuts/you-paid-taxes-these-corporations-didnt/

  7. Pat O’Brien Says:

    By the way, you middle finger appears to be more muscled than the others. Are you exercising it more these days?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s the one I dislocated in a crash back in 2009. But now that you mention it, both middle fingers appear to be significantly larger than their fellows. They do get a workout. …

      • JD Says:

        PO’G: I noticed that it’s your left hand. Several thoughts of creative symbolism come to mind.

        1. This is largely a “left-leaning” group of cyclists and bike enthusiasts.
        2. Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand, in my highly “econ uneducated” view, tends to either reach into your wallet or extend it’s middle finger.

        Any premeditation on your part? Or should I consider becoming a literature professor who reads great wisdom and philosophy into literature whose author was just trying to meet a publisher’s deadline? 🙂

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’ma letcha in on a little secret, JD. I’m right-handed, so I had to hold the camera in that hand whilst shooting the left.

        You’re spot on about Adam Smith’s invisible hand, which after lifting your wallet and flipping you the bird often gives you a dope-slap or two for good measure.

        As regards deadlines, I love ’em. After a protracted period of gnawing unsuccessfully on one’s creative streak like a cow chewing its cud, realizing that a thousand words of whiz-dumb are due by 5 p.m. frees the muse from her leash while providing a squirt of turpentine to the hindquarters for further inspiration.

  8. Opus the Poet Says:

    We haven’t made enough money the last few years to even pay taxes. We haven’t cleared the Standard deduction in so long, well, if we hadn’t paid off the house when times were good we would be living in the shelter with our cats.

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