Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!
Scarlet O’Hara, Gone With the Wind
I rather wish that Americans paid all their taxes all at once in one lump sum each year: income taxes, sale taxes, gas taxes, utility taxes, property taxes, community taxes, etc. I think most of us would be shocked at how much we make ends up in the government fisc. The last century was an experiment in what happened when governments were able to tap into the wealth of its citizens with abandon, and the result of the experiment inevitably ends in vast unpayable public debt, at least unpayable if inflation does not work its black magic in reducing the value of the debt. Debt repudiation looms, or a reduction in the value of the currency which amounts to the same things. And with those happy thoughts, I wish you a happy tax day.