Took the Grandkids to the Chatfield botanic Gardens yesterday morning, as it's only a couple miles from the house. There's not much going on At the Park right now but they got to see the pumpkin patch where they'll be getting to pick a pumpkin one of these days real soon, and they saw the corn maze that they'll get to go in sometime before Halloween.
I drove to Colorado Springs this morning and picked up my personal taxes from my accountant, and as far as I can remember this is the first time in my adult life that the government hasn't taken any money from me. They didn't take anything out of my income, because I have no income. And I didn't have to pay them anything on the money I do have. It's really a great feeling.
I got my first real job when I was 16 as an Equine Sanitation Specialist. [I shoveled out the stalls at a riding stable] and having reached the highest level attainable as an ESS I held that position until I graduated from high school in 1965, all the while having the government remove money from my extremely meager check every week.
That same year Pres. Lyndon Johnson expanded welfare exponentially calling it the war on poverty and vowed to end poverty in America by ever-increasing taxes on people that work and giving it to the people that don't. But even a kid like me who barely escaped high school by the skin of his teeth thought that it didn't make a lot of sense giving people enough money to live on without working would somehow make them productive. But I guess I was wrong because here it is over 50 years later and apparently poverty has been erased from America because I no longer had to give the government any of my money. Who'd a thunk it !