Taxation Without Representation

Welcome to Britain, now pay taxes!

Red Stripe clouds Leo's culinary skills
Even Leo the Lion is pissed
They'll be better off riding bicycles anyway
Not a single car at the pumps
Today I was surprised in the middle
of my resume writing by the UPS guy. Usually I am very happy to see these
men in brown, for they always bring good tidings like Birthday and
Christmas presents. This morning was an exception. The UPS guy brought me
a morning of woe.

My friends Rob and Gailyn had
sent me a package of newspaper classified ads from the USA (I’m job
hunting all over the place) and a Lands End shirt. I was happy for the
surprise shirt gift till the UPS guy gave me the bill. Yeah, a bill, a
bill for 22£ ($33) of taxes that shocked me, for the Estimated Value of
the whole package was only $30! Check out the bill:

Taxes: £
Duties: 4.30
Brokerage Surcharges: 10.00
Total: £22.36

I always though that taxes and
duties were the same thing and the best (or worst) part of the tax bill
was a 10£ charge for ‘Brokerage Surcharges.’ Do you know what
that means? The British Customs charged me 10£ to tax me 12£! What the
hell kinda logic is that?!

This whole week Brit’s are
blocking oil refineries and London streets demanding lower fuel taxes. At
first I was behind the government taxing gas at 4.50£ a gallon to
discourage car use, but now after seeing just how tax-a-holic the UK is,
I’m gonna join those protesters. This is ridiculous! I can only console
myself with the valor of those American patriots who stood up to their
government and demanded lower taxes in the 1700’s.

And on the subject of taxes,
every American should sit down and kiss that IRS form each April. England,
at 40% taxes after 30,000 per annum, is insane. Rivaling Australia’s 40%
and Russia’s 35%, it makes me wonder what I am doing trying to find work
in this country.

I do believe that UK has
the same mentality as Australia that is to tax the hell out of anyone who
tries to make anything more than just enough to get by. This of course, is
completely against the American mentality that any tax is bad, and less is