For those who procrastinate, today is the last day to file your income taxes.
Of course, there are other reasons to put it off as well, such as not wanting to write Uncle Sam another check until you absolutely have to — or not having the money to cover the check. For others, their return has been long completed, but have delayed in mailing it as the only form of taxation protest they can safely muster.
But for many others, their tax returns have been filed and forgotten, and their refunds have been spent — and forgotten.
Even so, April 15 is a date of remorse — or outrage — on most people’s calendars. Its a sad reminder that — at least for those who pay taxes — some of our remittances pay for things that we object to — or strongly oppose.
A word that sums it up for me is disenfranchised. According to TheFreeDictionary.com, it means “deprived of the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.”
Yes, I have the right to vote, and I exercise that vote, but wonder if it does any good. It seems that my elected officials don’t really represent me. I fear that they are more concerned with advancing their career, with amassing personal influence, and with building and wielding political power, than in serving the people who they theoretically serve.
True they need former in order to perform the latter, but they will well heed the warning on Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
That’s what April 15 means for me: disenfranchisement and corruption.