America Needs More Taxes

I dusted off this once Freshly Pressed post and gussied it up a bit in honor of America’s fast-approaching day of financial angst.

Pass these fabulous ideas along to any elected officials you know, OK?

If you do the crime, you pay the fine.

What’s wrong with America is some of y’all need to pay more taxes.

Most of us are doing our tax returns right about now, and that usually involves complaining about how much we have to pay.  Don’t look at it as a bad thing.  Taxes raise money, sure, but the government also uses taxes to change our behavior.  We are encouraged to do some things like buy houses, solar panels and windmills, and not do others like smoking, drinking and driving gas-guzzling cars.

I’ve come up with a comprehensive tax plan that expands on that idea.  My plan will bring in much needed cash, and encourage everyone to follow the “right” path.

Here’s a partial list of proposed taxes:


  • Me No Like-y Tax:  Each time the word “like” is used, except to express a preference, or to compare things, it will be taxed.  Tax collectors will be stationed in junior highs, high schools and malls on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Scanties Tax:  This fine is imposed each time we are forced to look at someone’s underwear because his or her pants are too low.  Also levied if the person is wearing what they call leggings, but which are clearly nothing more than pantyhose. The fine will be doubled if the low pants reveal an area that SHOULD be underwear-clad, but isn’t – the BCC addendum (Butt-Crack Cleavage).  The fine is waived if the person is a professional underwear model.
  • Tortoise Tax:  This is levied against anyone driving more than 5 miles below the speed limit.  Tax doubled if it is rush hour, if there is only one lane available, or if the offender is hanging out in the passing lane.
  • Gimme Shelter Tax: Fine levied on people who feel the need to attach the word “shelter” or “rescue” every time they talk about their pets, as if that were some type of breed, so that everyone knows what big-hearted humanitarians they are.  An invoice for ten times the usual fine will be  automatically generated for celebrities when interviewed by People, Us Weekly and similar magazines, as they are practically guaranteed to use these words.


  • Murdering the King’s English Tax:  Imposed on businesses that deliberately misspell, misuse and generally slaughter the English language.  This will be levied for:
    • Using dumbed-down synonyms like: lite, rite, hunny, nu, ez
    • Adding “e” to words to make them looke olde
    • Substituting “k” for “c” to kompel kute alliteration
  • Nobody’s Home Tax:  Imposed on businesses that use computer telephone answering systems without the option to press zero to reach a human.  The tax is doubled if the phone recording is set for “folksy” and says things like “OK, let me look that up for you.”  Nobody is looking anything up.  Don’t you think we get that we’re talking to a computer?
  • Green Is The Color Of Money Tax:  Fines are levied on companies for changing the packaging or advertising on the same old stuff, solely to jump on the “green” bandwagon.  A corresponding tax will also be levied on the consumer who buys stuff to give the appearance of caring for the environment, without actually making any changes in how they live.

I was thinking of a flat 10 cents tax per infraction, but we can work out the details later.  I welcome input as we get the dialogue going.

I welcome constructive input, that is.  Some critics have said this is nothing more than a scheme to punish people who do things that bother me.  To these cynics I say; let me introduce you to the Smart Ass Tax.

That will be 10 cents each, please.



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35 Responses to America Needs More Taxes

  1. says:

    HYSTERICAL AND SPOT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Al says:

    I’m thinking the Scanties Tax could be renamed the “cracks tax.”

    Liked by 2 people

  3. List of X says:

    I gots like a green shelter toade, how much do I owe?


  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    Oh, yes for the ‘like’ tax. It’s just, like, you know, like, so annoying. 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Scanties tax is cool…can we have a Bunchies Tax for those draped in pants with so much fabric they have to bunch it up in the center with one hand in order to walk?
    (Can we put advertising and marketing people in the Salem-style stocks and throw tacks at them?)


  6. Primo. You need to make an addendum and include a tax on inappropriate cell phone use. Government coffers would be stuffed to bursting. If cell phones were designed to detonate when used behind the wheel, nobody in New Jersey would have hands. They could rename the state Stumpyville.


    • pegoleg says:

      How did I miss that one? We would be in the money in no time! It’s against the law to drive with a cell phone in Illinois – it has to be the kind that goes through the radio, which leaves me at a distinct disadvantage on the road. I’m thinking double fines for texting.


  7. QP and Eye says:

    How about an exposed muffin top tax ?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Margy says:

    A tax on everyone who says the word ‘amazing’ (over-worked superlative tax) or calls someone an ‘idiot’ (uncalled for derogatoriness tax).

    Liked by 1 person

  9. TamrahJo says:

    LOL and Kudos – I seriously jealous you managed to cram your list into something shorter than War & Peace style volume – I may just mosey over to editing software and see if I can trim the list – OR – add about another 101 things, since I last lost my temper over the overall system – but I think anyone who waters their sod lawn at noon, in July, when it’s 106 degrees, with a wide arc sprayer, um, yeah, Can we please have a ‘waterin’ the air for the heck of it’ tax? LOL


  10. Shannon says:

    If Texas would impose the Cracks alone, I swear we would have enough revenue (alongside petrol refining, gun sales) to secede from the US once and for all. Perhaps we could charge a bit more if there’s a visible ‘stamp’ between the belt and floss.


  11. kitchenmudge says:

    I would add 10% to the sales tax on the transaction if a check or credit card is used for a purchase of less than $20.


    • pegoleg says:

      My daughter uses her debit card for everything. She stopped by our house on her way to the airport to fly to Hawaii and, when I asked, casually verified that she had absolutely no cash on her person. No cash! I emptied my wallet for her because it is inconceivable to me to travel without money.


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