The Moron's Daily Briefing

Feb. 25 - On February 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, providing for an income tax. As late as 1939, only 5% of the population had to file federal income tax returns. In 1943, President Roosevelt introduced the concept of state-sponsored larceny (i.e., "income tax withholding") to help fund World War II. The rest is history.

"I believe that a better way to raise revenue not only can be found but must be found," said one Coleman Andrews, "because I am convinced that the present system is leading us right back to the very tyranny from which those who established this land of freedoom risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to forever free themselves."

Mr. Andrews was Commissioner of the IRS for about three years in the 1950s. He made this speech after his resignation but prior to his mastery of prepositions.

George Harrison would have been sixty years old today. The late Beatle shared his birthday with Sally Jessy Raphael, also born in 1943, Tom Courtenay (1937), Anthony Burgess (1917), Jim Backus (1913), Zeppo Marx (1901), and Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841).

Today is National Day in Kuwait, and fireworks are expected to commemmorate this anniversary of their liberation. It's Flag Day in both Bangladesh and Peru, People's Revolution Day in the Philippines, and Day of the Revolution in Suriname.

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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