“Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”
(OK, he said it on April 13, but the media just picked it up today, and thus it was heard round the world on April 14.) As this observer points out, the response by French President Sarkozy to Obama's proposals for unilateral disarmament made Obama look like the wimp he is. "You know we're in trouble when the president of France makes more sense on national security than the president of the United States."
April 14 is also the last day to get your papers organized to do your taxes, and given the current complexity of the tax code (take note of the graph in the video below), it is a good day to highlight the enormous costs of compliance thereby imposed on hapless Americans:
Here are links to some of the papers referenced in the video:
Total Federal Income Tax Compliance Costs 1990-2015 (Projected) -- notice how the costs are spiraling endlessly upward.
Compliance Costs of Alternative Tax Systems II -- testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee on the far lower costs of compliance for a flat tax
737,734,941,858 Reasons . . . and Still Counting: Why a Flat Tax Is Needed to Reform the IRS -- overwhelming case for a flat tax compared to what we have now
Money Magazine's 5th Annual Tax Return Test -- even the professionals can't get it right!
IRS Snooping a Bad Augury -- how the bureaucracy illegally snoops through your tax records
Morality and the IRS -- now, there's an oxymoron!
The Rising Cost of Complying with the Federal Income Tax -- the picture in a nutshell.
April 14, which fell on Good Friday in 1865, also marks this tragic event:
But of all the memories you might wish to associate with April 14, surely none can surpass the fact that it is the birthday of this star performer:
To watch her sing that classic song -- to watch how the audience relaxes and enjoys being rocked in the hands of a timeless master -- is to appreciate real greatness.