Unfortunately, I’ve never forgotten about them. That urks me, too. And prostitutes, etc. It was so funny, because I had heard on the news very recently (don’t remember many details, as I was driving) that some lawmaker was proposing to tax prostitution. That was the funniest thing I’d heard in a long time. Not that I wish there was a way to do it. But how on earth could it ever be done?
Some are misers – but there are misers in every financial level. I had to laugh at your picture of the lunch! Sharing a sandwich! LOL. Sounds like some of my dates! LOL.
I’m picturing you there with Ebeneezer Scrooge – boy, he was, wasn’t he? Well, did you at least get some substantial advice from him?
Refresh my memory. How did Helmsley get a raw deal? We all know that she didn’t go to prison for her comment (almost sounds like that in your post, but I know that’s not what you meant).
I don’t remember a lot about her experience, except for how tired I was at looking at her on the news. But in what way did she get a raw deal? Did she get more time than usual for her crime than others that had committed the same crime? Or maybe really had not evaded taxes after all? I’m not challenging at all, just really do not remember any unfairness in her situation.
But do they pay taxes? I’d forgotten about Nevada! A friend of mine went to Vegas and was telling me about how they hand out cards similar to baseball cards, to solicit. He said the streets are littered with them, and they hand them out to people who have children with them, etc. Wow. But do you know if they are taxed? That would be interesting to know – I never had thought about that.
Here is an interesting quote I came across in a book I am reading called America’s God and Country. It was written by Noah Webster who wrote the first American Dictionary in 1828. (I always get him confused with Daniel Webster who was Secretary of State under Harrison and Tyler).
When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.
-History of United States by Noah Webster.
I am not getting into a debate about who was allowed to vote then, the ironic point is how true he was about corrupt politicians getting into office.