Just paid my 2010 taxes

I just paid the remainder of my 2010 taxes, both state and federal. I can afford them and was prepared to owe money (more on that later) but it’s moments like these when I really appreciate the tea party movement the most.

I know I’ve made jokes about them in the past, but it’s hard to laugh now when it’s my money leaving my bank account. It’s even harder to laugh when I know that it’s bound to get worse when the Baby Boomer retirement hits and they all expect their Social Security checks and Medicare and everything else.

I’ll be writing more on all this later. If you’ve got concerns about the current state of our government’s budget and what this is going to do to younger generations, I’d love to get a conversation going on it as tax season moves on.

Let’s be civil. Let’s be rational. Let’s see what happens.

UPDATE: To clarify, this post is not an argument for any course of action. It’s just some thoughts I had tonight and wanted to share. I am fully aware that I am not the first person to feel this way, and I don’t expect some special tax break just for me. I’ve just had these things bouncing around in my head for awhile and I think they might make for interesting conversation.

ANOTHER UPDATE: This is just for Paul: I tried e-mailing you to answer your questions, but the message bounced back.

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3 Responses to Just paid my 2010 taxes

  1. Nina Sneider says:

    Hi Logan,
    I’m one of the baby boomers you refer to…I have paid into both Social Security and Medicare steadily for about 40 years now. I did it in good faith that when my ‘golden years’ come, it would be there for me. Do I expect it? You bet I do. I would be most interested to know what ‘expecting everything else’ means in your message. Point of interest: Keep in mind that us baby boomers now spend more dollars into our economies than any other age group.

    • By everything else, I just meant a catch-all for other effects the Baby Boomer retirements will have on government budgets and the economy, from cashing in their 401ks to things I haven’t thought about. The problem isn’t individual Baby Boomers expecting their money, but rather what we’re going to have to do to pay up. But we’ll get into that later.

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