Economic recovery has been moving along like a lumbering grizzly bear, slow and steady, but not fast enough for anyone’s liking.
And more bad news is on the way. Financial experts predict public pension funds are the next financial disaster.
Sooner or later, nearly all municipalities will have to raise taxes. A tax increase is the likely solution to the national debt problem, as well.
So I started thinking about creative ways to raise money, while simultaneously solving other problems. Here are a few of my ideas.
Possible taxes to reduce national debt
- A Tongue Tax for people who talk too much
- An Ink Tax for bad tattoos (and a double fine for the tattoo “artist”)
- A Littering Tax for people who wear sandals but don’t trim their toenails
- A Teaching Tax for boring seminar leaders and bad teachers
- A Breeding Tax for ugly people who have children
- A Literacy Tax for folks who don’t read at least one book per year
- A Tweet Tax for status updates that don’t mean anything
More clever tax strategies
My clever Facebook friends contributed these suggestions:
There needs to be a “chicks with too much make up” tax, a “guy with with skinny jeans rolled at the ankles” tax, and of course a “seriously, pull your damn pants up already” tax. -Terry Bean, Author, Speaker, President of Networked, Inc.
A Facebook friend tax. Michael, you’d be screwed! -Michelle Schroeder
A tax for anyone offering unsubstantiated opinion. -Randall Dean
A tax for acting stupid. -Karen Lazarou
How about taxing customer/tech support reps that have such heavy accents that you can’t understand them? Or tax people who give out advice when it isn’t wanted, especially bad advice. -Steven Donley
Luckily, blog posts are tax exempt
blogging is protected by freedom of speech, which means silly posts like this one won’t cost me any money. Thanks for having fun with me, all!