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Einstein’s Tax Dilemma

Posted by taxguru on November 5, 2016

The old worn-out cliché that something isn’t Rocket Science does have a connection to the realm of taxes with the famous quote from Albert Einstein (the famous physicist and not the actor who was born with the same name, but changed it to Albert Brooks). IRS even includes this on its page of humorous tax quotes.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

For a very interesting look at the history of this quote from one of the planet’s most intelligent residents, check out this article from a website I just discovered courtesy of Mr. Google,

In this article, author Garson O’Toole explains the history of this famous Einstein quote. It actually came from a 1963 letter to Time magazine from Einstein’s tax advisor-preparer, Leo Mattersdorf of New York City.  It adds a bit more depth and context to the quote we are all familiar with. 

…the professor turned to me and with his inimitable chuckle said: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes.” I replied: “There is one thing more difficult, and that is your theory of relativity.” “Oh, no,” he replied, ”that is easy.” To which Mrs. Einstein commented, “Yes, for you.”

I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about Einstein’s feelings about taxes to read the full article.


I am discussing this as an introduction to some pictures we took a few days ago, while visiting the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Orlando.  Unlike other wax museums I have visited in San Francisco and Branson, the statues are not chained off, but are open and accessible for picture taking.  Sherry took these pics with her iPhone. 


At first, I thought some of the statues, including this one, might be shorter than the people actually were.  However, checking online, the records indicate that Einstein was around 5’7”, so this does look realistic.


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Tax Tax Tax

Posted by taxguru on June 16, 2013

From the Rivoli Revue.

Great new song and video about all of the taxes we have to pay and the armed IRS agents we have to deal with if we don’t do as we are commanded. I can’t tag it as Humor because it is too real and anything but funny. 



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Tax Mess

Posted by taxguru on April 19, 2013

Allen West has this great summary of the mess our tax system has become, starting with an analysis of George Harrison’s “TaxMan” song.  He even mentions what I have been saying for decades; that our “Progressive” tax rate structure, which punishes success, has its roots in the Communist Manifesto.


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Posted by taxguru on February 2, 2012

Dems Love Taxes — They Just Don’t Want to Pay Them –  Hypocrisy has long been one of the critical requirements to be a good card carrying DemonRat.


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Illicit affair with taxes…

Posted by taxguru on January 16, 2012

The Onion posted this funny spoof of Grover Norquist admitting to improper relations with taxes.


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GOP fixated on taxes?

Posted by taxguru on January 16, 2012

Funny mash-up of a GOP debate, focusing on their mentions of Taxes and Reagan.


There are lots of these kinds of one topic video mash-ups on this site I just discovered,, that has nothing to do with haircuts.

Here’s a good illustration of why the GOP needs to keep its focus on the Reagan legacy of lower taxes, as our Affirmative Action president proclaims his sickening love of spending other people’s money.


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Common Sense in Verse

Posted by taxguru on October 24, 2011

From F.R. Duplantier’s latest Politickle.  I wish I had his skill at coming up with clever rhymes. 

All that’s needed are several swift whacks
From a strict constitutional axe:
To destroy the machine
Built in 1913,
Reestablish the indirect tax.

From the archive:

“I’ll oppose social revolution
And income redistribution,
I will take an ax
To the federal tax
And adhere to our Constitution.”

Our bureaucracies do us disservice
When they try to coerce and unnerve us;
We must bring to an end
What no one can defend:
The Internal Revenue Service.

The flat tax is best, some contend,
But the sales tax has much to commend.
Taxing income or sales
These are minor details
‘Til we limit what Congress can spend!



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Where it all began?

Posted by taxguru on March 31, 2010

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Wishful Thinking…

Posted by taxguru on March 26, 2010

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