Birds Taking Chances

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Birds Taking Chances

A robin hit our window pane the other day,
the glass was solid and he didn’t go threw,
why he hit so hard I really can’t say,
but we tried to save him we did all we could do.

We carefully lifted the robin from where he had fallen
we poked and prodded and inspected
The accident for him so sudden,
He rests now, nature’s finality respected.

A sparrow smacked the greenhouse door.
We saw her fall her among the pots and plants,
After a bit of searching I found her there on the floor,
Knocked senseless but alive so she had a chance.

Unlike the robin the sparrow was not broken,
We lifted her up and checked her all over
She perched on my hand our hopes unspoken.
Soon she recovered and flew into a bush for cover.

You must know how to enjoy nature’s dance,
while realizing you’re always taking a chance

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Tax Increases

Taxes are calculated on purchased products, and some items have a higher tax rate than others.

So let’s look at road tax.  Usually road tax is the tax on fuel purchases.  Over the years vehicles have become more fuel efficient decreasing the tax revenue because less fuel is purchased so the tax per unit (liter or gallon)  has gone up.  All you see usually is the cost per gallon.

So the penalty for being more fuel efficient is a higher tax rate.

The same thing is happening with tobacco.  A certain amount of tax revenue was being generated by the tax on tobacco, as more and more people quit revenue began to go down so the tax per unit had to raise to keep the tax money coming in.

Now the government is trying to get it’s claws into the ecig market and begin collecting on that.

What are your thoughts?