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Death and Taxes

"IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING CAN BE SAID TO BE  CERTAIN, EXCEPT DEATH AND TAXES" - Benjamin Franklin. Income taxes were due in the United States this week, so this week, please blog about the inevitable: death, taxes, or another unavoidable aspect of living which Ben Franklin neglected to mention.   

While the first personal income taxes were levied in the U.S. during the Civil War, it took the passage of 1913's 16th Amendment to the Constitution to codify the government's right to tax property, and therefore to make income taxes a permanent part of Americans' lives.

Maybe these books about government will help make sense of it all»

This week, please blog about the inevitable: death, taxes, or another unavoidable aspect of living which Ben Franklin neglected to mention. 

 Speaking of taxes, I know someone who writes off all expenses related to his cat (don't try this at home without checking with your accountant first). In his honor, we will select a few featured bloggers on this week's topic to receive Red Room author Darlene Arden's latest book, The Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know About Caring For Your Cat.

So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week

"Death and Taxes"

For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term death and taxes blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.) 

And don't forget to check out last week's blog-topic-of-the-week entries on great parents. From sweet memories of values taught aboard a small boat on the Atlantic to a difficult lesson in racial prejudice, Red Roomers shared exceptional examples of parenting last week.

All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!

-Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room