Happy Tax Day!

Yes, today is April 15th.  The dreaded tax deadline for Americans.  Each year the Kurt and I  submit a huge stack of paperwork to the IRS, praying that everything is accurate and audit avoidable.

Many Americans grumble about having to pay taxes, especially because of all the wasteful governmental spending.  But, just for today, let’s try to look on the bright side!  Here are ten awesome things that are funded by our tax dollars:

Number One
Interstates and highways.  Who doesn’t like a smooth, quick drive from point A to Point B?

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Number Two
               Dams help control rivers and provide residents with a better way to utilize water resources.  They also generate electricity, thus making us less dependent on fossil fuels.  In my book, dams rock!

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The Hoover Dam

Number Three
And speaking of alternate power sources, how about nuclear power?  Nuclear power plants, like the Arkansas Nuclear One located in the Arkansas River Valley, are federally funded.

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The Cooling Tower of Arkansas Nuclear One

Number Four
Education.  Many people have the privilege of earning a college education, and it otherwise would not have been possible without federal financial assistance.

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Old Main at the University of Arkansas

Number Five
Our National Park System…..so many miles of beauty to explore!

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Sabrina taking in the view at Yosemite National Park
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The Grand Canyon

Number Six
Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital.  There are so many beautiful buildings with exquisite detail.

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The Jefferson Building, part of the Library of Congress
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The United States Capitol Building

Number Seven
Monuments that help us to remember some of our great historical figures.

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The Lincoln Memorial

Number Eight
The Smithsonian Museums, a collection of nineteen extraordinary museums, most of them located in Washington, D.C.  There are thousands of artifacts!  One of my favorites is the Hope Diamond found in the Museum of Natural History.

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Number Nine
The care and maintenance of our National Forests, including the Ouachitas and the Ozarks.

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Overlooking the Ouachita National Forest

Number Ten
Bridges…..because crossing by boat every day to get to work, school or home would be cumbersome!

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I know that the items that I mentioned are a mere drop in the bucket, and that it doesn’t relinquish the fact that the check writers in Washington need to tighten their belts.  That being said, I’m not in the business of stirring up controversy or ill-will.  For me, knowing that something good and worthwhile is happening in this great country as a result of my hard earned payment makes writing that check a little easier.

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