Odd Ends

There are a couple things I noticed in passing that require a bit of light shined on them.

First, this report:

The federal Treasury expects to collect a record $2.712 trillion in taxes on Americans and U.S. business this year, shattering the 2007 high of $2.5 trillion in taxes.

 

More shocking in the president’s 376-page “Historical Tables,” is the projection that tax receipts will soar during the remainder of the president’s second term, reaching nearly $4 trillion in 2018, four times Uncle Sam’s take in 1989.

That’s odd. The president wants to raise taxes even higher. The ends justify the means, I presume.

Next, we have another guilty plea in the Blagojevich fiasco:

Another piece of unfinished business in the decade-long investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration has been dealt with in federal court in Chicago.

Building contractor Jacob Kiferbaum pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted extortion in an amended plea deal. It calls for a prison term of about two years when he is sentenced July 17.

Why is this odd you ask?
Kiferbaum pleaded guilty in 2007 according to this report. So five and a half years after he pleads guilty he might get sentenced to two years– in three months. That’s odd. Not quite as odd as Joe Cari’s sentence- from the same report:
In August 2011, Joe [Cari] – a close friend of Joe Biden – was sentenced to three years of…wait for it…wait for it…yes, pro-ba-tion.  Oh, the state pension fund was for school teachers.
The lesson? Never steal money unless you have the assent of all your colleagues in Congress, comrade.
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