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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wondering About What Happened on This Day.

I got wondering about things that happened on this day back in history that are still affecting me today.  You know, there are many, many things.  Almost everything that happened in the past affects the future in some way.  But today I am only going to mention three of them.

This first one, as far as I am concerned, changed the world:

1836  Samuel Colt patents the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

Mr. Colt's invention of the revolving cylinder really did change things. Before that, no one could fire more times than the number of barrels that their firearm had.  So, if someone wanted to fire six fast shots, he needed to lug around a heavy six barreled gun. . . Gee, I wonder if they ever made a six barrel rifle or shotgun?  I do know they made multiple barreled small handguns, but Colt's six-shooter changed everything because it was also much more accurate than many of the multiple barreled ones at the time.

The next one is not as much to my liking, it is an amendment to the Constitution making income tax legal.  Have you done your income taxes yet or are you going to put it off until the last minute like I usually do?  

1913   The 16th Amendment to the constitution is adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

Speaking of taxes, Oregon put the first tax on gasoline.  Now it wasn't that bad back then and one cent per gallon, but it sure didn't stay at a low level for long.
1919   Oregon introduces the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

The following are the current highest and lowest rates in the US


U.S. Gas Taxes (cents per gallon)
StateGas Taxes/Fees (cpg)Diesel Taxes/Fees (cpg)

(The first two are the highest rates)
New York      Gas - 69.6 cents/gal     Diesel - 75.1 cents/gal
 California       Gas - 69.0 cents/gal      Diesel - 79.5 cents/gal
(These last two are the lowest rates)
Alaska             Gas - 26.4 cents/gal       Diesel - 32.4 cents/gal

South Carolina  Gas -  35.2 cents/gal      Diesel - 41.2 cents/gal

 OK, now I am wondering if all that collect tax actually goes into road repair and new roads?  When you consider how many vehicles are on the roads and how many miles they travel and how much fuel they use, our roads ought to be paved with gold, don't you think?  Now have a great day, you hear?


  1. We're still waiting on a couple of 1099's before we can send everything off to our CPA in Ohio... taxes... ARG! One thing here in TX that Ohio doesn't do... tax food. Ohio does have sales tax but not on food. I don't know, but aren't cigarettes taxes pretty high? Do they still call the tax on "high end" item Luxury Tax? And as long as I'm asking questions... is the Pennsylvania Turnpike the one that boasts "paid with toll, not taxes"?

  2. About Texas food tax - http://www.ehow.com/list_6872751_texas-food-sales-tax-laws.html

    About cigarette taxes - http://www.taxdocket.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/cigtaxmap20092.jpg

    About Luxury Tax - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxury_tax

    About the PA turnpike - http://paindependent.com/2013/01/turnpike-tolls-are-up-but-where-does-the-money-go/

  3. Dizzy... you have an answer for everything!!!!

    1. I try and you know, sometimes I am right, too.

  4. My money, literally, is betting that most of the tax dollars were wasted:(