A Taxing Question for Our Legislators
Once your constituents
are beyond their late 40s
or certainly their higher 50s,
it’s primarily downhill
for while frequenting
increasingly restricted paths
they’re beset by impairments
such as accrued wear and tear,
sluggish immune systems, “senior moments,”
rheumatism, tremors, dementia, arthritis…,
as well as deepening financial vulnerability
due to bodily deterioration and obsolescence.
Consequently, after reaching adulthood,
a voter’s useful life
is typically just 50 – 60 years
after which nursing home costs
can divest them of any residual value.
So taking into account
their miniscule valuation,
and in light of aging’s liabilities,
why not legislate every citizen
has an individual depreciation
much like plants, property, and equipment
of our nation’s businesses
and especially of your favored constituents,
billionaires and corporations.
The choosing had almost ended
with the “wise ones” electing to send
programmers, agronomists, soldiers, entrepreneurs,…
to spearhead humanity’s desperate quest.
Of what use, the many demanded,
could those ineffectual dreamers,
the artists, possibly be?
But then a minority persuasively noted
it was “practical” people, “the doers,”
who occasioned the impending catastrophe
and that, together with principled scientists,
the “impractical” dreamers
had warned us of our impending doom –
too often at great cost to themselves.
So now, these same artists, “humanity’s canaries,”
would take their newly designated places
aboard the immense craft.
Accordingly, performance artists,
writers, painters, musicians, sculptors,…
along with their more conventional crew mates,
comforted loved ones,
then reluctantly filed onto lifts
that would elevate them to the starship.
And what awaited them?
In spite of all assurances
every crew member knew
their journey was, at best, a gamble.
Yet one thing was undeniable:
Any chance, however small,