Here then, a brief comment at the end of this the taxiest month. We are beginning to learn that big tax returns are not such a thing to be celebrated. Receiving our return on our zero-interest loan should not be an excuse to go on a spending spree. Still, it is better to receive a return than be required to pay up on the fifteenth, right? Again, no. Receiving a return means that the principal amount of that zero-interest loan, gathered through periodic withholdings during the year, was too high. Better to pay more of your invested money at the end then have paid too much in the past.
What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.