TAKS and TAXES

It’s that time of year when students and adults alike break out the calculators to demonstrate some basic math skills. For the students, the math portion of the Texas Asessment of Knowledge and Skills is in just two weeks, and for me the Internal Revenue Service requests the honor of my annual “pledge” to the government by April 15th.

I willingly participate with a cheerful heart in one of these two yearly rituals, finding it to be a worthy cause managed by competent (although not always efficient) individuals who have our best interests at heart, and who also have my good-faith and trust. The other of these rituals seems to me to be a needless government intrusion that is excessively biased on the basis of wealth.

Can you figure out which is which?


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