30 December 2009

The saddest thing I read today

Of course, plenty of taxpayers themselves are eager to live to see the new year. One wealthy, terminally ill real-estate entrepreneur has told his doctors he is determined to live until the law changes.

"Whenever he wakes up," says his lawyer, "He says: 'What day is it? Is it Jan. 1 yet?'"
That's from an article today in The Wall Street Journal. The estate tax for the super-wealthy is going to be non-existent in 2010, and it's really framing peoples decisions about health.
What's most depressing about the man in the quote above is that it seems his only remaining desire/purpose to live is to beat the tax. How awful.

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