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The annual day of reckoning for U.S. taxpayers arrives tomorrow, April 15.

For most folks, the federal income tax represents just one of many financial hits they take throughout the year. Many pay state income taxes. The city of Bowling Green, Ky., where I live, taxes income I make working within the city limits.

And folks pay property, gas taxes, sales taxes, school district taxes, library district taxes and the list goes on and on. I often wonder if we have become numb to all the taxes. We keep our mouths shut and our checkbooks open and pay.

 
 

The expression “money talks” comes with a full endorsement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

In its latest foray into the issue of federal campaign finance laws, the court marched along on the path it cleared in the Citizens United v. FEC case: limits on campaign donations deny people their First Amendment right of speech (or expression).

 
 

Earlier this month, Sen. Barbara Feinstien, D-Calif., took off publicly on the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing it of interfering with congressional oversight of CIA work, spying on members who sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee and maybe breaking the law.

She accused the agency of raiding the computers of Senate Intelligence Committee members and swiping documents related to the committee’s investigation of the CIA detention program.