There once was a guy who made gizmos.
It cost him a dollar for three,
And he sold them to shops for a dollar a piece
Which seems okay so far to me.
The shop where they resold the gizmos
Put the price tag as $2.99
But they were always on sale for $2.50
Which still isn’t crossing the line.
So you pay your five bucks for two gizmos
But the government steps in to say
“A five-dollar price is all very nice
“But $5.25’s what you must pay.”
So you fish out a quarter to augment
The price of the gizmos you bought
But found that the cash in your pocket
Was less than initially thought
Because for each dollar of paycheck
A dime and a quarter were taken
To pay for the people who make up the rules
That say “Taxes are good, you’re mistaken.”
So that’s why when I shop for gizmos
I go to the maker and say
“Here’s a buck for your thirty-cent gizmo”
And we smile and go on our way.