Great Tax Moment in Simpsons History
July 1, 2008
[Homer finds out about the new tax to pay for fixing the town’s bear problem]
Homer: Woo-hoo! A perfect day. Zero bears and one big fat hairy paycheck. [opens it up] Hey! How come my pay is so low? … Bear patrol tax! This is an outrage! It’s the biggest tax increase in history!
Lisa: Actually, Dad, it’s the smallest tax increase in history.
Homer: Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.
Lisa: That’s the home-owner tax.
Homer: Well, anyway, I’m still outraged.
[Later, a mob marches on the Mayor’s office shouting “Down with taxes!”]
Mayor Quimby: Are those morons getting dumber or just louder?
Assistant: [checks his clipboard] Dumber, sir. They won’t give up the bear patrol, but they won’t pay taxes for it either.
Quimby: Ducking this issue calls for real leadership.
[at the podium]
Mayor Quimby: People, your taxes are too high because of illegal immigrants![…]
Moe: Immigants! [sic] I knew it was them! Even when it was the bears, I knew it was them.
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