Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Queen's Sheriff (Part IV)



Though the sheriff understood that he could collect a separate tax from certain households, he did not fully grasp the mathematical equations that calculated the amounts to be collected from individual income-earning households. We discussed last week some theories on net versus gross income, but since I was not privy to the stipulations of the new legislation, his ambiguous questions were unclear and seemed irrelevant to the nature of the new posting he had just announced. Though the new law does specify details applicable to the enforcement, proper regression analysis against the previously existing laws was performed hastily under pressure from the advocates of the law, specifically the wealthy citizens living in the Brahman district, and now a loophole exists that the rich Brahman residents intended, and the sheriff seems to have some insight into, regarding the ability to collect higher percentages from certain demographics, obviously those demographics do not include the Brahman residents.

Offended by the silent heckles, he marches passed me at a steady pace in the direction of his office, signaling with his hand for me to join him in his walk.

"Master Zen Chen, you've had always aw-ferd me advice wid my best interests at heart," he confessed as we distance ourselves from the crowds at a leisurely pace.

"Thank you Edwin, I sense a seriousness in you that was not present last week."

"Master Zen Chen, you've had always aw-ferd me advice wid my best interests at heart," he confesses as we distance ourselves from the crowds at a leisurely pace.

"Thank you Edwin, I sense a seriousness in you that was not present last week."

"Master, I feel justified in dee efforts I hab already initiated whens I hired some new deputies," he continues, "did you hear dem making fun a'me cuz I had trouble reading some ub dem words in..."

"Edwin, let me ask you this," I interrupt feeling his heart hanging low from the crowd's cruel calls.

"I rememba da previous pablems ub da old sheriff, Sheriff Blinders," he continues, ignoring my inquiring, "he allowed his deputies ta round up da calculations ub da taxes foe da foreign currencies dat da queen once tried to tax on our internashunal trada's. Before id ended, da deputies were seizing any foreign goods from da citizens' homes dat were purchased o' sole at prices below da fair market value in the interest of hedging da arbitrage advantages dat became available." I now begin to understand his reluctance in finishing the public declaration, thinking back to the questions he had asked me the week before.

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