Monday, November 13, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1368 Death and Taxes (For Benjamin Franklin play) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 13, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1368 Death and Taxes (For Benjamin Franklin play)by Janet S. Tiger (c) Nov. 13, 2017  

                                                    Death and Taxes
                                   A monologue by Janet S. Tiger   © All rights reserved 2017
            (Benjamin Franklin enters, with a tablet, he is typing something)

I love these things!  Oh, if I were alive today, what I could do!  And if I were alive today, I would revise my original quote.....which I made after we finalized the Constitution.  Because  - although I had many dreams of what the future was to hold, I have to be honest, I never thought of all the changes that were coming!

And if I were alive today, I would be working - along with the scientists trying to live forever - on how to make longer life not just longer, but better!

And I would be figuring out how to save our oceans, make them clean again!  Because in these oceans may be the secret to endless life - the jellyfish that have been alive for a million years!

           (Turns to leave - stops, looks back)

And I would change my famous quote - because now, the only thing in life that is certain - is taxes!

           (He exits to a world with endless possibilities - but always taxed!)

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
— Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789
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