Random movie quotes have been popping into my head lately and the number one thing I realized is that none of them are from a movie post-2000. Either I'm old or my movie watching habits have declined. Probably both.
I was going to put up a thread about how one of the great political "branding" campaigns of the past 30+ years is the GOP labeling the estate tax as the "death tax." Not that that's news but it just seems remarkable to me that what, IMHO, should be the least objectionable tax - a tax on a dead person's assets - can be so unpopular. They're dead! What are they going to do with the money? Maybe it should be labeled an inheritance tax.
This might have lead to a broader discussion of why we permit dead people to lock up assets for decades, and potentially forever, in trusts or charitable foundations or the like. Seems a waste, why are people fighting over the wishes of someone who died in the 1930s (or earlier), for example. It's a little trickier when these things are set up while still living (e.g., Gates foundation), but still.
Instead, have an open thread.