What? There’s the House and the Senate. Right? In both the state governments and the federal government. How can it be said there is another legislature? Continue reading “Federal Regulations – The legislature you don’t know about”
[no_toc]Having grown up in a traditional extended family that included many servants of mankind (teachers, doctors, district attorney, preachers and more) and yet lived through the 60’s at the University of Texas and endured the indignation cast upon me and my fellow Viet Nam veterans, I think I know something about Givers versus Takers. Continue reading “Givers versus Takers: which are you? Why does the question matter?”
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Firstly, about this “tax cut” bill. It’s not a tax cut. The fiscally responsible folks in Congress stopped a tax hike. The irresponsible ones, those who have no idea of what makes the U.S. economy tick and care little about individual rights, were trying to hike your taxes. But secondly, the pandering rhetoric about the estate tax is more pathetic than pandering. The gall of the (almost) former Speaker talking about the concession NOT to gouge successful people with a draconian estate tax as if that was a “benefit” is the height of economic class-warfare! Continue reading “Keeping own property = benefit per Pelosi. The arrogance!”
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What are the consequences of federal policies, and what is the message of the 2010 election? Continue reading “Thanks … for the stim-u-lus … Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted”
Regardless of how you view the Nov. 2, 2010 election results, we still have the future to worry about; and one of the most worrisome features of Congress is the concept of “earmarks” a/k/a “pork barrel projects.” I suggest that earmarks constitute the most divisive, dishonest and dangerous of procedures threatening the republic. Why do I say that? Continue reading “Time for a non-partisan attack to eliminate earmarks”
This is great. Read the whole piece. It’s an adaptation from an article written in the 80’s but still quite relevant. Perhaps even more so, embellished by Jon Stewart.
545 PEOPLE — By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
TORONTO (Reuters) – Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.
Here you have it. Additional taxes on everyone are coming in a form by which to provide plausible deniability in the face of the inevitable charge that income taxes were not to be raised except on the wealthy.
“Volcker, answering a question from the audience at a New York Historical Society event, said the value-added tax ‘was not as toxic an idea’ as it has been in the past and also said a carbon or other energy-related tax may become necessary,” Reuters reported.
“If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes,” Volcker added that day. In Europe, VAT taxes range from about 16 percent to 25 percent with an average of roughly 20 percent, according to Olivier Garret of Casey Research. Garrett, who grew up in France, called the VAT “a license to steal without people knowing it.”
Volcker is only the former Fed chairman and current White House economic advisor. Wonder why he did not mention cutting spending?
This is just too “cute” and funny, while distressingly logical, not to post here for posterity. I defy anyone to defeat the logic of this analogy.
Joe’s Fair Plumbing Act of 2009
Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come and fix it.
Joe drives to Obama’s house, which is located in a very nice neighborhood and where it’s clear that all the residents make more than $250,000 per year.
Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Joe is led to the room that contains the leaky pipe under a sink. Joe assesses the problem and tells Obama, who is standing near the door, that it’s an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes.
Obama asks Joe how much it will cost. Joe immediately says, “$9,500.”
“$9,500?” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair!”
“Yes, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free,” explains Joe. “It’s always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied government to pass this philosophy as law,
and it did pass earlier this year, so now all plumbers have to do business this way. It’s known as ‘Joe’s Fair Plumbing Act of 2009.’ Surprised you haven’t heard of it.”
In spite of that, Obama tells Joe there’s no way he’s paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Joe leaves. Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book looking for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses listed have gone out of business. Not wanting to pay Joe’s price, Obama does nothing. The leak under Obama’s sink goes unrepaired for the next several days.
A week later the leak is so bad that Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour, and there’s a risk that the room will flood, so Obama calls Joe and pleads with him to return. Joe goes back to Obama’s house, looks at the
leaky pipe, and says, “ Let’s see – this will cost you about $21,000.”
“A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!” Obama quickly fires back.
Joe explains the reason for the dramatic increase. “Well, because of the ‘Joe’s Fair Plumbing Act,’ a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing I’m doing for the people who make less than $250,000. As a result, the rate I have to charge my wealthy paying customers rises every day.
“Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work from the group of people who get it for free has skyrocketed, and there’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs. This has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, and they’re not being replaced – nobody is going
into the plumbing business because they know they won’t make any money. I’m hurting now too – all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won’t pay their fair share.”
Obama tries to straighten out the plumber: “Of course you’re hurting, Joe! Don’t you get it? If all the rich people learn how to fix their own plumbing and you refuse to charge the poorer people for your services, you’ll be broke, and then what will you do?”
Joe immediately replies, “Run for president, apparently.”
Let me get this straight. Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did …not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong?
(unashamedly lifted from an email … author unknown)