Posts Tagged by Democrats

Thank a Rich Person this Tax Season — A Call to Abolish Taxes and Enact a Balanced Budget Amendment

I would just like to take this moment to thank the rich people of America for their generous subsidizing the lion’s share of America’s taxes. This year, for example, I am especially grateful for the child tax credit. Thanks!
—- Dear NSA and IRS agents, I know you’re reading this, but please…

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Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

This is why I led off with the John Adams quote. ‘Moral and religious people’ will continue to be ‘moral and religious’ whatever freedoms or restrictions are placed on them by the government. I might say: “Libertarianism was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the [government] of any other.” There are any number of forms of government that can work with a ‘moral and religious people.’ For an amoral or immoral or anti-moral or non-religious or anti-religious people, no kind of government is going to work for the long haul.

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It is not about health care insurance coverage, it is about health care COSTS

But, besides all this, there is something which is not seen. The fifty millions expended by the State cannot be spent, as they otherwise would have been, by the tax-payers. It is necessary to deduct, from all the good attributed to the public expenditure which has been effected, all the harm caused by the prevention of private expense, unless we say that James B. would have done nothing with the crown that he had gained, and of which the tax had deprived him; an absurd assertion, for if he took the trouble to earn it, it was because he expected the satisfaction of using it, He would have repaired the palings in his garden, which he cannot now do, and this is that which is not seen. [… etc] He would have become a member of the Mutual Assistance Society, but now he cannot; this is what is not seen. (Frederic Bastiat, 1850)

Mr. Bastiat does a terrific job in showing how taxes put to the socialist’s ends only serves to diminish freedom but what I want the reader to note the connection he draws here between taxation and ‘mutual assistance.’ It is agreed by all that we should like to help our fellow man. Liberals and socialists believe they can do that better by collective administration of coerced funds than individuals can do through churches, charities, and the like.

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Generous with other people’s money

My challenge is this: on what basis can we possibly justify taking money from other people by taxation (ie, through coercion, threat of punishment, etc), to achieve that which we think is a worthy charitable end? [More…]

If you see a beggar on the street, it is perfectly right and proper to want to help him. If you proceed to go over and help him, you’ve done what pleases God. If instead you go across the street, stick a gun in a rich man’s rib, and take the rich man’s money and go over and help the beggar, I am not so sure that is what God had in mind.

Using the government to do our good deeds is essentially being generous with someone else’s money.

I see no basis in the Scriptures for Christians to condone or participate in such a methodology.

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Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

In short, a tax of any amount impacts choice to some degree, and free choice is the foundation for freedom. Hence, it is impossible to issue a tax without affecting, at least to a degree, the freedom of the people taxed. To return to the cigarette tax, if the cost of the cigarettes are so high that people won’t buy them then that is indistinguishable from a law forbidding their sale. The net effect of both is a decrease in freedom. Even if many can still pay the tax, and choose to do so, there will be some for whom the cost is high enough that the net effect is the same as actually outlawing it outright.

It appears to be freedom, but it isn’t. No law prohibiting smoking was passed, no one was thrown in jail, but for some portion of the population the effect is just as though there were.

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Government Declares that April Fools Day is now 365 Days a Year

Nice try, Mike.

One learns not to believe anything you hear on April 1st, period.

The jokes on April Fool’s day that you do fall for are funny enough. After all, the jokes are usually harmless enough. There is something delightful about a day every year to help highlight our need for skepticism and our general inclination to believe that which is presented, especially if the ones who present things are normally trustworthy.

What happens, though, when this general inclination is exploited on a continuing basis? What if certain folks aim to take advantage of our collective gullibility but with a twist: the jokes aren’t harmless anymore and if they have anything to say about it they are never discovered as jokes at all?

Friends, that is the situation we now find ourselves in.

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Breaking: Obama Votes ‘Present’ on Stimulus Bill

*Flash* Today Barack Obama voted ‘Present’ on the Stimulus Bill *Flash*

Washington D.C., Today Barack Obama voted present for the stimulus bill in what he joked was a “knee jerk reaction born of habit” and proof that he was, contrary to reports, “…not a, uh, uh, um, divine being or, uh, eh, uh, uh promised Messiah, but eh, uh, a human being like the rest of you mere uh, mortals…” Reportedly, Rahm Emmanuel was quick to remind the president that he was no longer a senator and didn’t have to worry about voting at all.

Obama was heard to quip, “I didn’t have time to read the bill, either, so I guess its good I don’t have to take a position on it.” Sources close to the White House report that Obama was reminded that he would have to decide whether or not to sign the bill, and that it would be his name on it if he did, and that Obama then launched a spirited speech on how he was going to bring change to Washington until it seemed no one was paying any more attention… *Flash* Breaking *Flash*

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Detroit Income Tax even for NonResidents?

Last night I learned that Detroit has put together an ‘income tax’ much like the Federal and State income tax. In other words, it isn’t property tax. (I heard it described as a ‘slum tax’). We wonder why Michigan has been in recession for so long… well, one doesn’t have to look too hard. The last thing that Detroit needs is another reason for people to flee- and I assure you, and I doubt you need to be convinced- a person who pays this income tax will receive absolutely nothing for its dollar.

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Dear Republicans: You are Fired

If it weren’t for the nominations of two Supreme Court justices who will rule by the letter of the law (we hope… we might wonder if there have been some exceptions now) I would consider my votes for the Republicans the last 8 years an utter, and total, waste. As in, if I had voted for a pile of excrement that would have been more worthwhile, as excrement can at least be used as fertilizer. While I shudder to think what life would be like since 2000 if Al Gore or John Kerry were the president, the salient point is that in the end, under Republican control, there was hardly any noticeable difference. Maybe I amend my statement somewhat- I am glad that Bush was at the helm on 9-11 and my only regrets concerning Afghanistan and Iraq is that we didn’t really fight to win there, either. But I digress.

The point is that I don’t frankly care what you say or do at this point, Republicans. I don’t believe you. I

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Hey! People! Even Blagojevich is Innocent Until Proven Guilty!

I have no love for Blagojevich. Frankly, I have no love for any Illinois politician. My five years in Illinois was like being front and center at a circus. There is also no question in my mind that Blagojevich is guilty as sin- and this is certainly not his first offense. What is the difference between Blagojevich, Daley, and Obama? Blagojevich got caught. We’re talking Chicago politics, here. You’re living in la-la land if you expect anyone- even the Messiah- to have clean hands in general, and few places in the country get hands dirtier.

So it should be clear that I have no special fondness for Blagojevich. Nonetheless, in this country- allegedly- people are innocent until proven guilty. To try to get the state supreme court to toss the governor out before the man has even had his trial is simply wrong. Should the man resign? Of course. But then I think almost every politician in Illinois should resign, and that probably includes the Republicans, but the Democrats for sure. If the man doesn’t resign, will the state suffer? Probably. But that still doesn’t mean you can just ignore the rule of law and it doesn’t mean that just because a guy is an arrogant knucklehead that you can strip him of due process.

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Legislating Morality is For the Birds- Walmart Tramplers not to be Deterred by Laws

By now have we all heard about the tragic incident on ‘Black Friday’ where a Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death in the early morning hour? Predictably, New York legislators aim to prevent another occurence by…. passing a law.

Perhaps ‘fair’ and ‘right’ has nothing to do with it but rather it is a question of practicality. I used to be of the school that said that ‘ignorance is no excuse’ in regards to following the law or rules (ie, in my classroom when I was a teacher) but then I had a short list of rules that had enough sense to them that they could be easily learned, easily remembered, and easily applied. Who possibly could make themselves aware of the tens of thousands of pages worth of legislation passed now in this country, not even including our tax code?

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Jeremiah Wright wasn’t Completely Wrong but Wrong to be a Democrat

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright has gone on the defensive, arguing that his comments were taken out of context and then right before our eyes justifying as righteous the very interpretations others have drawn.  Wright is off his rocker in asserting that the US Government is the one responsible for AIDS and that the US brought […]

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