Tag: taxes

Responsible Spending Perhaps?

I try not to get too political on my blog, but sometime I can’t help it. I love my country and do not want to see it destroyed by irresponsible leadership.

Did you know that originally you had to own property to vote in the U.S.? Do you know why that was? It was because taxes were based on your property and it was important that property owners had a say in how much they could be taxed on their property!

Today, voting and the voter registration process has morphed into nothing more than an attempt to grab more power. We don’t let 16-year-old kids fight wars, drink alcohol, buy guns, or get married because their rational brain is not fully functioning yet and they can easily be led. How many really think letting a 16-year-old vote is a great idea? If you do, I’d have to really question your motivation!

Is your vote for sale?

With the 2020 election looming in the future, irresponsible politicians are up to their same old games, promising things that the Federal Government cannot afford to provide in an effort to buy votes. Free healthcare, free college, government funded savings accounts, and guaranteed minimum income payments. Each politician seeking to be elected or re-elected stridently trying to out-promise the others in an effort to buy your vote. Truly … an example of pandering of epic proportions!

Do you really believe we can tax our working citizens enough to pay for all this?

Let’s Fact Check the Fact Checkers!

On February 1, 2019, an economics professor at Duquesne University tweeted a statement that said the following:

responsible spending

Some fact checkers immediately labeled this as a false claim. However, the number of billionaires, their estimated net worth, and the costs of running the government for the time period the professor used for his calculation support this claim.

Davies used figures from 2016, pointing at Forbes estimates of 540 U.S. billionaires worth $2.4 trillion, and he used the CBO’s report of federal outlays for FY 2016 of $3.9 trillion which would give an average of $2.6 trillion for eight months.

The reason this tweet was labeled false is that the number of billionaires and their net worth change constantly.

Many people will become richer or poorer within weeks, or even days of any publication due to changes in stock prices and exchange rates. For example, on July 27, 2017, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, was indeed the richest man in the world … for a few hours.

Forbes has identified additional billionaires since 2016, and their combined estimated net worth could fund the government longer than eight months. So, the tweet is labeled as FALSE.

Are you kidding me? So, now there are enough billionaires to fund the government for 9 months, 12 months, or 18 months? The point Antony Davies was making is accurate and valid to this day. The claim, by fact-checkers, that his statement is false is misleading at best.

So, say you tax all the billionaires at a rate of 100% and fund the federal government for, let’s be generous and say three years. What then?

Who do we tax next?

As Margaret Thatcher so clearly stated, “The problem with socialism is that, sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”

We would need to tax the millionaires, then the middle class, then the poor. At this rate, in 10 years we’d all be broke! Can you say Venezuela?

Some claim paying taxes is our patriotic duty

Perhaps it is. I have no problem with paying fair taxes to support the expenses of the federal government.

However, before they raise taxes even one iota, they need to ensure that they are acting as responsible stewards of taxpayer money!

Do any of you see any signs of that? No? Then why should we let them take more of our money?

Perhaps if the federal government demonstrated and practiced responsible spending habits, some of the federal deficit and current budget issues could be avoided. Perhaps they could start by cutting wasteful spending. Here are a few of my suggestions worth looking into:

  • Despite trillion-dollar deficits, last year’s 10,160 earmarks included $200,000 for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, California; $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; and $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone in Albany, Georgia.
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission spent $3.9 million rearranging desks and offices at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.
  • Members of Congress have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars supplying their offices with popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners, camcorders, and signature machines — plus $24,730 leasing a Lexus, $1,434 on a digital camera, and $84,000 on personalized calendars.
  • Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, “Girls Gone Wild” videos, and at least one sex change operation.
  • The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.
  • The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.
  • Congressional investigators were able to receive $55,000 in federal student loan funding for a fictional college they created to test the Department of Education.
  • The Conservation Reserve program pays farmers $2 billion annually not to farm their land.
  • More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for.
  • The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes.

These are just a few of the many examples of past government financial inefficiencies and waste. Before you try to take more of my money, be sure you are spending the money you already take wisely!

How’s HOPE and CHANGE working out for you?

Part 1, The Truth About Cap and Tax (Oops … my bad!  I mean trade)! 

Why would Obama and his liberal dream team work so hard to rush through such a horrible, economically disasterous, travesty of a bill.  It makes absolutely no sense at all … unless … just maybe … Rush Limbaugh is correct; and Obama simply hates America and simply wants to drive this country into bankruptcy to destroy it.  

In my opinion, any Representative or Senator who votes for this bill is not a true American and does not have this country’s best interests at heart.  In fact, in my opinion, they are actually “domestic enemies” of this country and should be treated as such!

It is time for conservative Americans step up and be heard.  We need to stop this legislative catastophe called the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill before the Senate can foolishly approve it.   Too many Americans sat, stupified, watching the mind-numbing mass media coverage of the deification of Michael Jackson … while the House of Representatives used this Hollywood lovefest as cover to pass this bill while nobody was looking.  Americans should have taken that time to understand how bad this bill really is … and not to worship a troubled, drug addicted man with a serious identity crisis who slept with young boys … but was not a pediphile.

By the way, what happened to Obama’s campaign pledge of open and transparent government process …. Oh well!

This bill is being sold to us  as a means to slow man-caused carbon emissions  … and thus help prevent global warming.  However, even if we were to accept  as fact the absurd assertions of  hysterical, tree-hugging, leftists  that man is causing the global warming that will destroy the planet … Cap & Trade could (and would) not prevent this disaster.

According to reknowned climate scientist Chip Knappenberger, this bill would only reduce Earth’s temperature by 0.1 to 0.2 degree Celsius by 2100.   This calculation is backed up by  Heritage Foundation’s Ben Lieberman, who states that he can find no legimate counter to the assertion that the impact of this bill on the global temperature  would be inconsequential.

On the other hand, it is pretty clear that this Cap & Tax bill will have a major negative impact on the economy … one that which would not be inconsequential. 

Some experts estimate that  this bill will cause  job losses averaging about 1.15 million between 2012 and 2030, and the cumulative projected loss in gross domestic product would be almost $10 trillion by 2035.  This means that the national debt burden would increase by 26 percent, or $115,000,  by 2035 for a typical American family of four. 

Even liberal economists (at least those who have some personal integrity) such as with the  Brookings Institution, estimate that this farce  known as Cap & Tax would cost as much as 1.8 percent of the GDP in 2035 and 2.5 percent by 2050.

The fact is that economists from liberal think tanks, conservative think tanks, and industry associations all agree that Waxman-Markey cap & trade bill will reduce income by hundreds of billions of dollars per year.

So, I ask again … why the big rush to pass it?  Why is Obama and his henchmen (and henchwomen) pressing so hard to get it passed so quickly?  What does Obama gain?

If these facts are not enough to make you question why the American people aren’t screaming …. and threatening to un-elect,  impeach, or lynch anyone involved with passing this travesty of a bill,  here are a few other little tidbits about this Cap & Tax fiasco you should understand:

  1. This bill contains a hidden provision establishing unemployment benefits for up to three full years for workers displaced as a result of Cap & Tax, as well as health insurance premium subsidies and $1,500 each for job search and relocation expenses …  all at taxpayers’ expense.
  2. The American Issues Project has uncovered a section (Section 204) of this bill that gives the federal government unprecedented authority over your home.  This section mandates that new homes be 30 percent more energy-efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed and  this requirement will increase to 50 percent by 2014 … and continues to increase until 2030.
  3. The bill would also affect existing properties you currently own. It requires states to label residential and nonresidential buildings based on their efficiency ratings and to publicize this information. This will allow states to inspect a building for a myriad of reasons including: you want to renovate your house in a way that requires a building permit, you want to sell your house, or you even want to just change the name of the person responsible for paying its utilities.
  4. Our liberal government officials, with their boundless generosity with other people’s money, have also set aside a fund to help homeowners retrofit their properties. 
  5. This bill is so obscene that even with the strong Democratic majority in the House, it couldn’t have passed it without bribing some reluctant representatives.  In fact, to buy Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s vote, Obama and hs dream team offered her a new federal power authority, which, according to The Washington Times, is loaded with up to $3.5 billion in taxpayer’s money available for lending to renewable energy and economic development projects in Ohio and other Midwestern states.    Hmmmmm!  Imagine that ……
  6. The truth is that, in addition to all the economic destruction the bill would wreak, this bill is not about global warming at all. It simply creates a new revenue stream for Obama’s shadow government.  It is really about the Obamian wealth redistribution plan.  Obama’s own budget promises to raise $650 billion in revenues by selling carbon permits (simply a form of indirect taxation).  However, only $150 billion of this $650 billion will go to alternative energy production. The rest will be redistributed to people who “don’t pay income taxes.”

Enough is enough!  Are we, as Americans, going to sit by and let this great country abandon its principles of personal freedom, equal opportunity, individual achievement, and real economic prosperity … and go quietly into the dark … sowing the seeds of our own destruction.

It is time for true Patriotic Americans to make a stand!

Science Fiction can Predict the Future!

This blog is something that I have been batting around in my head for a while now, and me sitting down to write it coincides perfectly with the conclusion of my term papers and Darren’s latest blog.

Cover of Falkenburgs Leigon

Sci-Fi writers can see the writing on the wall.

In the 1970’s Science Fiction writer Jerry Pournelle sat down and wrote a book entitled West of Honor and its sequel The Mercenary, which are combined into Falkenburg’s Leigon, these where the inaugural books in the popular CoDominium series, and where followed by Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell the Spartans, and Prince of Sparta the last two were written with S.M. Stirling, all of these are prequels to the best selling Mote in God’s Eye and The Gripping Hand.

These books where written during the Cold War and still make reference to the USSR. In this series the CoDominium is an alliance between the Soviets and America, in which the 2 countries essentially control the world. (Wikipedia has a good article on the back ground just search for CoDominium) My main concern with all of this is part of the internal structure of the USA at this point in time.

The stories start of in the 2040’s or 50’s and assume that humanity has colonized the stars. In the USA there are essentially 2 classes of Americans: Taxpayers and “Citizens.” The term “Citizen” as it is used here is a derogatory term, given to the class of people making up, what I guess to be, 60-80% of the population. I know that’s a wide range but he never gives any numbers that I can recall. The “Citizens” live in Welfare Islands where the government gives them money to live, they can get an education if they want and they can get a job, but once they get a job then they get kicked of the welfare rolls although they don’t necessarily have to pay taxes.

The Taxpayers, however, are the ones who reap all the major benefits. They usually have the largest share of power and get all kinds of perks from the government, because they float the system. This device is used in another prominent Sci-Fi series David Weber’s Honorverse, where this role is played by the Doles of the Peoples Republic of Haven.

It seems to me that this is unfortunately where America is headed. The more the upper class floats the government, and the more the government support the lower class, the less that the lower classes need to be involved in anything. If the government is going to give poor people who don’t work free money what do they care about who runs the government, as long as they get their share. Welfare creates a dangerous sense of entitlement and complacency when people believe they are owed something for doing NOTHING ! The very fiber of American society is coming undone. For America to be a land of equal opportunity it needs to be a land of equal contribution.

Now I realize that some people might say “But William, the poor can’t contribute as much as the rich!”

I understand that, and accept that. However equal does not always mean an equal amount. What if they just contributed the same percentage that everybody else did? What I’m talking about is a flat rate tax of 15-18%. I realize that some people dislike like paying taxes and think that it’s wrong and unconstitutional, but lets face it people … the government needs money to stay afloat or at least make an attempt at it.

Cover of Caliphate

Speaking of seeing the future

Author Tom Kratman has come out with a new book which has bumped it’s way to the top of my must read list. From what I can tell this book is set 100 or so years in the future when Europe, due to it’s declining birthrates, has become an Islamic territory. That’s about all I know, I did like his first book State of Disobedience and A Desert Called Peace, and Carnifex are on my list of books to read though it may be a while before I get to them. Kratman usually does a good job of writing books that make you think about government and I doubt these will be any different.

Islam Will Conquer Rome, Violent & Stupid Teens, And Other Stories

The Religion Of Peace?

In a recent sermon by a prominent Muslim cleric, who is also a Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament, openly declared that “the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital,” would soon be conquered by Islam.

According to the FOXNEWS, A …

fiery sermon, delivered by Yunis al-Astal and aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, predicted that Rome would become “an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.”

“Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion,” al-Astal preached, “so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security and consolidation of power, and even to conquests through da’wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world.

“Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesied by our prophet Muhammad,” he added.

Al-Astal last June preached how it was the duty of Palestinian women to martyr themselves by becoming homicide bombers.

“The most exalted form of jihad is fighting for the sake of Allah, which means sacrificing one’s soul by fighting the enemies head-on, even if it leads to martyrdom,” he said in a June 23, 2007 interview.

“When jihad becomes an individual duty, it applies to women too, because women do not differ from men when it comes to individual duties,” he said, calling Jews “the brothers of apes and pigs” who should “taste the bitterness of death.”

Friday’s rant repeated that theme: “Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam.

“I believe that our children, or our grandchildren, will inherit our jihad and our sacrifices, and, Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them.

“Today, we instill these good tidings in their souls – and by means of the mosques and the Koran books, and the history of our Prophets, his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire at whose brink they stand.”

Do you ever stop to wonder why Jimmy Carter likes these Hamas guys so much more than his own people or our Israeli allies?

It seems that, former president, Jimmy Carter has a great admiration for Hamas. Here is just a small sampling of what Jimmy Carter is irresponsibly excusing and, thus indirectly, endorsing.

Jan. 29, 2004 – A suicide bomber detonated a bag laden with explosives on a No. 19 bus line on Aza Street in Jerusalem. Ten Israelis and one foreigner were killed and 44 were injured…Sept. 9, 2003 – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the “Hillel Cafe” in Jerusalem. Seven Israelis were killed and 70 injured…

April 30, 2003 – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt at the entrance to the “Mike’s Place” pub on the Tel Aviv boardwalk. An additional suicide bomber hurled an explosive device nearby. Three Israeli civilians were killed and 62 were wounded…

May 7, 2002 – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt and an additional explosive device in a bag, at a club in Rishon Letzion. Sixteen Israeli civilians were killed, and 51 were wounded…

March 27, 2002 – A suicide bomber blew himself up with an explosive belt in the Park Hotel in Netanya. Thirty Israeli civilians were killed and 144 were wounded…

Aug. 9, 2001 – A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem. Fifteen Israelis were killed and 110 wounded…

June 1, 2001 – A suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance to the “Dolphinarium” club in Tel Aviv. Twenty-two Israeli civilians were killed, and 83 were wounded.

And … were supposed to be the bad guys?

Are We Raising Stupid, Violent Teens!

I don’t normally put videos in my blog … but this is something else!

What kind of teenagers commit this kinds of crimes? And why are they dumb enough to film it for YOUTUBE?

Because … we teach them they can get away with what ever they want, and that there is no such thing as right and wrong! Morals are relative and stupid … oh yeah … and so un-cool! Whats really important is how much cools stuff you have!!!!! You can shoot that kid and steal his shiny new Nikes … no big deal! You’ll get off because you are simply a misunderstood kid who the “village” failed to nurture enough …

Schools don’t teach anymore … they fill our kids with liberal, secular-progressive, left-wing gobbledygook … and then we wonder why they commit violent crimes things like this.

Of, course … if you try to put the blame where it belongs … on the destruction of the American family because of loony left-wing, secular-progressive liberal policies running rampant in our schools and our televisions … liberals simply cry foul and get the liberal activist judges they keep in their pockets to trample still more American freedoms to enforce their agenda.

I think home school or private school is the only means to save our country from this NEA lunacy…

Taxation Truth

So, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama don’t think the wealthy people in this country don’t pay their fair share of taxes.

In a 2004 paper presented to the American Statistical Association, IRS economists Michael Strudler and Tom Petska calculated percentiles data that included both income taxes and Social Security taxes. In 1999, the top 1 percent paid 23.3 percent of combined payroll and income taxes, the top 10 percent paid 52.2 percent, and the top 20 percent paid 68.2 percent.

Basically, that means that the top 20% wealthiest people in this nation already pay almost 70% of the nation’s tax revenue. How is that unfair to the poor? Tell me … I am waiting to hear!

A common liberal retort to this fact is that they exclude payroll taxes, which are assumed (key word being assumed) to be largely paid by the poor. However, as it actually it turns out, when payroll taxes are included in the calculations, they have far less impact on the distribution of the tax burden than most people would assume, because the wealthy also pay a large share of those taxes.