Tax Burden Myth?


According to the IRS, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid over 40 percent of all federal income taxes in 2007. That is a higher share than the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers combined! They paid just over 39 percent.

The above info is often used to refute the liberal political theory that the rich don’t pay enough in taxes. You hear Republicans quoting this kind of thing all the time. Are the above numbers true? Probably so. I haven’t heard anyone trying to debunk them. I do think that EVERYONE pays too much in taxes. However, I think they are misleading.

Is it just me or does this whole argument seem misleading? Okay, so the top 1% pay 39% of the tax burden. Big deal. They also earn considerably more money than most people. That isn’t what I’m concerned about. What I’m concerned about is an equitable distribution of the percentage of one’s income that is paid in taxes to our imperial federal government. If we’re to continue using the income tax then it’s wrong, in my opinion, if someone pays a higher percentage of their income because they’re rich or they pay a lower percentage because they’re poor. The percentage should be the same.

I’m a supporter of the Fair Tax. It’s basically a tax on all goods and services sold and is intended to replace the income tax. In this way, if a rich person wants to purchase more goods and services, they are consciously agreeing to also pay more in taxes. They choose to pay them and not have them forcibly removed from their paycheck in the form of an income tax.

But that’s beside the point. My point is that in order for the income tax to be “fair”, if that’s even a possibility, the percentage of income paid in taxes would have to be equal. So let’s dump this whole argument about who pays what percentage of the tax burden and let’s focus on getting an actual fair taxation policy into effect.

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Bill Maher – Dumbass


My apologies for the title but what better description is there? Bill Maher has made a living in recent years of saying how dumb he thinks Americans are. He talks about it so much that one has to wonder what he sees in himself that he’s so afraid of that causes him to fixate on something like this.

Hey Bill…I know others have probably already said this but if you hate America so much and the “stupidity” of Americans is so offensive to you, there is no law keeping you here.

Actually, I think I know what Maher’s affliction is. It’s the same one that Anne Coulter suffers from, which is LAM (Look At Me) Syndrome. There’s a double payoff because it gets you attention AND helps you bring in huge coin.

Perhaps Maher and Michael Moore can get together and produce a film on how the people in “Jesus Land” (ala Michael Moore’s map) should be rounded up into internment camps or something like that?

The Rush-It Through Approach


One of the things that’s really been bothering people since Barack Obama took over as President and, before that, since the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and Senate is the speed at which legislation is being pushed through Congress. Contrary to what is currently taking place is what Obama has previously promised…

When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it.

Unfortunately, Obama has not lived up to that promise at all. In fact, according to this story from 6/22/09 in the New York Times…

Five months into his administration, Mr. Obama has signed two dozen bills, but he has almost never waited five days. On the recent credit card legislation, which included a controversial measure to allow guns in national parks, he waited just two.

What this boils down to is that many of these bills are being rushed through and some of them have been so large and posted in the middle of the night on the day prior to voting that legislators have not had time to read them to even know what they are voting on.  Honestly, it’s been done in the past by the Republicans as well. However, it now seems to be the norm rather than the exception for legislation to be rammed through at breakneck speed, almost as if some do not want others to know what’s in the bill.

Obama’s hypocrisy in this case is pretty astounding, considering he complained about the same kind of thing about the Bush administration. Listen to this Obama interview with liberal talk show host Randi Rhodes…

My guess is that Randi Rhodes hasn’t complained about the girth of some of these “omnibus” bills that have gone through Congress over the last few months.

Jim Rice Enshrined in Cooperstown


I wrote back in January about my favorite MLB ballplayer, Jim Rice, getting elected to the Hall of Fame.  He is now officially enshrined with the other baseball greats.

Here are some excerpts from Rice’s induction speech:

On another note, both Rice and Rickey Henderson appeared on David Letterman’s show to deliver his nightly top 10 list:

Congratulations again to Mr. Jim Rice!

Philadelphia Journalist Feels Threatened by Bloggers


I DON’T have a blog. If I did

blog, this is what it would be like. (To make it seem like a real blog, I’ll include typos and factual errors.)

The above is a quote from “IMHO, just like falling, like, off a blog (WTF?)“, by Stu Bykofsky, a columnist for the Philadlephia Daily News. He’s also the [sarcasm on]great American[/sarcasm off] who said the following in 2007 in his article titled “To save America, we need another 9/11“:

ONE MONTH from The Anniversary, I’m thinking another 9/11 would help America. What kind of a sick bastard would write such a thing? A bastard so sick of how splintered we are politically – thanks mainly to our ineptitude in Iraq – that we have forgotten who the enemy is. It is not Bush and it is not Hillary and it is not Daily Kos or Bill O’Reilly or Giuliani or Barack. It is global terrorists who use Islam to justify their hideous sins…

Now why would a supposed “journalist” feel it necessary to slam others dabbling in his profession? Jealousy? Probably so. But more likely, he feels threatened considering the dwindling numbers of newspaper subscribers in comparison to the rapidly growing numbers of bloggers.

Truthfully, many bloggers do have a penchant for misspellings, bad grammar, and not-so-accurate “facts”. I’ve gotten it wrong myself before and I don’t have such a big head that I think it’ll never happen again. However, this isn’t my profession. For me, it’s a hobby, and one that I rather enjoy. Regardless, I don’t have the resources that Mr. Bykofsky has. I do this in my spare time but I hope I’m fairly decent at it. If this “journalist” wants to be threatened by that, so be it.

By the way, his attempted slam against bloggers was posted on philly.com.

Ummm…Duzn’t that make u a blogger, Misster Bicofskee?

LOL…

Drive-by: Birthers


This is just a drive-by posting after hearing something that irritated me earlier today.

The crowd that believes Obama is not really a U.S. citizen is really starting to become a fringe element, in my opinion. I wrote about this in my January post titled “Barack Obama and the Magic Birth Certificate“.

Of course, it’s mostly Republicans who fell for this ridiculous conspiracy. If you don’t believe my post, then read the following stories about this issue at FactCheck.org.

The “Birthers”, as some are now calling these folks, are almost on the level of the nutty “9/11 Truthers”. In both cases, the preponderance of the evidence is against the conspiracists.

In short…Get over it, people!

If I Must…


I REALLY didn’t want to comment on the whole “Police acted stupidly” comment by Obama but my arm has been cyber-twisted.

At his Wednesday press conference, after being asked about the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., Obama voiced the following opinion:

Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home.

The Republicans are, of course, up in arms with their usual histrionics, accusing Obama of playing the race card, hating police, or whatever it is their playbook states they should be doing. After all, you don’t want to stray from the talking points, do you? Then again, the Democrats typically claim he’s  being taken out of context or some similar argument. You can almost script what both sides are going to do before they do it.

My opinion? It was a dumb thing to say, especially when we don’t have all the facts about the case yet. In this case, the officer(s) probably should get the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, blacks have had a long history of ill treatment by some in the law enforcement community, so I can understand their skepticism about how the police may or may not have acted in this case.

One of my fellow bloggers, Porch Dog, summed it up nicely, in my opinion:

And while I think we need to extend our sympathy to our police officers, after all, police are humans too, I don’t think we should be ignoring the historical realities that make Gates the more sympathetic character in this tiny drama.

You can read more on this subject from Porch Dog, here and here.