Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Classic Blunders....

There are a few things that are known as 'Classic Blunders'.  The first is never to get into a land war in Asia.  The second is never do vodka shots with Russians (although some may say it's never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line).  The third is much less well-known but needs to be mentioned....

Don't give credence to the idea that because someone earns more than XX dollars, then they should be taxed more.   They talk about 'fair share' but are trying to make some pay more than their 'fair share'.  Fair means that everyone pays the same.  With taxes, that would mean everyone pays a specific percentage of their income.  Ideally, this would be a flat tax where everyone pays the same rate, regardless of income.  We already have a graduated tax system where those who earn more, pay a higher percentage of that income.  What is being proposed makes an unfair system, even more unfair.

In the Democrat/liberal/progressive mind, just as some animals are more equal than others due to their connections, education, etc., those who actually earn money and put that money back into the economic system of the United States via employing others, are cash cows whose raison d'etre is to pay for social programs and goodies for those who do nothing but suck at the public teat.

When there is negotiation in the House and Senate about where to draw that line, they are treating some Americans differently than others.  It's no different than treating someone differently (and punitively) because of the color of their skin.  Additionally, when Americans start buying into the idea that Congress can take our money and dole it back to us as they see fit, then we are lost.  Congress, despite arguments to the contrary is not "giving money to the rich" by extending the tax cuts for everyone--they are taking less of an individual's earned  money by legal force.

Just something I've been pondering.....

4 comments:

Scott McCray said...

Amen. Dunno why there people can't see the value of a flat tax...it makes perfect sense to me. The reality is that "the system" rewards people for doing nothing. Hence people whining about being moved from the projects after 30 years...wtf?

Brigid said...

Flat tax, across the board.

I have had a couple of people chide me for not giving more of my income to charity or taxes (and I do a healthy amount of both). They say "it's not fair that you earn more".

These are people I know well, not strangers, perhaps have worked with.

I tell them all the same thing. "here's the deal. You write me a check for 7 years of university plus an internship that paid next to nothing. Books and tuition both. Add in another $50,000 to get extra professional qualifications on top of the degrees. Then, for the next 8 years you agree to volunteer somewhere 7 days a week, nights, weekends and holidays, giving up any semblance of a family life so you can see what that is like to work two jobs while going to college full time for the better part of 8 years to get the qualification this job required.

So write me that check and let me know where you will be volunteering and you can have my income for the next two years"

So far no one has taken me up on it.

I'm still scratching my head as to how a gal I know, who is NOT a citizen got a stimulus check of several hundred dollars to "boost the economy" when I, who would have immediately taken it and spent it at local business, did NOT get one because I make too much money to stimulate the economy.

Scott McCray said...

Brigid,

That's spot on! I've tried the same general offer and gotten naught but a deer in headlights kind of look.

As an aside - why on earth would a non-citizen get any entitlement funding whatsoever? Makes no sense at all...

Midwest Chick said...

Also, why should/would anyone feel they have the right to tell someone else how they should spend their money?

Brigid, you're spot on. It's completely fair that you earn more because you put in the time in order to get the experience that put you in place TO earn more. You made the decision to spend YOUR money and time in such a way to put you in that place. Just as those who didn't make that commitment of time and money will earn less--that is their choice--fair has nothing to do with it. Sucking up the consequences of your actions--good and bad is just part of life but is a part that the government is trying to control.

Scott and Brigid--I have no idea why a non-citizen should be getting any entitlement funding. So much that the government does has no oversight and no quality control system.