On percentages and taxes

Now that the über-wealthy former chief of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney has decided run for president, the tax rates of Americans are now a news-worthy phenomena.  Who pays what, and whether it's "fair" is quickly becoming a political talking point.  What bothers me is politicians and advocates for … [Read more...]

Which philosophy do you use?

I had previously posed this question in a poll: Which philosophy is better: Your religious views should inform your political views; your political views should inform your religious views; or, both should be compartmentalized and neither should inform the other? I would like to know where my … [Read more...]

The mandate IS a tax…probably

The Supreme Court's majority ruling that the mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare is in fact a tax thus making the healthcare law constitutional despite the President Obama, his administration, and fellow Democrats insisting otherwise.  The buzz around the blogosphere is that of … [Read more...]

Government Spending Fails To See Results…Again

(CNSNews.com) -- Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending, the national poverty rate has not declined, the [Cato Institute] study finds. “[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has  increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion … [Read more...]

How evil are you?

The 99%'ers are losing their media traction and quickly becoming irrelevant as a movement.  Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing.  For all the good they and their sympathizers think they did, the bad outweighed it many times over (I have compiled more than 75 news articles recording "purely … [Read more...]

Obama: Buffett Rule — Do as I say, not as I do

President Obama has made tax rates a major campaign issue.  He purports to want to see millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share (See: All You Can Eat Buffett, Pay Up!).  He believes, and has convinced many of his supporters that it is inherently unfair for "the wealthy" to pay lower tax … [Read more...]

Tax fairness

There is a lot to be said for fairness, a concept historically employed by children.  We feel better when we know things are fair, depending on what you mean by fair that is (See: Fair Enough?).  My problem with fairness is the direction people want things to go when they demand things to be … [Read more...]

If I Were The Devil

This is a recording of Paul Harvey from a 1965 broadcast that is currently making its way around conservative blogs.  In it Harvey lays out his plan, if he were the devil, for America in order to dismantle it.  I have to say, it's quite eerie how many of his "predictions" we find present in America … [Read more...]

Income inequality

I normally don't like writing such short or flippant posts, but reading a blog post made me think about those who complain about income inequality. Has anyone noticed the glaring lack of demand for effort equality when discussing income equality?  Liberals love demanding everyone receive equality … [Read more...]

Bail Outs: Banks vs Students

The Occupy movement has voiced many concerns over its few month's existence, some legitimate but mostly selfish and idealistic, and in my opinion misguided.  Sure, the demands would certainly benefit individuals, but for the overall economy would be very disastrous.  One of the complaints of the … [Read more...]

Is it really about life and death?

H.R. 358 has been dubbed by pro-abortion activists the "Let Women Die" Act, along with top Democrat legislators such as Nancy Pelosi joining in the rhetoric.  Abortion has always been an impassioned issue.  At times, those on both sides can become defensive and heated.  While Scanning the … [Read more...]

Florida policy technically a success

A while back Florida instituted a policy this past July which required applicants for state welfare programs to submit to drug screening.  As expected, even before the ink was dry on the governor's signature of the bill, the ACLU had filed complaints that the measure was inherently racist.  … [Read more...]

Do you want fries with that?

Some fast food chains are petitioning the government to allow SNAP (food stamps) recipients to use their subsidies in their restaurants.  Advocates such as Yum! spokesman Jonathan Blum are saying, "It makes perfect sense to expand a program that's working well in California, Arizona and Michigan, … [Read more...]

Fair Enough?

I think one of the most self-destructive mindsets a person can have is that of determined defeatism.  We hear the phrase "that's not fair" often.  I smile when I hear it from children, and sigh when I hear it from adults.  It is a phrase uttered by a segment of the population who has become deceived … [Read more...]

All You Can Eat Buffett

In an op-ed piece penned in the New York Times, billionaire Warren Buffett perpetuates the liberal (self) hatred for the rich by complaining that the rich are not paying their fair share despite sitting atop their ranks.  Buffett, and other liberals do not feel the wealthy are contributing their … [Read more...]

Entitlement mentality

This clip from the Judge Judy show is exactly what's wrong with government subsidies to begin with.  This man has no clue what Judge Judy is talking about and seems to confused as to why Judge Judy is implying he is doing something wrong by pocketing the taxpayer's free government money. The … [Read more...]

Equal Outcome, Or Equal Opportunity?

A recent report from the Pew Research Center has surveyed the gap in wealth between racial groups and has found that the gap between whites and other minorities is as wide as it has ever been in 2009. The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of … [Read more...]

If the Government wont save us from ourselves, who will?

More and more States are taking legislative action on drivers using hand-held cell phones, presumably because cell phone use is wreaking havoc on our nation's highways.  We are told how inherently dangerous it is to walk and chew gum drive and talk on a cell phone, and for our own good we must ban … [Read more...]

More taxes? Because they can afford it

When discussing taxes this past week with a co-worker, I had voiced my opinion that everyone ought to have some skin in the game.  Namely, that everyone should bear some tax burden regardless of their income, even if it were only a hundred bucks a year.  As it stands people whose income is not … [Read more...]

Failing economy is Obama all the way

I can sympathize with those supporters of President Obama who have had to endure (and defend) two and a half years of failed promises: unemployment to stay under 8%*, closing Gitmo, pulling out of Iraq, general economic prosperity, etc.  Obama has spent a good amount of time blaming his predecessor … [Read more...]