Archive for July, 2011

Rubio: Obama Using Language Of “Leader Of A Third-World Country”

July 31, 2011

“It’s class warfare, and it’s the kind of language that you would expect from the leader of a third world country, not the President of the United States,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on the Senate floor.

Real Clear Politics.

Implementing the Firearms Act

July 30, 2011

A nice history of the ridiculous Canadian Gun registry.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/10/06/f-gun-registry.html

Entitlements. Killing Europe. Killing America

July 29, 2011

 

Socialists will destroy us.  Eventually the entitlements will greatly exceed the money available to support them an it all comes crashing down (Iceland, Greece).  Yet there are still people ignorant enough to believe liberal politicians and union leaders.

More child pole dancers

July 28, 2011

BOLTON, England – Family campaigners have blasted a British fitness group for teaching pole dancing to girls aged seven — and putting pictures of them on the internet.

more at myfoxny

At least they’re not three… that’s progress or something, right?

 

 

 

Public Sector Employees earn more than Private Sector

July 28, 2011

well.. duh.

Harper is “one of the world’s most powerful leaders.” Remember when Chretien was the “unidentified man?”

July 27, 2011

The difference a conservative majority makes.  Just kind of funny.

2011: “LANCASTER, NY – One of the world’s most powerful leaders was in Western New York Tuesday afternoon doing something not many would expect.” (link ht SDA)

2000:

The American Debt Ceiling and Arguments for a Flat Tax

July 27, 2011

In America, the middle class and lower income brackets contribute very little or nothing at all to taxes.  This is radically different from Canada.  In the US, the federal basic tax exemption is around $45k vs Canada’s roughly $10.5k.  State tax exemptions vary drastically, with California at $55k, and Texas not collecting a state income tax.

The simply matter is progressive tax brackets are dangerous.  When the economy is booming it’s rather easy to shift the burden to the wealthy.  But when the recession comes, your tax base dries up.  Think of it this way, a person with an income of 10 million annually suddenly finds the market sour and is now only making 1 million annually.  At first, most people (being jealous bitter little things) say “so what? Poor baby has only a million dollars now.”  But the problem is you just lost 9 million in taxable revenues.  This is how massive government deficits arise during recessions.  You simply don’t have the same wealth to lay the punishing “rich pay their fair share” taxes upon.

Now, the best solution is obviously no income tax and use consumption taxes to finance the government.  Of course, this also requires fiscal restraint and a government that truly understands it’s role is to provide only the most essential of services, and it is not responsible for charity work, moral enforcement, and the like.  Good luck with the leftists elites.  A thousand Grecian style collapses could happen and they still wouldn’t understand.

Failing a consumption only tax system, a flat tax is your next best approach.  However, flat tax revenues will still swing with the fortunes and misfortunes of the rich.  Consumption taxes tend to remain pretty steady.  The requisite fiscal restraint is really the only true barrier.

Finally, do a little research on Texas.  You will find that:

  • Texas has no state income tax.
  • Texas has the strongest economy in the US.
  • Texas responsible for over 50% of all new jobs.
  • Texas has steady state revenues, even in the recession.

And here’s the article that started this post:

As is well known, the president has also drawn his line in the sand; he has insisted that the new revenues needed to close the deficit must be obtained from either raising taxes on affluent individuals or raising corporate taxes. The vulnerable and needy are to be kept free from their share of the tax burden.

more at hoover.org. ht SDA

Atheists upset over ground zero cross

July 27, 2011


An atheist advocacy organization filed suit today in New York state court to protest the cross, while Christian groups want it to say. Here’s why both sides think they’re right.

Haters gonna hate.

Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate soldiers

July 27, 2011

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. (AP) — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them.

Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on its license plates, officials never stopped collecting a property tax that once funded the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home, which closed 72 years ago. The tax now pays for Confederate Memorial Park, which sits on the same 102-acre tract where elderly veterans used to stroll.

What you cannot read in Canada

July 26, 2011

http://www.freedomtoread.ca/censorship_in_canada/challenged_books.asp