Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

How much of my money doesn’t belong to me? How much of the money I earn with my own two hands should be used to fund someone else’s retirement? Or their health care? Or anything for anyone, without my approval?

Has anyone who advocates for any government welfare program ever considered that maybe, just maybe, people would be more charitable if they got to keep more of their money? I bring home $490 out of my check every week. I send $110 every week to the government under the agreement that that money will help pay for the defense of this country, my health care when I’m old, and my retirement.

Instead, that money is used for unconstitutional nation building, other people’s health care, and other people’s retirement. Social Security trust fund? Doesn’t exist. A doctor that accepts Medicare or Medicaid? Fewer every day. Defending the country? Sure, if you count wars against countries which have done nothing to us and assassinating American citizens without a trial defending our country.

The plain truth is that anyone, including the government, that claims a stake on my money without my having voluntarily given it, is claiming a stake on a piece of your life. That equates to slavery. 

Every man is free to pursue his own selfish ends so long as he doesn’t infringe on or impede the right of someone else to do the same.

On Twitter today, white house press secretary Robert Gibbs (@PressSec) answered some questions from the twitterverse. One question was raised about the recent Bush-era tax cut extension congress recently passed. The question: “Why does your admin continue to lie that tax cuts cost $$$? You can’t spend money you don’t have.”

The tax cut extension recently passed by congress, which also contained an extension of unemployment benefits, is expected to add over $800 billion to the deficit, which is what Secretary Gibbs refers to in his reply: “Regardless of your views, you have to admit extending tax cuts above $250k adds to the deficit”.

Actually extending cuts above $250k is only a small piece of the $800+B pie. And, Mr. Secretary, if the government wouldn’t spend more than it takes in, the cuts wouldn’t add one red cent to the deficit. 

Consider your household budget. When planning your budget for the next month, do you plan to spend more than you earn? Or, if you see that you’re on track to do just that, do you cut unnecessary spending? Well, from personal experience, I cut unnecessary spending.

So what could government stop/cut funding for in order to “pay” for these tax cuts? First, stop funding the war on drugs. Criminalizing an activity that harms only the user puts all the power in the hands of gangs & drug lords. Am I saying it’s ok to do drugs? Of course not. But I do believe each individual should be allowed to decide what to put into his/her own body.

We could also close many of the military bases we have in over 160 countries. Why do we task ourselves with the responsibility of defending nations that can defend themselves? Countries like Japan, South Korea, Germany, just to name a few. 

There are many other cuts that could be made, but you get my drift. The fact is, thanks to the tax cut extension, there will be over $800B that will be able to be spent/invested/saved which will better help to jump start the economy more than the ill-advised trio of stimuli (which started with Bush 43).

Any questions? Class dismissed.

I’m reading Leonard Peikoff’s (executor of Ayn Rand’s estate) introduction to We The Living, & I have to disagree with him on one point: he says America was the result of, among other things, the West’s ridicule of Christianity. To my knowledge, the colonies were a pretty religious lot, as were the founders. 

To treat religion as the enemy is the wrong approach. I am a Christian. I believe in helping others. I believe in being charitable. I don’t believe, however, that it should be up to the government to direct our dollars to charities at their discretion.

Randians & religious peoples of all flavors can find a common ground: my money is mine to do with as I see fit, not for you to forcibly take from me and do with as you see fit.

Government should go back to it’s beginnings and do what it was meant to do: keep us safe, while the courts do what they were meant to do & protect the law from government.

Government And Business

Posted: November 13, 2009 in business, politics
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Government and business have always had a symbiotic relationship. Government benefits from the tax revenues of businesses and business benefits from the protection of government, bankruptcy protection being one example. Until recently.

The relationship has turned into a parasite/host one. But who’s the parasite and who’s the host? That’s the real question and one I hope to answer here.

Let’s start by defining what a parasite is. A parasite is an organism that feeds off another without regard for the other’s health. In light of recent actions by the government, inspired by FDR’s New Deal, the government has become parasitic. With the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, the U.S. government has increasingly become dependent on corporate tax revenues while imposing increasingly stricter regulations hampering their ability to freely conduct their business.

But not all businesses suffer under these conditions. The ones who can afford it hire lobbyists to protect their interests against the government by lobbying for special favors. This does nothing but give the government the power to pick winners and losers. It becomes an endless cycle.

This brings up another question: how do you end an endless cycle? The first step should be to ban lobbyists. This needs to start on the business end. If businesses want to improve their public image, they need to end their lobbying practices. Once they’ve shown they’re serious about ending this practice, the government, in order to prove they have the public’s interest at heart, should ban lobbyists altogether.

While this would be a good start, it won’t eliminate the problem. The government would still be able to raise corporate taxes. My solution? Cap corporate taxes at 25%. This way businesses would be able to plan their budgets knowing the maximum they would pay in taxes. That would also help them when deciding on expanding and/or hiring new employees. This would give employers the protection they need while possibly increasing tax revenues for the government.

While this two step solution is far from perfect, it could go far in bringing business and government back to a symbiotic instead of parasite/host relationship. If anyone else has other suggestion I’m open to them.

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So, how good would a government-run health care system be? Let’s ask people who have received care at any VA facility. The VA is funded by taxpayer dollars, the same way a public health care system would be funded. We’ve all heard horror stories about the VA, but personally, I’ve never heard them firsthand. This is an open invitation for any soldier, past or present, or any family of a soldier, to share your personal stories about your experiences with the VA. For instance, how long did you have to wait (if at all) and for what type of procedure; what was and wasn’t covered; how would you rate your experience; did you have to pay anything out of pocket; what could be improved; etc.

Now, we all know that the VA is terribly underfunded. How can we fix that without raising taxes or creating new ones? Well, for starters, let’s put the government in the only two businesses it should be in, i.e. national security and commerce with other nations. Could you imagine the money we would save on taxes. There would be more available for necessary programs to ensure our safety, the VA being one of those programs.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who has personal experiences with the VA. Even employees.

I’ve recently finished reading Common Sense and for the life of me I can’t see how anyone can support the current (and previous) administrations “ambitious” spending. Take this quote from Paine: “…security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears more likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.” Least expense and greatest benefit…

Oh, how about this quote which can be used to argue against the recent stimulus, omnibus, and FY 2010 budget, among others: “the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered.” Well, Mr. Paine thought simplicity was best. Too bad our congressmen and women have forgotten this common sense argument. Take the recent 900+ page bill where Chairman Waxman hired a speed reader to read the bill. The highway act in the ’50’s, in comparison, which transformed the country, was just over 20 pages.

Perhaps these politicians should pay close attention to these next two quotes: “Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” Honesty, what a concept. There are no honest politicians anymore. Just politicians. I really like this one: “…he will not put off the true charcter of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day.” Look past the now and into the future…present actions have future consequences.

How about this: “Is the power which is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? Whoever says no to this question is an independent, for independency means no more than whether we shall make our own laws, or, whether the king, the greatest enemy this continent hath, or can have, shall tell us, ‘there shall be no laws but such as I like.'”

Another favorite: “He that will promote discord, under a government so equally formed as this, would have joined Lucifer in his revolt.” This goes for all Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Obama, etc) and Republicans (Limbaugh, Hannity, W., Cheney, etc.) who pit one party against the other. Here’s an idea: instead of pointing the finger at the other guy, why not actually try to fix the problems facing this country? “The science of the politician consists in fixing the true point of happiness and freedom. Those men would deserve the gratitude of ages, who should discover a mode of government that contained the greatest sum of individual happiness with the least national expense.”

“The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection.” “Our present condidtion is, legislation without law, wisdom without a plan, a constitution without a name, and…perfect independence contending for dependence.” Never were truer words spoken. We have an intrusive, or progressive, government who acts like they want to dictate our every move, from what kind of car we drive to what job we have to what kind of healthcare we have. Let the private sector do what it does best, and that is take care of itself.

These are just a few quotes from a masterpiece written by Thomas Paine, Common Sense. Every argument against what our government is doing, and has been since Teddy Roosevelt, is in this book. The reason our ancestors left England was to escape power hungry rulers whose only interest was ruling over their subjects, not ensuring their happiness. What we have now, and have had since Teddy, is that kind of government, with a few exceptions along the way.

Of the three unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, two have been violated by the current and previous administrations, Bush and Obama. Our right to liberty no longer exists. The government spends our money @ an alarming rate without our consent. They’re also spending our childrens and grandchildrens money. California woke up the other day and told the state “Hell no, you’re not taking any more of our money. As a matter of fact, you’re not getting a raise.” I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but we should follow California’s example.

Our right to pursue happiness is gone as well. Because of the massive spending by the government, meant to save jobs, I’ll be unemployed by August or September. The government has added over 70,000 jobs. Just so you know, our tax dollars pay for those jobs. I have some questions: How will they pay for those jobs when unemployment tops 10%? With the government adding jobs while the private sector sheds jobs, how are they going to pay for those extra programs and workers? You don’t think they’ll raise taxes do you? How am I free to pursue my own happiness when I’m paying for others to pursue theirs?

I’ll leave you with this: How can you solve problems caused by too much borrowing and spending with more borrowing and spending? “…by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully.”