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A Fair Tax

“Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.”

                                                                       Ronald Reagan

Happy “Tax Day” which actually refers to the day our income tax returns are due to be postmarked to the IRS.  There is actually a “Tax Freedom Day” as estimated by The Tax Foundation.  This is the day through which all of your earnings are taken by government (if they took it all first).  The 2009 Tax Freedom day was actually two days ago (April 13) which is the earliest it has been in some time.  After April 13, you theoretically work for yourself.

Rich Man Poor Man

Politicians, civic “leaders”, newspersons, and citizens seem to be engaged in some class warfare lately.  This probably has always been true with what may be the most famous example in France.  Did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake” when told that the peasants did not have bread?  Did the peasants have their fill when they later said “off with her head?”

The funny thing is that being rich or poor is a relative thing.  Rich in America probably pales in comparison to rich in Dubai while poor in America looks rich to the citizens of Zimbabwe although there are probably a lot of billionaires there.  A billion dollars there, however, will not buy you a loaf of bread.

Viva La Difference

Is there a difference between men and women?  Boys and girls?  I am not a degreed sociologist; I am just a parent who has raised some of each.  There is a difference.  One gender is not better than the other; they are just different.

It is, however, politically incorrect to say that boys and girls are different and many have found themselves in trouble for making such statements.  The most famous case that garnered national attention involved the President of Harvard University.  Larry Summers was speaking at a symposium titled Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce: Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and their S. & E. Careers.