Famed economist Adam Smith wrote about “the invisible hand” and how government should keep as far a possible from the economy. Government has a really hard time keeping out of the economy. God save us from tinkering elected officials.
To that end, Pennsylvania lawmakers are making noise again to “eliminate” school property taxes. This is a favorite topic amongst politicians as they work hard to take your money…and spend it the way they think is best. We Pennsylvanians pay steep school property taxes. Many folks like us chose our home based, not on avoiding school taxes, but on the high quality of our local schools. We accept those taxes even now that our children have long ago graduated from our local schools.
First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It would be nice to start off fresh this new year with a new beginning as the new year baby is supposed to signify. As with most symbols reality has a way of creeping in. An article in our hometown “conservative” newspaper has me shaking my head mostly because it was written locally and as such had the opportunity to set some of the record straight and illustrate to the masses the flaws of big government. They failed.
“They were all obsessed with money, each of the three of the fractured intellectuals. Their levels of violence and culpability differed among them, but their deceit and matchless desire for money pulled them together like magnets.”
One of the more famous things to happen in Erie, Pennsylvania was the Pizza Bomber in 2003. The murder of a pizza delivery man using a bomb around his neck made national news. The story was that he was forced to don the collar bomb and then rob a local bank. The police caught him shortly after the robbery and while the bomb squad was on the way it exploded killing the man.
Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.
I read this morning about the pending retirement of Camille “Bud” George from the Pennsylvania legislature at the ripe old age of 84 and after 19 House terms! So that is nearly forty years that Mr. George has been looking out for the “people” or at least that is how it is being characterized;
I once heard Pennsylvania politics described as the “red T” where there is a corridor north-south in the center of the state and an east-west corridor on the upper part of the state that is generally red or republican. The state, however, is generally dominated by the two large urban areas around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where blue is predominant. I really cannot speak to local Philadelphia politics, but the Republican Party is, if I am being very generous, extremely weak to non-existent in the ‘Burgh.
Yesterday’s mail included this littel gem from the Ameriacn Federation of State and Municipal Employees (“AFSME”). I am not a member…please, but am FORCED to pay my “fair share” to the organization. I have to pay them one percent of my salary even though they DO NOT REPRESENT my views. My money pays for this crap! I know that they’ll argue that my money only goes to pay them to negotiate on my behalf…a function that I did not request. The idiots forget that money is fungible and any money that I am FORCED to pay to an organization who supports views opposite of mine is criminal or it should be. Actually they know that money is fungible…they are relying on the fact that public education has so eroded people’s understanding of economics that YOU won’t know. They know!
I’ve had my share of nicknames in the past. Some nice; some not so nice or flattering. Every time I got a nickname it was usually “given” by a friend or close acquaintance. I don’t think even the less likable ones were really meant to harm me or truly disparage me. In the last two plus years I have been called all sorts of names because I believe that I am Taxed Enough Already. I don’t belong to any particular TEA Party though I have gone to a few rallies. I hope that my blog affirms my belief in the principles of the Constitution, the free market, and good old capitalism.
PennLive ran a story this week with the following headline:
You would expect a story with this headline to contain some good news for taxpayers and perhaps it does, but I am too jaded by the desire, no compulsion to give away my hard earned money to others. The story is about a solar project completed by the Lycoming County School District.
“The project is expected to reduce the district’s annual electricity use by 700,000 kilowatt-hours and act as a hedge against future escalation of the cost of electricity.”
There once was a story about a Gov. named Ed, poor Philadelphia man, mostly kept his state in red, then one day he was spendin’ out his a#%, and out from the ground game a hissin gas…Marcellus that is, natural gas, Pennsylvania cash…
If it helps that introduction sort of goes with the Beverly Hillbillies theme song [a show on TV Land for those of you under forty].
This is a rather simple equation that should be used whenever a group suggests that something won’t have an impact on consumers or expresses a desire to tax (or charge fees) for some industry or demonize profits from some large industry.
C = Cost to produce something
P = Profit needed by company to make it worth the risk to produce something
PC = Price to consumer