Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘tax’

A Peak Inside

imageEvery so often we get a glimpse of how folks think of us. It might be some angry words…some drunken words…a whisper from someone…or as in this case an arrogant slip of the tongue. This video is of Jonathan Gruber who is regarded as one of the main authors of Obamacare. He is an MIT professor so that makes him smarter than most of us. In the following clip Gruber outlines how Obama and other smart guys like Gruber gamed the American system (actually lied, cheated, stole, etc.) to push through the act of seizing one sixth of the U.S. Economy, better known as YOUR healthcare system.

Taxing Economics

gas taxI should go back sometime over my previous posts to see how many times I’ve mentioned the fact that far too many Americans lack a basic understanding of economics.  You would think by now and knowing this fact that I would somehow be immune to the stupidity and let it go.  It seems that I cannot.

Food For Thought

food_for_thought_icon“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – Mark Twain

“I contend that, for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” – G. Gordon Liddy

Middle Class Riches

If you have read much of my posts over the years you might logically conclude that I am not fond of the policies of our current President. But I have to admit that recently I have seen some light at the end of my own personal fiscal tunnel. I noticed in my pay stub that I have somehow become rich!

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Usually when someone describes “light at the end of a tunnel” that is a good thing though not in this case.   I am in this tunnel (actually we all are) and this light is speeding toward us.  We are not really in a position to escape and the walls are too narrow for us to hope that is passes harmlessly by us.  What I am talking about is a notice that I received from my employer recently.  These notices are typical this time of year to outline issues/changes to the W-2 reporting.  They are generally unremarkable.  This year’s notice included this paragraph which is the “light” to which I was referring;

Spreading Your Retirement

This is not an article about retirement planning.  I had been smarter I would have 20 pounds of gold buried somewhere rather than my investments in the stock market, retirement plan, and IRAs.  I have heard speculation since Obama was in office about a move to “take” over our individual retirement accounts.  By all accounts there are trillions of dollars out there in which the federal government has no control over.  Both Demoncrats and RINOs will salivate at the thought of having that much money to spend to ensure their re-election.  They’re not likely to just take it, but will offer you the ability to convert your accounts to government guaranteed annuities.  Think of Social Security again…many promises and IOUs and your beholding to the government for your daily bread.  Any guess who you will vote for?

Parsimony – Taxing Effort

I find it very interesting that a good number of these posts use an Associated Press story as the baseline for my commentary. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

GOP moves toward slashing, nixing states’ income tax

…Now the story

OKLAHOMA CITY — A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative’s dream: the steep reduction or elimination of state income taxes. [So far so good]

Wimpy Washington Economics

“Top Democrats and Republicans in Congress prepared new proposals to avert a government debt default and a potential global financial crisis.”

That’s the lead paragraph from a story in today’s paper.  What should scare you is when Democrats and Republicans agree on something the public generally gets screwed.  I believe that both sides realized that they set up this “battle” and now that the public is watching they are not sure how to get out from all of the rhetoric that they have been spreading.  What both sides agree on is that they both want desperately to get re-elected and regain power.  Even a little power is better than none and they are more than willing to squander our money, our children’s money, and our grandchildrens’ money to maintain their power.  Here are few facts as I see them: