Over the years and months, What The Crap has gradually become more and more serious. This is perfectly acceptable, as blogs naturally evolve over time. Still – I have been meaning to create a space devoted to respectfully discussing deeper issues at greater length. Thus:
I am a middle class web designer and developer for a high-tech internet start-up. Right before I was hired – the small company I work for was purchased by a large investment firm. The large investment firm saw a value in the product we were creating and decided to invest money into our smaller company.
This has allowed our small company to create many more jobs including my own, as well as provide good benefits and better pay. The investment from the larger parent corporation has clearly given us the critical funding we needed for the technology and staff to get our project off the ground.
My question is, how will raising taxes on wealthy investors and corporations (such as our parent company) help create more jobs and promote small businesses like our own?
Being middle class, of course, I wouldn’t mind a tax break. However – I would rather pay taxes from my earnings at a good job – than receive a tax-cut and face potential lay-offs.
Wow – that really looks like a lot of tax cutting. Oh – but wait a minute…isn’t this more acurate (corrected graphic ht – Gabriel Malor):
Malor nabs the best part. Notice the asterisk on ‘Tax Relief?” If you click Learn More on Recovery.gov you get this bullet point:
* Tax Relief – includes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, $142 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $78 B for Education and Training, and $65 B for Energy.
What?!? So the Tax Relief portion is actually more of the other things…? Ha!
“A tax cut is non-targeted. If you put a tax cut into the hands of either a business or an individual today, there is no guarantee we can control them they’re going to invest their money. There’s no guarantee they’re going to invest their money in the United States. They’re free to go to invest anywhere that they want, if they choose to invest.
The fact is, none of those people are guaranteed to squander invest that money in any of the vacuous pet-project black-holes of sh** new projects that we are. So John Kerry government, Yes – Government, has the ability to be able to waste make a decision for you stupid rubes who lack the capacity that the private sector won’t necessarily make today.”
(I added emphasis and some minor edits)
So who is it that stands for individual freedom in this country? Who are the people that think YOU – not some jackass bureaucrat - can make a better decision on what you ought to do with YOUR money?
The fact of the matter is – I work very hard to make a living (the same cannot be said for John ‘marry-a-millionaire-and-billionaire’ Kerry), so I can freely invest my earnings in whatever I please. I don’t need John Kerry to decide how best I should handle MY MONEY.
Note what even Kerry inadvertently points this out:
“They’re [you are] free to go to invest anywhere that they [you] want, if they [you] choose to invest.”
Personal financial freedom. We can’t have that now, can we?
John ‘I want to spend your money on stupid crap’ Kerry: Tyrant of the Week:
I listened to President Obama’s first press event the other night and was disgusted by his weak-sauce answer to an important question about Iran. Hugh Hewitt broke down the asinine statement on his radio show today. Here’s the audio:
Like I said: Iran provides weapons in Iraq that kill American soldiers, Defies America and the U.N. by continuing nuclear weapon development, calls for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map,’ financially backs terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas – and President Obama calls this ‘Unhelpful.’
Wow…I’m sure the Mullahs really felt shaken up being labeled ‘unhelpful’ after all that. Maybe we should send them a few valentine cards with unicorns, butterflies, and rainbows on them. Or perhaps some gift cards for 50% off their next buttocks massage…
There are the 241 unhelpfully dead Marines in Lebanon, and years of unhelpful instability and thuggishness there, with ongoing interference by Iranian-backed terrorists who have brought war and destruction down on the Lebanese people. There are several hundred unhelpfully dead American soldiers in Iraq and God knows how many unhelpfully dead Iraqis. There is the unhelpful nuclear program. The unhelpful training and arming of Hamas. There was the unhelpful taking of an American embassy, and 444 unhelpful days of humiliation.
For those of you absolutely stoked about national healthcare – This from RealClearPolitics.com on “President-elect Obama’s apparent choice for health and human services secretary” Tom Daschle (emphasis mine):
He [Tom Daschle] proposes setting up a board to establish standards for health care delivery in the United States that would be modeled on how the Federal Reserve Board and Securities and Exchange Commission oversee banks and corporations. Technically, it only would oversee the public health systems (Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health Administration, etc.), which provide about 32 percent of health care nationwide.
On Page 179, he writes, “The Federal Health Board wouldn’t be a regulatory agency, but its recommendations would have teeth because all federal health programs would have to abide by them.” But here is the kicker: Although his board technically would have no say on the 68 percent of health care that is provided through the private sector, at the bottom of Page 179, Daschle modestly adds: “Congress could opt to go further with the Board’s recommendations. It could, for example, link the tax exclusion for health insurance to insurance that complies with the Board’s recommendation.”
Those last 19 words would spell the end of independent private-sector health care in America. Obviously, no health insurance would be sold if it were denied the tax deduction. Thus, every policy, every standard decided by this board would be the law of the land for every drug company, every hospital, every doctor and every health insurance company.
Indeed, 20 pages later, in the section in which he identifies “losers” under his plan, Daschle is admirably candid. Among the explicit “losers,” he includes: “Doctors and patients might resent any encroachment on their ability to choose certain treatments, even if they are expensive or ineffectual compared to alternatives. Some insurers might object to new rules that restrict their coverage decisions. And the health-care industry would have to reconsider its business plan (emphasis added).” That is to say, they can stay in business and deliver their services, but only as the government bureaucrats say they may. They no longer would be genuinely independent.
In case you missed it:
“Doctorsandpatientsmight resent any encroachment on their ability to choose certain treatments…”
This is exactly what national healthcare will bring – the end of personal choice. When the government dolls out your heath care – government bureaucracy, NOT YOU make the decision over what treatment you may receive. It’s no longer your health plan, rather it’s the government’s.
What evidence do you have that the government can make better decisions about your life , than you yourself (or your doctor) can?