Category Archives: Taxes

Oil tax increase would help pay to clean up spills

Oil tax increase would help pay to clean up spills.

Lawmakers want to increase the current 8-cent-a-barrel tax on oil to make sure there is enough money available to respond to oil spills. At least 6 million gallons of crude have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico since a drilling rig exploded April 20 off the Louisiana coast.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have said they expect BP to foot the bill for the cleanup.

OK so which is it?  Is BP going to pay for it or is the tax going to be used to pay for the cleanup?  The fact is, the tax increase has nothing to do with the oil spill other than it gives the Obamanation another excuse to raise taxes.

If there’s an oil spill, make those who caused it pay to clean it up.  If they were negligent in causing it, fine them on top of it. End of story. NO NEW TAXES.

Do you really think that the government is going to let that money just sit there unused?  Of course not.  They need it for more vote buying schemes like the healthcare scam.  Just look at how broke social security is.  Why? Because Congress just couldn’t stand to see all that money sitting there waiting for those who paid it in to claim it when they (Congress) could spend it to buy votes.

FOXNews.com – Obama’s Thugocracy

FOXNews.com – Obama’s Thugocracy.

This past Sunday, in one of the most aggressive and offensive intimidation tactics to date, hundreds of members of the largest union – the SEIU – stormed the front yard of Bank of America deputy general counsel Greg Baer’s home. The angry mob had bullhorns, signs and even broke the law by trespassing to bully Baer’s teenage son, the only one home at the time, who locked himself in the bathroom out of fear.

This is what unions do. They pressure politicians into spending too much. They push government into bad policy decisions. They sacrifice the private sector for the public sector. And now, they trespass and break the law only to scare the children of private citizens to get their way.
If you think the unions are working alone, think again.

Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.

Objectivism

Ayn Rand on Objectivism:

My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that:

  1. Reality exists as an objective absolute—facts are facts, independent of man’s feelings, wishes, hopes or fears.
  2. Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man’s senses) is man’s only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means of survival.
  3. Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.
  4. The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man’s rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.

Deep, huh?  If you read more of her writings, she really pushes the point home that she believed that man’s ultimate state was where he worked for nothing but his own self interest and had no interest in the benefit of others unless it also benefited himself in some way.  This is basically the point of item 3 above.

I don’t pretend to have all of the answers and indeed I don’t have most answers to these types of philosophical questions.  In the end, I think that the point of philosophy is to make you think and consider ideas that, without some other person’s effort, you likely wouldn’t have thought about yourself.  So where does that leave Rand’s work and writings dealing with her philosophy?  I suppose that she had financial gain from putting the effort forth to get her philosophy out there which would have made it worth her while.

In Atlas Shrugged, she goes into great depth of what is morally right.  There are pages upon pages of what I call rants about the looters in government and society who practice item 3 – forcing others to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the looters in the name of the so called common good.  I absolutely love the book and its basic premise, but don’t fully agree with its philosophy.  For the producers of society to simply vanish and leave the world to collapse upon itself without them is certainly something that they have the right to do.  In fact, as in the book it would be terribly painful to vast numbers of people but do they really have the right to ask the producers to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others as our government and many other governments around the world force them to do?

The basis of tax systems in place in the United States today is based upon this premise.  Sacrifice your labor, whether it be physical, intellectual or other, for the good of others.  Charity at the point of a gun.

I understand that the government needs money to operate and should have the ability to force its citizens to pay for the basics allowed for in the Constitution.  The problem is that now we are forced to give up our earnings to support programs of someone else’s choosing.  The community organizer president now has a much bigger pot to steal from to redistribute to his buddies.  Guess what… He has his hand in our pockets while holding a gun to our head with the other hand.

My moral system calls for me to help those who need it and I allocate part of my monthly income to doing just that.  On the other hand, liberals believe that the government is the one who should determine how my money is spent, not me.  This is where the whole system begins to stink of socialism.  The members are only there to support the whole and should not feel as though they deserve anything more than those “less fortunate” looters.

I don’t know what set me off on this again, but if you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged it is definitely worth the effort and clocking in at close to 1000 densely packed pages (in my paperback version) it’s definitely one that takes some dedication to finish.  At the end there are some pretty exciting parts and while many things are resolved I was left wishing she had covered more detail of the aftermath.  I guess that’s left to your own imagination.

Replacing the Old Guard | RedState

Replacing the Old Guard | RedState.

The list below shows those who put buying votes ahead of doing what’s right.  They no longer deserve to hold their respective offices.  It’s up to you, citizens, to fire them if you wish to regain control of your government and your money.  The decision is yours.  Now make it.

Fifteen Republican Senators voted against Jim DeMint’s measure to ban earmarks in the Senate.

Those fifteen were:

  1. Alexander (R-TN)
  2. Bond (R-MO)
  3. Bunning (R-KY)
  4. Cochran (R-MS)
  5. Collins (R-ME)
  6. Gregg (R-NH)
  7. Hutchison (R-TX)
  8. Inhofe (R-OK)
  9. Lugar (R-IN)
  10. Murkowski (R-AK)
  11. Roberts (R-KS)
  12. Shelby (R-AL)
  13. Snowe (R-ME)
  14. Voinovich (R-OH)
  15. Wicker (R-MS)

Senator Bob Bennett, who denounced the measure to a RedState contributor, did not vote at all.

China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S. | Reuters

China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S. | Reuters.

BEIJING (Reuters) – Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country boost defense spending, adjust PLA deployments, and possibly sell some U.S. bonds to punish Washington for its latest round of arms sales to Taiwan.

Oh, but there’s no such thing as too much spending.  What could possibly happen? It’s not like some foreign power could have any influence over us just because we owe them billions of dollars!

The fundamentals

On the way home from work today I was listening to Foxnews on XM and Beck played a part of one of Obama’s speeches.  He was talking about his desire and plan to fundamentally change America.  Now I know what I think he means by that and I really don’t like losing more freedom, and income, because of his wishes.  He really doesn’t get it just as the rest of the so called progressives don’t.  We need a fundamental change in leadership and more importantly a fundamental change in politics in America.

Sorry, Mr. President, there’s nothing wrong with the country.  It’s guys like you who spout off about how we dumb Americans just don’t get understand your brand of socialism that are the problem.  I’ll have to agree that far too many Americans don’t know their left from their right and their rights from their protections.  The problem is that many of us do understand the problem and are becoming more vocal as you, Mr. President, take more and more freedom along with more and more money from individuals.  The fundamental problem for you is that far to many of us do get it for you and your kind to be happy.

While I don’t agree with Objectivism as Ayn Rand does, I do believe that the basic premise of “Atlas Shrugged” is based on sound principles.  When you remove the incentive for producers to produce, they will stop producing.  History proves it over and over again.  If you haven’t read “Atlas Shrugged“, you should.  It’s very long but very well worth the time it takes to read it.

Unions nab sweetheart health-care deal – NYPOST.com

Unions nab sweetheart health-care deal – NYPOST.com.

Friends in high places sure does help.  Note that this was hammered out behind closed doors, which Obama said wouldn’t happen with him in the White House. Remember his promise to have all of this televised?

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

House Committee on Ways & Means – Republican

House Committee on Ways & Means

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

So here’s your health “reform” from those you elected.  How do you like me now?