Days Like These

12 Jul

Behind the scenes at the rodeo:

The more you know…. Have a great Tuesday!!

Creatively borrowed from The Asylum .

Impotent Update!!! [BiW]

One of the things that I love about Facebook is that libbies can’t help but to go and show their ass to you. Seriously. If you meet 9one capable of thinking, then it is an opportunity to act like you’re in the mission field. If you meet one of the “loons on the march”, then you can kneecap them with facts, and put them in some f’in knowledge. Either way, its fun! From yesterday:

    Good Little Indoctrinated 20-something:

I am so tired of the constant attacks on the poor and no sacrifice for the million billionaires

    Me:

“Shared sacrifice” = those paying the bill continue to pay the bill, only pay more, because no matter what they pay, it isn’t enough, and those without any “skin in the game” continue to enjoy wealth transfer payments like the EITC.
Makes perfect sense…if you’re a Democrat.

    GLITS:

i think your missing the picture here…the top 1% tax liability is about 33 or so percent and they can deduct most if not all of that so they pay no taxes. there have been tax breaks for the fich since the reagan era in his trickle down …economics which was designed so if the private sector paid less taxes they would contribute to the public sector which never happened…back in the fifties to about the seventies taxes were way higher on millionaires, if i am recalling it right about ninety or so percent so thirty three is nothing and our economy was way better…Walmart billiuonaires get tax breaks and they don’t pay taxes neither does citibank and other really rich people…poverty is not because of laziness mind you…there are plenty of people that work and are still poor and still trying to make ends meat…if you think about it its the poor and working poor that actually make these people billionaires…how many filthy stinking rich p eople shop at walmart…or rent a centers etc etc etc …keep in mind that noone gets rich working forty hours a week etc. most of the wealth is unearned income…i’m sure the founders of walmart will never be your cashier or stock boy…these riches come from inheritances, lotteries, investments etc not blood sweat and tears for years at a time…maybe in the beginning but right now do you think bill gates actually works harder than checking his stocks everyday…no i think not he has people to do it for him…most self made millionaires were never poor or hungry so they could invest because they already had that silver spoon hanging out of their mouth…health care is cut, education is cut, unions are going abunk but the rich will survive…at what cost…herbert spencer believed you should let the rich stay rich and let the poor die off and if you helped someone of a lower status than you, you would be jeopardizing your own status…jesus however said to feed your hungry and help your poor…jesus’ way is always best tht is why things are falling apart we aren’t doing what we have been told making life harder…but who am i just another dumb, poor, lazy white girl with a bunch of kids right…if you only knew

    Me:

>>the top 1% tax liability is about 33 or so percent and they can deduct most if not all of that so they pay no taxes.<<

The top one percent pay 35% in federal income tax, and no, the evvvvviiilll rich can't deduct most if not all of their …obligations. Trust me, I'm a tax lawyer. If it were possible, I would be out of a job trying to reduce (and NOT eliminate) their tax burden. Further, the federal income tax is only PART of the tax picture. Sadly, there are also state income taxes in most states, some cities also levy an income tax. That can be as much as 55% total for these eeeeeevvvvviiiiillll rich people. And that doesn't even include the property taxes and sales taxes that these people pay.

Your recitation of the myth of Reganomics would make any zampolit proud, Comerade. However, ignorance of the Laffer Curve doesn't render it non existent. lower tax rates = higher tax revenue…every single time it is tried.

As for your class warfare screed, I'd like to point out that you have it completely wrong. You can prattle all day long about Wal-Mart being built on the backs of the poor working slobs who work there, but it misses the point that the cashier, stock clerk, or janitor didn't take the risk. Their money isn't on the line in building the stores and warehouses, or in building the distribution networks, or buying the insurance for the entire enterprise, or in finding suppliers. And you can pretend all you want that the success of the venture is entirely dependent on these people, but without taking the risk, and without the knowledge and intellect to make it work at that upper managment/board room level, they simply aren't worth the same. The good news is that they still have the opportunity to educate themselves, or to learn a skill that will allow them to become professionals or tradespeople.

And it makes a curious juxtaposition to your closing "Jesus…" rant, as your class warfare screed REEKS of covetousness (that pesky tenth commandment), and you apparently think that taxing the rich to pay for "education" (which is not the purview of the federal government, and was always intended to be exclusively a matter of state jurisdiction) or "health care", which similarly is NOT the duty of the Federal Government is in keeping with Jesus's commands, then I offer you this challenge: Find for me in the Bible, anywhere in the Bible, where Jesus instructed us to give generously to the government, so that it may extract a not-insignificant handling fee, and then distribute it to those that IT deems worthy, so that it may create a dependent class to keep it in power. I'm quite confident you won't find it, and if you read it very carefully, you will find that all of his commands were to us as individuals. Especially as he recognized that the doorway was narrow, and few would find it, he meant for religious practice to be *voluntary*. You might also try to reconcile Paul's instruction in 2 Corinthians 9:7 about charity being voluntary and the result of the choice of the giver with our tax system which compells the payer to pay.

And the founder of Wal Mart came from very humble beginings, but he was hard working and ambitious. While Bill Gate's dad is a noted Seattle attorney, Bill made his money on his own hard work, and now spends a great deal of time PRIVATELY donating enormous sums of money through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to numerous charties and causes, all of which he does voluntarily. You might try learning a bit about what you're talking about before you climb up on the soapbox and shout your ignorance to passers-by.

She hasn't gotten back to me with those verses yet….

34 Responses to “Days Like These”

  1. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Good morning!!!

    I miss Jazz something terrible. I hope he is doing well.

  2. GMLand July 12, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    oops, I’ll delete mine!

  3. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I can bump mine, silly!

  4. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Oh sure, delete the poat right as I comment.

    Chrome got really confused.

  5. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I scheduled it for 2:30 PM today, Guy.

    J’Ames, you’ll have to recomment on it then 😀

  6. GMLand July 12, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    done gone, no biggie. I put all of 17 seconds worth of time into creating it..!

  7. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    What a surprise, Obama embellishing a story to his benefit: Washington Examiner (Byron York): Fresh doubt cast on Obama’s health care story

  8. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    “Fresh doubt cast”???

    There’s no doubt here. The guy lied in order to play on everyone’s feelings. Period.

  9. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Oh, just eat your peas.

  10. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  11. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Bachmann bitch slapping Pawlenty: Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin): Bachmann goes into overdrive

    Yeah, we aren’t gonna see that headline a million times, are we?

  12. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Here’s hoping her campaign manager’s name isn’t Turner.

  13. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Bachmann overdrive is Rollin(s).

    Almost as bad.

  14. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Head on over here and wish Mr. TiFW a Happy Birthday:

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    .

    Isn’t he a cutie?

  15. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Yep, almost….

  16. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Awwww, sweet post, Teresa. And very nice pics!!

  17. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Time to get my ass in gear. Have an appointment at the hair salon. I hope they don’t cut too much off….

  18. GMLand July 12, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Jazz – where the hell he be?

  19. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I’ve got a Wahl and a #2 blade guard, Aggie!

  20. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Update to this poat.

    ‘Cause I’m a giver like that.

  21. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Great update, BiW – sadly, I think it is going to be lost on that 20-something with kids…..

    I always use the Social Security example with my kids and their friends – everyone who works is required to cough up 5% of their income to the government, no matter what. Their employer ALSO kicks in an equivalent amount.

    Instead of it going into a PRIVATE account which will accrue interest and be able to be passed along to a person’s heirs upon their demise, the goverment keeps that money. If the person dies a day after they retire, ALL of the money that they paid into the system is gone – their kids and grandkids will NEVER see it.

    My kids’ eyes got REALLY big when I laid that out for them…..

  22. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    So when you told them that the government doesn’t even keep that money, but instead spends it when collected, what did they say?

  23. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Yep. Social Security Trust Fund = box filled with little slips of paper that say IOU on them.

  24. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    They were NOT happy…..

    Now if we could just explain that to everyone else.
    Some Dem on Fox News Sunday was giving that spiel, “We’re keeping that money safe – do you think we’re just spending it?”

    Sad thing is, he was a SMOOOOOOOTH talker, and people hear what they want to hear……..

  25. MCPO Airdale July 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

  26. Car in July 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Sad, Biw. Sad.

  27. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Ron Paul retiring from Congress.

  28. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    But if each of us explains it to these young kids, some of them just might get it.

    DD#1 was talking about what a “great thing” it was that the government was requiring restaurants to publish their calorie counts where everyone can see them. And on the surface, to most people, that is a good thing.

    But when I started explaining to her what that means in costs to companies, and how it can steamroll into other things that are done “for our own good”, she started to get the big picture. I also explained how it ends up costing each company a LOT of money that doesn’t really do anything for the running of the company – how so much time, energy, and money is having to be used to fulfill government regulations so that they can stay in business.

    And she said, “You made me think about things I never really thought of before!” So now she’s thinking that it might not be such a good thing for it to be a MANDATE, but if a company wants to do it voluntarily, she’d really appreciate it…..

  29. Jay in Ames July 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    The restaurant that I worked at did something along that line, TiFW. They banned smoking in the restaurant, even though a city ordinance did not exist for that (at that time). Business shifted a bit, some customers left because they couldn’t smoke. But we gained a lot more people that wanted to go somewhere that didn’t allow smoking.

    Now no one can smoke in a restaurant in the state of Iowa. There is no choice, so the smokers don’t have a place. Not even if the owner caters only to smokers. That isn’t the free market, and business suffers for everyone.

  30. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Saw this in the comments section at a news site:

    “We voted for these people. We should be allowed to taser them.” – Mike

    Works for me….

  31. LC Aggie Sith July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Hey y’all, new poat. Just sayin’….

  32. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    If you would, please say a prayer for one of Paul’s second cousins, Kathy – she had a baby a couple of weeks ago, and her husband had to take her to the ER yesterday because she could only “see” light.

    They diagnosed her with PRES Syndrome, which is sometimes seen in patients with pre-eclampsia/hypertension. They think that she should make a good recovery – she can already see shapes again, which is encouraging – and that they caught it early enough for it to be reversible.

    The baby is healthy – he is their 4th – and has lots of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins around to spoil him rotten…..

  33. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX July 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Finally – a picture in which Michelle Obama looks kinda cute:

    (h/t: American Thinker, IOTW)

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