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Taxed Enough Already

September 29th, 2015 . by Cary

“Every Republican tax-reform plan should be rooted in this reality: If you are going to have federal spending that is 21 percent of GDP, then you can have a.) taxes that are 21 percent of GDP; b.) deficits. There is no c. If, on the other hand, you have a credible program for reducing spending to 17 or 18 percent of GDP, which is where taxes have been coming in, please do share it.” —National Review’s Kevin Williamson

I’ll go one step further – if your tax rate is 17 -18% of the GDP, it’s too high. You are strangling the flow of commerce and economics. If, however, a person could keep all that they earn, and only pay a consumption tax on durable goods, that would be the fairest way to collect taxes. If you don’t buy a lot of durable goods, you don’t pay a lot of taxes. If you buy a lot of durable goods, you pay more taxes. That would ensure everyone pays taxes, according to their income bracket, without a lot of complex forms and formulas, and very little need of an entire bureaucratic arm of the government to track, collect, and penalize.

There is actually a House resolution stuck in the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding this very idea, the FairTax Act of 2015. It was sponsored by Representative Rob Woodall, from Georgia. Why is stuck in committee? Because it calls for abolishing the IRS by 2019, and has a sunset clause that will cancel the FairTax if the 16th amendment is not repealed within seven years of H.R. 25 becoming law. It also only funds a very small portion of the government – as it should. A lot of the current activities of the government would, by necessity, need to be done away with. Naturally, because it strikes at so many sacred cows, the prostitutes – I mean, the Members of Congress most affect by this act are stalling it.

Calls to your representatives urging them to push for the passage of H.R. 25, the FairTax act of 2015, would be greatly helpful.

Chat ya later…

cary

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Disappointed, But Optimistic

November 7th, 2012 . by Cary

Nothing is more depressing to a conservative, independent voter than to wake up and discover that Obama(THHO) is still pResident.

Yes, I am disappointed that the UNited States of Free Cheese has decided that Free Cheese (thank you, BZ) is more important than Free Enterprise. Free Cheese is more important than a Free Market. Free Cheese is the End All and Be All of being a citizen of these United States. And, sometimes, even the end all and be all of NOT being a citizen yet still enjoying the fruits of the labors of others in these United States.

Funny – Obama(THHO) supporters threatened to violently riot if their god did not win reelection. Notice how the opposition did not threaten to riot if Obama(THHO) DID win. Well, that might be a wasted observation, since most of the supporters of Obama(THHO) don’t seem to listen to anything not being said by Obama(THHO) hisownself. But it is an observation, nonetheless, of how the two sides comported themselves.

People will blame bad voting machines, bad counting, pictures in polling places of Obama(THHO), Obama(THHO) supporters wearing clearly political garb preventing those wearing Biblical garb from voting – the list will go on, but the bottom line is this country ALLOWED Obama(THHO) to win this election. This country does not care about the future, only about the RIGHT NOW – as long as the RIGHT NOW involves getting food stamps and other forms of assistance for free – well, free to the recipients – it’s costing actual taxpayers more and more of our takehome to support the free loaders.

I wonder what the tipping point will be? I wonder when the rest of us, those of us who are actually supporting the free loaders, get tired of having our hard earned money redistributed to the shiftless and lazy, and decide that we will either take our pay in cash or just quit working and join the unemployed and over-benefited of the United States of Free Cheese?

But I am optimistic – one day soon, the truly Free people of these United States will finally say “ENOUGH!” and the socialist and communist agendas of the Left will be put to rest.

Along with the left-leaning defeatist, elitist, lame-stream media.

Chat ya later…

cary

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Monday Musings

June 1st, 2009 . by Cary

Seems to me that if a person is going to go to the trouble of calling a cab company, the least that person could do is be where they say they want to be picked up, when they say they want to be picked up…

Seems to me that if the company I lease a cab from was interested in making sure that people keep coming back to them to lease a cab, they would limit the number of cabs available for lease – that way, the dispatched calls would be waiting for the driver, not the driver waiting for a dispatched call…

Seems to me that if the state of Arizona was serious about using the speed cameras on the freeways to control the speeds, they would take pictures at one mile over the “limit” instead of advertising and giving everyone an eleven mile-an-hour “window” before taking pictures. If the perceived speed limit is 76 MPH instead of 65 MPH, just change the signs and be done with it…

Seems to me that if the current administration really wanted to close the credibility gap they would start with the release of the true birth certificate of the sitting “President.”

Seems to me that if certain industries had not allowed themselves to be cowed by the unions they wouldn’t be needing to file for bankruptcy. The government might even be able to ask for money from the companies, instead of giving them money to be pissed away…

Chat ya later…

cary

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Cleanup Monday

April 13th, 2009 . by Cary

Sometimes, things that I receive in e-mail pile up a bit, and although they are not directly related, they all have a common theme – the current economic climate. We have a couple of lessons, a petition, and a letter from the boss, so let’s dig in, shall we?

First, James Baxter sends a lesson in socialism:

A SIMPLE ANALOGY from a Texas Tech University professor:

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.

Next up is a note from Gawfer and the politics of change – or rather, the change of politics:

I recently asked my friends’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”

She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”

Her parents beamed.

“Wow…what a worthy goal.” I told her, “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.

I promised a petition, and I deliver on my promises (unlike certain career crooks in suits…). Texas Fred first posted about this petition on April 10th. He has all the details, regarding who started the petition and what it hopes to accomplish; to read it for yourself and (hopefully) sign it, take a leap of faith on this link.

Finally, a letter from the boss, passed on to me by James Baxter again:

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.

However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a Back Story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You’ve seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure; all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

However, what you don’t see is the BACK STORY:

I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, someday, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… you never realize the Back Story and the sacrifices I’ve made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bailout all the people who didn’t. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds.

Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.

The fact is, if I deducted (read: stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy.

Here is what many of you don’t understand … to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with all this?

It’s quite simple.

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I’ll fire you and your coworkers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more.

Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

So, if you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about….

Signed, THE BOSS

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Margaret Thatcher

So there’s my Monday catch-up/lecture on the economy. Hope you enjoyed it, and I pray you had a blessed Resurrection Sunday.

Chat ya later…

cary

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1378 and a wake-up!

Weekend Wisdom

March 28th, 2009 . by Cary

I received this in my e-mail from a good friend, Dave T.

UPDATE: As per John in the comments, I should have done better research. Here’s the corrected version:

Written By Regina Brett, of “The Plain Dealer”, Cleveland, Ohio, May 28, 2006:
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Number 31 has always been a kind of philosophy in my life.

Chat ya later…

cary

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