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It's all about the Benjamins


Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

With a possible economic recession in our near future some in government think that a tax cut is the way to prevent this from happening. This theory is if we pay less in taxes we will have more money to spend and thus boost the economy.

I guess this makes some kind of economic sense on paper. The question is, will a tax cut of any kind really encourage people to spend as much or more than they normally would to prevent a recession. And, won't the government continue to spend money. And, if so, where will that money come from if we the people are paying less in taxes?

I certainly don't have an answer to how to respond to a threat of recession, but I do know that spending more than you have increases your debt.

This same theory of less is more is the heart in many of the proposals being put forth by the Presidential hopefuls. Take a quick ride through the websites of Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Huckabee, Mr. Romney and Mr. McCain and what do you find? You would be treated to lofty, easily read, well presented proposals to make things better for us average folks.

There are plans to deliver better health care to all, plans to give tax credits to middle class people for health care expenditures, plans to keep those less fortunate from having to pay taxes at all and still have affordable health care. There are tax credits for college tuition. On some websites we would also learn about how to build a fence to prevent the "aliens" from coming into our country. On another we would learn about job training for those whose jobs have sailed to other shores. On most websites we would hear about tax cuts for the middle class. And, yet, on others we would hear about preserving the tax cuts now in place for those individuals making extremely large amounts of money.

Depending on your inclinations several of these initiatives sound good. Who wouldn't want better health care at a lower cost? Who among us would pass up a legal opportunity to pay less in federal taxes? What right minded person would begrudge a tax break to those who are truly poor? All well and good. But, what we don't hear is where all the money will come from to pay for these initiatives. Sure, in some of these proposals a dollar amount of cost savings is presented, but the true bottom line, the true cost of the program is not. How can we get more and pay less? This doesn't seem to make sense.

It's probably safe to say that few of us wish to pay more in tax .....
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Second hand smoke

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The reported health risks of second hand smoke are likened to the Great Plagues of Europe. If it were true, Baby Boomers would not be a threat to Medicare and Social Security. They would not have been large enough to mount campaigns for women's righ ..... 
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The Year of the Rat(s)

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Some last minute thoughts as we enter 2008, or in the Chinese lexicon, the Year of the Rat.

• There is one year left of the Bush - Cheney junta. They introduced the world to such noble concepts as rendition, torture (think waterboarding) ..... 
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Let's hear it for the "City Guys"

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We see and hear tributes to our firefighters, police, and emergency responders; they deserve this praise, especially in our small towns where they are often volunteers, risking lives to protect us.

There is another group of folks who merit o ..... 
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Maybe they really are evil

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Internet chatter in the so called blogosphere is nasty and vitriolic. Main street media is not much better with both major political ideologies demonizing and calling the other evil.

I have been concerned about Bush's intellect and Cheney's ..... 
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So, this is democracy?

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

The unfortunate thing about living so close to Iowa is the spillover effect of the presidential primary which is held every four years. The white noise emanating from south of our border has been deafening and will only get louder in the next few we ..... 
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Awash in a sea of noise

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

I never thought I would be agreeing with Spiro Agnew or Dick Cheney, or even G. W. Bush. They and others have over the years railed against the print, radio, and TV media about not sharing what they consider to be the good or accurate news.

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Henny Penny the sky is falling

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
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A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was released last Monday. There are some astounding facts associated with its findings. They mostly make me believe it will be a long time before other countries will take our word about intelligence findin ..... 
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America, the benevolent dictator

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Joseph Broz, aka Tito, was one of those more benevolent dictators - using a bit of carrot and stick to hold the ethnic stew known as Yugoslavia together.

"No one questioned 'who is a Serb, who is a Croat, who is a Muslim (Bosniak)', we were ..... 
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