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Complexity

04 Apr

empowers the bureaucrat. That’s why regulations are so complex. For example, no one can know the tax code for sure. Different experts come to different conclusions.

So the ultimate power rests with the gov’t bureaucrat. That person almost always is less educated than your accountant, but what he or she says goes. THEY are the ones who hold the whip. You just take off your shirt and turn around…

Complexity is the bureaucrat’s friend. Without that they are fundamentally out of a job. A flat tax where the calculations are simple and fit on a postcard are a dagger to their hearts. THAT is the real reason we have such a crappy tax system that has thousands and thousands of pages of arcane rules. THAT is why you have to hire an accountant and the tax requirements are just too complex for even highly educated non-accountants.

See, tax reform threatens their very existence. That is why it won’t ever happen. IRS folks will fight very hard to keep it complex so they can retain their jobs. And most lawmakers have never struggled to make it with their own business, so they just shrug and bleatingly go along.

We could give examples of the DMV and Social Security, as well. Things are complex for a reason…

Let’s tell the truth about this. It’s all about power and gain.

 

Indeed,

22 Feb

the Left has gotten ridiculous. Yes, they are wrong. And they are ridiculous. But they are not toothless, and it would be a fatal mistake to think they are. Yes, they are comically bereft of ideas. Yes, they are moribund. But the can still kill or at least cause misery and pain.

As I learned as a child, even a dead rattler can still reflexively bite and inject poison for hours after you kill it. To be safe, you cut off the head of the snake. The Left may be stupid zombies who are actually dead, but they can still eat your brains.

The Left is indeed dead. It has no intellectual heft and it has lost its bench. But the rattler can still inject poison. For the Left, the head has not been cut off. We have seen that with Obama. So let’s not get complacent because we have all three branches of government. That rattler can still kill. And just like in horror flicks, the monster always comes back right at the end, just when you think you have finally defeated it.

 
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Welcome to the modern world!

02 Jan

I just wish that all animals were equal. If you are conservative Christian you must bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding, regardless of what you feel. Are Islamic bakery owners under the same exigencies?

 

Gee, it’s

09 Sep

looking like this is lawfare, not actual crime-fighting.

 
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My wife worked as a checker

01 Aug

in a grocery store in college. She is still scarred from it.

I hear my wife talk about how she would like (for example) to get a certain medical test, but she can’t afford it. But the “welfare queen” down the street has any medical procedure “on the house,” so to speak. My wife’s kids’ college tuition is very high at least partially because others get to go free. I am a disabled veteran and my kids got (and get) NOTHING in terms of college for that. I could go on and on about people trying to buy cigarettes and booze with food stamps. But clearly, my wife is a sucker. If you just stop working and have almost no income the government will have the money forcibly taken from others and given to YOU. Yeah, “force” in that sentence was no accident. That’s what Leftism is based on.

No one I have ever met objects to helping out the needy in principle. I have never even heard someone argue that! No one I have ever run across won’t help or resent helping the sick and afflicted. Notwithstanding the Leftist caricature of Republicans as Scrooge McDuck, that simply doesn’t happen. But when I see “poor” people buying T-Bone steaks and using iPhones when because of taxes I myself can’t afford it, I get torqued.

 
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Yeah, we

24 Jun

probably haven’t seen the last.

And that is because of gangster government. The US would be wise to take the hint! Let’s see, what happened last time there was taxation without representation involving England? They are on the other end this time, but it is the very same issue.

And wise politicians know very well which way the wind is blowing. Only the dinosaurs get left behind…

 

I think it is

09 Feb

undoubtedly true. Once people see the gov’t as intrinsically unfair, they obey the law ONLY to the extent that they are forced to. The vast majority of people are honest in their taxes–and the gov’t depends on that. But in, say Italy, tax evasion is pretty much the national pastime. No wonder the gov’t hates cash–it is hard for them to track. If it never goes into a bank account, well, it never gets taxed at all. They hate precious metals for the same reason. Secrecy of the masses in any form is their mortal enemy. Why do you think there is such pressure on cell phone makers on this? It ain’t about pedophiles or child pornographers.

But the truth is that once regular people see gov’t operating in unfair and illegal ways, they do it, too. And they feel totally justified. Pretty soon, you have Italy. Traffic tickets are hard to enforce. Taxes are hard to collect. It is chaos–dogs and cats living together (sorry for the “Ghostbusters” reference). There just aren’t enough police in the country to do it, even if you are OK with seeing this nation become a police state.  See, it has always been that people policed themselves. But Obama puts that at risk.

What could happen is “Irish Democracy.” Laws and regulations that people don’t agree with are just ignored. Those who try to enforce it are no longer seen as “friends,” but as “enemies.” It’s a real danger inherent in regulation. The gov’t ONLY gets what it can enforce. Well, brute force is the logical end of ALL Leftism. Leftism always has and always will depend on the Gulag. Any time there is freedom or moral agency, Leftism has to war against it. Tale as old as time–thus it has always been. There has always been a divide between those who want moral agency and those who want force. So choose which side you are on…

 
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I REALLY like to

30 Jan

hear this. We need to understand that small businesses are being choked out. If you have never run your own business and lived off that business, you don’t really understand. And again, this isn’t intellectual or abstract knowledge, it is practical knowledge. You think you understand, but you really don’t.

So, if you don’t really “get” why one would do this, you have never run your own business. Of course you do this! DUH!

And I do think it speaks to the first stirrings of “Irish Democracy.” It may not be outright refusal, but it is certainly getting around the onerous regulations as much as possible. Smiling covert resistance is not all that far behind. No wonder small business owners are far more conservative than those who have only been “worker bees” their whole lives! Don’t get me wrong–we need “worker bees.” But being the owner/proprietor is a totally different thing.

That speaks to a different, but related, issue. More and more people are becoming 1099 contractors, and fewer and fewer are formal employees. The day will come when only “worker bees” will be employees at all! It is far easier for a business to manage 1099 contractors than employees. But if more and more people become 1099 contractors, more and more will become conservative (being responsible for all your taxes–no “dark magic” of withholding–will certainly do that).

 
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Yeah, it’s

17 Jan

not at all surprising. All you have to have is a rudimentary grasp of simple economics!

Here is the money quote:

the preliminary evidence so far suggests that DC’s minimum wage law is having a negative effect on employment levels at the city’s restaurants. At the same time that suburban restaurants last year increased staffing levels by nearly 5,000 new positions, employment at the District’s restaurants contracted by more than 200 jobs.

Folks, the minimum wage is just stupid. It makes NO sense economically. All it does is damage low-skilled or new workers, because the real minimum wage is and always has been $0.

 
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Anyone who

03 Nov

has ever run a business understands this.

I know that some of you have NEVER lived off only what you can produce in your own business, so you may have only a vague understanding of what is involved–stuff you have heard from others. But there are things you simply don’t and can’t know that way, like you can if you only eat what you can kill. Try paying quarterly taxes (and pay an accountant on top of that in order to figure out what you should pay, and buy a computer, and buy a spendy program to put on it, and spend hours trying to figure the program out, then spend more hours inputting information, then buy stuff to back it up and spend the time actually doing that–make sure you don’t lose the data–the IRS is notoriously unforgiving. Then pay the accountant. You think that is the same as occasionally looking on your pay stubb to see what was withheld by you employer? Oh puh-leez! Don’t make me laugh and laugh bitterly!

A notorious Lefty candidate was defeated for President. Then he bought a small hotel (a la Bob Newhart). He then said that he never really understood what a burden his Lefty policies were. He was shocked at all the time, effort, and money that it took to comply with all the government regulations. Yeah. He didn’t know what he didn’t know…

I have taken some heat for proposing that only those who have lived off their own business should vote, but it is true. It’s NOT an issue of IQ, it is an issue of life experience. The harsh truth is that you can only really know something if you have lived it. And you haven’t lived it if you have merely gotten a W-2 in the mail at the end of each January. Those of you who have not lived solely on your own business honestly just don’t know. You think you do, but you don’t. Sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth. I don’t buy the recent fetishization of voting, and I think we are ALL the poorer for it.

I also think the only those who have lived solely off the own business and paid quarterlies and payroll and such (and their spouses) should be eligible for elected office. Try living off a small business and all of a sudden you (most likely) become an extreme fiscal conservative…

The founding fathers understood this idea and tried to implement it. At that time virtually everyone was a farmer. So they said that you had to have X amount of land to vote. They wanted producers to vote and saw that as a limit on government. They didn’t want hangers-on to vote themselves cash from others. They were wise.