Monday, October 20, 2008

Tax Analogy

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this.

The first four men -- the poorest -- would pay nothing;
The fifth would pay $1:
the sixth would pay $3;
the seventh $7;
the eighth $12;
The ninth $18.
The tenth man -- the richest -- would pay $59.
That's what they decided to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement -- until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."
So now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.

So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free.
But what about the other six -- the paying customers?
How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being *paid* to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59.
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got seven times more than me!"
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They were $52 short!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore. Unfortunately, some cannot grasp this straight-forward logic!


A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. Reducing his altitude, he spotted a woman on the ground within earshot and asked, "Can you help me? I don't know where I am, and I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago."

The woman looked up at him and said, "Sure. You are in a hot air balloon, about thirty feet above the ground. Your location is between 40 and 41 degrees north latitiude and 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

Hearing this, the man in the balloon became irritated, and asked her, "Are you a Republican?"
"Yes," she replied. "How did you know?"

"Well," he snapped, "the information you've given me is probably technically correct, but I haven't the foggiest idea what to do with it. I'm still lost, my friend is still waiting for me, and frankly you haven't been any help at all."

"Are you a Democrat?" the woman asked.
"Yes," he said. "How did you know?"

"Easy," she answered. "You don't know where you are, and you don't know where you're going. You've risen to your present position on a large quantity of hot air, you've made promises you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. Moreover, you're in the same position as when we met, but you've found a way to blame your predicament on me."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Osama and Obama

"What do Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden have in common? They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon."

RIDDLE OF THE DAY: What do the following names have in common: Bernadine Dohrn, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, Michael Klonsky, Rashid Khalidi and Franklin Marshall Davis?

Give up?

Barack Obama!

Do Your Homework

Western liberal hedonists, whose knowledge of history begins at their birth, have no idea what the Muslims have been doing to take over the world, and continue to do. Instead, they rip their own country; self-flagellation reminiscent of religious Shiites who whip themselves en mass in the streets. These are the same people who avoid conservatism the way Christian zealots avoid the writings of Darwin. Their concern is that it may shake their faith. Hedonists believe in nothing, and thus fall for anything.

Our multiculturalism and globalism will allow those into our country who do not share American values, and conflict will result. Liberalism and political correctness are self destructive, and the left is way too sure of their guesswork. They take pride in their worldliness, but what do they know of the world? We cannot afford their ignorance any longer.

Deceit is the left’s modus operandi.

What do you say to someone who defends:
1. Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor.
2. Terrorists hiding among civilians.
3. Saddam’s rape of “only a few girls,” had no WMDs, & was not a terrorist enabler.
4. Russia had every right to invade Georgia, & did not use excessive force.
5. Barack was justified to say attack Pakistan. And while we’re at it, invade North Korea and Syria too.
1. McCain, Bush, and Cheney are war mongers.
2. Condoleeza Rice is a liar.
3. “Neocons” are fools who are destroying the USA.

It’s hard to communicate with someone who’s mind has been thoroughly poisoned and twisted. I wish I knew the antidote.

Only a liberal will defend Iraqi civilians, but support the words of guys like Ward Churchill who called 9/11 civilian victims “little Eichmans.” Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own people, and others, and not a peep, but America is scum because less than 100,000 civilians have died in the Iraq War. It’s okay for Russia to invade Georgia, our ally, but not for the U.S. to dispose of a ruthless dictator. Our philosophy is, “My country, right or wrong.” Their philosophy - “My country...wrong.”

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

More Media Bias & Double Standards

PBS anchor Gwen Ifill will moderate the vice presidential debate.