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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat!

Ooohh... scary!

Have a happy Halloween!


  • haha, politically we couldn't be further apart Steve. Coming from a country that knows a thing or two about high taxes.. I in my opinioon, well spent high taxes are a much better burden to have than being poor and not being able to meet basic needs of health care or education because the government has privatized everything to corporations in exchange for campaign funding and the PR of "lowering taxes".

    By Anonymous The Humanaught, at 4:02 PM  

  • That's the thing... Other countries pay taxes up front so it appears they are paying higher taxes, but in the U.S. we don't. Most taxes in the U.S. are "hidden taxes. Of course, if you worked very hard at it you could estimate each of the hidden tax payments and tally them up to estimate your total tax bill for the year, but you shouldn't have to. Just as you would not buy a car without knowing its price, you would not tolerate not knowing the total price of government, if you had a choice. The hidden nature of so many of our taxes serves to hide the true cost and size of government.

    With taxes rising at all levels of government, politicians and pundits often ask why efforts at reducing taxes are apparently met with public apathy. Clearly, one reason is that very few people see the full extent of their rising tax burden because much of the increase is hidden. No one protests what they do not know.

    There are no poor people in the U.S. who are not being able to meet basic needs of health care or education unless they choose so. The government has not privatized everything to corporations in exchange for campaign funding and the PR of "lowering taxes". Leftist demonization of corporations is just another class warfare tactic. I have not really figured out why the left hates corporations... they are, after all, businesses owned by the masses (shareholders). Perhaps it is becuase Karl Marx lacked the foresight to have thought of them.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 5:07 PM  

  • Eeeeep Steve, that comment about no people being able to meet their health needs because the choose to couldn't be further from the truth. The single battered Mom, the elderly who have lost their incomes due to Enron or other company failures, the student that is older than 23 and working minimum age(I was there), the list goes on. I'm not pro gov't involvment on all levels, but to make a blanket statement like that is backing yourself in to a corner.

    BTW, Looking forward to seeing you in November. I say we go to that jousting restaurant to make up for Renn Faire.

    By Anonymous Greg, at 12:01 AM  

  • I am talking about access to health care. Even if someone is penniless they can still recieve heath care... no hospitals would deny them that. You are talking about affordable health care insurance, which is what politicians talk about. There does need to be something done to make health care more affordable, but it should not be left up to just the government to handle. So far, the only solution I have seen from the democrat party is to soak tax payers for as much as they can and maybe that money would be used to purchase health care. I say maybe since they used that as the reason to sue tobacco companies, but never spent the money they took on health care.

    The jousting place sounds like a great idea! Are they open on weekdays? I can't remember. If so we should go on the 20th or 21st.

    By Blogger Steve Harms, at 1:38 PM  

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