The curse is the ability to see past all the (irrelevant) details to see the big picture, and the fundamental flaw in the argument. Today is a good example, but it is no different from other days, in terms of infuriating news.
1. CBO decries shortage of youth, women and babies.
If you believe this theory, we are in a depression because there are not enough workers.
We can’t even give jobs to workers we have now. The official unemployment is back to 8.3%, which means the real rate is at least double, counting people who have simply given up, and even higher if you count the underemployed. So, yea, let’s add all the youth and women who “should” be in the workforce, and let’s see what THAT does to the unemployment rate — what do you think, 30%…? Yee Haw. Isn’t Obama WONDERFUL?
2. On the other hand, even the CBO has to admit the truth sometime.
This is what you get with “baseline” budgeting.” Spending, debt and taxes can only go UP, never even so much as stay the same, let alone go DOWN…
3. If you really want to know what is going in, YOU MUST READ THIS. No, the guy is not a relative.
4. Congress sticks internet sales tax into DEFENSE bill. This is a really egregious example of the need to require single-purpose bills. No way state sales taxes have anything to do with national defense, by no stretch of even the most warped left-wing logic.
Sure, it is easy to say that applying the sales tax to on-line sales is “fair.” The pronlem is in the implementation. There are 50 states, not all of them have a sales tax. There are THOUSANDS of cities and counties, EACH of them with its own tax rate. How the hell is a mom-and-pop blog operation supposed to keep up with that, and the constant changes? Will there be now a single on-line tax database to look up the rate? Will there be a single on-line payment clearing house to transfer each tax payment immediately to its target jurisdiction? Will each jurisdiction set up an automatic on-line system to process such payments? (They surely won’t go to a bank, that’d be too simple…)
Here is an idea. The physical goods must be made somewhere and be shipped from somewhere. If they are made overseas, there is a US port of entry. If they are shipped from a US factory or warehouse, ditto. If all this fails, even on-line merchants are REAL LIVE human beings, who must live and work at some physical location; use the seller’s state/county/city of residence or the office where he runs his computers as the point of sale for tax purposes. In any case, THAT would be the same as for brick-and-mortar sellers — the point of sale is not the buyer’s location, it is the seller’s location. Everybody knows what the tax rate is in the jurisdiction where they live or do business.
5. The pet peeve to end all pet peeves — obamacare.
Oh, yea, THIS will sure make health care CHEAPER… A tax on gross sales, for products that no one in their right mind ever voluntarily WANTS to buy and use, but is forced to do so as to maintain some level of normal health and function. And these people preen like peacocks about how fair and COMPASSIONATE they are…?
6. Even the Founding Fathers can be wrong.
From Founder’s Quote Daily:
“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” –John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772
John Adams was WRONG. The elections of 1932 and 2012 prove it. You only have to wave some vague, unfulfillable promises at the low class proletarian scum and they WILL vote to alienate and renounce their gift from God, and they WILL vote to VOLUNTARILY put themselves on the path to become slaves. And because this is a democracy, it is WELL within the power of the ignorant, decadent majority to drag rest of us down with them.