Saturday, April 11, 2009

Welcome to Blue...

Top 5 Most Taxed States, just so happen to be Blue States.

1. VermontPopulation: 620,000
Average tax burden per person: $3,861

2. HawaiiPopulation: 1.29 millionAverage tax burden per person: $3,856

3. ConnecticutPopulation: 3.5 millionAverage tax burden per person: $3,596

4. MinnesotaPopulation: 5.2 millionAverage tax burden per person: $3,203

5. New JerseyPopulation: 8.7 millionAverage tax burden per person: $3,024

Coincidence? I think we need more data like the above to show juts how your state legislation affects you individually. The nice thing about the above study is it shows the avg. individual tax burden. Not surprising is the Top Ten:

6. New York
Population: 19.4 million
Average tax burden per person: $3,019

7. Massachusetts
Population: 6.4 million
Average tax burden per person: $2,953

8. Washington
Population: 6.6 million
Average tax burden per person: $2,553

9. Wyoming
Population: 530,000
Average tax burden per person: $2,357

10. Pennsylvania
Population: 12.4 million
Average tax burden per person: $2,223

Only one red state can be found, and it is a state with no individual income tax which would lead to higher property taxes, as evidenced in other states that do not have individual income taxes (Hawaii, New Hampshire…).

Next time, think before you vote…taxes do affect you. If you think the government can spend your money efficiently, take another look, or move to one of the above states ;-)

The Welfare Politician…

Say it ‘aint’ so…I can’t, it’s where we are. Gone are the days of Washington, Lincoln and Reagan. They were larger than life men who were passionate about their country, demonstrated by their actions, not just their eloquent speeches and public persona. These men made smart, tough, decisions that actually shaped our country and, dare I say it, were guided by a firm moral compass. As I write this I am reminded of the phrase “Stand for something, or fall for anything”.

Today’s politician has no desire to be any greater than their peers. We no longer see the guiding principals that shaped our history books. Today’s politician is simply trying to keep their job by pandering to YOU, the voter.

Politicians aren’t stupid by any means. They understand it’s all about votes. Their sole purpose, rather than shaping our country or defending our constitution, is to capture votes. How? Simple…(I’m about to turn the tables here)

Take Sen. John Randolph (1773-1833) warned early Americans against a notion "that all things must be done for them by the government," as such an arrangement would corrupt moral character by relieving men of their duties and responsibilities. This, in part, led Randolph to say, "Give me 50 speeches, I care not how dull or stupid, rather than one law on the statute book."

Did anyone ever pay attention to World History in High School? Do you know how Rome, widely considered the most powerful empire in the world, could fall? Granted, there was several things happening on several fronts but none were greater than this. Rome collapsed under its governments own weight. They simply could not afford all of the services it’s people required of the government. The high cost of services emptied the coffers, they could no longer pay for: maintenance, public works (Trash removal, Water, Heat, etc…), fund their military, feed their people, pay for your slave, etc… There were more services required than taxes collected. We are seeing a similar attitude in our country today.

Today, it has turned exactly into that. Voters look at voting record with a “what have you done for me lately” attitude. Welfare is now mainstream; how is this person going to help me once in office. This attitude creates a certain intimacy when coupled with the media. We learn more about a politician’s fanhood than viewpoint on constitutional law. With unprecedented media coverage it starts becoming more about who you are inviting into your living room rather than how they will function in their elected position. You are looking at “your guy” who really speaks “to you”. And thus, we have the birth of the welfare politician. His speeches, web site, pod casts, and voting record are going to be custom made for you, and you’re going to feel good. If you are poor, you are promised free money. If you are rich, you are promised lower taxes so you can keep your money. If you are green, you get environmentally conscious messages, and so on. Of course, if any savvy voter does the research, they will see that the same position has created a custom persona for the opposite viewpoint as well. The irony is that it was never about YOU, it was about getting your VOTE.

I long for the strong, guided, moral, stand for something, leader we so deserve. Someone who actually believes that the ‘buck stops here’; someone who makes decisions for the majority good of the country and does not give in to minority special interests. Tell me, are you out there? You might get MY vote…

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Is Hillary Clinton a racist?

It's probably untrue....probably, but one could conceivably start that rumor based on her recent heralding of Margaret Sanger at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national conference in Houston.

Hilary was recently honored by Planned Parenthood with the Margaret Sanger award, afterwards she said: “I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision.”

Her vision? Let’s remind you all of who we are talking about here:

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was openly sympathetic to Nazi Germany’s eugenic practices and was strongly committed to preventing black people and the poor from reproducing.

Sanger once said: "Many of this group are diseased, feeble-minded, and are of the pauper element dependent upon the normal and fit members of society for their support. There is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped."

I may just be “poking the baby” here (poor reference I know); but you chose people to admire, you chose to make positive references about them in the public arena, you are then choosing to tell me that you ‘like them’ and want to ‘be like them’.

Shame on you Hillary...really...

In the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy; "If you herald Margarat Sanger, for her vision of eradicating the poor, the unwanted, and minorities, you miiiiiight be a racist...."