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It seems that since the Clinton administration, there has been an increase in the number and "classification" of govt. bureaucrats that have been issued hand guns. IIRC the number of armed IRS agents and Forest or Park service agents has been increasing. No DHS.
It would be interesting to track that increase along with the timeline of the increases.
BD and crew: I don't know where to post this, so it's going here.
Over the last few years reading this blog, I have referred many people to this site. This weekend I attended a party that included both business associates, friends and family. So many came up to thank me for introducing them to MF. They enjoy the diverse topics you cover (travel, food, gardening, politics, the arts, BD's photos) and the "adult" approach to conflicting opinions. Kudos to you all.
Bird Dog: Why Are Keynesians of All People Calling for Tax Increases in a Crap Economy?
It's not that complicated. The wealthy are not spending or investing, but saving. When the entire economy is deleveraging, that won't result in increased economic activity. So, if you are going to tax, then tax the wealthy to address the national debt. If you want to create economic activity in a very weak economy, tax cuts are the weakest form of stimulus, tax cuts to the wealthy are next to useless.
I agree with you. Our weak economy starts with the harmful economic policies coming out of Washington. The Obama administration's overt hostility towards business and its constant threats of higher taxes and more onerous government regulations have made companies and wealthy individuals extremely cautious about putting their capital to work. In such a hostile environment, what incentive do they have to expand their businesses? Why would they hire more workers with the future being so uncertain? For most of them, it's just too risky.
What we see here in Zachriel's post is so typical of the way the far Left thinks and operates. They threaten people with higher taxes and ever more government regulation. The objects of those attacks grow more cautious in their planning and their spending. The Left then turns around and says, "See, all along, we told you the wealthy are the problem. They are not spending enough. They have too much money. We need to tax them. Let the government spend the money to pump up the economy. The wealthy are the problem; the government is the solution." Look, over there, a squirrel!!!
Obama and his equally clueless buddies have spent three years digging the deep hole the US economy is in these days. If they want to get us out of the economic funk for which they have only themselves to blame, then perhaps they ought to show a lot more sympathy and a lot less hostility toward the working folks who actually create wealth.
Agent Cooper: Our weak economy starts with the harmful economic policies coming out of Washington. The Obama administration's ...
Again, the weak economy is a direct consequence of the financial meltdown and ensuing recession. Also, Obama doesn't set global policy. In fact, the U.S. is a relatively bright spot in the developed world.
jma: those with money don't invest it because they don't trust the darn politicians.
That wasn't the question, but what was the Keynesian view, which apparently eluded the writer. In any case, distrust of politicians doesn't explain the extended downturn which was global and directly ensued from the financial meltdown.
Bird Dog: A global warming skeptic who's a lot smarter than Al Gore
Al Gore doesn't pretend to be a scientist. Freeman Dyson is not a global warming skeptic. He accepts anthropogenic climate change, but doesn't view projections are reliable, thinks a warming climate may be beneficial, believes there are more important concerns, and figures humans will adapt in any case.
Re: GM, your government automobile company invests abroad
It was announced today that Government Motors has signed a 10-year deal for 600 million taxpayer dollars to buy the rights to place the Chevrolet brand name on the jerseys of the wealthy Manchester U soccer club. Your tax dollars at work...in Britain. Now tell me again why Obama's strong arming of GM's creditors and the Delco employee pension plan was such a good idea. The GM company is permanently stuck on stupid. Someone, quick, please put GM out of its misery...it's the humane thing to do.