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Wednesday, October 22. 2008
I'm rich in income by your tax standards, although at your age of 45 working in government and community organizing you appear to have a greater net worth than I do. What did I do wrong? Maybe it's because I have the wrong sort of pals, and maybe it's because my wife didn't get a $350,000/year job because I'm in politics.
What is "rich" is, of course, relative. It takes a lot more money to be rich in NYC or CT than it does in Montana or Louisiana.
Anyway, here's my plan to adjust, if you get elected and your tax plan goes through:
1. I am going to cut back on my billable hours, and put my wife on our payroll as an expense. She'd be glad to do that to minimize our tax burden.
Fact is, there are two kinds of redistribution of money. One is the type that we all do voluntarily to obtain things we want and need, and to invest in business growth, and the other is the kind governments do at gunpoint to buy votes.
Taxes come out of my disposable income because I live within my means, on a budget - but at some point they start hitting bone. When it hits comforts, conveniences, and luxuries, I just get mightily annoyed, but if it hits bone (as Clinton's tax hikes did while I was paying tuitions), I get mad.
And remember, the USA already has the highest corporate taxes in the world. That is not something for us to feel especially proud about either, because businesses taxes are simply indirect and invisible taxes on consumers and savers.
With warmest personal regards,
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:22 | Comments (37) | Trackbacks (0)
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Barrister.....I like your plan.
What you did wrong to not reach the amount of wealth that Obama has was not associate with crooked, dirty, criminal, angry, chip on their shoulder liberals and politicians.
And that's the type of "wrong" we need in America right now.
I imagine we will be seeing a lot of "How to avoid the wealth confiscation" type articles should Obama/Biden win.
Of course you're going to make these changes. You're rational.
I think the dim dems reckon anybody with more than a welfare cheque sits in a big room just caressing their money...James Bond villian style!
Mr. B, nice post. Don't forget , not to go to the dentist, hurting him, and his family, not to mention your own teeth. : )
I'm going to give up my cushy job as a Playboy Bunny so Happy Jappy won't waste his hard-earned paycheck at the mansion.
I’m trading in my books for a guitar.
That illiterate ‘rich kid’ I told you about in the “influential books’ thread? Today I googled his rather unique name just for fun. Got 1000+ hits with many pictures and news articles. While he’s currently a highly regarded lead guitarist who’s “reinvigorated” a world famous 60’s band (with 2 original members remaining, even) that’s touring the globe, I’m hunting down that reading teachers name. : )
CC... What a great story. Who needs to read when you can read music notes? Getting original members back together is rather cool. Are you going to become one of his groupies? :}
(from old Johnny Carson/Ed McMahon "Karnak" skit)
Answer: "Yassir Arafat"
Question: "What is the sound of Dolly Parton taking off her brassiere?"
haha. Those Karnak skits were too funny! I have a video of The Best of Johnny Carson. I should watch it to relieve some of the gloom and doom that follows me around like a fog.
Jephnol: BD had the perfect response to that - When you love the person, the boobs are perfect. I like that. He makes it sound noble. I always figured guys just said that so the girls would take their pants off.
Thud, I like your screen name. It reminds me of an Irish lass from Northern Maine I dated; she had two cousins named Jug and Thump. I never had the pleasure, but I'm told they might have had a bit of a wild streak.
Looked at your site and am now listening to the Ramones "I want to be sedated" in your honor.
Tried sitting in my room caressing my money but all I could find was $2.38 in my work jeans. I'm afraid I might be in a different tax bracket than the "B" but I bear no grudge that a man who earned his money might want to use it at his own discretion. So I find myself loathing the government grabbers who are threatening my job by punishing the kind of people who employ me.
Well, I think I'll put my money away and listen to "Beat on the brat" a few times.
Thud is now link.
I wonder how many punks are out there in the conservative side of the world. Damn commies hijacked the carcass of the movement some years ago. Now anarchists tell me how cool communism is. Idiots- you should see them blink when I explain how anarchy is nothing more than unrestrained capitalism.
"um, trading goods and services without government intrusion... sounds like capitalism!"
"naw man, yer sposed to give it freely..." (and who's taking?)
Time to go rub my money. Yeah, money...
Hey, no more despair brought on by the MSM/Obama phony polls which are all over the place. Fact is no one knows what is going to happen on November 4 but I think the Obama Campaign is a lot more concerned than McCain's.
After all, McCain, as the underdog, has nothing to lose, he can shoot for the moon, he and Sarah are truly liberated to attack the rest of the way and have some fun while doing it. How about a reprise of that legendary Chicago Tribune headline from '48: Obama Defeats McCain?!
More than ever I am convinced that there will be some big surprises on E Day, I just hope McCain can win the swing states by more than the margin of litigtion. So, chin up and press on, ever resolute!
This just came over the transom:
"Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a
sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I
Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama
08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his
political preference--just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and
explained to him that I was exploring the Obama
redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in
disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute
his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless
guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to
thank the server inside as I 've decided he could use
the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution
experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the
money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that
I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual
recipient needed money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to
swallow in concept than in practical application. "
Good story. Man, you've got nerve. I love it. The other night I walked out of the 7/11 and was accosted by a low-life who started in on some sad story about needing to get to his sick grandma and that he needed bus fare. He was so out of it I said, "Save the story... You need a fix, right?" He was with-it enough to look sheepish and I gave him five bucks. Darn it. After reading your story, I should have said, "I'm buying your vote. Vote for Whitey and this fin is yours." :)
Meta, It's bad enough that you give your money to your broker. Giving it away to low life, Joey Buttafuoco types is real bad. You big Gladys Cravitts vixen : )
You have to give me some advice on how to be tough. My broker, Deborah, called today and forced me to buy some Dulles Airport bonds. I wanted to buy another car but she said the bonds would be better. I said I wanted to go on a cruise and she said do that and buy the bonds. I bought the bonds. I didn't want those stupid things. Every time she calls I say "Otay."
Help. I don't have any balls a'tall.
Meta, you are already tough, but better yet you have moxie!! Fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith. Always keep the 5th. I'll have my broker Buckwheat call Deborah in the morning to get you out of those Dulles Airport bonds. Stay safe una bella!! : )
oops... Sorry, Pajak. I missed the in-coming on the transom. Wouldn't it be funny as anything for someone to take a picture of that homeless dude, name him Harry the Homeless, and plaster him with his sign all over the country. Get him on O'Reilly! Let the media wolves eat him alive. That'll teach ya not to get job and pay you some taxes, loser.
No worries, Meta!
I do have a first person account of the toll booth attendant who left us all quizzical as we pulled away the other day.
We were borrowing a vehicle on a trip to Boston, and our plan was to run through one of those do-it-yourself carwashes on the return, which would be on the late side, and for which we would need a bunch of quarters.
Going through the 60 cent toll booth here in Maine, I handed the attendant a Fiver and asked if I could have my change in... well, in change.
He paused a few seconds and said "You want CHANGE?! (Emphasis his). Before thinking, I replied, "Well, either that or Hope. Have you got any Hope?"
Well, this kind sir's demeanor changed quicker than he could conjure up my change. He thrust the $4.40 worth of change into my palm and said gruffly "There's your change... now get the hell out of here!"
I kid you not! Wife, Boy and I had a big guffaw over that, and still can't figure out if he thought I was a McCain supporter and he was an Obama supporter, or if he thought I was an Obamamite, and he was a McCainite.
Sheeeesh, I'll be glad when this is over!
I am just laughing away, Pajak. How did you think that fast? Although, now I think on it, it's almost an automatic reply these days. But, dang, that was brilliant.
Nothing like making your own day. haha. :}
And now ours. :)
great story, I hope to try the same before the election, You may have switched a voter. I have been going to different places and when the election comes up I have explained that Obama wants to redistribute wealth and that I want mine in ___ cigars, books or whatever type of store I'm at. It seems to get people thinking from the abstract to the concrete and generally they react like your server. They'd rather have tax that fella behind the tree taxation than feel personal pain.
Someone should point McCain/Palin to that large global healthcare company in Obama's Chicago-area that recently announced the layoff of 1,000 employees. The jobs are moving to Ireland, that haven of corporate taxation. Why Senator Obama, do you support tax policies that are driving good jobs out of your own hometown?
Terrific post. Since my husband is self-employed as an Engineer, I am thoroughly depressed at the prospect of non-renewed tax cuts and raised business and personal taxes. Not a good way to grow a productive country. Do you think Barack will pay for the rest of our son's college education at his nice private, liberal arts college? And then the law school he hopes to attend?
jephanol...caressing $2.38 is difficult but the effect can be achieved by the correct use of a manic cackle.
The sad truth about all of this is that Obama and his elitist friends will have their cushy lives and their wealth will increase. That is what always happens in a socialist state.
Meanwhile, the majority will see their standard of living go down, and, for many, their relative suffering increase.
Obama didn't work for his money. He got it through shady deals with the likes of Rezko and by getting Michelle a big raise if he sent $1 million to her employer.
You have to be intellectually dishonest, immoral or just plain stupid to vote for Obama.
"You have to be intellectually dishonest, immoral or just plain stupid to vote for Obama."
Lotta trifecta's out there.
Wonderful post which I will link to soon because I'm into conservative economic parables and realities right now. And the future doens't look very bright with Obama coming down the pike right now.