Daily Archives: September 19, 2008

Blogger.com still causing problems
Still having difficulties posting, the program doesn’t recognize that it’s now Saturday morning, won’t save drafts, etc. It’s nice of Google to provide this service but they’re absolutely silent when they run into difficulties, don’t suggest when they might correct anything and provide no way to contact them. I am in the process of switching to WordPress but until then, please bear with me.

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Joe Biden on “altruism”
The other Vice Presidential candidate has strong thoughts on what it means to be a nice guy and give to the poor. One of my own readers considers paying more taxes to be “the neighborly thing to do” (query why he doesn’t just go ahead and do it – would he like the IRS’s address?). this fellow in Denver takes another view

When exactly did taxation transform into a form of charity? Biden, it seems, has a difficult time differentiating between coercion and generosity. The distinction is simple: When one fails at altruism, he is a louse; when one fails to pay taxes, he ends up in the slammer.

But anyone can “jump in” at any time. Biden and his wife, who would be considered wealthy under an Obama/Biden tax plan, for instance, gave an average of $369 a year to charity during the past decade. So you can see that by “help,” Biden means assistance with your money.

Have you ever wondered when exactly taxation became a tool for mass redistribution of wealth?

“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden explained in an interview on “Good Morning America.” The wealthy, last I heard, did not “take” or steal from the defenseless middle class; they, most often, earned their money. There is nothing to give back.

Moreover, the very premise of Biden’s argument is a rickety mess. The rich already shell out their share. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the top 10 percent of households pay roughly 70 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 5 percent pay over 60 percent of all taxes. The top 1 percent? They pay nearly 40 percent of all income taxes. Sounds like an unfair share to me.

Myself, I like the moose hunter more every day.

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