MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Joe the Plumber—or is he?

October 17th, 2008 Viewed 1937 times

Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher watches the presidential candidate debate in his home in Ohio on Oct. 15, 2008. (Lori King/Toledo Blade)“Joe the Plumber” sounds like one of those names from the medieval time, like “Charles the Great” or “Edward the Fat”.  In any case, what if “Joe the Plumber” really isn’t a plumber after all—or at least a licensed plumber?

Does that change his argument?

Modern Day Robin Hood?

October 15th, 2008 Viewed 2170 times

IT'S A LEAK! Barack Obama tells Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher he intends to "spread the wealth around."Ever since I’ve been an adult I’ve had a moral dilemma about Robin Hood.  He’s much more of a complex character than Disney or the other portrayals would have us to believe.

Yes, the king was bad, and was taxing his people.  Yes, it was nice of Robin to help the poor.

My problem is that I believe in absolutes, and stealing is wrong.  Coupled with the fact that regardless of how corrupt the government is, I’m supposed to submit to it (as a Christian) except in cases where it demands that I go against my faith.

You Want to Do What With My Money?

September 9th, 2008 Viewed 2858 times

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A lot of the debate in this year’s Presidential election will revolve around your money.  Specifically, how much you get to keep, and what happens with that which they take from you.

The truth of the matter is, if you knew exactly how much money the government takes from you, you’d probably revolt—but our government has learned the less of the Boston Tea Party, and only takes from you what it thinks it can get away with.

How Do You Like Your Taxes?

October 15th, 2007 Viewed 1723 times

Pay TaxesRep. Paul Ryan (R-W.S.) and two other Conservative House Members have a plan for your taxes:

Give up your current deductions and your annual earnings up to $100,000 would be taxed at 10 percent, with a 25 percent rate on everything above that. But that is not all. The bill would repeal the hated Alternative Minimum Tax, giving up $840 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. Government would have to get leaner.

Taxes and Voting

September 16th, 2004 Viewed 1856 times

pay-taxes.jpgWalter E. Williams has an interesting article out today.

There seems to be a lot of seen and unseen gerrymandering going on. In the first place, instead of logical voting districts, representatives are able to carve out for themselves “safe seats” that will always lean one way. This clearly benefits incumbents and doesn’t allow multiple different people access to our government– something that should be encouraged, right? I think someone should encourage a law to be passed that defined voting districts in straight grid like lines. Sure, natural topography would make some districts small, but that would allow some excitement! I don’t know– there has to be a better solution out there than the crazy districts that are the norm now.

The second has more to do with William’s article. In it he talks about how a majority of Americans pay no taxes, and these are the ones with equal votes to those that have a direct stake in how much money is taken out of their paychecks. This puts people who get money from the government directly opposed to people who lose money to the government– a guaranteed class warfare struggle. Again, I’m standing with the Fair Tax. I think that if that was implemented, we’d see some change in voting patterns too!

Tax Time

February 26th, 2004 Viewed 2129 times
An assortment of United States coins, includin...

An assortment of United States coins, including quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s tax time. Doing my taxes is a conflicting experience. Most of the time I am due for a refund. Yet, this means that the government has had my money, not giving me interest, for a whole year. This is quite the gimmick / setup, because it’s made to look like you should be happy that you’re getting money back. In fact, that they take more than you owe should bother you.

What’s the solution? We could move the filing date to November 2, and eliminate withholding from our paychecks. That would eliminate the thought that somehow I’m getting money from the government, and keep taxes low because people would be able to vote on taxes.

What I like better is the idea of eliminating income taxes altogether, and going for a nationwide sales tax. That way we’d only be taxed on what we’d buy, companies could hire for the exact price the people would get paid, and savings would not be taxed.

What do you think?

 

 

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.