21
May
2013

Senator Boxer has already succumbed to the temptation to politicize any and all disasters with her screetching hissy-fit imploring us to see that global warming is responsible for the recent storms that tragically killed and injured so many in Oklahoma.

Let’s keep it in perspective.  If global warming were causing a trend in more frequent strong storms, we would see it in the actual weather records.

I am trully saddened by what happened in Oklahoma, and I hope I can think of better ways to help, rather than jumping up and down with no factual data and using the event to call for passage of my Carbon Tax bill.

1
Mar
2013

I am well old enough to clearly and distinctly remember the looming ice age climate hysteria of the 1970s, and how much it scared me then.  Replace the snow images in the following clip with pictures of sweating people drinking from water bottles, and you will have today’s video.

28
Jan
2013

As you know, I’ve gone sensationalistic, political and commentary news-free for quite a while and have been very happy getting the bulk of my information and analysis from written media other than the big TV websites.

(ASIDE: If the 2nd amendment was only intended to apply to muskets, then the 1st amendment was only meant to apply to mechanical printing press output…)

However, the one area I generally have a need to frequent for information is weather sites. Where I live, it is kind of necessary to stay somewhat informed on a day to day basis to avoid a good drenching, or worse.

This is what I saw when I visited the weather channel today:

weather_fear

DANGEROUS!

BREAKING NOW!

And the best one, SEE FRIENDS AT RISK!!!!!!

Our daily lives are bordering on the ridiculous, being fed this crap day in and day out.   Our brains and psyches have not evolved to the point where we can tolerate a daily, no…, hourly, diet of constant crisis mode.  If it isn’t weather, it’s the next big super-flu.

No wonder such a large proportion of our population looks to government entities for rules and regulations and “something needs to be done about xyz,” when we are inundated with the idea that every moment is a crisis to be feared.

Over Fearing = the 2013’s replacement for Over Sharing.

So. Tired.

5
Jan
2013

A little over 2 years ago, President Obama proposed the payroll tax cut as a TEMPORARY stimulus measure to put a little more cash into working Americans’ pockets. For the first year of cuts, the worker’s contribution was reduced from 6.2% to 4.2%. For the second year, it was extended at the same rate, but President Obama did push for a larger cut down to 3.1% (1). Now the payroll tax cut has expired as of January 1, 2013, so workers will see a little smaller paycheck each period this year.

For the record, I have always been fully against this payroll cut, because I believed that we should not take the funding away from Social Security, which I thought this reduction was doing. Obviously, I did not do enough reading on the topic two years ago, because, I just realized that general tax revenues have been transferred over to replace those funds not going in (2). That means that income tax revenues are being used to replace the 2% that everyone was no longer paying in. So that extra $10 to $20 per week in someone’s paycheck, may have come directly out of another’s pocket via taxation.

Again, for the record, I am not against helping the least among us financially (and!, I do believe the federal government does a piss-poor job of it), but reducing someone’s obligation to their future retirement and replacing it with others’ potential savings is wrong. Social Security is supposed to be a contract between the worker and the safety net. Certainly, a significant number of people get more out than they pay in, but it’s the paying in that needs to be consistent.

Speaking of paying attention, I am disgusted by the volume of people screaming today, surprised that their paychecks went down. These same people were vehement that they were well-informed voters last month, so how can you be surprised that what was ALWAYS designated a temporary cut, evaporated?

As I was researching the timeline of the cuts, I came across the president’s campaign tax calculator (3). Funny thing, it tells me that, under Mitt Romney, a family of 4 who have an annual income of $50,000 would see their taxes go up by $641 per year. Guess what, the bill just went up by $1000 (51% higher than promised).

Of course, it will be couched as “we said INCOME taxes” and this is payroll tax. IT’S DIFFERENT! (not).

Or, it’s the REPUBLICANS fault! No. Remember, this was always proposed as a temporary cut, by this president, not a permanent cut (and it should not be permanent).

In the end, it looks like a large majority of folks are ill-informed, including, myself, and I, for one, promise to pay more attention.

References:

(1) Obama proposes larger payroll-tax cut – articles.marketwatch.com/2011-09-08/economy/30785507_1_jobs-plan-obama-speech-obama-plan


(2)The Dark Side of the Payroll Tax Cut – www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/109216


(3)Who is Fighting for the Middle Class – www.barackobama.com/tax-calculator/