March 2011 Archives

Options in the Decline

US Troops should not be an option for Libya.  Or Egypt, or any other nation where the people are rising up.  Let them rise up and do their thing.  Its their country.  

We got problems folks. BIG problems.  Trying to push a few pathetic do nothing bills is beyond crazy.  The President has described this as our Sputnik moment.  How limited.  Sputnik was a milestone of achievement that indicated the technological superiority of another nation over the US of A.  The people of the nation banded together in interest, in scientific, and in technological achievement to slay the dragon of a people's inferiority complex.  Not that such a thing bothers me.  Whatever can drive us forward without dragging us into the abyss of inhumanity is worthwhile in my book.  To see our nation's financial system crumbling, and in turn our global influence wain, and have all of that set in relation to a single satellite launch is staggering in its implication.  Do we make so little of the problem facing this Nation?  

How many moments have we heard of something occurring in this nation that made you shake your head in disbelief?  Rampant corruption, idiotic bureaucracies, debauchery, stupidity of previously untold degrees, and more.  How many times have we heard of hundreds of millions (or even billions) of dollars being wasted on government cancelled projects, cost over-runs, or outright fraud?  

Ladies and Gentlemen (and everyone else...) the check has arrived.  From WW2 through 1963, the Income Tax rate topped out at 90%+ depending on the year.  The data is here and its pretty compelling.  How did we pay for WW2 and Korea?  Topped out taxes!  If employers were looking at earning less than 10c on the dollar after some rational limit or pushing that $ into business infra, R&D, or heaven forbid... actually paying their employees MORE!  Perhaps 1) we'd not have this deficit and 2) we might actually be progressing as a Nation rather than "falling behind".  For those who might question this, call it un-American, etc... Remember this includes the entire era of the 1950s.  It covers the span of time when Norman Rockwell was painting many of the iconic images we associate with American life.  The idea that low/no taxes is Conservative is pure insanity.  You want low/no taxes?  FIRST pay the bills.  The country must pay its bills. Then we as a Nation can practice living within our means.  If you still want a lower tax burden, and you are willing to accept the corresponding reduced services, go for it!  

One of the most profound messages needs to be delivered to our nations leadership, for they are failing in this regard:

"Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best." Robert Baden-Powell



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