9/10/2004

FOXNews.com - You Decide 2004 - Authenticity of Bush Guard Docs in Question

Does anyone still doubt the leftward tilt of the media? CBS and Dan Rather presented forged documents regarding the President's National Guard duty as the truth. At best, CBS and Rather are irresponsible...at worst, they're deliberately trying to deceive the American public and provide a smoke-screen for Kerry's dubious Vietnam record.

If you doubt that these so-called "documents" are forgeries created in Microsoft Word, you can go here and scroll down for the overlay of the CBS/Rather presented document and the one generated with Microsoft Word.

I'm sure we WON'T see media outrage for this incident. It will more likely be presented as an innocent mistake by an "honest" newsman.


9/08/2004

FOXNews.com - Politics - National Sales Tax Promoted as Fairer System

Sorry for the lack of posting. Between a new job (which keeps me busy during the day) and my son's football season (which keeps me busy every evening), I've been pretty busy.

I could have posted about the respective Democratic and Republican conventions, but I could have predicted what was said beforehand. But in case you missed it, I'll summarize:

Democrats: Our country sucks. We're on the wrong path. Bush sucks and we hate him. We care about the poor and middle-class (even though we're all super-rich). We need to raise taxes to help the poor and middle-class. We need to keep jobs here and penalize out-sourcing. Republican policies have resulted in a net loss of jobs. The Iraq war was wrong. We care about everyone and everyone should have special rights.. And oh, Bush sucks and we hate him. Vote for the war hero John Kerry if you hate Bush.

Republicans: Our country is great. Our tax-cutting plan is working as the economy is growing (along with the deficit), and jobs are being re-added. We will win the war on terror. The Iraq war was morally correct even though we acted on faulty intelligence. We care about the poor and middle class which is why we passed the Medicare and Education bills. Trade with foreign powers is better (because we instituted protectionist policies and allowed out-sourcing of skilled/educated labor). Democrats are girlie men. We don't like gay marriage. Oh, and our response to 9/11 was to kick ass. Vote for Bush if you love our country.

Libertarians: Both parties are whacked. Neither party respects our encourages a free market economy. Both spend money like drunken sailors. Neither party respects true freedom.

In any case, the article talks about a national sales tax which in my estimation, is long overdue. The article failed to mention some potential benefits of the national sales tax.

1) Income from the black market economy will now be taxed.
a) Anyone making money illegally (drug dealers, prostitutes, gambling, etc) pays based on consumption.
b) Tipped income will now be taxed. Bartenders, Waitstaff, Valets, Strippers will now all pay taxes.
2) Tax law simplified/eliminated resulting in a glut of lawyers that will have to go out and find a real job.
a) Potential downside to a glut of attorneys? More frivolous lawsuits.
b) April 15th will now be an ordinary day!
3) Existing infrastructure is already available in most states (via sales taxes already collected).
4) There will be a real benefit to saving and investment
a) As capital gains and interest income will no longer be taxed, that money will only be taxed when spent.

I've been a supporter of a national sales tax for years. It's truly the ONLY fair way to tax. The more you spend, the more you pay.

The only modifications I'd make to the idea are as follows:

1) Exemption for food (NOT fast food).
2) $250k home purchase exemption (anything over $250k would be result in the normal sales tax). That would cover most middle class home purchases.
3) After talking to a few people, vehicles are also an important element. Perhaps they are also worthy of an exemption.

What do you think?