Taxes and Problem Solving
I have run across small pieces of information recently that highlight the mindset and the quality of most of our elected empty suits. The state of Oregon is looking at installing a meter of some sort into every car to determine how many miles the car is driven for the purpose of taxing citizens by the mile. I will leave the invasion of privacy and the Big Brother is watching argument for another time, but this possibility is scary on more than one level.
It appears that Federal Gas taxes are at a tipping point. Raising the price of gas between actual cost and taxes has reached a point that consumers are opting out. They are driving less and buying less therefore the tax revenue is falling short of the greedy goals and estimates of elected empty suits. Tax revenue is below the expectations so the genius who came up with the “Lets tax them by the mile” idea wants to make up the difference by taxing for the gas and then penalize the drivers again by taxing the use of the item as it is consumed. Double dipping into the pockets of the tax payers the elected empty suits represent is acceptable in their attempt to increase tax revenue.
The city of New York is being sued by more than one Administrative Law Judge because they, the judges, feel they are being strong armed by their superiors into supporting fines issued by the city Department of Consumer Affairs even when they are not warranted. More than one; the article describes it as “another” so it may be two or twenty judges felt strong enough to sue the city because they felt they were being strong armed into levying fines that the small businesses did NOT deserve.
The article states “Consumer Affairs issued 24,176 fines in the 2012 fiscal year, compared to 9,719 a decade earlier a nearly threefold increase, records show.” One example of coercion that one Administrative Law Judge named in the suit was the city charged a jewelry store owner for failing to keep a book that records all second hand purchases. The reason the store failed to keep a book was that NYPD requires an online entry of all such transactions. Why keep a book when the information age has electronic information. Clearly a case of an old government regulation that was probably fifty or more years old but was not keeping up with other city requirements put in place to aid law enforcement; conflicting city regulations that the city insists on collecting fines for.
Then one of my favorite examples of an attempt by government to dip their hands into our pockets was a California representative, from Berkley California, who wanted a “bit” tax on email to support the post office. The post office is dying because it doesn’t serve a purpose any more. It should adapt or die like any privately run business. It does not need a new form of taxation to artificially support a failed business.
Each of these examples demonstrates the quality, mindset, and problem solving skills of elected empty suits or government bureaucrats. Determining how to squeeze more blood from a stone to increase tax revenue at the expense of hard working tax payers and small businesses is the strong point of these mental midgets. They do it because that’s where the money is. They are a clear example of how government is constantly punishing the tax payers and small business owners for their hard work and success to fund government’s bad ideas and good intentions.
My favorite analogy to clearly describe what’s happening is a cruise ship that is taking on water. The Captain decides that everyone on board must collect three buckets of water and dump them over the side. Everyone bails and the ship with stay afloat longer. It will ultimately sink but the bailing buys them time.
The better decision to solve the problem would be to determine where the water is coming from and stop the leak. When the water stops entering the ship, the requirement to bail goes away and the ship is no longer in danger of sinking.
The water is a threat to the survival of the ship. The least favorable solution is to bail the water as it threatens the ship to delay when it will sink but not preventing it from sinking
Elected empty suits and brain dead bureaucrats cannot be counted on to analyze the problem and make the right decisions to solve the problem.
In my analogy the hole that allows the water into the ship is the government spending. The water is the deficit, the difference between what elected empty suits want to spend and the actual tax revenues. The requirement for all passengers to bail three buckets of water per day is the burden that all tax payers have to bear to accommodate the bad decisions and good intentions of the elected empty suits.
Fill the hole stop or reduce the spending and the problem is reduced and probably stopped is the clear answer to the problem, but the muddled thinking and actual goals and objectives of the elected empty suits prevent them from finding the obvious answer.
They fail to see that spending is the problem, or possibly they refuse to see spending as the problem. It conflicts with their objective, which is to buy the love, affection, and loyalty of the low information voters. The low information voters have a mind set of “if it’s for free, it’s for me!” They want free stuff from the government because it’s free and no one has to pay for it. They don’t see the straight line from the taxes paid to the free stuff. They don’t understand the straight line between the economic drain of high taxes and a slow to stalled economy.
We are stuck with two sets of poor quality players and one set of overburdened players. The low information voters are easily manipulated with bright shiny objects and promises to respect them in the morning. The elected empty suit will continue to do what works for them. Flash brightly shining objects in front of the low information voter and promise them whatever they will believe to keep getting reelected.
The tax payers are continually used and abused by the other two players.
We have to stop electing elected empty suits who can’t be trusted to respect the tax payer. We have to stop electing elected empty suits who have to buy the affection and loyalty of the low information voter because they have nothing else to offer.
The most important thing we must do is to educate the low information voter. The famous quote from Dame Margaret Thatcher is more relevant today than it has ever been in this country. “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money”
We clearly have a spending problem, those responsible for the spending are in denial or just don’t care. This ship will sink if we don’t plug the hole.
They won’t plug it so we must.