Tuesday, June 08, 2010

America Is Broke, $42K Per Citizen Owed, So Democrats Say "Raise Taxes On Oil!"

Actually, it now about $42,352.49 owed by each citizen of the United States to pay off the national debt. If calculated for just those that actually work, it is about double, but why worry? The Democrats will raise taxes to cover your share of the debt. Of course, you'll have to pay more taxes to cover the new taxes plus the ever rising national debt, but that's your problem because the Democrats are only here to help. Unfortunately, they actually believe that.

Democrats propose further tax hike on offshore oil
Senate Democrats are moving to quintuple the tax that oil companies pay into an oil spill liability fund.

The move would raise $15 billion over the coming decade as Congress seeks to shore up the fund in the wake of the catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But it's also being used to ease a tax hike passed by the House on investment fund managers.

Of course the Democrats have also figured out how manufacturers, gas pumps and other sellers of oil based products like home heating oil will be able to ascertain at the point of sale who makes over $250,000 per year and who doesn't, because a promise is a promise and Obama would never break a promise. Like he would never raise taxes on those who make under $250,000, right?
Oil as class warfare brought to you by the Democratic Party of the United States of America. It's not just for sci-fi anymore.

Bwarney Frank Wants More Authority And Ability

I don't suppose that he was talking shoe lifts and a gym membership when he spoke of more authority and ability, but still, Barney reminds me of O'Rourke's law of "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys," except these boys came to see Barney. On their own accord. Is there no decency left?

It sounds and looks a tad like a fraternity party. I suppose out of gender respect the boys were able to subvert their Heteronormativity, and the cake girl with the pasties, until after Barney withdrew. TOGA!

Reason's Matt Welch 'Revolt' Misses One Point

Matt Welch has a good post concerning the growing bureaucracy of government, unions and public sector growth. It is obvious that bureaucracy only works when it is lean and answerable to the leaders it supports. That ours has become a bloated obese monster which is incapable of achieving that which it is supposed to is a shame put upon our country. Land of the free indeed.

The point I had hoped to see in his piece is that these unelected bureaucrats are governing us, in a large part because of the labyrinth of power they've created, instead of the elected officials we send to Washington and state capitals. Unseen hands and minds have created an unrecognizable government that over regulates us and overrules elected officials, but unlike elected officials they stay in power forever. Hell, they can't even be fired for complete incompetence and the bureaucracy self replicates like soulless monsters in science fiction novels.

That is the real revolt by the governed, anger towards faceless bureaucrats governing us without being elected not being accountable and doing it all poorly.