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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Liberal Ignorance on a Local Level

This week the New Brighton Bulletin published a letter to the editor that is illustrative of how liberalism and intelligent thought are mutually exclusive concepts. Rush Limbaugh's assessment of a person who professes such goofy ideas as a "glittering jewel of colossal ignorance" definitely applies in this example.

Such specimens of the liberal thought process, though tedious to read, do serve a useful purpose in that they remind us why we need to keep liberals out of positions of power and to make sure Conservatives show up en masse on election day to cancel and eclipse the votes of idiot liberals.

The complete text of the letter follows. I suppressed the author's name so as to spare him/her further embarrassment (you can view the on-line published version here if you really must know).
No fear and smear, no divide and conquer, no code words, no slogans. Where are Minnesota and America headed? What does competent government cost? Who isn't paying taxes on their total income?

Have 30 years of "no new taxes" and "tax cuts" left us better than between 1947 and 1973? Why have average Americans lost purchasing power, pensions, health care, homes, and have $11,000 debts, even with spouses working? Why have property taxes exploded? Why does Social Security tax a small businessperson 15.3 percent?

Only income tax is fair, which is why wealthy people influence state and federal legislators for special tax breaks. Honest economists say only cut the payroll tax. The Alternative Minimum Tax, intended to tax wealthy taxpayers, now ensnares middle class people. Why? Few, if any, Bulletin readers pay estate tax, yet there is propaganda to eliminate it. Why?

"Borrow and spend" turned federal surpluses into monstrous debts; Minnesota has falling bridges, crumbling and unsafe roads, overcrowded schools with outdated books.

Does "keep government off our backs" mean left alone in our private lives? Or politicians interfering in people's sex lives, their medical decisions? We haven't regulated or prevented corporate crimes. Because illegal immigration benefits corporations, nothing has been done.

Distracted by abortion, guns and gays, our pockets have been picked. We need change. We cannot survive another eight years of war on reason and science. We cannot survive as individuals when everything that is "us" is privatized. What kind of America do you want?
This hand wringing and obviously utterly clueless liberal poses a lot of questions and makes several assertions that are specious at best.

Strictly for educational and amusement purposes let's apply a little critical analysis and common sense from a conservative perspective. Addressing the points in order:

"No fear and smear, no divide and conquer, no code words, no slogans."
This is a set up to claim that what follows is "non-partisan" and derived from "reason". It is also a sure fire tip-off that the rest of the letter will contain fear-mongering, smears (possibly subtle, but smears nonetheless) and will be embellished with code words and slogans designed to divide and conquer.

"Where are Minnesota and America headed?"
Towards a socialist nanny state with increasing government intrusion into our daily lives if looney toon libs like the author of the letter get their way.

"What does competent government cost?"
What we need is limited government (many totalitarian governments have demonstrated great efficiency and competence, though at a terrible human cost) and it would cost far less than the current nanny state does if we removed the infestation of liberalism/socialism/redistributionism. It should cost as little as possible to protect life, liberty, and property, and promote commerce. Government should not engage in social engineering through the redistribution of wealth.

"Who isn't paying taxes on their total income?"
Interestingly enough, the so-called poor and middle class. According to the non-profit Tax Foundation group the top 1.1 million American households pay a greater share of the income tax burden than the bottom 90 million combined!

"Have 30 years of "no new taxes" and "tax cuts" left us better than between 1947 and 1973?"
This would be an interesting question if the premise was true. Do you really believe we've had 30 years of no new taxes and tax cuts? Has this clown filed a tax return lately? And honestly, I have no idea of the significance of the 1947-1973 time frame.

"Why have average Americans lost purchasing power, pensions, health care, homes, and have $11,000 debts, even with spouses working?"
Because high taxes, out-of-control government spending, over regulation, government interference in the free market, and failed attempts at social engineering have taken their toll. Artificially easy credit has made it possible for people to take on debt beyond their financial means and when the day of reckoning comes the house of cards collapses rapidly. Often times in a dual income family a large portion of one of the incomes gets consumed by taxes.

"Why have property taxes exploded?"
Interesting question, especially after asserting that we've had 30 years of "no new taxes" and "tax cuts". The answer is simple: the spending of local governments and school districts, the prime drivers of property taxes, have spiraled out of control. The ironic thing is that the most egregious offenders are liberals and socialists with the same general political philosophy as the author of the letter.

"Why does Social Security tax a small businessperson 15.3 percent?"
Because that's what the SSA taxes everyone. The scam is that employees are sold the line that they pay half and their employer pays half of the Social Security tax. The truth is that the "half" the employer pays is just another cost of hiring the employee, so the net is that the employee is actually paying the whole thing. They just never see the tax that the employer submits directly to the government for them. Clearly Social Security needs to be dismantled as soon as possible.

"Only income tax is fair, which is why wealthy people influence state and federal legislators for special tax breaks. Honest economists say only cut the payroll tax."
I wonder how does this doofus defines "fair"? Considering how much taxes the wealthy pay it doesn't look like their "special tax breaks" are all that great. The "payroll tax" is just another name for Social Security. In this case the author has stumbled onto something. All taxes need to be cut (or eliminated in the case of Social Security).

"The Alternative Minimum Tax, intended to tax wealthy taxpayers, now ensnares middle class people. Why?"
Because the AMT was a bad idea in the first place and the longer the implementation of a bad idea is allowed to remain the more damage it does. The AMT is basically legalized theft and it was so easy and profitable for the government to shake down "the rich" the definition of "rich" has been loosened over time to include as large a population as can be gotten away with politically. Apparently some liberal constituents are starting to feel the burn.

"Few, if any, Bulletin readers pay estate tax, yet there is propaganda to eliminate it. Why?"
The Estate Tax is legalized theft, period. The assets of a person at the time of their death have already been taxed, sometimes multiple times, and the government comes by and confiscates some more before the assets are transferred according to the wishes of the deceased. Once the property, minus the estate taxes, becomes that of the heir it is subject to further taxation, including estate tax of the new owner when the time comes. The term "propaganda" appears to be a code word to cast a cloud of illegitimacy over those who want to stop this practice of blatant theft.

"'Borrow and spend' turned federal surpluses into monstrous debts; Minnesota has falling bridges, crumbling and unsafe roads, overcrowded schools with outdated books."
The government has run up "monstrous" debts because it has spent too much. Failed programs such as the "New Deal" and "Great Society" as well as the plethora of government acronym alphabet soup agencies and the regulation they impose consume our wealth and infringe on our liberty. "Crumbling" infrastructure, overcrowded schools, and outdated books, if and when they occur are generally caused by government spending far too much on things they shouldn't. A huge step toward fixing the problems of education would be to shut down the federal and state DOEs and move toward a market-driven private sector system. With all of the money the government confiscates from the people we could have outstanding infrastructure. The reason we don't is a matter of politics and prioritization, not a question of inadequate funds.

Does "keep government off our backs" mean left alone in our private lives?
Duh! The answer to the rather silly question is "Yes". Additionally the government needs to constrain their spending, regulation, and reach to only what we the people empower them to. The Enumerated Powers clause in Article 1 Section 8 of the US Constitution would be a good model to follow.

"Or politicians interfering in people's sex lives, their medical decisions?"
I 'm actually in agreement here. Politicians and government should not interfere in these areas. But it is liberals like the letter writer that want the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave and want their fellow citizens to finance it.

"We haven't regulated or prevented corporate crimes. Because illegal immigration benefits corporations, nothing has been done."
Government regulates the hell out of corporations. It just goes to show that corporate crimes cannot be prevented by onerous regulation. Illegal immigration does benefit some business, but hurts others. Nothing has been done because of political correctness, misguided social engineering by government, and bleeding-heart liberalism. There are also some who theorize that supporters of maintaing the current Ponzi scheme implementation of Social Security advocate getting illegals integrated into the workforce as a means to keep the scam going for a while longer.

"Distracted by abortion, guns and gays, our pockets have been picked."
Yes, government has picked our pockets. It is the same government that legalized infanticide (a more accurate term for what you liberals refer to as "abortion" or "choice"), infringed our Second Amendment right to self protection, and promoted the gay "rights" agenda. Fighting for the lives of the unborn and our gun rights, and fighting back against confiscatory taxation and gay agenda to debase our societal values are essential battles, not mere distractions, that were brought on by the over-reach of government. These are battles that we must win in order to preserve our liberty, society, and culture.

"We need change. We cannot survive another eight years of war on reason and science."
If the current confiscatory taxation is allowed to continue change will be all that is left in our take-home pay. "Another eight years" is thinly veiled liberal code wording for a "Bush sucks" smear and an encouragement to elect liberals and socialists this fall. I'm guessing the reference to "reason and science" is code that decries the opposition of conservatives to embryonic stem cell research and abortion (where do you think embryonic stem cells come from?), as well as a general disdain for people of religious faith within government.

"We cannot survive as individuals when everything that is 'us' is privatized."
This statement is brought to us by the letters "B" and "S". Apparently the collectivist who authored the letter believes that all that is good flows from government. Yes, everything that is "us" damn well should be privatized. Individuals voluntarily entering into commerce, and business and contractual agreements with others for mutual benefit is what makes a free society work. Government should be the mutually agreed upon mechanism to do the limited scope of services that cannot be done through free and voluntary association and commerce (national defense, building and maintenance of infrastructure, public safety, enforcement of laws and contracts, etc.). Think about it: would this country ever have come into being as the greatest nation in history if the founders and pioneers had the attitude of the letter writer? Could the industrialization that built a large part of this nation have occurred if the EPA, DOT, EEOC, etc. been around at the time?

"What kind of America do you want?"
An America built on the concepts advocated by our founding fathers, where government serves the people, not the other way around. This is the greatest country in the history of the world by any measure, in spite of the threats posed by the welfare state, big government social engineers and regulators, and the ignorance by some of its citizens as to why this is so. Conservatives are looking to keep it that way through dismantling the nanny state and liberal/socialist/redistibutionist policies that threaten to degrade it and our liberties. Conservatives do not want an America where the people are serfs of the state.

Unfortunately the thoughts expressed by the letter writer are apparently shared by many others who vote. This may be but one symptom of our failed government run education monopoly which has devolved into little more than a gravy train for the education unions and a mechanism for liberals to indoctrinate our children starting at a young age. What else, other than perhaps drug abuse on a large scale, would explain the election of many of the lamer nanny staters (McCollum, Klobuchar, Chaudhary, Knuth, Tilberry, Betzold, Larson, et al) that do such a poor job representing our interests at the various levels of government?

Just remember that in the crucial election coming up this fall people like the one who submitted the letter to the Bulletin will be voting...

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right Hook,

I saw this in the New Brighton Bulletin and thought: "This person must want a Communist government and maybe they should relocate and find the grass is NOT as greener." For instance, try moving to Canada and try getting a MRI or CAT scan over age 50. Stand in line...

1/20/2008 7:19 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

What kind of America do you want?

Certainly not the America this silly person wants. And that's why you are correct about getting involved, Right Hook. It starts at Highview on Feb. 5.

1/21/2008 10:20 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

To expand on Mark's point about getting involved at Highview on 2/5, please see G-Man's 1/16 "Speak Up and Attend Your Caucus" post (scroll down a bit or click here).

1/21/2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger Daria said...

From today's Rush Limbaugh show:

"Thinking people are the worst thing that can happen to liberals."

- D

1/21/2008 4:38 PM  

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