May 27, 2003

I'll Break Your Tax

My brother recently used an analogy about a music service that said the rich pay less taxes than the poor. He did qualify by saying he didn't understand how taxes work. This is a very common misperception.

On the surface, taxes are fairly simple. Based on the amount of money you make, you can look up the percentage of your pay you must pay in taxes. What makes the system complex are all the deductions and tax breaks a person can get. When you read the tax laws, you realize that 99.99% percent of the laws deal with the exceptions, the deductions, and the tax breaks. Rest assured that even though rich people tend to be able to get more deductions and breaks than a lower income person, they are still paying significantly more, dollar-wise, than those lower income people.

This story provides a little insight into the why people feel cheated when the rich get a larger tax break than the poor. I have no idea who the original author is, but this site has published a condensed version of it that gets the point across nicely.

Posted by queue at 09:06 AM | Comments (0) | Category: Political

April 07, 2003

Take Me To Your Leader

This opinion article is just too good to not pass on. We all know that the French have a huge stake in keeping Saddam in power, but this article really blows the lid off and puts things in perspective. Will we not remember those who would let Saddam have his way?

Posted by queue at 07:34 AM | Comments (0) | Category: Political

April 03, 2003

Unmasking Evil

Someone posted a copy of A Shield's Story in our office. Forget for the moment that I agree 100% with what this guy is saying. I'd like to point out what I like about how this article was put together. This isn't just a bunch of hype with unsubstantiated "facts". This article has links to the articles written where he got the information. If someone is going to protest or support the war around me, they better darn well be able to back up their position.

As far as the article goes, it's nice to see that when these anti-war protestors see what's really going on, their eyes are opened and they know good from evil.

Posted by queue at 07:24 AM | Comments (0) | Category: Political

April 01, 2003

A Demonstration Worth A Thousand Words

I witnessed an amazing sight a couple days ago and only last night realized the implications. I'm sure most of you have seen the occasional anti-war protests with a smattering of people. Around here, nearly every day, a group of about 10 or 15 protestors gather by the mall with their signs for people to honk if they are anti-war. You have to realize, this is a huge military town. This weekend, the pro-war people came out in masses. I heard estimates in the thousands. And drivers were equally supportive with enough honking to wake the dead.

What I realized is that there are indeed a large number of pro-war supporters, probably significantly more than anti-war people. It's incredible how often the minority is the most vocal, except last weekend.

Posted by queue at 07:39 AM | Comments (1) | Category: Political

March 10, 2003

Political Suicide

I'm told the Lois McMahan story is making headlines all over the nation and possibly the world.  If you haven't heard the story, check this out.  I actually met her when she stopped by my house during her first campaign.  She seemed nice enough until I started reading about her politics.  She's radical and doesn't always think before she speaks. This is absolute suicide in the political world.  I can understand not staying for a prayer if it goes against everything you believe in, but to turn around and say to the world that Islam is the root of all the terrorism is insane.  She didn't get my vote the first time around and she certainly won't get it the next time around.

Posted by queue at 08:45 PM | Comments (0) | Category: Political

January 29, 2003

Another Bush, Another War

After listening to the State Of The Union address last night, I'm still not 100% convinced we should be going to war so quickly. President Bush claims he has overwhelming evidence. I say, let's see it. If it's as convincing as he says it is, then he'll probably get the American people, and possibly the rest of the U.N. behind him.

Posted by queue at 09:01 PM | Comments (0) | Category: Political