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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pelosi should be excommunicated

Let me start by noting that I am neither a Catholic nor a Democrat. (A chuckle from my friends). I am a supporter of abortion rights.

But this comes down to what you believe in. Pelosi claims to be a god-fearing Catholic but supports abortion rights. The pope says, "God does not support abortion rights and neither do Catholics".

Interestingly, while the Pope could and should excommunicate Pelosi and others from the church, he does not.

Also interestingly, Pelosi (and others) should voluntarily leave the church since her beliefs differ from the church's on such a core issue.

Perhaps the Pope worries that kicking out Pelosi would cause others of his flock to leave. Perhaps Pelosi worries if she quits she will lose some of her flock who vote for her because she claims to be (however marginally) a "good Catholic".

Either way, there is a lot of pragmatism going around and not enough attention to principles - which is of course the Democrat disease.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Democrats are Tax Hypocrites

So, the Democrats are always bandying about slogans such as "the rich get richer, the poor get poorer", "The rich ought to pay their fair share of taxes", and "We need to sacrifice (through higher taxes) in order to get our country on the right track."

So, two prominent Democrats that Obama wants to put in charge of Federal agencies have been caught red-handed not paying their taxes.

Tom Daschle owed $140,000 in back taxes and interest.
"Daschle reportedly waited nearly a month after being nominated to be secretary of health and human services before informing President Obama that he had not paid years of back taxes."
Timothy Geithner is now our treasury secretary, yet:
Timothy Geithner's nomination for treasury secretary, held up after it was revealed that he had failed to pay more than $34,000 in taxes, eventually was confirmed by a 60-34 vote.
Democrats love raising taxes on other people, then decide they themselves don't need to pay them. They talk about paying higher and ever-higher taxes as if they are a moral obligation, yet they themselves don't pay them.

So, let's assume that these were all honest mistakes. It's possible (even though these people routinely pound their fists on the table about how they have a right to take your money).

This shows that even for the Democrats, who love to tax and tax and tax, the tax code is so complex, and tax compliance is such an effort, that they can't even do it right.

In a sane universe, that would be a clear indication of a problem and a call to action to simplify the tax code.

But that's not likely to happen as Democrats now use the tax code to engineer redistribution of wealth. The tax code will only get more complex, and more unfair as people begin getting refunds and "credits" when they never paid taxes in the first place.