Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On Taxes

Following up on yesterday's post, I wonder if Rangel, now convicted of ethics violations, will receive any sanction or censure... on one hand, punishing Rangel would be an instance of "counting coup" on a political opponent, on the other, such an action would risk some sort of retaliatory measures (oh, who am I kidding, the Democrats won't do Jack Meriwether Shit). Either way, it is to be expected that the response to Rep. Rangel's violation will pale in response to the punishment a private citizen with no connections would receive.

Last April, I wrote a post about how I do not complain about having to pay my taxes. I consider my tax payments to be the dues I pay to live in a civil society. That being said, I hope the Congress just lets the Bush-era tax cuts expire... all of them. I don't want to see middle-class tax cuts held hostage by a party which demands that the tax cuts on the wealthy remain in place.

I look at these tax cuts this way- if I were to, hypothetically, receive a $600 tax cut, and the decreased revenue results in a lack on infrastructure maintenance, which leads to my hitting a pothole, resulting in a $900 car repair bill, what the hell have I gained? Ah, I'm grumpy now- probably because Johnny Pez' For Want of a Nail stories are better than mine.

7 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

That being said, I hope the Congress just lets the Bush-era tax cuts expire... all of them.

YES. Zombie concur.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I'm like the Kaiser Soze of tax cuts-



**SPOILER ALERT**


hold them hostage, I'll shoot them myself.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

About the only silver lining to the Repukes retaking the House I can think of is all those DINOs who were afraid (or just didn't believe in) voting to extend the cuts for the non-wealthy are no longer in office.

Of course, they'll all get jobs as highly paid lobbyists now.
~

Substance McGravitas said...

resulting in a $900 car repair bill

There are advantages to tax payments beyond the keep-my-place-from-becoming-a-shithole considerations. You can also make the place nicer.

Aunt Snow said...

Yes, let them expire and pin the badge on the Republicans for it.

And let's emphasize the point by having the Repubs vote down the middle class tax cut.

fish said...

I do bristle at the fact that roughly half of every dollar I send gets used to blow up brown people. How about we cut fed taxes 100% and pay all that money to state taxes?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I do bristle at the fact that roughly half of every dollar I send gets used to blow up brown people.

Yeah, that's a major sticking point, but the main problem is with voters who would back people who are so into the killing and the blowing upping.