Front page
Archive
Silflay Hraka?


Bigwig is a systems administrator at a public university
Hrairoo is the proprietor of a quality used bookstore
Kehaar is.
Woundwort is a professor of counseling at a private university

The Hraka RSS feed

Email
bigwig AT nc.rr.com

Friends of Hraka
InstaPundit
Daily Pundit
cut on the bias
Meryl Yourish
This Blog Is Full Of Crap
Winds of Change
A Small Victory
Silent Running
Dr. Weevil
Little Green Footballs
ColdFury
Oceanguy
Fragments from Floyd
VodkaPundit
Allah
The Feces Flinging Monkey
the skwib
Dean's World
Little Tiny Lies
The Redsugar Muse
Sperari
Natalie Solent
From the Mrs.
ErosBlog
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
On the Third Hand
Public Nuisance
Not a Fish
Rantburg
AMCGLTD
WeckUpToThees!
Electric Venom
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Common Sense and Wonder
Neither Here Nor There
Wizbang!
Bogieblog
ObscuroRant
RocketJones
The Greatest Jeneration
Ravenwolf
Ipse Dixit
TarHeelPundit
Blog On the Run
blogatron
Redwood Dragon
Notables
Greeblie Blog
Have A Cuppa Tea
A Dog's Life
IMAO
Zonitics.com
Iberian Notes
Midwest Conservative Journal
A Voyage to Arcturus
HokiePundit
Trojan Horseshoes
In Context
dcthornton.blog
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Country Store
Blog Critics
Chicago Boyz
Hippy Hill News
Kyle Still Free Press
The Devil's Excrement
The Fat Guy
War Liberal
Assume the Position
Balloon Juice
Iron Pen In A Velvet Glove
IsraPundit
Freedom Lives
Where Worlds Collide
Knot by Numbers
How Appealing
South Knox Bubba
Heretical Ideas
The Kitchen Cabinet
Dustbury.com
tonecluster
Bo Cowgill
mtpolitics.net
Raving Atheist
The Short Strange Trip
Shark Blog
Hoplites
Jimspot
Ron Bailey's Weblog
Cornfield Commentary
Testify!
Northwest Notes
pseudorandom
The Blog from the Core
Ain'tNoBadDude
CroMagnon
The Talking Dog
WTF Is It Now??
Blue Streak
Smarter Harper's Index
nikita demosthenes
Bloviating Inanities
Sneakeasy's Joint
Ravenwood's Universe
The Eleven Day Empire
World Wide Rant
All American
Pdawwg
The Rant
The Johnny Bacardi Show
The Head Heeb
Viking Pundit
Mercurial
Oscar Jr. Was Here
Just Some Poor Schmuck
Katy & Bruce Loebrich
But How's The Coffee?
Roscoe Ellis
Foolsblog
Sasha Castel
Dodgeblogium
Susskins Central Dispatch
DoggerelPundit
Josh Heit
Attaboy
Aaron's Rantblog
MojoMark
As I was saying...
Blog O' Dob
Dr. Frank's Blogs Of War
Betsy's Page
A Knob for Brightness
Fresh Bilge
The Politburo Diktat
Drumwaster's rants
Curt's Page
The Razor
An Unsealed Room
The Legal Bean
Helloooo chapter two!
As I Was Saying...
SkeptiLog AGOG!
Tong family blog
Vox Beth
Velociblog
I was thinking
Judicious Asininity
This Woman's Work
Fragrant Lotus
DaGoddess
Single Southern Guy
Caerdroia
GrahamLester.Com
Jay Solo's Verbosity
TacJammer
Snooze Button Dreams
Horologium
You Big Mouth, You!
From the Inside looking Out
Night of the Lepus
No Watermelons Allowed
From The Inside Looking Out
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Suburban Blight
Aimless
The SmarterCop
Dog of Flanders
From Behind the Wall of Sleep
Beaker's Corner
Bad State of Gruntledness
Who Tends The Fires
Granny Rant
Elegance Against Ignorance
Moxie.nu
Eccentricity
Say What?
Blown Fuse
Wait 'til Next Year
The Pryhills
The Whomping Willow
The National Debate
The Skeptician
Zach Everson
MonkeyWatch
Geekward Ho
Argghhh!!!
Life in New Orleans
Rotten Miracles
Fringe
The Biomes Blog
illinigirl
See What You Share
Truthprobe
Blog d’Elisson
Your Philosophy Sucks
Watauga Rambler
Socialized Medicine
Consternations
Verging on Pertinence
Read My Lips
ambivablog
Soccerdad
The Flannel Avenger
Butch Howard's WebLog
Castle Argghhh!
Andrew Hofer
kschlenker.com
Moron Abroad
White Pebble
Darn Floor
Wizblog
tweedler
Pajama Pundits
BabyTrollBlog
Cadmusings
Goddess Training 101
A & W
Medical Madhouse
Slowly Going Sane
The Oubliette
American Future
Right Side Redux
See The Donkey
Newbie Trucker
The Right Scale
Running Scared
Ramblings Journal
Focus On Reality
Wyatt's Torch

May 21, 2003

Democrats in Elephant's Clothing

Tax cuts are easy. There's not a person in the world who can't look at the national budget and lop off a few hundred billion within 20 minutes. Washington treats money the way most people treat urine. It exists to be flushed away without a second thought. Anyone who can't cut taxes isn't trying to.

But cutting taxes is no damn good unless you cut spending. Cutting spending is the hard part, and Washington is about as good at cutting spending as a crack whore is at saying no to a handful of little white rocks. When rich guys start to look askance at tax cuts, even if one of them is George Soros, something's out of whack. Rich guys are, after all, known for their financial sense.

Don't try to tell me that George Bush is giving you your money back. As long as he and Congress are passing budgets that increase the deficit, he's lending you your money and charging you interest on it. If he really wanted to you to have you own money, he'd arrange it so that 8 years down the road you wouldn't have to pay it and more back.

All George Bush's tax cut is a reach around. We're still getting screwed.

Getting a tax cut from Washington is like being married to a spendthrift schizophrenic One body, many personalities. Every payday one personality, let's call him Herbert, cashes his check then comes home and hands out $20 bills to the kids until his wallet is empty. Later that night Herbert goes out and maxes out his credit cards on liquor, cigars and sugar. "Subsidizing agriculture," he calls it. Herbert doesn't care about the consequences of his behavior, because by the time the bill comes due he'll be long gone, and some other personality will have to deal with the bill.

You call Herbert on his behavior during his evening of excess, and he's sanguine about the consequences. No, he won't be around to face the music, but it's ok. Herbert's got a plan, you see. "My kids," he says, single malt scotch sloshing out of the glass he's waving around to illustrate his point. "My kids...hic... will invest that money I give 'em. Come a month from now, they can use some of that interest to pay off the bills, and keep the rest. They'll all have more money that way."

Herbert's plan is bullshit, of course. It's not so much a plan to pay off the credit cards as it is a plan to keep you from bothering him. If Herbert really gave a shit about his kids, if he really wanted them to be rich, he'd not only give out money, he'd stay at home come the weekend and not run up the balance on the American Express.

Every personal finance book on the planet says that if a person wants to be better off financially, the first thing to do is to get out of debt. Pay cash for everything, cut up the credit cards,sell plasma, do whatever you have to do but get out of debt. Then start investing, or saving, or take the whatever the first step is in the 10 steps to financial success book you just bought. First, get out of debt, period. In a government that is supposedly of the people, by the people and for the people, is it to damn much to expect that it live up to the same expectations as the people?

When the Republican party starts spending like the Democrats, then whatever fiscal sanity there ever was in Washington has put on a tricorne hat and started demanding the one and all address him as Monsieur l'Emperor. If the Democratic party had any sense, even if only a sense of irony, they'd re-introduce the balanced budget amendment and poke George with it for the next two years.

And if they did, I'd support it. I didn't ten years ago, and now I regret it. When politicians of both parties act like there's nothing they'd rather do that light cigars with your dollars, then there's no other way to restrain them. Yes, bad things might happen when a budget is required to be balanced year in and year out, but the evidence for that is largely theoretical, and the consequences aren't as bad as they are painted. North Carolina has to balance its budget every year and in the last two years the recession has meant that the state has had to: eliminate some unfilled positions and cut back on equipment purchases.

Also, I haven't gotten a raise. It's been a bloodbath, alright.

Smart, sophisticated people distrust the balanced budget amendment because it isn't a panacea, as if anything is. Sure a balanced budget amendment would cause problems. Every solution to a problem has repercussions in the future, but that doesn't mean you give up trying find solutions.

I'd like a nice tax cut. What I don't want is to have to pay it back later, and thanks to the profligate nature of George Bush and the Republican Congress, I'm going to have to. So don't expect me to be grateful come election day. If you want me to be grateful, pay off the deficit, then give me a tax cut.

Because that's the only way my money gets to stay my money.

Posted by Bigwig at May 21, 2003 03:09 PM | TrackBack
Postscript:
First time visitor to House Hraka? Wondering if everything we produce could possibly be as brilliant/stupid/evil/pedantic/insipid/inspired as the post you just read? Check out the Hraka Essentials, the (mostly) reader-selected guide to Hraka's best posts, and decide for yourself.
Comments
Post a comment Note: Comments with more than two dashes per line will be blocked as spam.









Remember personal info?