Did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac?
Lays awake all night wondering if there really is a dog.
The Beat aka The English Beat (in America) stood among the most popular of those bands from the "2 Tone/Punk" period of British popular music.
Along with The Clash they are easily my favorites.
This is Ranking Roger on vocals, Dave Wakeling on guitar and vocals, David Steele and Andy Cox (founding members of Fine Young Cannibals who scored international hits with Good Thing and She Drives Me Crazy) on bass and guitar, Everett Morton on drums and Saxa on sax.
Ranking Full Stop and Big Shot.
Your Uncle Roany is a simple man.
Consider a system of taxation wherein:
Everybody files as an individual (no joint filing)
The first $20,000 of income is exempted from taxation.
All payroll taxes are abolished (FICA et. al.) (among others).
All deductions from taxable income are abolished.
All of em ......... quit your whining ......... no exceptions!
The one and only, universal rate is 20%.
God himself only asked for 10%.
So, if you make $20,001.00, you pay 20 cents in taxes, or 0.001% of your total income in taxes.
If you are a couple, regardless of your status and each of you are making $20,001.00 a year, your total taxes will be 40 cents and your rate will still be 0.001%.
If you make $25,000, you pay $1000.00 in taxes or 4% of your total income in taxes.
Notice here that $1000,00 is more than 20 cents.
4% is more than 0.001%.
Let's say you make $50,000.00, you pay $6000.00 in taxes, or 12% of your total income.
$6000.00 is more than $1000.00 and way more that 20 cents.
12% is more than 4% and much, much higher than 0.001%.
Let's say you attain that magical number of $250,000 and are now "Rich".
You pay $46,000 in federal income taxes, or 18.4% of your total income.
Which is, I am sure you know by now, more than .......... etc.
How bout a cool million?
You pay $196,000 in federal income taxes, which represents 19.6% of your total income.
What if you are Tiger Woods and you used to make $80,000,000 a year?
Under this system you would have paid $15,996,000.00 in federal taxes or 19.9955% of you total income in taxes.
What I've described here is what is typically described as "The Flat Tax".
But, as far as I'm concerned, it ain't flat at all.
The more you make, the more you pay in taxes, which is as it should be if you're gonna tax income.
And ..... the more you make, the higher your tax rate.
Although it does flatten out at the very top.
Still, it is "progressive".
The gravy here is that you can now fire your accountant (Sorry Doug, Willy, Loris. This isn't personal, and I still love you all very much) and most of the IRS.
I'm still asking myself two questions .
Does this work at the corporate level?
Is the gross number from this system sufficient to fund the greedy, incompetent bastards in Washington DC?
The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday.
Ebonics, which is also known as African American Vernacular English, has been described by the psychologist who coined the term as the combination of English vocabulary with African language structure.
Of all the slips of the tongue and unintentional admissions by this administration, Robert Gibbs’ “professional left” comment may well be the one they wish they could squeeze back into their collective windpipe the most:
I hear these people saying (Obama) is like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. … I mean, it’s crazy. … The professional left … will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. … They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.
An excellent interactive that demonstrates the differing consequences of allowing some or all of "The Bush Tax Cuts" to expire ....... or not.
What's really interesting to me are the headings within the interactive.
Let all cuts expire - Cost to Gov't: No cost
Obama's plan - Cost to Gov't: $3 trillion
Extend all cuts - Cost to Gov't: $3.7 trillion
If you just sit there and think about it even a little, shouldn't it read?
Let all cuts expire - Cost to American Taxpayers - $3.7 trillion
Obama's plan - Cost to American Taxpayers - $700 Billion
Extend all cuts - Cost to American Taxpayers: No additional cost
Click on the chart below to link to the interactive.
I think I've already disclosed that the first thing I do nearly every morning of my life is go to The Wall Street Journal Online looking for the Best of the Web Today column from James Taranto and his minions.
Here's a good example of their fine work.
Terrible News: Crime Is Down
"Incarceration in America is a failure by almost any measure," according to the first sentence of the blurb for a new Graeme Wood article in The Atlantic. We're locking criminals up, and crime keeps rising anyway! Oh, wait, no, that's not true. From the article:
Even as crime has fallen, the sentences served by criminals have grown, thanks in large part to mandatory minimums and draconian three-strikes rules--politically popular measures that have shown little deterrent effect but have left the prison system overflowing with inmates.
Having read this paragraph, we decided not to bother with the rest of the piece. We'll take Wood's word for it that incarceration is a failure by almost any measure. But it's hard to imagine what measure is more important than the one by which it is a success: preventing crime!
Click anywhere below for a real good story
Were it me writing the headline, it would read, "Piper Bill Millin, Legendary Crazy Bastard, Dead at 87"
With nothing but my utmost, absolute and sincerest respect.
As always, Green is good, Red is bad, Purple isn't terrible, but it ain't all that helpful either.
Either the Cardinal Cross tab or Summer of Doom tab will take you to the entire series of posts.
You're gonna be seeing this one all day.
Ferdinand jumps out of the gym.
You go big fella!!!!!
If you recall from previous discussions .......... any of the tags below will take you to the entire series of posts.
Green is good, Red is bad, Purple isn't terrible, but it ain't all that great either.
Just one lonely little green dot where Saturn, The Moon, Venus and Mars conjunct (sharing about 6 degrees of space).
I've received well over a hundred emails on the Bradley/Cardinal Cross/Summer of Doom postings.
As usual, nobody has had the stones to comment here, not even the heretofor praised Kluck.
It has been fun to evaluate the responses with what I know about the responders.
Oh yes, you are all being evaluated ........... constantly.
Form mostly has held.
Mockers have mocked, skeptics have skepted.
The more serious of my Christian friends at this site (a clear majority) have been a little startled by the biblical references that have been ........... ummmmm ............ referenced.
While the markets have mostly held, and maybe even strengthened some ........... so far.
The one thing that cannot be denied is that madness is everywhere, some of it mostly expected, some of it just flat out off the wall.
But madness is mostly always just around the corner, isn't it?
The Earth itself has been behaving badly.
We've had massive fires, massive floods, mud slides, earthquakes, and oppressive heat everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere.
I keep thinking I might like to have one of those for myself.
But,this kind of stuff is always going on, right?
But has it ever felt this intense?
Have you ever felt the fear this thick?
Among my favorites of the several dozen platitudes I like to throw around is,
"Feelings are a lie".
The follow up statement being, "Have you ever had some feeling about a certain set of circumstances that proved to be just completely incorrect?"
Of course ...............
............. But then again.
To quote any number of the first generation Dago contractors I've known and loved,
"Ima don't know. Ya know?"