To quote C. S. Lewis, again
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Everybody agrees that higher tobacco taxes lead to higher cigarette prices,
which encourages smokers to quit,
reduces the number of cigarettes smoked,
and prevents initiation among potential new users.
Tobacco consumption increases as the real cost of tobacco falls.
Revenue from increased tobacco taxes invariably fall short of expectations as higher retail prices stunt the volume of sales.
What kind of moron would conclude that it's a good idea to raise taxes on business, jobs, work and saving?
I'm just axin.
When asked about lost intelligence as a result of choosing criminal indictment over a military tribunal
for the non U.S. citizen, Detroit pants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
"Well, first of all, we have different ways of obtaining information from individuals according to that criminal process.
A lot of people, as they understand what they're facing and their lawyers recognize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements, we're going to pursue that."
The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.
Average compensation by industry
Now you know why the highest median sale price for residential real estate in the nation is .............. (wait for it) ...............
“The ‘inconvenient truth’ overhanging the UN's Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world.
A planetary law, such as China's one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days.
The world's other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies and atmosphere are being destroyed and pushed out of existence as a result of humanity's soaring reproduction rate.
Ironically, China, despite its dirty coal plants, is the world's leader in terms of fashioning policy to combat environmental degradation, thanks to its one-child-only edict.
“The intelligence behind this is the following:
“ -If only one child per female was born as of now, the world's population would drop from its current 6.5 billion to 5.5 billion by 2050, according to a study done for scientific academy Vienna Institute of Demography.
“By 2075, there would be 3.43 billion humans on the planet. This would have immediate positive effects on the world's forests, other species, the oceans, atmospheric quality and living standards.
“Doing nothing, by contrast, will result in an unsustainable population of nine billion by 2050. Humans are the only rational animals but have yet to prove it. Medical and other scientific advances have benefited by delivering lower infant mortality rates as well as longevity. Both are welcome, but humankind has not yet recalibrated its behavior to account for the fact that the world can only accommodate so many people, especially if billions get indoor plumbing and cars.
“The fix is simple. It's dramatic. And yet the world's leaders don't even have this on their agenda in Copenhagen. Instead there will be photo ops, posturing, optics, blah-blah-blah about climate science and climate fraud, announcements of giant wind farms, then cap-and-trade subsidies.
“None will work unless a China one-child policy is imposed. Unfortunately, there are powerful opponents. Leaders of the world's big fundamentalist religions preach in favor of procreation and fiercely oppose birth control. And most political leaders in emerging economies perpetuate a disastrous Catch-22: Many children (i. e. sons) stave off hardship in the absence of a social safety net or economic development, which, in turn, prevents protections or development.
“China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.
“For those who balk at the notion that governments should control family sizes, just wait until the growing human population turns twice as much pastureland into desert as is now the case, or when the Amazon is gone, the elephants disappear for good and wars erupt over water, scarce resources and spatial needs.
“The point is that Copenhagen's talking points are beside the point. The only fix is if all countries drastically reduce their populations, clean up their messes and impose mandatory conservation measures.”
Diane Francis (Mother of Two) www.FinancialPost.com, 12-08-09
I saw this coming a mile away on the heels of this global warming and carbon footprint farce being held in Copenhagen.
This is the epitome of government as god.
Back to pagan child sacrifice.
At what age? 72, 75, 78, 80, 82?
“Die with dignity and noble sacrifice for the planet and mankind” would be the rallying cry.
…Sadly, except for committed Christians/Catholics, the effeminate wimpy establishment religious crowd will whine and simply roll over on this one, too.
But you know who this really offends, who this is a direct war against?
The Muslims, who comprise the fastest growing population in the world with the highest birth rates.
…This one-child-per-family idea, if it becomes global public policy, will guarantee a Islamic jihad against the Copenhagen government coalition, and that means a global jihad, Islam vs. everyone else.
…Come to think of it, isn’t that pretty close to what we have already?
…There are at core only two parts of the economic equation: land and labor.
With stifling omnipresent government regulations and people nearly all herded into cities (historically slave centers), coupled with comprehensive high tech monitoring and a amoral technologically armed military and disarmed population, control of people/labor today is a given.
This is already a “Prison Planet”. (Slaves in the Old South and under Pharaoh in Egypt were only taxed 10%-20%.)
People live with the illusion of freedom, like a gold fish does swimming around a bowl with the Powers That Be watching.
So, the “Climategate” scam is the next piece of the great land grab heist by governments to control it all, both pieces of the economic equation, both land and labor.
Then, the governing elite, these human gods, can begin to whittle away at the “dandruff on the scalp of Mother Earth”, “we the people”, in a “Just Say No” to children policy.
This is the religion of the Gaia, Mother Earth, environmentalists’ crowd. Government is, after all, always the enactment of someone’s religious ideas into laws that specify the rules of human action/interaction – economics.
…China was the camel’s nose under the tent. China as the next great world empire, with its one-child-per-family policy, will increasingly dictate global policy.
...Why isn’t militant Islam waging a jihad against China?
…If Copenhagen was consistent to its earth-saving beliefs, it would implement this population control measure to solve the so-called climate crisis; it would also declare Islam to be the primary enemy of “Mother Earth”.
…It all comes down to which philosophical position one holds as ultimate. Either “The earth was made for man” (with good stewardship a priority), or “Man was made for the earth”, …either a primary supernatural or a natural perspective respectively, one or the other, no middle ground.
Man either effectively worships the Creator or the creation. The latter is clearly the global establishment's position.
…Mankind being mankind, human nature being unchanged, history being history, this comprehensive growing global upheaval has the risk of ending in plague (probably human engineered) and a horrific global population reducing war, the “Mother Of All Wars”. …
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