03 February, 2007

Global Warming

I really do not get it. Growing up, we were warned of the "Coming Ice Age."

Before anyone claims I am some Right-Wing Conservative Nut Job Zombie….I have a couple of statements before I get to the questions I have. (Although I am a Right-Wing Conservative Nut Job….I am not a Zombie…..BRAINS…BRAINS…)

Statements:

1. I recycle….yes…..it's true….hard to believe a conservative would do such a thing.

2. I support common-sense conservation. If I can buy a light bulb that uses less energy…I am all over it! When convenient….I have used public transportation…GASP!

3. I support Mass-Transit…another GASP! Although…it should be self-supporting….and run by a private company outside of government.

4. I support the implementation of alternative energy sources…triple GASP! Put up all those wind turbines, and sun absorbing appliances…the more the merrier……but PLEASE….encourage..and let private industry do it…again…outside of government. Give us a good, reasonably priced product…and us lowly, uneducated masses are all over it….and yes Teddy K....even if your precious view is affected….they should be allowed to put up the wind powered energy producing devices in your neighborhood.

I could come up with more…but you get the idea…..now…having said all that….here is what pops into my wee little brain when (cough cough….suppressing gag reflex…) Al Gore or others of his ilk say the words "Global Warming"

Questions:

1. Is the US….the MOST emissions-regulated country in the world…really the biggest polluter of stuff they claim is causing Global Warming?
If the US were to stop ALL activity suspected to be the cause of Global Warming……would that be enough? Would the remaining countries on the globe still spew out enough emissions to negate any positive effect this would have?

I do not really know this answer….my perception is….not even close. I seem to remember years back that anti-pollution activists would complain that mostly the developing countries and countries that did not regulate emissions were the biggest problem.

2. IF….Global Warming is really a result of something we lowly humans have done, what makes us think we can stop or reverse the warming? If we have merely aggravated or sped up some natural process AND we are able to reverse this trend…and start a Global Cooling of some sort…..what makes us think we can stop the cooling process once it has started…..AND who determines what is the "perfect balance" that the temperature needs to be? ….and how do we hold it at the constant "perfect balance?"

OK….all you global scientists out there……enlighten me!

Taxes....in General

General Taxes

The average tax payer has no idea how much they pay in taxes.
How do I tax thee? Let me count the ways!

Income Tax
Most tax payers do not recognize the tax bite taken from their paychecks. Unless you are self-employed, employers are mandated to withhold Federal and State taxes from your pay each payday. The average tax payer knows their typical take home pay and uses this number as how much they get paid each pay day, when in reality their take home could be much higher if there was no withholding.
No withholding would require each tax payer to fork over the dough on April 15th of each year instead of staggered over the year.

The government says:
We are doing the tax payer a favor by, in essence, establishing an automatic tax account to pay your taxes with! You wont have a big tax bill this way! And if you over pay us, well gladly refund the money! We are a gracious government, aren't we?
We are also protecting you in case you do not have the money saved to pay your tax bill come April.

What the government actually thinks:
If you do not pay us on time, we will add interest and late fees galore until we bankrupt you!
If I take these know-nothing tax payer's money in smaller chunks, no one will really complain. After all, $50 bucks doesn't sound nearly as bad as $1300 bucks! If Americans actually recognized how much they pay in taxes, there would be a REVOLT demanding some heads! We can't have an informed Republic! Lets hide, disguise, and misdirect all that we can! Let's call it a fee!....yea that's the ticket....no one will realize it is really a tax in disguise!

Reality says:
If I over pay, I just gave the government an interest-free loan of MY money!

End Result:
Joe Tax Payer is too busy working to pay taxes to think about how much he owes in taxes.

Solution:
Don't hide anything. Make taxes recognizable. Have the tax payer write a check each payday for their taxes.

Sales Tax:
Sales tax is the most fair and equal tax, except that some states/cities have them and others don't.
Some say it is not fair because Rich people can afford it, but the poor folk can not.
This tax is solely based on the amount spent, calculated by a percentage of the sale. It is the same rate for everyone. Rich, poor, it does not matter.the sales tax is what it is.
Some say that to help the poor; the sales tax on food should be eliminated.....and I tend to agree. This would instantly add 4-7% based on where you live to your food budget bottom line to buy more food, or pay other bills with! The issue would be what is considered food. Would it simply be the food staples like milk, eggs, butter, flour, sugar, etc....or would it include soda, candy, and potato chips?
Where do you draw that line of distinction?