Saturday, February 25

The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.

Isn't it funny that in such quick succession we find out that it's okay to be racist in this country as long as it's against asians, and now we find out it's okay to be a religious bigot as long as it's against mormons. Even SNL did a skit admitting that being racist against asians was fine while being racists against blacks was a crime against humanity. If you are one of the liberally protected groups (blacks, muslims, gays) then being against those people makes you evil. If you are part of some other group, then being a bigot against them is funny, because who cares about those people anyway. Asians make up a far smaller minority in this country than blacks or hispanics and so their votes aren't as important so nobody can be bothered to stand up for them. Nice to know. And it's also nice to know that while liberals claim to be so super duper tolerant they in fact are far more likely to vote against a politician based solely on his religion. To be fair this poll only addresses mormonism specifically, if their was a muslim running for president the numbers may be reversed. But the upcoming election is not going to feature any muslims and it may well feature a mormon. It's nice to know that more than a quarter of democrats will not even consider him because of his religious affiliation. (Note if someone is crazy about their religious views i consider that a seperate matter, like people who claim hurricane katrina was sent as punishment for gay marriage or something. There's a difference between being a member of a religion and being a fanatic and as far as i know nobody has accused romney of being a fanatic.

You gotta squeeze every penny.

Well this makes sense. Force people to pay more for the privilege of being american. It's not like they have any other options. It's not like americans have been giving up their citizenship are records rates. Just keep forcing them to pay more and more, and they'll just keep paying it. If there's anything rich people are known for, it's being very easily parted from their money. O no wait. First off 50% of americans already pay 0 income taxes. And i'm not sure what percentage exactly, but a large percentage of those who pay no income taxes actually receive refunds from the government despite having not paid taxes. That's in addition to foot stamps/welfare/etc. So Mr. geithner the rich are already paying more for the privilege of being american, in fact they are the only ones paying for the privilege. Everyone else in america is being paid just to be alive. What a great job they are doing being alive, clearly we should be giving them more money and taking more from the wealthy. Britain has just gotten the first results back from their attempts to increase the income tax rate to 50%. Income tax receipts in the country have fallen as more of the wealthy have moved themselves and/or their assets out of britain, and away from its taxes. So by all means US follow suit. Rich people are rich for a reason, because they are smart about their money. I can sympathize with the desire to tax them more, but if you do they will figure out a way to avoid the taxes. Either they are smart, or they pay someone who is smart (or probably both) to avoid paying for the privilege of being american, and many would be more than happy to move their wealth elsewhere.