Saturday, July 23, 2005

Why people at the poverty line still don't want millionaires taxed

A friend just pointed out why all these people who are making a buck-three-ninety-eight an hour at WalMart or the local version of the Qwiki-Mart are so vehemently opposed to taxing the rich (and shifting the tax burden off of themselves and the likes of themselves if they move up to middle-class income levels):

They think they could be millionaires, too, and they don't want taxes getting in the way of that.

Well, it's nice to dream and I really believe that people can rise up in a variety of ways, but intelligence should factor in there somewhere, too: even if you're a millionaire, you still have an obligation to help people. You still need to contribute to the overall communitas. Paying more taxes is not something I'm particularly keen on doing (no, I'm not a millionaire, but I'm sure that I make enough that I'd start getting hit by higher tax rates, too), but I think that it's the Right Thing.

Having said this, I strongly believe in a flat tax system of whatever percent is appropriate (10%? 12%? 17%?) for everyone with some cut-off somewhere for a decreed poverty line. The amount of money we spend just to process returns would be eliminated, the forests of trees of tax forms would be saved, and the net effect would be more money overall... all good for the communitas.


Thursday, July 21, 2005

Quote du jour and a very quick story

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." --Napoleon Bonaparte (So, George, tell us again what a great guy Karl Rove is?)

Story: I was at the UPS Store the other day to send my step-son's cell phone back to him and to send a box of computer media to a friend in Seattle. There was a guy at the next counter to me who was shipping a portable GPS tracking unit to somebody. He wanted to get package tracking. Uhhhhhh....


Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Analytical Chemists in the Wild West

Apropos of nothing, I spotted this cartoon while doing something totally non-work related.


Beating the heat

It's been toooooo haaaaaaaht (said in my very best whiney tone). Even worse, the A/C wasn't working right on Monday and the house was 81 degrees in the body of the house and probably about 91 in the office with the computers and the lights and no air circulation. snivelsnivesnivel

The kitties have been rather placid as a result of the heat (except Bo, who continues to try and hunt anything that moves). Here's a photo of Yang (above) and Willow (below) making the best of a warm day.