Archive: 2011

Incentives and Taxes

Bill O’Reilly is disingenuous when he says high taxes might compel him to quit his lucrative job. Although there is a level where taxes can have that effect (why engage in challenging work if taxes limit your income to that of someone flipping burgers), we are nowhere near it. However, taxes and regulation do result […]

December 26 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
Category Taxes
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Worldwide Police State

The Dec 16, 2011 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was a dark day in American history. In short it (a) expands the “battlefield” of the “war on terror” to the entire planet and (b) it permits the indefinite detention of a suspect (including US citizens) without any appeal rights. Although this Act […]

December 22 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
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The War on…Happy Meals?

The city of San Francisco enacted a law that went into effect on November 30, 2011. It bans any chain restaurant (i.e McDonalds) from providing a toy with a meal that the overlords of that city decree does not meet an arbitrary nutrition standard. Clearly McDonalds is attempting to ensnare unsuspecting children with toys that […]

December 15 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
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Be thankful for…Capitalism

In May 1607 the first American settlers from England arrived in North America and established a colony at Jamestown, Virginia. It was a veritable Eden: rich, fertile soil, abundant fish, game (deer and turkey),fruits, and nuts. By November 1607, 66 of the 104 colonists were dead (due mostly to starvation). In 1609 the Virginia Company […]

December 01 / 2011

Legalize Stupidity

If you were offered raisins, crickets or pebbles would you prefer that they were chocolate covered or plain? They would seem palatable at first if coated with chocolate, but after a few bites you would know their true nature. Everyone prefers to see things in their unadulterated form if there is risk of ingesting something […]

November 17 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
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Tax Fairness (Part 3): Answers to questions on the Equal Tax

The Equal Tax (a head tax system) treats all citizens equally. It is the homeowners association model – everyone pays the same fee regardless of their income level. Those that believe in wealth redistribution won’t like it but then again thieves don’t like security systems. So, without further ado: Arguments against the Equal Tax – […]

November 03 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
Category Taxes
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Tax Fairness (Part 2): Solved with the Equal Tax

Our tax systems (income, property, sales) share a common problem. They are applied in a discriminatory manner that harms some to the benefit of others. Rather than discrimination based on race or gender it is discrimination based on behavior or actions. Those that behave in a government desired manner pay less. Those that are good […]

October 31 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
Category Taxes
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Tax Fairness (Part 1): What is it?

I wish someone would explain the objective criteria used to define “fair share” as it pertains to taxation. This term is used indiscriminately by those that assume everyone else’s internal fairness meter must be the same as theirs. Unfortunately “fair share” is not an objective standard, nor is it a subjective standard either because it’s […]

October 31 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
Category Taxes
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A Wasted Protest

The “Occupy <insert city name here>” protestors are certainly an eclectic bunch. From what I can gather they blame “the wealthy” and “corporate greed” (whatever that means) for a myriad of the problems this country faces, not the least of which is that they don’t have a job. Give me a break. If they have […]

Decriminalize Immigration

The idea of “illegal” immigration is a silly notion. It’s akin to an “illegal” vacation. Immigration is simply the act of moving from Location A to Location B. Why should permission be required to exercise this right? Up until 1882 (with passage of the non-euphemistically named “Chinese Exclusion Act”) anyone was permitted entry. Immigration laws […]

October 15 / 2011
Author Greg Morin
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