Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Old School Liberal

I am normally not judgemental about what other people do with themselves, their things, or their money. It's theirs - I may think what they are doing is stupid, but it's their life.

I'm certainly not going to make a big deal about how much time or money one gives away to charity. I know what I do, and that's what matters to me. I know lots of people can't afford it, lots of people see what gets taken by force out of thier paychecks and figure that's enough. It's up to the individual, in my opinion.

However, if you want to use the full force of the government (ie. gunpoint) to take people's money and give it to other people you think are more deserving, shouldn't you be doing the same with your own money?

Have a looksee at what Joe Biden's tax returns say.

Now THAT is someone who cares about the poor, the indigent, the homeless, etc.

The best part, given Biden and his wife's income is pretty similar to my wife and mine:
Wade also suggests that Biden, who is famous for being the least wealthy member of the U.S. Senate, simply doesn’t have piles of money to give. “Like a lot of families that put three kids through college and have an aging parent move in with them, the Bidens aren’t divorced from the realities of everyday life,” Wade says. Still, Wade continues, “finding ways to give back is important to them.”

Yet he and Obama have decided I can afford to pay more taxes. I guess 'every day life' only applies to him.


Anonymous said...

Do you actually know anything about their tax plans? It doesn't seem like it.

Paul Stagg said...

I know enough that:

1) I have the balls to post using my real name

2) I have watched enough of the news to know that they fully intend to raise taxes on people who make more than $250K a year (which would be me)

3) I have watched enough of the news to know they plan on increasing the capital gains tax (which increases taxes on almost everyone)

4) I know enough about "cap and trade" to realise it's just another regressive tax.

So, yeah.

Paul Stagg said...

Further, the point of my post is that Mr Biden says he just doesn't have any extra money to give away.

He and his wife pull in $300K a year, which is the group of people Mr Obama says can afford to pay more taxes, and Mr Biden suggests should be more 'patriotic' and pay more taxes.

So which is it?