Budget Woes and Taxes

Here we are in the middle of a recession depression and Alexander Rodriquez is essentially getting out of paying taxes. The greedy ass baseball player, with a contract of being the highest paid player, has now figured out how to avoid real estate taxes that the rest of us have to pay.

When Rodriguez’s moves into his $6 million, five-bedroom penthouse his tax bill will be $1,150. In contrast, Stephen and Phyllis Franciosa pay $3,100 in taxes one their one-family home in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.

The middle class is repeatedly hosed on taxes, yet those that make large sums of money don’t have to pay a dime?  Taxes should have to be paid equally across the board, which means everyone pays the same amount.  Taxes should be a flat tax.  To take it further, everyone should pay the same dollar amount and not have it based on a flat income percentage.  People have no right to vote to raise taxes when they are not going to be paying it.  The idea of raising taxes on people who make more than $200k is simple for many who make less than $200k most are happy to say yes.  What right do they have to vote away someone else’s money?  For all intents and purposes they are taking it by force and putting it in their own pocket.

If you are receiving money from the public coffers, you have no business voting.  You are not actually paying or contributing to society, instead you are using force to make others support you.

My blog grew up today

I got my first piece of hate mail, and it was such a piece of work I felt it was best posted and responded to here.  All quotes are left unaltered, all quotes in red are a part of John Fowler’s email.  The whole email start to finish is contained here, with my comments placed in between parts.

From: 
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 3:23 PM
To:
Subject: [Barron Barnett] You

John Fowler sent a message using the contact form at http://www.the-minuteman.org/contact.

I have a few things to say. Now, before you dismiss this as some random message filled with insults, I’d like you to consider this rather a form of aggressive constructive criticism.

A list of insults is not a good sign.  Constructive criticism, now that I can appreciate.

Firstly, you are extremely ugly and at least slightly overweight, which can cause health problems (you should have those checked out, maybe even the ugly part). Your fat cheek cups the stock of your gun like a baby breastfeeding.

It almost makes me feel dirty to look at it, despite there being no pornographic material whatsoever.

I fail to see how my being ugly is constructive criticism.  I am exactly how my mom and dad made me.  While I am overweight, I am still active and in decent shape.  My wife feels no fat in my cheek, neither do I.  I have the standard pad from the gap created by the Maxilla, Zygomatic Bone, Zygomatic Arch, and the Sphenoid Bone, where the Coronoid Process of the Mandible inserts.  The gap is covered by the Masseter muscle, as well as the Zygomaticus major and minor muscles which allow facial expression.  If you want I can have my doctor remove them so I can no longer smile and just constantly looked pissed off.

Secondly, your article on TSA, Lost Fliers and EPIC Lawsuits: No. They are not breaking the law. Because the law has not yet been defined. Therefore they CANNOT in any way, shape or form break that law. You say that yourself in the article, you idiot. You contradict yourself a minimum of four times in the article. And you know what? Flying is a choice. A privelege. Provided NOT by the government, but by individual companies who must make flight safe by THEIR standards, not YOURS. These are BUSINESSES, not government fucking agencies.

Actually they are breaking the law, the 4th Amendment is pretty clear on that fact. It is so clear in fact they admit to violating it, but I guess you were too lazy to watch the video.  That is in fact breaking the law PERIOD.  Can you please point out how I contradict myself in that article, because the theme through the whole article is how the TSA is pointless and breaking the law.  The closest it gets to violating that theme is my translation full of snark regarding the TSA requesting the justice department to NOT issue an injunction banning the use of the body scanners.  So the government was asking them not to give an injunction and let them continue breaking the law.

As for flying being a choice yes it is, however airlines are run by private enterprise just as you state.  The TSA though, is a part of the Department of Homeland Security and is run by the government.  Airlines are not free to choose their own screening methods, or what they deem necessary for the security of their airlines.  The TSA is refusing to allow private screening companies to take over and replace them.  So what voice do the airlines have in these standards, because as the Port Authorities attempt to replace the TSA, the TSA isn’t allowing it to happen.  The TSA is the one responsible for creating their standards and practices.

Thirdly, comparing your "plight" in this country to the Jews defending themselves from Nazis in WW2? Really? Do I even need to comment on this? Are you really so colossally fucking ignorant and self-absorbed that you believe you can empathize with THAT particular group of people? Wow. Just wow.

What exactly is the “plight” you are referencing?  My assumption is you are referencing gun control and gun rights.  I in no way started this comparison; it has been attributed to a man by the name of Aaron Zelman.  His grandfather survived the Holocaust and he founded the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.  There is a direct tie between gun control and the disarmament of the Jewish people.  I am not the only one who has used this analogy, and it is a very common thread given history.

Fourthly: "Many ask why I feel this way and the answer is always the same, history. I’ve studied it, learned from it, and found things that embodied the best in humanity" – Is this part of the reason you got kicked out of college? 

You ‘know too much’ about stuff? Since your car crash "ding" on your record provided you such "insight" into "the system", one might assume that you would have the knowledge and foresight to graduate from a fucking four year college.

Obviously you didn’t read very carefully (quote below is from me):

“I graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, or applied mathematics as I call it.”

I was never kicked out of college, I don’t know where you got the idea I was kicked out.  I left UW and went to WSU because I wasn’t accepted into their engineering program.  I attribute this to the fact I wasn’t an international student paying a huge tuition fee or altering their diversity numbers in a politically correct way.  I know this because others were accepted into the UW School of Engineering who had received lower grades. Instead of being a wuss and going to business school, I transferred to WSU and was immediately accepted into their engineering program. 

Your constructive criticism is downright helpful!  You made me go back in time and finish a degree I already had earned, not for you, not for anyone else other than myself.

Fifth, "What we’re seeing now is their fear, they know it’s coming to an end if they can’t get the public to believe their lies again. Well if they can’t get the lies to be believed, all they have left is violence." – your comment on the Democrats’ opinion of the labor battles in Wisconsin. You know, for all you criticise others on violent behavior, narcissistic tendencies, and even sociopathic behavior, you certainly display a lot of the signs yourself.

Citations please?  While I have posted some content that some would consider advocating violence, they are only such if completely removed from proper context.  Many have noticed that the left resorts to violence when their lies and deceit no longer work.  This is not constructive criticism otherwise you would have cited examples.  Have you ever actually done peer reviewed papers and actually had to provide constructive criticism, because I haven’t really seen any yet.  I have never openly stated that unprovoked violence is ok.  The closest I have ever come is my essay on “When to Fight”.  I avoid conflict as much as possible and attempt to resolve issues by peaceful means.  The only fights I have ever been in, I did not throw the first punch.  What I do advocate is defending yourself, your family, your property, and your tools for self-defense themselves.

Sixth, wow, I’m no professional writer but you are terrible with punctuation.

I mean, absolutely horrific.

Again, please cite examples?  I’m more than happy to make corrections when I am informed of errors.  What I’m actually sensing is that you are upset with my writing style.  I am the one writing, not you.  If you don’t like what I write or how I write, go someplace else.  I am not forcing you to read this.  If you think my writing can be improved, illustrate it. Please don’t forget the misspelling of “criticize” in the Fifth judgment, “privilege” in the Second judgment and the improper period after “No” in the Second judgment should have been “No!” or “No,” as it was being used exclamatorily.  If you want to criticize one must be flawless in doing so.

Seventh, you give other people who own firearms a bad name.

Well I cannot rebuke this directly because that becomes a “me versus you” argument.  So instead I emailed Joe Huffman for his opinion of your statement.  Here is his reply:

“I vehemently disagree with him on point 7.”

That from the man ranked #19 in the list of top gun blogs.

Then Laurel said the following:

“Don’t feed the trolls.”

So another gun blogger, disagrees, and obviously feels you’re trolling.

You piece of trash.

Sincerely,

John Fowler, your biggest constructive critic

Again, calling me a piece of trash is constructive criticism?   So let’s synopsize all of this.

  • I’m fat
  • I’m ugly
  • The TSA is not breaking the law because the law isn’t defined even though they admit violating the 4th amendment
  • Using a comparison made by a major member of the gun culture who had every right to makes me wrong.
  • I never graduated from college and my B.S. in Electrical Engineering doesn’t actually exist
  • I’m self-absorbed, prone to violence, and a sociopath, yet there is no evidence to support that since there are no examples given.
  • I’m horrible at writing because you dislike my style.  Again no actual examples or how to improve my writing.
  • I make all firearms owners look horrible despite the fact others would disagree.
  • I’m a piece of trash, why I’m not really sure.

Here’s some constructive criticism for you Mr. Fowler. 

  • Engage the person you’re trying to improve.
  • Make sure you really understand what you’re talking about.
  • Don’t make personal statements, no matter how much you want to, those are insults not criticism.
  • Identify areas that need improvement and then use them as examples stating how you would improve them.
  • Make sure you can back up any statement with evidence of why it’s true, and if it’s constructive you need to provide what can be done to change that fact. 

    Definition of Narcissism

    Today a new reference on the definition of narcissism was added to Webster’s.  Nancy Pelosi has now added her picture to Webster’s Dictionary.

    "I have some friendly amendments," said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee’s session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon. She is a member of the committee.
    "You think I’m kidding," Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother.

    She actually rewrote the complements coming from her own party because they weren’t good enough.  This woman is delusional, she feels that she is beloved by all of America, and if she was any more self absorbed she could be the spokeswoman for Bounty

    A disconnect from reality

    So Providence in an effort to take care of some of their budget woes is looking at dismissing all of their teachers at the end of this school year.  As a result the teachers union is up in arms and is trying to win support by using this wonderful statement.

    “This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.

    How does the dismissal of the teachers compare to an act of war that resulted in the deaths of 2350 people?  How does this even relate?  Chaos and anxiety, war is controlled chaos, and why would the State Department be anxious?

    To those who still haven’t figured out what the core issue is yet, the output is greater than the input and has created a budget crisis.  This deficit has been created by the inflated wages that public employees are paid.  These inflated wages have been created by the unions and their control over public services.  These wages are also considerably higher than they should considering the extensive resources now available for educating your children.  It doesn’t fit the bill that many people want for the educational system, baby sitter, but a good education requires the participation of the parents.  Education is full time, not just the hours while they’re at school.  Honestly I probably learned more at home than I ever did in school.

    So there wont be public schools anymore to indoctrinate your kids into socialist thinking.  Instead private enterprise will create schools that far excel the current public standard.  Mr. Smith, the real reason you’re upset is because the American public are seeing you for what you are, a leech sucking on the wallet of the American tax payer.

    Dem’s worried about their free funding

    So a Massachusetts Democrat came out today and made probably the dumbest statement he possibly could have.

    Sometimes it’s necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

    The Democrat’s are worried that their free gravy train is possibly coming to an end.  Unions are nothing more than mandatory democrat donation collectors.  When you consider that their numbers are dropping, that unions have fewer members than ever, and the American people are now seeing the unions for what they are.  With all of this happening, the Democrat’s are worried about how they are going to get their funding for future elections.

    What we’re seeing now is their fear, they know it’s coming to an end if they can’t get the public to believe their lies again.  Well if they can’t get the lies to be believed, all they have left is violence.

    Hopefully this is a start of a new trend

    A restaurant in Sea-Tac airport will no longer serve TSA agents.

    She says that whenever a TSA agent attempts to dine at the restaurant, "we turn our backs and completely ignore them, and tell them to leave… Their kind aren’t welcomed in our establishment."

    May this beginning of a new trend, even better would be TSA agents quitting their job because they realize their excuse of “I’m just doing my job,” doesn’t actually matter. 

    H/T to Uncle.

    Update: The comments in Uncle’s thread are pure win. I was going to post a comment but I can’t disrupt the theme of Win in there.

    Any man who is willing to violate the rights of his fellow man because it’s his job is unworthy freedom and liberty. There are those who are principled and are will to do the right thing even when it hurts, then there’s the TSA. Many Nazi’s claimed they were just doing their job during the Holocaust. Pardon me if I don’t feel sympathy for them.

    So much for Carson City

    Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada called Tuesday for the state’s brothel industry to be outlawed, saying Nevada’s connection with prostitution harmed its image and could damage its ability to bring in investment.

    He’s taking one of the best parts about Nevada and trying to destroy it.  Of course he does this just after getting reelected for another six years.  He’s probably hoping that the serfs voters will forget by the time he’s up for reelection. 

    It’s yet another example of the government sticking it’s head where it doesn’t freaking belong.  The thought of a business owner refusing to locate a business there because something is legal bugs the hell out of me.  What would you call someone who refused to open a business in an area because they allowed gay marriage.  Who cares, you aren’t being forced to use the brothel, but you have no business telling others how to live their lives.

    Imagine that…

    The people complaining that the tax payers of their state should continue to pay through the nose for pay and benefits aren’t doing a good job.

    Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

    There are no repercussions for their failure to educate their students.  If one is punished for not doing their job, the union will step in to protect them.  Many unions make contracts that require all new employees to join the union, despite their personal beliefs or feelings.  Others don’t even ask, they just want the employment and don’t care.   Some don’t see the moral issues created by unions.

    Janelle is now having to fight again because it ends up that the exception her boss was informed about was only for religious reasons.  He is currently working on making sure she is exempted.  This incident however has now restoked the fire in the tinderbox to destroy this forced political contribution for doing a job.  Unions are nothing more than parasites that live on the work of others.