Hello. I’m Griping Grandpa. I like to find departures from the ideal scene and to suggest a better way of doing things. I am not going to charge you for it either.
Here’s an example:
The other day, when shopping in our local market, I overheard two old geezers discussing politics. While I agreed with much of what they said, there’s one point where we parted ways. One guy lamented that Mitt Romney is only paying 13% tax on his considerable income. They seemed to think this was too little.
My point? It’s not that he is paying too little, but that the rest of us are paying far too much. What happened to that promise to reduce the size and scope of the federal government? That went by the boards, for sure. It’s a great idea, though. It could happen if only people would stop clamoring for perks and hand-outs. I guess people once said that people get the government they deserve; and that may well be true.
Prior to 1913 there was no such thing as income tax. What? No income tax? How could that be? How could the government function? Well they coined the money and today they are still printing lots and lots of it. That is also a tax. Did you realize that? I guess I would call it a hidden tax.
Perhaps we should revive the idea of small government and have people take care of their own affairs, rather than expecting the government to decide what’s good or bad for them.
Something to consider?
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.
~ Ronald Reagan