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But Fear Itself
4/22/2008 5:54:43 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


I have a thin day today. Itís time to answer mail, but Iíve been hit with a lot of one-liners lately. I think itís because Spring is coming to Saint Paul and we all have better things to do than comment on blogs at length. Well, Iím trying to scrounge up work so I have better things to do, too, so hereís this weekís mailbag.

Opening up the flat tax genie isnít in the best interest of Democrats. Republicans have owned this one. If you want to go that way youíll need a new name and focus.

Thatís probably true. However, I do think that tax simplification should be the #2 goal, right after we figure out how to balance the budget. And get out of the War. Oh, and get some kind of real stimulus package. Thatís #4 then, isnít it? Yeesh.

No, seriously, my point is that some kind of increase on the upper end is inevitable after years of destroying the progressivity and running up debt. Iíd hate to see that happen in the current structure because what we have now has too many ways out for those who really make a packet. We have to do this in a way that doesnít squeeze the middle too hard, thus accentuating the growing divide between classes. You want to call it something else? Sure, Iím game.

Not to put a damper on things, but I've lost a lot of interest (in the Presidential race). 'The Economist' had an article a week or 2 ago pointing out how little things will change no matter who wins.

Sadly, thatís probably true. There arenít a lot of options left for Washingtoon when it comes to the War, the economy, and nearly anything else. Everyone is stressing their ability to reach across the aisle and get things done, so weíll just see if that translates into anything at all.

So youíve really caught Obamania, havenít you?

Do we really have a choice? My Mom, bless her, sees Obama as another Huey Long. Not that I think Obama is as corrupt or anything like that, but I can see how desperate times call for desperate measures. I understand how people must have felt when the first man who told Ďem how it was in a clear voice came to town. Itís hard not to give it a try.

Thatís all I can say for today. If you have something to say about one of my little musings, Iíd love to hear it. Heck, Iíd love it even more if you have work for a skilled writer or planner or internet marketing consultant (and I can cook dinner, too!). Send me all that ya got as wabbitoid47 at yahoo.com and Iíll do my best to help you out one way or the other.

Thanks for reading!


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