Immigration and Taxation

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Illegal immigrant is kind of a stupid term. lol An immigrant is an immigrant. Some travel with permission, some do not. That said, a simple term was needed in order to simplify the discussion. Especially since so many people can’t think in terms/relationships of complex and dynamic challenges.

The media and government had to dumb the conversation down so that the majority of modestly educated middle Americans could follow along and be fooled into following one or the other spoon fed ideologies.  Let’s face it.  Make the paragraph too long and most Americans tune out.

Technically speaking, I’ve been in a number of countries illegally. I never intended to stay, though.

The majority of persons who have illegally crossed the borders into America are here to take on jobs that are low paying, menial positions that many Americans will not, for a variety of reasons, take on.

If you deport (kick out) all of these “illegals,” you have one of two choices:

1. Find Americans to work these menial tasks/jobs for low wages. (PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN).

2. Raise the wage base so that Americans will actually take these positions.

That will likely cause a huge rise in prices for many  of these products and services.

Food prices will skyrocket. Prices for nearly everything will be hiked as many of your janitor/custodial workers and low wage folks in restaurants and the like are illegals. Prices for roofing and like services will likewise skyrocket. Any labor oriented service will raise in pricing.

Are you ready to pay the price for getting rid of all of these “wretched” America invading illegal migrants workers.

The criminals who come to America mixed in with average migrating families are an extremely low percentage of illegal immigrant population. I realize that Right leaning groups of the GOP have used that wedge issue in their fear mongering vote grabbing schemes.  Criminals would continue to spirit themselves into America regardless of the ebb and flow of immigration into America.

With these things in mind, are you, middle American, prepared to pay higher prices for good and services in order to “solve” the immigration question?

This is only one area affected by immigration. There is also the fact that immigrants whether legally or illegally introduced to the United States all pay tax. If they purchase goods in America, they pay a tax.

This is one reason why we should go away from the antiquated and punitive Income Tax system and gear our taxation towards consumption. A National Sales tax would be fair to all and it would tax millions of tourists as well as all immigrants regardless of their status.  Aside from this, taxing consumption encourages saving and would in all likelihood discourage binge-credit spending.  That may be why big business is against a National Sales Tax.

There are many outright lies generated by both the left and the right concerning immigration (illegal or otherwise) AND taxation in the United States. Find your way to the truth. Stop following the party line. Listen to your inner voice. The one that is human. Ignore the voice that tells you what a Republican or Democrat should feel about these complex topics.

Seek the truth, though, it is  a difficult path to tread.

Firemen, Police and Teachers, Oh My!!!

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“As nice as they are to have, teaching jobs, fireman, policeman, they are all paid for with money out of the private sector. They are paid for with tax revenue from citizens. They cut into the amount of money left for private sector jobs, they don’t grow the number of private sector jobs, they reduce them. Now, I’ve gotta to be very careful here because no one is against teachers or fireman or cops, but those are public sector jobs.”

“They aren’t private sector jobs, they do not contribute to economic growth. Their purpose is otherwise. They have an entirely different purpose. Public safety, public education, but there’s no growth in the economy if you add those jobs. If there aren’t other types of private sector jobs added, while at the same time were adding to the fire rolls, the cop rolls and the teachers, we are reducing the size of the private sector. This is Marxism 101.”

These are two quotes from Rush Limbaugh.   These comments were made during the recent run up to Election 2012.

Now, I have a couple of questions:
1.  If we hire teachers, police and firemen, do we not pay them?

2.  If we hire teachers, police and firemen, do we not provide them with equipment?

The government will purchase vehicles, firearms, radios and other equipment.  Does this not contribute to the economy?  Do these people not serve a purpose in ensuring that the economy of the United States drives on.  Firemen keep fires from spreading and destroying homes, businesses, etc.  Police serve as a deterrent to crime and to indirectly protect private and commercial property.  They also keep the peace to a degree.

Though, it is a given that the police do cross the line at times and serve to disturb the peace nearly as much as they keep the peace.  Especially when they are utilized by  Politicians as jackbooted thugs which seems to be growing all too common these days.

Teachers serve or at least many attempt to produce intelligent citizens who can enter the job market and contribute to the economy.  This is arguable at times as many teachers are as worthless as teats on a boar hog but, for the most part, teachers serve their purpose and pump out young adults who do enter the job market and are, for the most part, literate.  Though this effort is stifled by outdated notions of job security for even the most inefficient scum who suck off of the government parasitically while producing nothing in the way of improvement in the minds of our youth.

With all of that in mind, each of these positions do, in fact, contribute to the economic growth of the nation.  Yet, they simultaneously curb the private sectors ability to introduce funds into the economy.  Where would those funds better serve the economy?  That could be debated endlessly.

Rush Limbaugh, as usual, is wrong and only running his mouth with the hyperbolic fervor that has made him a millionaire.  That is, after all, his goal.  Talk loud, spin everything, keep empty heads nodding and spending money to support him and his personal economy.

Has there ever been a greater moron with a greater following of foolish sheep in the history of radio/cable TV?  I don’t know.  Maybe Glenn Beck gave him competition.  The morons at Huff Post give the Dittoheads a good run for their money.

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Rush Limbaugh is another of those partisan hacks whom I find to be so treasonous.  He’s as dangerous a character as any James Wilkerson or Benedict Arnold in American History.  He does more damage than good by keeping the nation divided and unfocused on real issues or, more importantly, solutions.  He’s simply a tool of the partisans of the GOP.

The fat bastard should be deported to Saudi Arabia where he can serve as the mouthpiece for Islamic lunacy and the Saudi Oil interests.

H.L. Mencken

What is any political campaign save a concerted effort to turn out a set of politicians who are admittedly bad and put in a set who are thought to be better. The former assumption, I believe is always sound; the latter is just as certainly false. For if experience teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right… The United States has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds.

We live in a land of abounding quackeries, and if we do not learn how to laugh we succumb to the melancholy disease which afflicts the race of viewers-with-alarm… In no other country known to me is life as safe and agreeable, taking one day with another, as it is in These States. Even in a great Depression few if any starve, and even in a great war the number who suffer by it is vastly surpassed by the number who fatten on it and enjoy it. Thus my view of my country is predominantly tolerant and amiable. I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.

I believe in only one thing and that thing is human liberty. If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. I am against any man and any organization which seeks to limit or deny that freedom. . . [and] the superior man can be sure of freedom only if it is given to all men.

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.

I very well may have posted these before. They bear repeating.