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Friday
Jun052009

A Lengthy Rant On Taxes From Opie & Anthony (Audio)

I am not taking sides in the debate, but long-time readers have probably deduced that my views on the growth and size of the federal government coincide nicely with those of Congressman Ron Paul.  I am not a Republican, however, because they have proven to be equally reckless with deficit spending and I can't stomach their intolerance on so many social issues. 

Though I have been extremely critical of Obama's handling of the bank bailouts, I firmly believe the bailout path chosen would have been exactly the same with a McCain administration.  And I believe the nomination of Sarah Palin to the vice-presidency was the single greatest public insult in the history of politics in my lifetime.  For him to place the dimwitted, 6-stop undergraduate, pneumatic Alaska Governor so close to the Presidency is an act I will never forgive.  Sarah Palin makes George W. Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar.

For many reasons, not the least of which being their insane belief in the power of government to solve problems, I am also not a Democrat.  I am like millions of other Americans who feel betrayed by our leaders and our system.  Like so many of you, I am a fiscal conservative--social liberal.  And there is no party (except for Libertarians who are, sadly, completely marginalized politically) that offers us a warm, comfy home. 

Give me your thoughts in comments.  Are taxes too high in this country?  An interesting rant on taxes from radio duo Opie & Anthony is after the jump.

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Reader Comments (16)

The recession is driving the safety net of government benefits to a historic high, as one of every six dollars of Americans' income is now coming in the form of a federal or state check or voucher.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-06-03-benefits_N.htm
Jun 5, 2009 at 2:41 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
World Bank President Robert Zoellick warned policy makers that fiscal-stimulus plans are insufficient to turn around the “real economy” and rising joblessness threatens to set off political unrest across the globe.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aZMsPVTXn9I8&refer=worldwide
Jun 5, 2009 at 2:41 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Geithner: China Will Keep Funding Us, And We're NOT Monetizing The Debt

http://www.businessinsider.com/geithner-china-will-keep-funding-us-and-were-not-monetizing-the-debt-2009-6
Jun 5, 2009 at 2:44 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
TALF Will Be Profitable for Taxpayers: NY Fed Chief

http://www.cnbc.com/id/31102630

Tip to James for finding this beauty.
Jun 5, 2009 at 2:46 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
You are deluded.

Palin is better than the commie Obama any day of the week.
Jun 5, 2009 at 6:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterBottomFisher
To say the government never solves problems is ridiculous. So ridiculous that I am not even going to point out how wrong you are...
Jun 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterErik
@Erik

I read the same article that you read. DB didn't say government can't solve any problems. He wrote:

"For many reasons, not the least of which being their insane belief in the power of government to solve problems, I am also not a Democrat."

As a former Democrat myself, I believe he meant that Democrats tend to think that gov't. can solve ALL problems.
Jun 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterBanana_Republican
For your consideration.

http://federationist.org/
Jun 5, 2009 at 6:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterImNotPotus
Palin was the only candidate that made any sense. The gov't is not the solution, it is the problem.
Jun 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterPalin is ready
@PAlin is ready

It was not her message of smaller government that drove me away, in fact I agree with it. It was the candidate herself and her stunning lack of intelligence and credentials. We have all learned from the Bush years that the candidate matters more than the message.

Mccain could have chosen from many other great fiscally conservative pols but he went for the 'pop' factor with Palin and it makes me sick.
Jun 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
"her stunning lack of intelligence and credentials"

You mean like Obama's established history of executive experience, in business and government?

BwaHaHaHaHa...
Jun 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrank
If you think Sarah Palin is unintelligent, what do you think about Barack Obama who can't string along two words without a teleprompter, or who spent umpteen years in the Illinois State Senate and US Senate without one meaningful piece of legislation or cause?

The same Barack Obama who left private practice to become a "community organizer", as in he saw the writing on the wall that he couldn't hack it as a real litigating attorney.

And what about his vice president, Joe Biden? The guy can't go two seconds without saying something really stupid. Look at his remarks about Indians in Delaware, avoiding public transportation, or any other numerous idiotic remarks he's made.

Sarah Palin might not be well educated, but she's got a good head on her shoulders, not to mention that she isn't a socialist.
Jun 9, 2009 at 2:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Bo
YOU SOUND LIKE JUST ANOTHER BIG ASS MORON FROM THE BIG CITY. PALIN AT LEAST SHOWED SOME COMMON SENSE. MORE THEN I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RECONIZE FROM ANY OF THE WASHINGTON BRAIN FREEZES THAT SEEM TO BE TAKING THIS COUNTRY INTO THE TOILET . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, SEE YOU IN THE POTATO FIELD IN SOME SOCIALIST COUNTRY ONE OF THESE DAYS.
Jun 9, 2009 at 10:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterJAKE
Jesus Christ, do we have to keep talking about Sarah Palin? I mean, she's purdy and all, but do I really want her playing "W 2.0" with all those crazy, conniving neo-cons still lurking around? They'd have her bombing countries she's never even heard of. No, thank you. The GOP leadership needs a serious whoopin' because they're the ones who handed Obama and the Dems the keys to power. Should've listened to Ron Paul. Would Ron Paul have beaten Obama? I don't know, but Obama would have had his ass handed to him at EVERY SINGLE DEBATE. (You know, intelligent, knowledgeable adult vs. empty suit.) The only way Obama would have won is by capturing the brain-dead vote (no offense against the brain-dead or anything). Yeah, it wouldn't be good for me to find myself in a room alone with Karl Rove or Ed Gillespie. Wouldn't be good for them either, needless to say. WWJD (What Wouuld Jefferson Do?)
Jun 10, 2009 at 12:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
This is my final comment about Sarah Palin.

Some of you are confusing the message with the messenger. I agree in principle with the notion of a smaller federal government. That doesn't mean I have to support the candidate who delivers that message. Sarah Palin was so deficient in so many ways personally and intellectually that I could never support her.

Why is anyone impressed with her beyond her message which, let's face it, is a pretty standard small government message. I might have voted for Mitt Romney and definitely would have voted for Dr. Ron Paul, but certainly not any ticket that contained Palin. McCain was borderline for me to begin with, and when Miss Firecracker was added to the ticket, I felt like puking. I and millions of other potential McCain voters ran screaming in the other direction.

I have a big problem with stupidity in power, regardless of message.

And for all my criticism of Obama, the guy was President of the Harvard Law Review. And you don't achieve that honor without intelligence.

I will say it one final time. The Republicans are as screwed up as the Democrats. Both parties do a disservice to the people.

A James brilliantly said, we need a Jeffersonian leader. Someone who understands the issues and is dedicated to returning this country to its people.
Jun 10, 2009 at 2:11 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@ James and DailyBail

Very well articulated. WWJD (as James put it) indeed.

With that said, Erin Burnett for President in '12! I kid. I kid.
Jun 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble

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