My Tax Burden

Would you like to know why the US economy is about to take a nosedive yet again? It’s because people will have less to spend. A *lot* less.

Check out Plug in fictitious numbers if you want. Then press the “Calculate” button and see how much more in taxes you’re about to spend next year when the Bush tax cuts expire.

People have less to spend, so they spend less. Rocket science.

Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Soars 5.7 Percent

Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Soars 5.7 Percent. Or at least, that’s what the news media and the government would have us believe. Yippee, the recession is over.

Except I don’t believe it. I see no evidence of it. I think I’m being lied to.

Do you believe what you’re being told?

Nuts vs. Creeps

I love this paragraph from Peggy Noonan today:

Speaking broadly: In the 2006 and 2008 elections, and at some point during the past decade, the ancestral war between Democrats and the Republicans began to take on a new look. If you were a normal human sitting at home having a beer and watching national politics peripherally, as normal people do until they focus on an election, chances are pretty good you came to see the two major parties not as the Dems versus the Reps, or the blue versus the bed, but as the Nuts versus the Creeps. The Nuts were for high spending and taxing and the expansion of government no matter what. The Creeps were hypocrites who talked one thing and did another, who went along on the spending spree while lecturing on fiscal solvency.

In 2008, the voters went for Mr. Obama thinking he was not a Nut but a cool and sober moderate of the center-left sort. In 2009 and 2010, they looked at his general governing attitudes as reflected in his preoccupations—health care, cap and trade—and their hidden, potential and obvious costs, and thought, “Uh-oh, he’s a Nut!”

Which meant they were left with the Creeps.

All I want is for a politician to mean what he says, and to do what he means. I’m tired of the weasel words trying to straddle the fence, then voting for big projects to funnel to your district so you can buy votes.

Being Creeps is why the Republicans lost. Being Nuts is why the Democrats are losing now. But American wants neither Nuts nor Creeps.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Loses a Voter

That’s it. Kay Bailey Hutchison will never get another vote from me.

Socially issues, she’s ok. The positions she’s taken on abortion are mixed but generally pro-life, though the inconsistency indicates she’s voting pragmatically instead of from principles. She gets a 7% rating from NARAL indicating she’s pro-life, and a 75% rating from NRLC which indicates mixed but generally pro-life.

Fiscally,though, she stinks. She voted for the Stimulous Bill. She voted for TARP.

But what really got me was an interview I heard with her on KSEV Radio this morning on my way to work. The host asked her why, when the Republicans had control of all three branches why they didn’t address Healthcare. Her answer? They were too focused on trying to balance the budget.

Oh, please. It’s because o spending like yours, Ms. Hutchison, that congressional leaders are being voted out of office. And you’re on the list of leaders that must go.

C-Span and Healthcare

Obama, at a debate against Hillary Clinton, January 31, 2008:

“That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb, to Congress December 30:

Please open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.

Congress to US:

“Meh. I don’t think so.”

Update: Pelosi to C-Span:

“There has never been a more open process.”

Well, except for the fact that we don’t know who’s promising what to whom or what’s actually in the bill. Except for *that*, it’s an open process.