Archive for June 8, 2009

My Neighborhood Is Changing Daily

This neighborhood used to be rural. The guy on the property to the left raised black angus cattle. The guy across the street raised cattle. We had hogs, sheep, and the calf that grew until it was freezer sized. The folks a long way down at the end of the road had cattle.

Times change. The man across the street died, as did the man who owned the property to the left. Land values had escalated, and the pastures were converted to empty lots and then houses with swimming pools and manicured lawns. The landscape started looking suburban.

A funny thing has been happening at those lovely houses with manicured lawns recently. I’ve started noticing chickens in yards. One house recently sported a fenced in garden on the front lawn, then I noticed a young horse grazing, the next week there was a second horse, and this week there were also four head of cattle. I was just reacting to that, asking myself “how in the heck are they gonna keep that many cows on that lil’ bit of grass”, when I noted that the next house has a small herd of goats in their front yard.

You think that my redneck ways have rubbed off on the neighborhood? Perhaps the neighbors had a discussion like “Maybe WE should consider having some livestock like that crazy woman with the shotgun that lives down the road”.

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Obama Wants to Tax Wealthy to Pay for Health Plan

Via Bloomberg:

June 7 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to consider taxing the wealthy instead of workers to pay for a health-care overhaul, as House Democrats discuss a plan to require health insurance for most Americans.

Is this the same President whose cabinet members weren’t paying their taxes even under the lower tax rates? So what makes him believe that they, and people just like them, are going to be chasing down the IRS waving their checks?

The Obama administration stepped up efforts to influence health-care legislation today as advisers David Axelrod and Austan Goolsbee appeared on television talk shows to discuss the issue.

The president is trying to avoid broad-based levies such as a Senate proposal to tax some employer-provided health benefits Axelrod said. Instead he is urging lawmakers to reconsider limiting all tax deductions for Americans in the highest tax brackets.

“He made a very strong case for the proposal that he put on the table, which was to cap deductions for high-income Americans, and he urged them to go back and look at that,” Axelrod said on the CNN’s “State of the Union.” Goolsbee, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said Obama is “mindful” about how “ordinary Americans are able to foot the bills” and never proposed taxing employee benefits.

Yeah, whatever. Why doesn’t Obama and the rest of his advisors that live in a world inhabited by unicorns and butterflies rather than operating in a real world environment demonstrate some actual competence in anything they’ve attempted before we roll over for this one? How’s that car business going, sport? How ’bout that “stimulus” creating all the new jobs? That unemployment rate is just ratcheting downward, huh?

House Democrats are weighing a new proposal in response to Obama’s call for legislation to be enacted by August. An outline of the plan obtained by Bloomberg News would require Americans to have insurance with some exceptions.

It would probably exempt those who can prove they can’t find an affordable policy. There could be a tax penalty for those with adequate financial resources who don’t elect to get insurance, according to the outline.

Oh, how forbearing of the Democrats. They’ll exempt those that can’t afford to pay for a policy instead of, say, forcing them to starve and/or live under a bridge. Those that are young and in good health and for whom a health insurance policy is a huge waste of money will be punished for their refusal to subsidize the insurance policies of others!

What I hate most about the Democrats’ “health care reform” is the patronizing way that they presumes to decide what is best for me and my family. I don’t want Obama, for example, that has never demonstrated competence in anything, to be in charge of my health care.

I’ve been taking a very critical look at the “elected*” representatives that are doing their best to remove choice from our lives. I’m of the opinion that I’d be far better off if THEY were removed from my life.

*Are the elections fair when the media are giving favorable coverage to certain candidates and refusing to cover or running scurrilous stories on the others? When organizations like ACORN are paid to subvert local elections by flooding the election offices with phony registrations? When Democratic governments refuse to allow local boards to require voter identification, is that a fair election? It doesn’t seem like it to me.

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