Baird should vote based on principle
I’m glad Rep. Brian Baird has been pushing for more time to properly review bills in Congress before he votes in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.
Would it make any difference at all in his vote if he had more time to ponder the contents of what he is voting on? I don’t see any evidence of that.
On the recent monster pork-laden bills, including the cap and trade bill, with its last-minute, 300-page amendment that no one had a chance to even glance at, why didn’t he just vote “no” on the principle that he can’t vote “yes” until he has reviewed the contents?
If enough of his fellows followed that reasoning, maybe he could bring about the change he supposedly wants. It would be more effective than grandstanding with his no-hope HR 554.
Taxes should be borne equally
Protesters are on the march once more. The item of dispute is taxes. People are outraged by government spending. There is a point where their anger is just, but on the other side it is misplaced.
Let us suppose that it is possible to throw the present tax code out, and start over fresh.
The economy is based on money. Money equals power. Money and power are not evil in themselves. Evil comes in by the way money and power are used. It is the love of money which is the culprit. People who have money have power. They use the power to keep their funds.
Let us set up an equation: Need of the people equals the cost to satisfy the needs. In other words, the demand equals the supply. The demands of the citizens must be supplied by the government funds (taxes). The needs of the people must be actual needs, not added needs in order to get what they want in a like manner. The supply (which is maintained by taxes) must also not be overstated. If this is done properly, there will be no waste.
Taxes should be based on the person or company paying on their ability to do so. Companies, corporations and businesses should be counted as individuals, just as citizens are. These concerns should be held accountable for their earnings, just as citizens are responsible for reporting this income to the government. The tax burden should be borne equally by all society.
OTTO W. WALTER