As I came back from watching Wauwatosa’s 4th of July parade…

July 4th, 2011

…I listened to a Wisconsin Public Radio talk show where they seemed to be advocating higher taxes.

Irony is simply lost on some people.

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  • 1. Debunked  |  July 4th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, I get it. Because the Revolutionary War was all about a society free from any and all taxation. Right?

  • 2. John Foust  |  July 5th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Higher taxes in what form? You mean they were advocating more tax breaks for rich folks, so the rest of us can pay more?

    Who’s “they”? You mean someone they were interviewing? Or a caller?

    I can’t remember ever hearing a WPR on-air personality ever advocating for any particular position.

  • 3. Roland Melnick  |  July 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Paying your taxes, no matter how high they go, is your patriotic duty, Elliot!

    Are you referring to an NPR segment alleging that government spending creates an economic benefit greater than the amount spent? If so, I heard that same segment.

  • 4. Elliot  |  July 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I got just the end of the conversation, John, but I believe the guest was talking about closing “loopholes” including mortgage deductions to raise revenues (which would hit the middle class hard). Callers were more adamant about raising taxes overall.

  • 5. Elliot  |  July 5th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Debunked, anti-tax sentiment was certainly an element of the Revolution (among many others), but anyone who thought the Revolution was ending taxation was taught differently by Washington during the Whiskey Rebellion.

    And, if the revolution had been about a “society free from any and all taxation” it was one of the greatest failures in history considering I pay:

    • State Income Tax
    • Federal Income Tax
    • Federal payroll taxes for myself and others
    • State Sales Taxes
    • Property taxes on my home
    • Property taxes for my company’s equipment
    • License renewal fees
    • Gas taxes
    • Telecommunications taxes on my phone bills
    • An estate tax (which I hope not to pay for a while, yet)

    Plus dozens of other fees and taxes, I’m probably not even aware of.

  • 6. Elliot  |  July 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Roland, I only caught the end of the conversation.

  • 7. Roland Melnick  |  July 5th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I didn’t hear the complete segment either as I caught it on a short car trip.

    What do you think the Founding Fathers would make of the modern Liberal view that tax cuts are spending increases?

  • 8. Elliot  |  July 5th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I try not to speak for the founders. I have a hard enough time speaking for myself. ;)

  • 9. John Foust  |  July 6th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    An economic benefit greater than the amount spent?
    Sounds like the magical way that tax breaks always create jobs far beyond the small benefit that usually incurs to some already-rich contributor to the politician.

    Reminds me of Bastiat’s parable of the broken window.

  • 10. Debunked  |  July 7th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    What do you think the Founding Fathers would make of the modern Liberal view that tax cuts are spending increases?

    So, tell me Roland – how much of a spending increase was the stimulus plan again?

  • 11. John Foust  |  July 7th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Wait. Is that a trick question? How much of the stimulus plan was tax cuts?

  • 12. Roland Melnick  |  July 8th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Well, based on results…it would seem that Obama and his friends buried the stimulus money in their back yards.

    US Dept of Labor reports unemployment rose to 9.2%
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/money/2011/07/08/us-unemployment-rate-rises-to-2-percent/

    But Obama means well, so that’s what counts, eh?

  • 13. Roland Melnick  |  July 8th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “Wait. Is that a trick question? How much of the stimulus plan was tax cuts?”

    I’m with you on that one, John. I have a hard time following double-talking Democrat politicians too.

  • 14. Debunked  |  July 9th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    You’re avoiding the question, Roland. It’s quite simple. How much of a spending increase was the stimulus package?

  • 15. Roland Melnick  |  July 9th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Google it yourself, D-bunk.

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