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Leaving Reason Behind…

I am disgusted!  And more than a little ticked.

I have been perusing the latest D Magazine, not a regular pursuit, but this month’s is the “Best New Restaurants in Dallas” edition and y’all know how I love good food.

Eventually I came upon a brief article about Lauren Scruggs, the young woman who inexplicably walked into a plane’s propeller, losing an eye and a hand among other things.

Initially I found myself admiring her spunk and optimism as she struggled to return to a near-normal life.  This being Texas, I should have known better.

The writer, one Krista Nightengale, drew first blood when she asked the most inane possible question, “You write everything happens for a reason.  What’s the reason behind your accident?”

The daft door now cast opened to its fullest extent, Ms Scruggs stepped through, “I just know that God has a purpose in things that are more about the bigger picture… So I just trust wholly in that. God has been there throughout the entire thing… He’s deepened my faith a lot…”

Let us pause and summarize here.  God wanted to teach Ms Scruggs, or perhaps someone else, a lesson about one thing or another so he severely mutilated a vivacious young woman.  One whom, by the way, was already a follower.

How anyone could believe in, much less worship, such a sadistic monster is beyond cognition.

No, I really mean it. The God Ms Scruggs worships can only be described in those or even worse terms, making her faith and devotion the results of an unreasoning and unreasonable mind. She is no better off intellectually than the brainwashed zombies in North Korea who venerate whatever member of the Kim family of thugs is starving them to death at the moment.

It is not a terribly difficult concept to grasp:  Either the god you worship is something far more sinister than the “loving god” you were taught to believe in, or he/she/it does not exist.  Your god allowed or caused this horrible thing for his/her/its purpose, or it was just an incredibly unfortunate accident.  Those are the choices.

How much more sane and comforting to understand you are the victim of a random event, than to believe some force with power over your life chose to have you suffer in spite of your devotion and adoration.

“Abandon hope all those who venture here” used to be inscribed on ancient maps to warn of monsters that might inhabit the unknown corners of our earth.  In Texas it seems that phrase has been rewritten as “Abandon all reason…”

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A Modest Proposal

Soon, January 1st to be precise, a number of new taxes on America’s most productive citizens will go into effect.

Obamacare punishes these folks with two actual taxes, a surcharge of 5% on investment income, and 3.8% on salary, plus the “Roberts Tax”, a penalty of $2,000 or more for every employee over 35 full time equivalents.

Additionally, these same targets of success envy will see their marginal income tax rate balloon to 39% from 35% (over a 10% increase), and in all likelihood capital gains and dividend tax increases too.  Hundreds of billions of dollars more will be squeezed from a figurative handful of Americans, under the incredible belief that it will have no negative consequences.  To quote the Coach however, “Not so fast my friend”.

The first thing to realize is that both money and people are fungible, they can be here today and quite somewhere else tomorrow.  (Check what happened in Ireland when they passed a “Billionaire’s Tax”.)  Getting screwed over by Uncle Sam?  Open a business in Panama, Hong Kong, or a dozen other places and simply do not repatriate the profits. (Big companies have been doing this for years to escape the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and consequentially taking good paying jobs with them as well.)

Secondly, these people are under no obligation, moral or otherwise, to bite the progressive bullet.  Workers can be fired, salaries of those remaining frozen, and prices to consumers raised. Make no mistake about it, all three will happen.  All three should happen.

Which brings me to my modest proposal…  Rather than just raise prices three, four, or five percent to cover the costs associated with the new taxes, I propose that every business whose owners, executives, investors, etc. have been targeted by these unconscionable attacks add a new line to their invoices, food checks, bills of sale, and the like which reads:  “Obamacare and Tax Increase Surcharge”, listing the upcharge separately and prominently.

People need to learn (and should be constantly reminded) that decisions, including votes, have a consequence, that they are now paying for their election day decisions, and they will continue to pay for them for a very long time.

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