With more and more state governments going into the red, they are looking to the internet for generating additional revenue streams. NBC has an article on the matter with one paragraph that I think sums up the mentality of government and why it is our best interest to limit it’s size. That paragraph is below (emphasis mine):
Sales taxes or similar levies have always been in place on most online purchases in most states. But they are almost never paid. And with their budgets in crisis, states are more determined than ever to get their share.
This is so typical of government in thinking that your money, your tax dollars are theirs. What they fail to understand is that the lack of sales tax is one of the main reasons why consumers look to the internet for purchases. When the government discourages that, you will see a drop in the activity online and the smaller, independent businesses will be the first to feel the effects.
I would suggest that rather than looking at taxing to close and budgetary gaps in the state governments, they should first look at how they can trim down size and reduce the cost of government. But hey, that is just a little too much common sense for the government.
If you listen to the Marxists progressives on the far left, you would be left thinking that more and more spending by the government is the only way to stimulate the economy. They claim that building roads, bridges, trains, the very infrastructure that forms the backbone of this great land will create jobs, which in turn will generate consumer spending and pull us out of the quagmire we are in. Let government “prime the pump.” Well, if only it were that simple. You might want to sit down for this one:
CITY CONTROLLER RELEASES AUDITS OF HOW LOS ANGELES HAS USED FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY
$111 Million in ARRA Funds Has Only Created 55 Jobs So Far
Continuing her efforts to ensure that taxpayer money is spent efficiently and effectively, City Controller Wendy Greuel released two audits today of how the City of Los Angeles has used American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The audits looked at the how the two departments that have received the largest amount of ARRA funding so far – the Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) – have used those funds and how many jobs were created. Los Angeles becomes the largest City in America to conduct an audit of how ARRA funds have been expended.
DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works). LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall. Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.
Turn on the printing presses at the Treasury, we’re going to need it at this pace! 55 jobs! Nice job Obama.
The only way to ensure that we emerge from the depression in which we find ourselves is to restore confidence in the market. Restore confidence in small business. Restore confidence in the very people that can save us; the producers. Unleashing the brilliance and ingenuity of man will allow the God given talents and abilities shine. Confidence in the future is door we must open; liberty is the key that will unlock it.
The choice this November couldn’t be any clearer
In Tarrant Country near Dallas, TX, they are getting a first look at what Obamacare is going to look like. From the Dallas Morning News:
Tarrant County health officials began turning away people who did not meet the high-risk qualification to receive the swine flu vaccine at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
More than 1,000 people had waited in line, some as early as 10 p.m. Thursday, for the doors to open at 10 a.m. this morning. Officials were asking people who were not pregnant or a child with a chronic illness to leave. This swine flu clinic is Tarrant County’s first offering of vaccines to the public for free.
Screening started outside before 10 a.m., with people wearing vests emblazoned with “greeter” and asking each person about why they were there. A child with chronic illness got a yellow piece of paper. A pregnant woman got a white piece of paper. Someone who was neither got a sheet with instructions to leave and wait for another clinic.
Welcome to the world of rationing. The government began working with vaccine manufacturers to develop a vaccine in May, yet they find themselves ill prepared this fall when President Obama announced a National Emergency regarding H1N1.
Just think what will happen when there is a shortage of life saving drugs, blood, or even worse…doctors. Will the government begin rationing these as well?
Sitting down to relax this evening I turned on the television to see how the news pundits were portraying Lieberman’s statement that he would filibuster the Senate bill because of the cost and the rush to get it done. Just for a laugh, I flipped to MSNBC to see how Keith Olbermann was spinning the news and I came across this gem:
Skip ahead to 1:15 to get to the good part.
Clip from the Keith Olbermann show on Tuesday night
Olbermann: Are we clear that he never mistook 24 for some sort of newscast?
Eugene Robinson: One hopes that he didn’t actually think it was an actual documentary. This is a serious point….
And it goes on!!!!
I actually turned to my wife and asked her if this is really happening? We have got murderers in Iran about to get the bomb, Cap and Trade legislation ready to destroy our economy, Government run health care right around the corner and this is what MSNBC calls news?
Well I must say, it is a bit ridiculous and really should be an embarassment for the President who marched his two lieutenants out to degrade and attempt to marginalize Fox News as “not really a news station.”
For your viewing pleasure, below are two clips of Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod proclaiming that Fox NEWS is opinion journalism.
Rahm Emannuel stating that Fox NEws has a “certain perspective”
David Axelrod syaing Fox News “Not really a News Station”:
If you ask me, if Fox News is opinion journalism, then MSNBC must be the garbage that read about while waiting in line at your nearest supermarket. Truly incredible! And you wonder why Fox News continues to increase their viewership and MSNBC is trailing far, far behind.
Credit to CNN here: Valerie Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased
“The White House carefully continued its assault on Fox News Tuesday, as a senior White House adviser told CNN’s Campbell Brown that the network was “of course” biased against the Obama administration, but immediately backtracked slightly.”