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
An incredible thing happened yesterday in Delaware, something that I never thought I would see in my life time. The courage that the voters displayed in the GOP primary is refreshing and should be instructive for us all. Despite the numerous predictions of the overwhelming odds against Christine O’Donnell in the race for Delaware senator, the people spoke…loudly!
The Washington GOP and establishment just don’t seem to get it yet. They don’t seem to understand what is transpiring outside the bubble that surrounds Washington. Yet the people know and refuse to back down. The American people are no longer on the sidelines and the sleeping giant has awaken. The GOP better get a clue, or they will be left behind when the train leaves the station.
The incompetence of the government is on full display with the rejection of the Dutch in the early days of the spill and then compounded by the tentacles that government wraps around everything. The rejection of the help from the Dutch is not the real story here, but rather the reasons why.
From the Financial Post (emphasis mine):
Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy the read!
The Pew Research center has an interesting report out that looks at the financial crisis in California and links that to other states that are similar.
The Pew Center on the States compiled its list by scoring all 50 states according to six measurable factors that contributed to California’s ongoing fiscal woes, using the best available data as of July 31, 2009.
An interesting poll from Rasmussen showing that Republicans have begun taking a lead on the generic ballot. This is an interesting, but not surprising trend, especially considering today’s political climate.
2012 is going to be an interesting year. It is my belief that the producers, the true foundation of this country, will rise up and, speaking with one voice, will declare that the theft of their liberty by the government will be tolerated no more. The intrusion of government into the everyday life of American citizens has been extraordinary, however the recent moves on the health care front have gone too far.
In today’s New Your Times, readers are treated to an opinion piece that illustrates that anyone living in the bubble of politics that is Washington DC is blind to what this conservative movement is really all about. In his column titled “The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York” Frank Rich tries to paint the Republican nominee as a GOP moderate.
And Scozzafava is a mainstream conservative by New York standards; one statistical measure found her voting record slightly to the right of her fellow Republicans in the Assembly. But she has occasionally strayed from orthodoxy on social issues (abortion, same-sex marriage) and endorsed the Obama stimulus package.
Moderate? Not in the least. The Left in this country continues to move farther to the left which allows them to say that the middle keeps moving left as well. Dede Scozzafava and her ridiculous voting record would have been classified as a democrat a decade ago. From the National Review:
In spite of its having gone for Obama in 2008, the district’s history suggests that it is basically conservative; Ms. Scozzafava is basically not. Boy, is she not: Not only pro-choice and in favor of homosexual marriage — common if distasteful concessions to the secular liberals’ agenda — she also supports some of the most odious items on the Left’s wish-list, including the “card check” initiative that would put a big cudgel in the hands of Big Labor while effectively disenfranchising millions of American workers who may not desire to become Teamsters, SEIU members, or similar. She signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose tax hikes but immediately declared that she was not bound by having done so. It is no surprise that she is supported by the public-employees unions, ACORN — and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga.
Frank Rich and the New York Times either don’t understand what the conservative movement is all about or they do and are scared to death of it. I would argue that most of Washington just doesn’t get it, however, there are those who do and have been making every attempt possible to deflect any attention from it. The 9/12 march on Washington proves that the American public is tired of the way the government (under both democrat and Republican watch) has been accumulating power and spending more and more of our money.
We need to bring this country back to the values that built the foundation of this great nation. We need to revisit the constitution and ensure others understand how and why it was established. This can be summed up in The Federalist No. 45:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”