One to Think About 
2009.03.03 09:10 - News and Politics
Leaving aside the question of the sort of person that makes $250K or more in a single year, it's worth noting that, as taxes rise, people will go to greater lengths to avoid paying them.

Companies are about the same way, of course: at the some point, the cost of the fancy accounting is sufficiently low relative to the effective tax rate that it makes sense to look at tax shelters and what-not.

All of this is one reason I kind of expect for tax receipts to actually be down farther next year than a linear extrapolation based on the economy would suggest. Perhaps I will be regaled with exhortations for everyone to do their part as is their duty to their country.

Link stolen from The Corner, which is really the last bit of pure political anything I still read.
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Republican Congress in 4 ... 3 ... 2... [UPDATED] 
2009.02.26 13:35 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, News and Politics
So, Obama and Holder want to renew the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that, last I heard, accomplished nothing beneficial except to help fuel the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. (Certainly, the 94 ban's effect on the crime rate is extremely debatable.) Allegedly, banning semi-automatic rifles and carbines with pistol grips will somehow prevent the smuggling of automatic weapons across the border to Mexico.

That's really special, guys.

I'm not really convinced that a new AWB will in any way guarantee GOP success in 2010. It's not going to hurt, though, and it's going to make an awful lot of those Blue Dogs elected in 2006 look like chumps if it passes.

Dammit, Bushmaster! Where is my ACR?

[Update: Nancy Pelosi seems to be saying this is not going to happen. I wouldn't bet on it going quite the way she says, but it's nice to see some indication that the Democrats have learned something from the 1994 election.]
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I have decided that I have one regret from 2008. 
2009.01.27 17:54 - News and Politics
Given the way the election went, I should have cast a write-in vote as a protest. In my locality, my state and the country, it would have made exactly as much difference, and at least it would have said something other than "I prefer liberal Republicans to extremely liberal Democrats." Not that I don't, just that I could also have said "I prefer $something_else to any of these jerks."

I'm just not sure whether I'd have written in Paulson/Neuman or Thompson/Coolidge.
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I don't wholly agree, but ... 
2009.01.21 08:36 - News and Politics
Greg Mankiw remembers a conservative blogger's observation:
Jane's Law:
The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.

Originally from QandO. (If you click through far enough, you'll find that "Jane's Law" is at least partly inspired by right-wing derangement during the Clinton years.)

This is part of why I've stopped reading RedState in the last few months, as some of their senior editors appear to getting terribly close to stepping off the spittle-flecked edge. (Other reasons include their shift to focus on Activism!, as I have no great interest in being a professional agitator, however benign. The major reason their are so man full-time activists on the left seems, to me, to be a reflection of the appeal that the left's ideas have to people that have never had a real job.)

Some of the other observations over at the (three-year-old) QandO post seem reasonable to me, as well.

Also on politics: I hear we have a new President. Well, I hope he has a successful presidency, but it must be understood I don't hope he succeeds on anything or everything he attempts in office.
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On Stupid, Stupid Baby Names 
2008.12.17 11:15 - Meatspace Stupidity, News and Politics
This has popped up in my RSS aggregator twice now, so I'm going to blog about it. (One note: RedState.com's Erick Erickson needs to calm down just a bit. He should know better than to encourage violence against people for being stupid. I can only assume he's a bit short on sleep at the moment.)

The original story's from the AP, it seems.
The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name [Adolph Hitler Campbell] on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.[...]Karen Meleta, a spokeswoman for ShopRite, said the Campbells had similar requests denied at the same store the last two years and said Heath Campbell previously had asked for a swastika to be included in the decoration.
So, mother and father name child after the 20th century's most notorious totalitarian dictator, genocide, and racist bigot, and are now surprised and upset to find that other people take issue or offense with their decision.

Newsflash, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell: you are idiots, and you are saddling your children with names that, if they grow into decent adults, they will be embarrassed about for their entire lives.
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