Friday, 17 October 2008

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Joe Sixpack and the Hyde Park set


For the Hyde Park set, Joe Sixpack is a person to pity, look down upon and soothe their “guilt” with offers of “government programs” and “tax credits” that amount to less than a net increase in income of $500 a year. Won't even get his kid braces. The Hyde Park set thinks Joe should have saved more money, got a better education and aborted at least one of his three children in order to be better off economically and live “the American Dream.”

Part of the Hyde Park set's problem is that they... really haven’t got a clue about Joe’s contribution to the economy. They complain about the price of arugala going up. Exactly who does Hyde Park think delivers the arugala to the super market?

What Joe Sixpack wants isn't more government hand outs. Joe Sixpack wants the economy to pick back up so he can deliver more arugala and make his own money. He wants the price of oil, thus, diesel fuel, to go down and stay down. Joe Sixpack has been around for awhile and he he has about as much faith in “alternative energy” vehicles as he does the government. There isn’t one yet that can pull a load of arugala over the Rockies. He sure doesn't have much faith in the government and the only thing he wants from the Hyde Park, arugala eating set is for them to open their wallets and buy more arugala.

Joe will be happy eating iceberg lettuce as long as he’s making enough money to pay the bills and get the kid some braces. And, he will live in the trailer and eat iceberg while he plans for a future where he might own a small fleet of trucks, maybe five or ten, where he’s delivering arugala two or three or ten times a day and his small business is making over $250,000 a year.

Joe Sixpack doesn't need a business degree from Wharton to know that any time the government is talking about raising taxes on anybody while simultaneously talking about increased spending, Joe is going to get screwed. Some candidate can give Joe a tax break that nets him $500 a year more in spendable income, but he's going to end up losing a couple thousand in the long run because companies paying higher taxes aren’t going to be buying as much product and are going to raise the prices on the stuff that Joe buys.

What's that $500 going to do for Joe Sixpack then?
And that’s just a sample. Read the whole thing.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

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More cat tales



Previously:  Some cat tales

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

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Tuesday chuckle


Roberta X on  Ideas: Good, Bad

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Monday, 13 October 2008

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The new rules of engagement


“...if Obama wins, I plan on giving him as much of a chance as the Democrats gave George Bush.”


Related: “Gripped by insane rage

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Sunday, 05 October 2008

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Random Linkage - October 5, 2008


From Charles G. HillThe Wall Street Journal demonstrates how to do a disclosure statement, and the way to handle reporter conflicts of interest.

From Rachel Lucas:  Sizing cats, and why Sleeping With One Eye Open is a good idea.

From Breda:  Brief Encounter

And if my earlier hint to read this post by Brigid got past you, consider this  another.

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Thursday, 02 October 2008

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All you need to know about the Senate bailout bill


110 pages of bailout.
340 pages of pork.



Need details?


UPDATE 081002 17:33:  Want more (you masochist, you!)?

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