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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bill O'Reilly is a big tool

God I hate Bill O'Reilly. He's so full of shit. I like to read his bullshit though because it makes me laugh, and makes me hate Conservative Idiots even more.

The Truth about the Rich

Obviously Bill is an expert about "The Rich" because he's one of them. Anyway here's a little snip that just shows how much of a "Spin Zone" he really lives in:

Want more proof? President Bill Clinton, you just saw him. He was a "tax the rich" guy. In the middle of his two terms, 1995, the federal government took in $1.5 trillion in tax receipts -- $1.5 trillion. Ten years later, 2005, the middle of President Bush's term, the Feds took in $2.1 trillion, 40 percent more than under Clinton!

Wow, the ignorant might say, Bush hasn't cut taxes, he's raised them, 40% more than slick Willy. Way to spin those numbers Bill. Many of us who've live in the real world are faced with this thing called inflation. When you take 1.5 Trillion dollars and make it into 2005 money you get 1.87 Trillion.

We're still not to his 2.1 Trillion dollars though are we? Wait a minute! Perhaps the population of of the United States has increased since 1995 thus adding taxpayers and making it so the Fed would take in more money. The US population in 1995 was about 262.7 Million. In 2005 the US population was 296 Million people, an increase of about 33 million people. That would be about $7000 dollars in taxes per additional person which would be less due to tax receipts from businesses which would have also increased from 1995 to 2005.

What an asshat. "No Spin Zone", That's bullshit.

When you tax the middle and lower income people less you put more money directly into the economy because they spend nearly 100% of their income. Rich assholes just put in a cookie jar somewhere to earn interest. Tax the shit out of them. I think they'll be OK in the long run. Maybe they won't be able to get the leather on their new private helicopter, but they'll be OK.



  • Man you have become political lately :)

    O'Reilly is a tool, no doubt, but taking the other extreme doesn't make much sense either.

    A lot of rich "assholes" got rich by starting small businesses and the like. Why should they be punished by having to pay 40-50% of their income to the government, who is just going to waste it anyways?

    I would much rather do away with the bloated government we're stuck with and let people keep a lot more of the money they've earned. Whether it's $10,000 a year or $100 million.

    By Blogger Nick, at 2:55 PM, July 11, 2006  

  • Bill O'Reilly is NOT the mouthpiece of Conservatives. He's a host on Fox News. A nobody. Nick is absolutely right for what he is saying. The left just can't handle that the amount of deficit is decreasing. Imagine if there was no 9/11 or war on terror and the Dot.com bust was softer landing instead of the Nasdaq losing more than 3/4's of it's value in 2 years.

    By Blogger Steve, at 5:04 PM, July 11, 2006  

  • I don't really watch Bill O'Reilly. He's more of a performer than a sage. I secretly believe he's a liberal who's out there fanning the flames of Democratic movement. Someday you'll be rich, so be careful what you say. Hopefully you'll feel the same way tomorrow as you do today. Otherwise you'll be just another hypocrite.

    I agree with Nick about the "rich assholes." Many, like me, were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Nobody handed me a trust fund or some cushy job with no stress. I worked and sacrificed for what I've achieved. Why should I be punished for maybe being a little smarter, focused and ambitious than my fellow man? This isn't socialism afterall. Granted I'll probably still be comfortable with less in my pocket, but I'd rather retire and let someone else have my job.

    It must be tough being so young and cynical. When I was your age, I looked at my menial job as a stepping stone to greater things rather than the beginning of a long path to hopelessness and despair. It takes a lot of patience, positive attitude and desire to achieve success no matter how one defines it.

    By Blogger Chris, at 7:59 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • I like my job. I just don't like the fact that people are taking advantage of my talents to make way more money than they are paying me. They come to me and ask me to pay more for my healthcare so they're stocks can go up more. They tell me I'm not working hard enough even though I meet all their deadlines and cost goals.

    Once people have satisfied their needs, they should want to give more money to help their fellow man. Not everyone has the ways or means to pull themselves up on their own. You should want to better society as a whole.

    By Blogger lawryde, at 8:11 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • That's funny, because when I look at your blog, I see a couple of pretty nice cars in the drive way. I see some pretty nice landscaping in the front yard, which I know from experience isn't cheap. Do I see central air? I see at least a few hundred dollars in tattoos.

    Are those needs I wonder? Or could that money not have been spent to help better your fellow man. I'm guessing your family would survive just fine without those things.

    It's one thing to say we should all dedicate our lives to helping our fellow man financially if you're living like Ghandi. But you are hardly living the destitute life there my man :)

    By Blogger Nick, at 9:15 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • Those are my neighbors cars, we bought one of the few houses built in the 1940's with a two car garage.

    Housing is a need, and my $105,000 house is hardly anything special. Also, I think I spent about $150 on materials for landscaping, the rest was all my own hard labor. I have a Saturn and a Tuscon for the need to travel.

    More like thousands of dollars on tatooing, and I'd be hard pressed to justifiy those to you other than they make me not go crazy which would further burden society.

    I don't take advantage of people less fortunate than myself, and I try to help where I can. That's my point. The Uber rich like to take advantage of people with less money so they can have even more, which they will never even enjoy in their lifetime.

    By Blogger lawryde, at 9:27 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • You haven't met Lawyrde in person, but he's the sweatiest man ever. Way sweatier than those gross teenagers in mosh pits at heavy metal concerts and the 450lb farmer at the state fair. Central air is definitely a must....plus it was already on our house:)

    I think the point was that we're not hoarding money away just for the sake of it being there. We do buy what makes us comfortable because who wants to be uncomfortable when they don't have to. We certainly waste money on things. I didn't need to have my hair done yesterday, I could have just left it natural. But we do give to several charities and I organize our local Warm Up America effort. We loan our items out to some friends in need, I babysit for free for a friend who makes less money than we do, etc. Anything extra we have, we give. When you have alot extra you should give more.

    By Anonymous Wifey Poo, at 11:04 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • LOL, at first I thought you were just misspelling sweet. I was wondering why you would say he was sweeter than the 450lb farmer at the fair :)

    For what it's worth, you guys seem like great people and I have no doubt you do what you can. I probably shouldn't have taken it personal.

    I just have different opinions on taxation of rich assholes ;o)

    Sweaty f-er huh? You must keep the hockey equipment in a different state then...

    By Blogger Nick, at 1:40 PM, July 12, 2006  

  • LOL, at first I thought you were just misspelling sweet. I was wondering why you would say he was sweeter than the 450lb farmer at the fair :)

    Too funny:)

    I just have different opinions on taxation of rich assholes ;o)

    Which you're certianly allowed to have!

    Sweaty f-er huh? You must keep the hockey equipment in a different state then...
    Unfortunately it lives in the basement and everytime I go down there I always think the cats have pissed all over everything, but really it's just his hockey stuff. It it could stay in another state it certainly would.

    By Anonymous wifey poo, at 6:04 PM, July 12, 2006  

  • Lawryde,

    You should have been a professional athlete if you wanted to be overpaid.

    I fall into the same category of helping the "man" get rich. In a capitalist society there will always be a "man" that controls it all on top.

    $105k for a house? I need to move to Peoria. You could drop your house into the middle of my nehigborhood, where the houses were built in the 1930's and 1940's and get $500k for it tomorrow. My house was built in 1910 and was one of the first ones built outside of downtown Sacramento. It's crazy what one would spend for an old house out here. My first one was 180K in 2000, sold it for 260K in 2002 and got this one for 325K and the market as of this spring is still growing exponentially. In 2003, you could not touch a new development without waiting in line for a week, having 20% down and be willing to drop 600K plus on some dinky tract home with a yard facing the freeway and hot afternoon sun, because there are no trees and plus pay $200 a month for Association and "Mello Roos" fees for new schools and fire stations.

    At the end of the day though, after I pay my mortgage and car payment,(I have a company vehicle as well so that's the only reason we drive something like a BMW or Hummer) I have enough to treat us to a meal out once a week or buy that next shelving unit from Ikea every few months, or running the air conditioner all summer at 71 degrees so my pregnant wife doesn't suffer one iota of heat from Sacramento's intense 100 degree sun. ie. We probably have the same in the end if you adjust for cost of living between Peoria and Sacramento and I am gonna eat Mac N Cheese tonight because I want to... not because it's all I got.

    If you were a neighbor of mine we'd probably hang out for beers, contemplating what my wife would say if I went to the tatoo shop with you and came home with some fresh ink. After spending the time reading your blog on a daily basis, I think we're the same person. I mean, shit, I get to see the Psychiatrist in a few weeks and I started Neurontin to manage the pain in my hands, neck and back. How freaking cool is that? I just want to pick up the kid...

    Shit I wrote a lot...

    By Blogger Steve, at 8:26 PM, July 12, 2006  

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