Confessions of a smartass

Like the manager of the Wisconsin custard shop, I too want lower taxes. So Vice President Joseph Biden (D), would you label me a smartass also? Considering the source of the remark, if you did I would take it as a compliment. And my brain is even smarter Joe. I can call you that, can't I?

You see Joe, like most Americans I don't mind paying taxes for the defense of our country, to protect our shores. That is the function of government. And I'll pay for roads too. Locally I support the police and fire departments who generally do valiant, but under acknowledged work, although I sure wish the neighborhoods that utilize these essential services more than others would pay their fair share of taxes. But they don't, something about not this situation does not require affirmative action as it is not fair.

But when government officials decide they know better how to spend my money than I do, blithely confiscating it from me in taxes and then gaily redistributing it to those segments they deem worthy then I protest; yes, I want lower taxes. If farmers don't want to grow something, don't grow it, let's not have government pay them millions in farm support for not farming. If people want to buy health insurance, let them find the best company nationwide that has a policy that meets their needs rather than have government restrict health insurance to companies in ones state of residence and offering benefits to employers that provide it to their employees; now feeling that policy is not comprehensive enough, untold gazillions will be spent to provide government (taxpayer) paid Obamacare.

As you recently noted Joe, in the past few years over eight million jobs have been lost, most never to return. Like horseshoe manufacturers and others who were mostly rendered unemployable by the Industrial Revolution, many of these jobs disappeared in the Technology Revolution. Not that the human suffering during these revolutionary transitions aren't great but many of the lost jobs in the former revolution were replaced by new manufacturing jobs, the same is happening now; today there are jobs that didn't even exist 10 years ago (eg, app developers).

But under your policies, and those of your boss, President Barack Hussein Obama (D), creating new private enterprise jobs is difficult, the majority of the new jobs created by your stimulus are, to use a favorite liberal term, unsustainable. They're government jobs, paid for by ever higher taxes, to fund and administer government interference in what should be the private sector. As Veronique de Rugy clearly points out in National Review's, The Corner

Since the beginning of the recession (roughly January 2008), some 7.9 million jobs were lost in the private sector while 590,000 jobs were gained in the public one. And since the passage of the stimulus bill (February 2009), over 2.6 million private jobs were lost, but the government workforce grew by 400,000.

I will leave it up to you to draw conclusions.

As that wise Frenchman, yes a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville observed over 150 years ago

"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."

So Joe, I would wager the intelligence of my tush over your often not too wise brain; not to mention your rather dumb uh, glutes.