Mrs. Hopie and I got our tax return back this week, providing an frightening opportunity to see our plummet into liberal-speak acceptance. I'm guessing I'm not alone, because my friend and neighbors also have the twisted view of tax returns as manna from the Potomac. But the initial excitement of our personal stimulus package (no, not in a dirty sense) soon waned as we reviewed this treasure given to the federal (and state) government to fund programs with which we wholeheartedly disagree.
But one look at the bloated stimulus package--filled with STD prevention, big labor benefits, ACORN funding, and money for squash production and sales--should give us all pause.
The Republican American (rep-am.com) is chronicling a disturbing list of nominees for senior level (including finance-related) cabinet positions who clearly don't see paying taxes as a populist duty...at least not for themselves. One party--the party that brings you more government--wants more of your taxes to fund their pet projects, and in some cases personal extravagance. Frighteningly, rep-am.com can't even keep up with the growing list, as their post doesn't even take into account highly touted OPM budget-scrubber-to-be Nancy Killefer. Killefer (Obama's pick to combat government waste) reported today, withdrew her nomination after acknowledging she failed to pay taxes on the extensive staff of help hired to raise her children for her. Here's rep-am's list, and the full text:
Rebublican American - DFL tax raisers/evaders
Now I don't begrudge these fine citizens for being fortunate enough to have a car, driver, housekeeper, nanny, another nanny, cook, etc., but SONOFA....!!! Is there anyone in the DFL paying taxes...and if not, would you kindly get your hand out of my pajamas?
One suggestion: review the tax returns of each federally elected (and appointed) official. If they paid their fair due, how much stimulus would we really need?