Monday, June 19, 2006

The Meek Shall Inherit My Tax Burden

by Michael Gregory Steele and Herman B. Hayes

You know, the more I think about how much of my hard earned money goes to pay for social programs to benefit jobless liberals the angrier I become. I do not work hard making money so that it can be taken from me by Uncle Sam and used to feed those who are too stupid and lazy to feed themselves.

Why should I even have to pay any taxes at all?

You see, taxation is, and always has been, a form of punishment. You force people to pay money to deter them from committing a certain act. You are fined for speeding or littering so that you will think twice before doing either of these things again. Since when did being financially successfully and having more than enough money to sustain yourself become a crime?

Just think if the rules of the road worked like our current inequitable tax system does:
Officer: Do you know why I pulled you over?
You: No, sir, I honestly don’t know why. I was going the speed limit and I’ve always been a careful driver.
Officer: Well, I saw you come to a complete stop at that stop sign back there and you even signaled before you turned, so I’m going to have to give you a ticket and a fine.
You: But I don’t understand...
Officer: Well it’s simple, we’re going to take the two hundred dollars we get from you and give it to a driver who just ran a red light and plowed down three pedestrians walking on the sidewalk so that he can get a more powerful engine put in his car.
Does this scenario seem at all fair to you? If it doesn’t then that means you’re sick of this progressive tax system we are currently stuck with. If it does then it means you’re an idiot.

The simple fact of the matter is that if you bring home anything less than $100,000/year, then you cannot honestly say that you’ve worked as hard as you could have. It’s people like this that need a firm reminder that they will get nowhere in this country without a good strong work ethic. Taxes should serve to motivate those less industrious people to put in those extra weekend shifts at Burger King if they hope to have enough to pay both their tax bill and rent come April. I obviously don’t need such a reminder and therefore should not have to pay a single cent in taxes!

Bottom line, the wealthy should not have to pay taxes just because they have more than enough money to meet their basic needs. I’ve heard people say that taxes are the price you pay for living in a country that actually allows you to acquire so much wealth. It’s supposedly giving back to a country that has given you so much. To this I say that I’ve already contributed more than enough to this country by actually working to my potential and fulfilling the American dream.

35 Comments:

At June 19, 2006 1:08 AM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Wow. I have to say, you really make a guy THINK! Regardless of our ideological differences, which really seem to be quite vast, you are obviously a brilliant man and deep thinker. We need more "common sense" arguments like this one from the right, who generally come off as "dumber than a box of rocks" to we "Liberal heathens", if there is ever any hope for us to bridge the gap and drop the rhetoric, and solve this country's problems.

Thank you so very much for attempting to reach across the party lines like you are doing with this blog, by reminding us that there is only one "God", and He despises liberalism in every form with the sole exception of that liberalism which His one and only hippy Son espoused.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for bringing some common sense and critical thinking to the GOP. Your great writings are a breath of fresh air indeed.

 
At June 19, 2006 1:25 AM, Anonymous Amazed and Frightened said...

Wow, you are insane. I won't even mention how you do not understand the reasons for taxes...ie fund a government, not punish its citizens.

What I'll take issue with is your comment "The simple fact of the matter is that if you bring home anything less than $100,000/year, then you cannot honestly say that you’ve worked as hard as you could have. It’s people like this that need a firm reminder that they will get nowhere in this country without a good strong work ethic."

My father, a lifelong Republican because he shared some ideology with you in his disdain for taxes, never made $100,000, but I guarantee you one day in his line of work, plastering walls and tiling floors, and you would crumble. You've never worked so hard. I guarantee that.

So in simple terms, FU. And this isn't coming from some jobless liberal as you put it. Show some class and stop equating money with value.

 
At June 19, 2006 1:30 AM, Anonymous Still Frightened and Confused said...

Wow and you subject all your comments to your approval before they go up. You should be ashamed of yourself. Have some balls. Print what I just sent in. If not, do me a favor. Look in the mirror and honestly ask yourself, is life worth living? I'd be interested in what your hollow life prompted you to say. Go cram some dollar bills up your ass.

I'll still vote Republican when I want to, but God forbid people like you are taken seriously. If they are, I'm quite scared. Go work hard ... Oh, I know you've never seen a real day of work in your life. It's the working man that votes Republican because we hold on to the American Dream that someday we'll amass the wealth to pass on to our families, but apparently we don't work hard enough since most of us don't make $100,000.

 
At June 19, 2006 1:52 AM, Anonymous God loves me than you said...

I think we should tax them homosexuals more. They don't have any kids (Thank sweet Jesus!), so they can afford it. Serves them for their godless lifestyle.

Probably should tax the Jews more too. Speilberg and his cronies are all rich Hollywood types, so they can affort it. Serves them right for make those godless movies.

And those rappers, they should get taxed more too. They're always going on about all their "bling" (whatever that is). Serves them right for making all those godless rap music.

With just a few adjustments to the tax code, you and I and other good Christians wouldn't have to our stock options be unfairly burdened by all that tax nonsense. Let those godless sinners pay.

 
At June 19, 2006 3:57 AM, Anonymous Conservative Patriot said...

Absolutely! I, like you, am sick to death of being EXPECTED to hand over money that I, as an industrious citizen, have managed to accumulate through my hard work and initiative.

The Government should be THANKING me for not being a burdensome lower-income person, rather than PENALIZING me for not needing any of their so-called "services."

 
At June 19, 2006 8:28 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

gun-toting liberal: You are more baffling that most liberals I have run into. You seem to acknowledge my deep insight and yet still choose to believe in the same wrong-headed liberal principles. I wonder, if you're actively trying to anger God.

Also I have another problem with your comment. I would never make an attempt to "reach across party lines" unless it was to throttle the liberals on the other side.

 
At June 19, 2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

(still) frightened and afraid: Isane?!?! How is wanting more of my own money in my pocket insane?

And if we don't use wealth to guage the value of people how else can we do this. You see the market has already done the work of classifying people as hard working or lazy (good or bad). There really isn't a better way of making those kinds of distinctions.

Also, I've published your comments proving to everyone that I have plenty of balls.

 
At June 19, 2006 9:04 AM, Anonymous KJ said...

I'm not sure whether to laugh or to be afraid, very afraid when satire is not recognized. Perhaps I am amazed AND frightened.

 
At June 19, 2006 9:09 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

conservative patriot: Amen, brother. I don't even drive on a fraction of the roads that my taxes currently pay for. It's completely absurd.

 
At June 19, 2006 9:16 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

god loves me more than you: I find your ideas very interesting. But we don't want to fall into the same trap we are in with our current tax system.

I want the tax code to be so simple that your tax form can fit on a post card. This post card would look something like this:

1. Do you have enough money to easily pay for taxes this year without financially crippling your family? Yes or No

2. If you answered "No" to the above question please send the contents of your wallet to the IRS along with a signed letter promising to work harder next year.

 
At June 19, 2006 5:33 PM, Blogger Herman B. Hayes said...

amazed and frightened: What a coincidence! I too am amazed and frightened. I am amazed that God has not immolated you where you stand, and frightened that you will somehow be standing near me when he chooses to do so. Also, on the topic of working hard, it would do you well to understand how hard it is to respond to morons like you day after day.

 
At June 19, 2006 11:11 PM, Anonymous Ry said...

Wow. Thank you. You are doing more to harm the conservative party than I could ever do as a single free-floating liberal. I appreciate your contribution.

 
At June 20, 2006 2:54 AM, Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bravo! Very well said. The death tax is gonna be the ruination of this great country. Why should a multimillionaire have to pay a tax on the money his children will inherit? That's un-American. We need more millionaires; they will serve as an incentive for lazy potsmoking welfare recipients to get off their asses and look for work.

 
At June 20, 2006 9:54 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

ry: We are forging the Republican Party in the fires of God's fury. Feel free to continue shaking your head on the sidelines while we sanctify our party and make it stronger than ever. Also, get used to being a member of the minority party because that isn't going to change anytime soon.

tom harper: Yes, the death tax is very unfair and again it's one of those things that really hurts the best Americans.

I try to serve as an example to all Americans of what they could be if they only worked hard. Without having to pay taxes I could easily afford to buy the new H3 Hummer. As it stands I'll have to do my best motivating my fellow Americans with my two H2's.

 
At June 20, 2006 9:32 PM, Anonymous illotus said...

God and greed are the same word with different letters in the middle. I have highly profitable insights such as this one because I am smarter and richer than you. Plus I own my church.

Get to work.

 
At June 20, 2006 9:42 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

illotus: Here's one for you, smart guy, you're just a few "clever insights" away from the enternal damnation. Maybe you and Satan and play anagram games together while you're there. Surely he would appreciate your superior intellect.

I too own a church, it is this blog. You have just entered my church and spit upon its floor. Clean up your mess and leave.

 
At June 20, 2006 9:51 PM, Anonymous illotus said...

"Church", indeed. Laundromat is more like it. I leave you to your rolls of quarters and your Maytags overwrought with renters' suds.

 
At June 21, 2006 2:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my...How the Lord works in mysterious ways. I just recently found this blog and I am delighted to find REAL GENUINE GOD FEARING MANLY CONSERVATIVES ON THIS INTERNETS!! I too believe I shouldn't be paying so much in taxes. I inherited a fairly large estate and business ( at the age of 19....I'm 45 now) and have been buredened by rampant taxation for years prior to our current administration. Thank God for Bush!! Speaking of Bush,I wish he could do something regarding child support payments. I married my wife at the age of 28 (she was 17)my little woman has never worked a day in her life. She stays home and watches the kids and that sort of thing. But many years ago I was seduced by a very wicked woman. My secretary. She was an evil woman (she worked part-time at my business-family business whilst she was still enrolled in highschool). Yep. This young lass had become pregnant. I asked her to terminate the pregnancy (if she had not seduced me ,I would never have had such horrible thoughts). She refused,I summarily terminated her employment at my business. I was thirty at the time of this darkened period of my life. I've been paying child support ever since the birth of her child. I just send payments.I've seen the kid maybe a couple of times. I'm busy with work and taking care of my family,so I really don't have time to visit the past.I earn more than a hundred grand a year,and now the woman thinks I should buy this kid a car! Isn't she happy with my 200 dollars a week? Whew! Good thing I have friends in the court system.Why must some of us be so burdened? And why add to that burden with an elevated level of taxation? Heck,I just gassed/filled up the SUV this evening...That darned sales tax.I do believe I have paid enough in taxes for the day thank you very much! I love the work you're doing here...Good to see a GENUINE christian conservative blog on the nets. Lord knows,the internets are burdened with an abundance of anti-american liberal heathen blogs. ..Sorry for a somewhat lengthy post and rant. I gotta go watch Bill O Reilly via Tivo.

 
At June 21, 2006 11:36 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

illotus: Well, I suppose I'll have to do my best to get over the overwhelming sting of having my blog likened to a Laundromat.

Although, I thought you homosexuals were supposed to have a way with words. Your inability to come up with a decent metaphor tells me different.

Maybe you're one of those gays who are good at art instead of writing. I can only assume you're gay because of the overwhelming hatred I have in my heart for you.

 
At June 21, 2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Matt P. said...

Mr. Steele, I'm amused by these statements of yours, "You see, taxation is, and always has been, a form of punishment. You force people to pay money to deter them from committing a certain act. You are fined for speeding or littering so that you will think twice before doing either of these again." I can't determine if you really believe all that or you are just trying to provoke an argument.
Well, you got one statement right. We are fined for speeding and littering. But, what does that have to do with taxes? Fines and user fees are NOT taxes. You caused yourself to be fined by your personal actions. If you obey the law, you won't be fined. We fine lawbreakers. Which is exactly as it should be!
And taxes are Not a form of punishment. Taxes are the revenue used to pay the bills of goverment. We are not taxed because some group of people decided you had too much money. And that some one else should have it instead. The Liberals you blame for everything have not had any power to do these things since 2001. The Republicans are NOW responsible for this enormous national debt. And they should step up to the plate amd take responsibility for their actions.
You pay taxes because you benefit from what it pays for. Things like the Air Force, Navy, and Army defending your freedoms against terrorists. Should those military people work for free? How would you suggest we get the money. Should all those guns, bombs, and jet fuel be free? If so, that would hurt all your capitalist friends who are making huge profits selling war materials and fuel, and getting reduced taxes, while others are sacrificing their lives. If you and I, and others, didn't pay taxes, then how would you pay the wages for the FBI, CIA, NSA wiretapping, and for the SEC which helps keep your money from being stolen from you through your stock market investments. I would like to have an answer.
I wish there was a way to illustrate this point by allowing all people, who don't want any of their money to go to taxes, who foolishly crys its a form of punishment, to keep all their money. But, you must realize then, that those people would then lose all their protection. If you got robbed or killed, no police or FBI would bother investigating the crime. After all, you didn't feel obligated to help pay those expenses for those employees. If your neighbor's house caught fire and, thus, burned part of your's the fire department would come and put out the fire in your neighbor's house, but, let your's burn. You see, if no taxes then no government, no police, etcetera and we would all be fending for ourselves, hunkered down with rifles, and forming protective associations.
When you go to the store and get eggs and bread, you pay for them. They are not free! It is the same with police, fire department and rescue equipment, military, coast guard, county real estate records offfices, and on and on are not free. Its not perfect. Do you have a better solution? I would like to hear it.
Who is making this claim that you wrote, "Since when did being financially successfully and having more than enough money to sustain your self become a crime?" Who is claiming its a crime? You use the false argument method of setting up a strawman and pretending that someone is actually claiming that certain thing. And then you set about shooting down the false target you have setup. Pretending that you just defeated some liberal argument. Which didn't actually exist to begin with.
People who drink too much Limbaugh Kool-Aid eventually get indigestion - sometimes extreme indigestion.
I hope that you can tear yourself away from making money long enough to take time to enlighten me. Here's your opportunity to completely embarrass me, in front of an audience, and show everybody how stupid this progressive is.

 
At June 21, 2006 9:17 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

matt p: Finally figured out the correct place to post your comment, did you?

Now, on to the matter at hand, making you look like a fool...

I actually did propose a better solution than our progressive tax system, maybe you should go back and read the post. My idea is simple, a stiffer penalty (tax) for those making less than $100,000/yr.

Only the rich pay taxes and that needs to stop!

 
At June 21, 2006 10:42 PM, Anonymous illotus said...

Given your coy nature (First response: "Go away." Second response: "No, wait, I was just playing hard to get, let's spat instead.") your "latency" is showing.

Although your sort, given the anal addiction, tend to be useful as bookkeepers, you make lousy business people. Always with the fussy-fuss.

Myself I had castrated several decades ago. My income increased ten-fold in less than six months. It's enough that women adore me for my money and (an admitted failing) my manual skills as well. I happen to be left-handed, which drives them wild. Out of compassion, I charge them $1,500 per hour -- $2,000 if they are over 21.

Enjoy your Maytags, Woo.

 
At June 22, 2006 8:38 AM, Blogger Matt P. said...

Mr Steele, as usual, you avoid engaging in any meaningful or civil dialogue. You seem to immensely enjoy ridicule and substitute that for answers to questions. You also have seem to be of the opinion that your opinions are equal to actual facts. Gratuitous ridicule, provocation, and labeling do not intimidate me at all.
So, you think that persons making under a $100,000 should pay a penalty. In addition to their taxes? This your solution? I am retired, but, still pay taxes. Do you think that I should pay a penalty if I make less than $100,000 per year? And if a farmer had a bad year due to a big flood, he should pay a penalty? Huh?
I take it then that you would evidentally say that God's method, the tithe is wrong because, under that system, the more you make, the more you tithe. And God does not penalize the poor. As a matter of fact Jesus wants us to help the needy. Then they might be able to rise above their condition.
Also, you never did explain why you believe God hates me. I actually don't want God to hate me. So, please be kind enough to let me know why God hates me? If you were truly a Christian, you would be concerned about my soul and where I would spend eternity.

 
At June 22, 2006 4:55 PM, Blogger Herman B. Hayes said...

matt p: If you intend to write a book, I suggest you send it to a publishing house, not us. Thanks.

 
At June 22, 2006 5:47 PM, Blogger Matt P. said...

So, as I thought, you don't have any answers.
Can you remember back when you graduated from school. Most graduates get a job right after graduation which would mean they would ordinarily only be employed for half that year. Since, its not likely they make $100,000 their first year, and maybe several subsequent year because they are just getting started, should they pay a penalty? In your first year of employment would you have granted yourself an exemption?

 
At June 23, 2006 8:12 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

illotus: I thank the Lord that I have no idea what you're talking about. If I could understand that incomprehensible string of letters you posted then I would be at best retarded and at worst completely insane. Thanks, Jesus.

 
At June 23, 2006 8:22 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

matt p: Matt before you leave here, warmed by your own smug sense of self-satisfaction I would like to let you in on a little secret.

Nobody likes people who question authority and you've inadvertently stumbled across two of the biggest moral authorities on the internet.

You're probably one of those people who would like to ask President Bush why we want to war in Iraq. Maybe you would ask him why he "overstated the case to get us there." This is an incredibly obnoxious character trait and I think it's something you should really work on.

We won't address your questions because you refuse to address us with the proper respect and reverence. Maybe once you’ve changed your attitude and stop trying to read our words so critically we can engage in more civil dialogue about how wise Herman and I are.

 
At June 23, 2006 1:51 PM, Blogger Matt P. said...

So, you can't answer my questions.

Be aware, you don't get respect by demanding it. You get it by earning it. If you are trying to anger me into retaliation with insults, be advised they have no effect on me.

You earn my respect by treating me also civily, which I have done to you, and by answering my honest questions.

Of course you may invoke priviledge and refuse to answer, but remember, I didn't put the holes in your libertarian theories on taxes. they were already there; I just pointed them out.

 
At June 24, 2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Ian Nayne said...

People who are rich have a rich mentality. People who are poor have a poor mentality. God hates poor people. End of story. The more you earn, the closer proximity to God one tends to be.

 
At June 30, 2006 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its so funny how these conservatives think they have god's favor. even though greed in a mortal sin, they think they're righteous! how do people so mentally inept manage to use a computer keyboard?

 
At July 01, 2006 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 18:25)
- Jesus Christ

May God have mercy on your souls.

 
At July 08, 2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous GB Wiser said...

Anonymous: Noticed your reference to "greed." It's amazing how the meaning of that word has been so twisted. If you want to keep what you earned, you're GREEDY. If you want what someone else earned, you're one of the sainted NEEDY.

 
At October 23, 2008 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog! I hope many many many people see this. I can't wait for independent minded thinkers to read this, shake their heads, and then vote Democratic because they see that right wing fanatics like you are insane and should have no power in government.

If you could also link to articles by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, it would be very much appreciated.

Again thank you!

 
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