cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
I listened to Senator Joe Biden telling me and the rest of the country that those of us who pay income taxes needed to pay more. He went on to tell me how patriotic that would make me feel.
Given that some 48% of Americans do not pay any income tax today, I guess they are being deprived of the patriotic feeling.
Given that some 5% of Americans pay 80% of the income taxes paid in America today, I can only imagine how patriotic they must feel every day as they awake to the knowledge that they'll be paying even more taxes.
Senator Biden has served more than three decades in the Senate, and has probably made nearly every gaffe possible over the course of those thirty-some years. I don't know that this statement was a gaffe so much as it was testimony to the fact that he and many more of our politicians are so out of touch as to be laughable...if it didn't hurt so much when I laugh.
It was this ruling elite that aided and abetted those who led Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. It was this ruling elite that made it possible for those who had no business buying homes to become homeowners...for a few months until it caught up with them...so we all could bail them out without having learned a life lesson that most of us have come to understand.
Our scheme of income taxation began a long time ago. It was well-intended then but has grown out of control. Our tax laws today represent a gigantic tumor sucking the very lifeblood from the economy.
But...we'll all feel more patriotic if we'll just send a few more dollars on to Washington so that the grand old "income redistribution" scheme called the tax code can continue to dole out money to earn votes for those doing the doling.
And, contrary to the current elitist mantra, taxes are too high, and those taxes threaten our very existence. Government does nothing to earn any money, but it is capable of spending ours as if there is no tomorrow. And, they may succeed at the rate they're going...maybe there will someday be no tomorrow.
Interestingly enough, none of the elitists appear to be at all worried about where their next free meal is coming from.
Even Rep. Charlie Rangel, head of the committee that oversees tax code, has to pay taxes...except he doesn't seem able to understand that as well as he ought. But, that's okay. He has hired a forensic tax accountant to help him obfuscate even further so that he can maintain his office and his appointment and thereby continue to devise new schemes to take more of our money from us to be given to those who haven't yet learned that we're all expected to work and contribute.
On the other hand, maybe they're the smart ones.