Friday, June 06, 2003

And They Weren’t Swingin'

There's no place that government will not go if you let it. Seems that the EU has definite ideas about children's playgrounds.

I pray that we watch and learn from this European Union (of Concerned Wussies) foolishness. There are days that I fear we will not.
The Game is Up

Victor Davis Hanson has a NRO piece today that ROCKS. Okay, most of his pieces rock... but this one REALLY ROCKS.

Those that don't believe that 9/11/2001 did not change most everything... read it.
Tax Credit???
The US Senate yesterday passed a "tax credit" for low-income families. Under the provision, low-income, working families will get an additional $400 off of their Federal Income Tax liability for each child in their household. Sounds good, right?

You know how I feel about taxes, so you think I would be for it. There's just one problem... it's not a tax credit. It's welfare in disguise.

I fully support the tax credits and reductions FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THAT ACTUALLY PAY TAXES. This bill proposes to give $400 per child to families that, after exemptions and deductions, have a $0 tax liability. So... these people are not getting their own money (that they paid in income taxes through Federal payroll withholding) back. They're getting OUR MONEY.

Now, if the Congress wants to pass a welfare grant to working families... fine. I'm against it, but at least CALL IT WHAT IT IS. Watching the evening news, you are never told the truth about this and it makes those who oppose the bill appear to be keeping these struggling, working families from THEIR money... when it's not their money at all.

This couldn't be intentional on the media's part... could it?

It seems so simple to me. If individuals or families that have children actually pay federal income taxes, they should get a credit up to the amount that they actually pay.

Thursday, June 05, 2003

A Kindred Spirit!

I followed a link from Instapundit and found a fellow blogger here in Iowa. David Hogberg hosts Cornfield Commentary and he seems to have the same problem with the Des Moines Register that I have. David's blog has been around for at least over a year (his archives go back to 5/2002) and his responses to the Register Editorial Page are GREAT... insightful, funny and ruthless! If you are an Iowa resident and/or a frustrated Register reader, GO THERE NOW.

David was kind enough to add me to his Blogroll (I've finally returned the favor...) and my traffic has increased dramatically. I guess I'd better get off my duff and back to writing!