Jul 5, 2008

Nitwit Tidbits (July 4th Edition)

Greetings from Toledo Bend. I trust everyone had a nice 4th of July!

I had originally intended on updating Operation Kleinwatch from the lake house each day while I was out of town for the holiday, but this week was so pleasant that I chose to ignore Philip R. Klein's  inane gibberish on the Southeast Texas Political Review. I didn't turn my computer on until this morning, only to discover that Philip has posted more of the same old same old - nothing of substance through the week, although I did get a good laugh out of several of his articles.

For instance, Philip's Nitwit Tidbits this week are high comedy:

Your Taxes - Now at 30% of the GDP - meaning almost 30% of your income in one way or another is going to.....federal taxes.

How funny - Philip apparently read some of my past articles debunking his previous position on taxes:

From January 2, 2008

Adding insult to injury - you pay over 60% of your hard earned dollars to the government to have them tell you what you can do and how to do it.

From October 10, 2007

It just makes me sick knowing that over 63 cents of every dollar I make goes to taxes in one form or another.

From September 6, 2007

 We are on the edge right now with taxes hitting close to 64 cents on a dollar.

In each case, I quoted figures from the Tax Foundation:

In percentages, government at all levels now takes 32.7 percent of the nation's income.

Of course, we can always depend upon Philip to do the right thing:

We stand up and say we are wrong when we are wrong.

Note to Philip: you don't need to explain what GDP is. Most of us already know and you probably make sense to those who don't.

Your Fuel - The United States Government is making more money per gallon than the oil companies....for doing nothing. While the Government sits there and tells you what and where you cannot drill - they make more money than the guys out there drilling and putting their money on the line. Wow.

Philip never reveals his sources, primarily because he makes up most of his facts. However, I've debunked Philip's confusion over gas taxes before on several occasions before. This is truly a non-issue.

In reality, the federal government takes 18.4 cents on every gallon of gas in taxes, which is used to maintain U.S. highways, without which Philip would have a hard time driving his hummer 80 - 90 mph while talking on his cell phones.

Oil companies, on the other hand, make approximately 8 percent profit based on total revenues.  At $4.00 per gallon, that works out to about 32 cents per gallon.  But don't take my word for it, do the math yourself. Shell posted record oil profits last year of $18.7 billion, based on $220.9 billion in total revenues.  Exxon Mobil also posted a record year of about $40.6 billion, based on revenues of $404.5 billion.  That's a little less than 10 percent profit on every gallon of gas sold.

Here's the fact that Philip overlooked, profits for oil companies are based on a percentage - in other words, the higher prices go, the bigger profits are made.  Federal gas taxes are limited to just 18.4 cents per gallon, no matter what the cost per gallon.

Let's talk about business. Philip!

Your Government - At a time where money is getting really short for the lower and middle class - both candidates running for president want to ..... tax you more and grow the government.

Actually, Obama's tax plan is a tax redistribution, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation.  Lower and middle class taxpayers (those making under $250,000 per year) would pay much less in taxes, while the lower wage tax rates would roll back on those making above $250K annually. Most of that redistribution would come from taxes on capital gains and dividends, which would increase from 15% t0 28%. Obama's plan calls for reforming the AMT.

McCain's plan would permanently extend the lower tax rates from the Bush administration, which includes wages, dividends and capital gains. McCain has also pledged to end the AMT.

That's just a brief overview of both candidates positions on taxes, but more than enough to debunk Philip's idiot statement.  I'd love to discuss the real issues here, but Philip has to "talk educated" first.

Government Run Health Care - We have it. It is called Medicare and Medicaid. Is that the health care plan you want? We did not think so.

Question for Philip - does your mother and father use Medicare and Medicaid?  I thought so.

The Right To Bear Arms - Was almost taken away from you. Yes - the second amendment to the US Constitution was almost taken from you by four justices. If that is not a wake up call....tell us what is.

Previously debunked here, although Philip never commented on the wording of the Second Amendment, which specifically enumerates "a well-regulated" militia. 

Ironically, Philip refers to this as the "second amendment." If it's truly that important to him, why doesn't he follow standard grammatical rules and capitalize the Second Amendment. 

Anyone who would choose a silly Glock over a Sig Sauer or an AR15 chambered for a 9mm is an idiot, anyway.

The Iraq War - Silence from the media. Do you wonder why? Imagine that.

Typically, Philip is uninformed.  Here were a couple of Iraq topics I've been following over the past week:

Philip also missed the news from Afghanistan, where more soldiers were killed in June than in Iraq. This is not because Iraq occupation is going well, but rather because the Taliban is making a successful comeback in Afghanistan:

I'd love to discuss the real issues here, but Philip can't even keep up with his prerequisite reading.

Who You Want To Lead Us Into The Future In Jefferson County :

  • Jeff Branick 37 %
  • Mark Domingue 3 %
  • Miriam Johnson 3 %
  • A Republican 40 %
  • None Of The Above 18 %

Philip's poll is as biased as he is uninformed.  For instance, while he has a choice for "a Republican," he has no choice for, "a Democrat."  Furthermore, at least two of those choices will not run for Jefferson County Judge, while he left out two very obvious choices, both of whom have already expressed interest in the job.

We'll revisit this when after the campaign announcements are made.

Over 58% of the Jefferson County Population Wants Change - Listen up County Commissioners. Listen up.

According to whom?

Pow Wow Dance - Season ticket holders get screwed in a place where tradition is king - Port Neches. Stop crying - you voted for it. It will not be the first time your government will screw you? How about that bond issue?

This is a major issue that affects a whopping 29 season ticket holders. Notice the number of comments left on the Beaumont Enterprise story here.

Philip should be happy - with the wider seats in the new stadium, people like Philip Klein will no longer have to buy two seats.

The Need For A Divorce Kind Of Judge - Give us a frigging break. We walked down the courthouse today and not a court in session. We say when they work 7 hours a day running trials and are still backed up...come talk. More on this next week.

I'll revisit this when Philip prints more next week.

Unions Made At The Democrats - Seemingly the brains in the Unions in Jefferson County have kicked in. Seemingly they understand the more taxation the less there is for pay and the more they get taken away from their nest egg. And they are wondering why they support the D's?

According to whom?

In The End - We are all Americans. We all would lay down our lives for this country. Politics is what it is. Just politics. God Bless the USA. God Bless You. Even the ACLU.

If Philip truly believes this, he would focus on the commonalities that unite us all, rather than the differences that divide us.  No individual, organization, or political party has all the answers, except  perhaps Philip R. Klein.

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