Two stories from the news wire today just have me totally baffled. I’m not always thinking “we’re doomed”, but if the Obama administration is considering a national sales tax of 10 percent or more, and has a dork working for him who thinks painting all the roofs in the world white will help stop global warming, we may just be doomed.
Today’s Washington Post has a story from Lori Montgomery on the value added tax (VAT) idea. Washington politicians are looking for more ways to generate revenue, take away our freedom and give everyone health care. Oh crap…
At a White House conference earlier this year on the government’s budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to consider a VAT. A recent flurry of books and papers on the subject is attracting genuine, if furtive, interest in Congress. And last month, after wrestling with the White House over the massive deficits projected under Obama’s policies, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee declared that a VAT should be part of the debate.
“There is a growing awareness of the need for fundamental tax reform,” Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in an interview. “I think a VAT and a high-end income tax have got to be on the table.”
A VAT is a tax on the transfer of goods and services that ultimately is borne by the consumer. Highly visible, it would increase the cost of just about everything, from a carton of eggs to a visit with a lawyer. It is also hugely regressive, falling heavily on the poor. But VAT advocates say those negatives could be offset by using the proceeds to pay for health care for every American — a tangible benefit that would be highly valuable to low-income families.
Liberals dispute that notion. “You could pay for it regressively and have people at the bottom come out better off — maybe. Or you could pay for it progressively and they’d come out a lot better off,” said Bob McIntyre, director of the nonprofit Citizens for Tax Justice, which has a health financing plan that targets corporations and the rich.
Our second stupid idea of the day comes from the UK Telegraph. President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu thinks it’s a good idea to paint all the roofs white to combat global warming.
He [Chu] said lightening roofs and roads in urban environments would offset the global warming effects of all the cars in the world for 11 years.
“If you look at all the buildings and if you make the roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour and if you do that uniformally, that would be the equivalent of… reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years – just taking them off the road for 11 years,” he said.
No, this was not a story from The Onion, it was a statement made while Chu was attending a Nobel laureate Symposium! Oh crap…
yes, I know, the pet rock idea was not a stupid idea for the guy selling them, but it was certainly a stupid idea for the bozos who bought one. Are you buying what this administration is selling?