Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Today is Inauguration Day

You know what to do.

13 comments:

jetbanana said...

God Bless President Bush.

oyster said...

And bless Big Time, Scooter, and Wolfie too! Without them, where would we be?

Ian McGibboney said...

Watching the inaugural festivities made me pissed off all over again. If ever American leaders looked snarkier, prouder or more smug, then I've never seen that footage. This $40-million ceremony (security paid for from funds diverted from DC Homeland Security) was established to show who's boss once and for all. I didn't hear the speech, but some analysts were criticizing it for its apparent mediocrity. They said the theme in it was bipartisanship, which, judging by the inauguration, is defined as "having John Kerry in the gallery to be jeered."

Here's to the death of free speech and the long-standing practice of stingy wartime inaugurations. And four more years of inspired writing.

The Manning Report said...

Wow someone is still bitter about Nov. 2.

Ian McGibboney said...

Are you kidding? I'm still bitter about 2000!

Phillip said...

I choose to look on the plus side. It's four more years of me feeling smarter than I really am every time Bush says something, four more years of watching right-wingers desperately try to defend horrible and embarrassing decisions, and four more years of unscripted entertainment as Bush tries to explain foreign policy, economics, "values", math, spelling, everything, and sharing love with our OBGYN's.

Ragin Cajun said...

"This $40-million ceremony was established to show who's boss once and for all."

Yeah baby! Uh... That would be us! Given the choice between wasting time and money fighting over the outcome of an election that the republicans obviously won (a la 2000) and having a party, I'll take the party.

I'm glad we're all clear on who's boss too.

Phillip said...

I don't understand why Republicans keep saying "we won". If your guy was truly the best for the country, then didn't everybody win?

If John Kerry had been victorious, I'd be saying "America won", not just "we won".

But yeah, keep thinking about what's best for half the country (which is, in reality, what's only best for about 1% of the country).

Ian McGibboney said...

Not only that, Phizz, but it's the 49 percent who support Bush and are hurt by him most that are the ones strutting their stuff so much. The one percent of beneficiaries know better than to rock the boat with macho comments. They know that their gift is hanging on by a thread, and that the other 49 percent brags about it enough as it is.

Nick said...

I don't know about you guys, but I sure liked my tax cut. Though I'm not in the top 1%, it still saved me about $200-250 quarterly, which is 800-1000 for the year, and that's for a self-employed sucker like myself who will continue to get raped for reimbursment taxes and paying double in S.S. taxes.

Still, $800, that'll work for my down payment on my new truck this summer.

Ian McGibboney said...

Nick, under a progressive tax plan you'd be getting a hell of a lot more than that. Why you so eagerly defend the mere bone that's been thrown at you I'll never understand. Furthermore, if you care so much about lowering your payroll taxes then you would not support the Republican tax platform of flat taxes and regressive taxation.

But if you want to spend what little tax break you get on what I assume will be a huge, gas-guzzling behemoth, then fine with me. Now that's freedom.

Nick said...

1. A cut is a cut. The reason I didn't receive more is b/c the gov't still insists on me paying double the S.S. taxes of people who are regular employees for a company.

2. I think a flat tax is better. Why penalize someone who worked hard to be successful. If that's the case, and I'm ever lucky to earn enough to be in the top 5%, or better, 2%, I'll just stop working as hard to avoid being in that class and paying outrageous taxes.

3. I'm not going to buy a gas-guzzler. I'm on the road too much for that. I'm looking at just a simple Chevy Silverado or GMC's version of that, the Sierra. I just want something to be able to pull my 17 ft. aluminum boat I plan on buying in the next 12-18 mo.

Ian McGibboney said...

"A cut is a cut."

A tax cut is NOT a cut, just as a $1 profit is not the same as a million-dollar profit. Which one would you rather have? Or are you just content with saying you made a profit, no matter how small?

"the gov't still insists on me paying double the S.S. taxes of people who are regular employees for a company."

I like how you're joining in on the Republican chorus that Social Security must be destroyed as if it caused 9/11. Look, dude, Social Security is the least of your worries. Odds are you're paying more in FICA taxes and for medical insurance than an employee. And the reason you pay more SS is because you don't have an employer paying half of it for you. But unlike FICA and medical insurance, SS money will be there for you when you retire. It's yours, unless you let your government take that away or, even worse, give it to you to piss away in this lousy stock market. If SS is privatized, many people will LOSE EVERYTHING. It won't come back! Are you ready to foot your parents' bills for the rest of their lives? A lot of people aren't.

"I think a flat tax is better."

A flat tax cuts not one dollar from payroll taxes. As a freelancer, you'd see no benefit (and probably more of a burden) if that went into effect. Flat taxes do nothing to address payroll taxes (such as your favorite, SS), that affect the first $61,000 of your paycheck. The flat tax also slashes all taxes on investments, the basic statement being, "The harder you work for your money, the more we will tax you." Is it any surprise, then, that Steve Forbes was a leading proponent of this idea?

"If that's the case, and I'm ever lucky to earn enough to be in the top 5%, or better, 2%, I'll just stop working as hard to avoid being in that class and paying outrageous taxes."

No one should base their stance on taxes on the assumption that they will ever reach the top 2 percent of earners. That's very selfish even if it does happen. The top two percent of American earners could probably fit in my bedroom; it's a very elitist group. Even some of those who are in it, such as Bill Gates' father, will cop to the fact that they need to pay more taxes than they currently do. It's all about supporting the economic engine that allows people to get rich in the first place!

"I just want something to be able to pull my 17 ft. aluminum boat I plan on buying in the next 12-18 mo."

Well, more power to you. Those are still gas-guzzlers, though. Don't you want to buy a house before you get a boat? Is there good fishing in Houston?