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August 23rd, 2008 | Author:


Robert Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen … has crisscrossed the country as part of his V3 Campaign asking presidential candidates how they would partner with nonprofit groups. Egger described the sector as “balkanized,” with many competing for funding and often overlapping in missions and services.

I don’t know about you, but this scares the pants off me, just like Bush’s “faith-based initiatives.” What Egger needs to realize is that the free market which he complains about, is the same free market that lets him run his kitchen as he sees fit. As soon as he accepts a government hand-out, he accepts government regulation. When he accepts government regulation, his non-profit becomes nothing more than another inefficient government bureaucracy.

If he wants to continue to run his charity, he should become familiar with its definition. Charity is a voluntary action.

  1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
  2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
  3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
  4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.

Taxation, by its definition, is not.

  1. A contribution for the support of a government required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that government.
  2. A fee or dues levied on the members of an organization to meet its expenses.
  3. A burdensome or excessive demand; a strain.

Those of us who prefer to choose our own charities would appreciate it if Egger and company would keep their hands out of our pockets. There is nothing charitable about taxation.

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February 26th, 2008 | Author:

Inflation, depression, stag-flation – the economy presents a gloomy picture no matter who’s report you look at. The folks in Washington won’t approve, because complications keep them in business, but I have a simple solution: reduce government spending, which translates into reduced taxes, which gives us more money to buy gas and food.

Given our two-party system, however, this is just about the impossible dream. The Republicans would be glad to cut spending on social programs, while they increase the military budget. The Democrats would be glad to cut military spending, while they increase the social budget. And nobody wants to give up the pork barrel projects that keep them in Washington.

So here’s my solution: Arbitrarily, with no exceptions allowed, every part of the budget gets reduced by 10% this year. Then next year, we repeat the process. After we do this for five or six years in a row, then we can start looking at individual items to see where we can make some serious cuts.

Think it’ll pass?

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February 15th, 2008 | Author:

The cost of government benefits for seniors soared to a record $27,289 per senior in 2007, according to a USA TODAY analysis. And the baby boomers aren’t even included in these figures yet – just wait until 2011.

I offered a solution for this problem a couple weeks ago, but obviously the right people haven’t read it yet. Maybe I should go work for the budget office.

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February 05th, 2008 | Author:

Bush’s proposed $3.1 trillion budget means nothing to me, because I don’t know what a trillion is. The $400 billion deficit doesn’t mean much more. Maybe my brain is lacking, but I just can’t relate to these numbers. So I’m making an attempt to get a handle on this.

First, I looked numbers up on Wiktionary to see how many zeroes we’re talking about:

ten 10
hundred 100
thousand 1,000
ten thousand 10,000
hundred thousand 100,000
million 1,000,000
ten million 10,000,000
hundred million 100,000,000
billion 1,000,000,000
ten billion 10,000,000,000
hundred billion 100,000,000,000
trillion 1,000,000,000,000

So a trillion has 12 zeroes. About the biggest number that I can really understand is $100,000. For about $100,000 I could buy a 2008 Jaguar XK and a 2008 Honda Accord. So $100,000 equals a dream car and a good car. Let’s do some math.

$1 million = 10 Jaguars and 10 Hondas
$1 billion = 10 thousand Jaguars and 10 thousand Hondas
$400 billion deficit = 4 million Jaguars and 4 million Hondas
$3.1 trillion = 31 million Jaguars and 31 million Hondas

Bush’s budget would buy 62 million cars – more than 7 cars each for every person in New York City. The deficit alone would buy every person in New York City one car. Just imagine the traffic jams – that’s something I can understand!

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