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A New Year

Well, it’s a new year, and I’ve already missed on my first resolution, which was to post something every day. OK, so I’ve already revised it to posting something at least five times a week.

Anyway, while I’ve been off between Christmas and New Year, I’ve been catching up on Penn & Teller’s Bullshit program on Showtime. One of the episodes I had not seen was the one they did on taxes. And if you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. One of the points made in the episode (by Dick Armey, no less) is a point I’ve made in the past several times – namely that the sole purpose of taxes is to raise the money necessary for the government to carry out is Constitutionally mandated functions. So this is one of the themes I will be posting on this year: The capriciousness of the tax system. It seems especially appropriate given the current “Fiscal Cliff” scam.

The other theme I will stress in the inadequacy of our education system. I was fortunate in that our parents sent us to private schools instead of public schools. Many might find that ironic considering that my Mom was a public school teacher. But, as it turns out, two of the professions most likely to send their kids to private school are politicians and public school teachers. Makes one wonder what they know that so many parents don’t.

fiat lux!

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