Cut taxes, not checks

So says Congressman James Sensenbrenner. Today he voted against HR 5140. Except he wants to jump start the economy “by eliminating federal income tax withholdings for a month or two.”

Could we eliminate a month or two of pork barrel spending instead?


  1. The so-called stimulus package is nothing more than an election year ploy to buy votes. The baloney that people who pay no taxes or who live on social security should get a rebate is nothing more than socialism at its worst…a giant transfer of wealth from the taxpayers to the non-taxpayers. Of course, the ignorant voters will lap it all up and vote for the guy that gives them “something for nothing”. We are definitely on the way to economic ruin.

  2. Shawn Matson says:

    Yep, we’re all stuck on a school bus to hell–and i’m driving!

  3. Guinness out of a can isn’t real Guinness.

    I need to work up a full post about this issue. It’s a tough one that deserves more than comments only.

  4. Let’s see now.

    If the object of the legislation is to reward taxpayers for being obedient boys and girls, then – yes – I’d say that ‘rebates’ ought to go only to taxpayers. Then the old folks can just sit back and wait for the mini-stimulus to happen.

    If, on the other hand, the object of the legislation is to get money into the hands of people most likely to spend it immediately, thereby lighting a torch under our frozen economy, then I’d say that ‘hand outs’ ought to be given to both workers and retired folks, as both groups are spenders in the economy.

    We are quickly reaching a point in our history where it will no longer be possible to consider excluding retirees from government handouts. This year marks the first year in which ‘yuppies’ became eligible to receive Social Security. As a result, in a very short time retirees will become the majority voice in America. When that time comes, I can assure you that Mr. Sensenbrenner – or his successor in congress – will not consider excluding retirees from enjoying an extra slice of the pie when dessert time arrives.

    In either event, it is well to know that the money distributed during this fiasco will only disappear from the treasury temporarily. Once the pols have gotten themselves successfully through the current voting season, that great IRS vacuum will once again emit it’s familiar sucking sound, indicating that the party is over, and it’s time to pay the bill.

    Enjoy your slice!

  5. True about the brewery. Check out my facebook profile pic. You can always friend me!