Sunday, December 2, 2007

SOME FUN FACTS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM…

Dennis Kucinich claims to have seen a UFO.
So does Jimmy Carter.
For which they have both been vilified and mocked and ridiculed by the right-wing pundits and not-so-pundit.

Ronald Reagan claimed to have seen two UFOs.
But continues to be held up as the paragon of the right-wing. Hmmmm.

The U. S. is ranked number one for “competitiveness” in business, according to the World Economic Forum.

But according to the same group, the U. S. ranks 69th for “primary-school enrollment” and 75th in “ability to fend off organized crime,” 89th for “the level of government debt” and 107th for savings rate.

According to the same rankings, three of the top ten most competitive countries, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, have exorbitant taxes on the wealthy, which seems to have no impact on their capacity to be competitive and give their citizens longer lives of better quality than most of ours.

Hmmmm.

Depending on how you interpret the numbers, violent deaths in Iraq have decreased since the “surge”—

BUT Iraq is ranked “the third most corrupt country in the world” after Somalia and Mynamar (according to Transparency International).

According to a NY Times article “Some American officials estimate that as much as a third of what they spend on Iraqi contracts and grants ends up unaccounted for or stolen, with a portion going to Shiite or Sunni militias.”

In the same article it was noted that Iraq’s top anti-corruption official estimated that “$18 billion” [that’s BILLION] “in Iraqi government money” [which means our taxpayer money] has “been lost to various stealing schemes since 2004.”

He said that just before he fled the country “after 31 of his agency’s employees were killed over a three year period.”

I’m just saying: Hmmmmmm.

1 comment:

james.d.mckenna said...

Taxation- If the object of taxation is to raise funds for the state there is a point of diminishing returns where the amount collected actually goes down as the rates go up. If taxation is supposed to be a form of punishment then the higher the better. The Bush tax cut resulted in tax receipts surging. It seems to have turned into a "soak the rich scheme".
Note: The Fair Tax proposal (level consumption tax on purchases with 0% tax on low income people and 23% on everyone else) has worked extroidinarily well in Ireland, Russia and other eastern European nations. Ireland originally started at 18% and lowered to 12%. Some eastern european nations have also dropped their rate because tax collection exceeded expectations by 20%.