April 13, 2012

Phineas Fahrquar:

Dan shows why we need to fight any VAT tooth and nail, unless the income tax is repealed altogether.

Originally posted on International Liberty:

Why are taxes so much higher in Europe, consuming 46 percent of economic output compared to 32 percent of GDP in America? Is it because nations such as France, Greece, and Sweden have adopted the kind of class-warfare policies that Obama wants for the United States?

Surprisingly, the answer is no.

As explained by Veronique de Rugy, the United States actually has a more “progressive” tax code than European nations. The corporate tax rate is higher in the United States than in any European country, and the double taxation of dividends and capital gains also is far above the European average. Western European nations tend to impose higher tax rates on personal income, so the overall tax burden on the “rich” is roughly comparable on both sides of the Atlantic.

Since the United States and European nations impose somewhat similar tax burdens on upper-income taxpayers, what accounts…

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Hey, kids! Did you know alligators have sharp teeth, too?

April 13, 2012

"You mean he wasn't a complimentary snack?"

This must be the day for “dangerous animals meet dumb people” stories:

Authorities in Louisiana say a 6-foot alligator showed up at the front door of a Super 8 Motel outside Baton Rouge and bit a guest.

(…)

Matt Marszal, the motel’s front desk clerk, says the gator bit one of the motel guests who tried to catch it before Animal Control workers showed up.

The alligator was subdued by Animal Control in five minutes and taken away, while the would-be gator-wrangler wound up in the hospital. No word on if he still has all his limbs.

Guess this makes him qualified to run for governor.

via @nettie_b

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Dear Vermont: Your governor isn’t very bright

April 13, 2012

My food! MINE!!

Even a city-boy like me knows that, in a contest between “huge hairy animal with claws and teeth” and “middle-aged man in PJs,” claws and teeth win.

Memo to Governor Shumlin: Let the bear have the food!

Shumlin says he was in bed in his rented Montpelier home late Wednesday night when he heard what turned out to be four bears in the backyard.

He says he looked out and saw the bears, including two cubs. (1) He tried to chase the bears away, but they kept coming back.

Shumlin says he ran out barefoot in an attempt to rescue his birdfeeders. He says one of the bears charged him on the porch.

Vermont came within three feet of having to call a special election.

At least Governor Palin would have remembered to bring the rifle. Governor Shumlin, on the other hand, is not smarter than the average bear.

Footnote:
(1) And what part of “momma grizzly” does this guy not understand?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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