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Saturday, November 01, 2008

It's Just Money, Folks

As the Democratic candidate for president in 1960, John F. Kennedy told the story of the farmer who had planted some corn. "I hope I break even this year," he said to his neighbor. "I can sure use the money."

8 Comments:

Anonymous Lee said...

Excellent cartoon, John C., funny, well drawn (despite Jeremy's opinion) and right on the money for most fat cats!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you acquire your substantial wealth illegally or amorally?
Then why do you assume others did?
Let's say you are a doctor. You spend 9 years of your life studying your ass off, probably living in poverty. The years of residency mean you work 22 plus hours a day.Then you graduate with student loan payments that take 20 years to pay off.
Then you open an office. Any idea how much all that medical equipment costs?
Any idea how much insurance doctors pay because of the high rate of people suing?
And you are working 12 hour days, and may be called to the hospital day or night.
Most will have no hopes for any kind of family life.
And you begrudge those doctors the 500 k they make per year? Although most earn far, far less than that.
They already pay 35% of their salary in taxes. Now Obama wants them to pay 50% and more.
More than 35 % of the people in this country pay NO income taxes at all. According to Obama's plan, it will be more than 50%
Why should people who work their butts off have to take up the slack for the people who made the choice NOT to get a good education?
And by the way, the 250K "middle class" Obama won't tax has now gone down to 150K "middle class".
I've lived in two different countries in Europe. Both of which, like Italy, are socialist. They "spread the wealth".
From what I see, it takes away all the incentive for people to work hard. The harder they work, the more they pay in taxes, so it is no longer worth working hard. Welfare checks are almost as much as working full time.
People need to be careful what they wish for.
They just may get it.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great cartoon John! I never earned more than $50k a year and I have plenty with no inheritances. My daughter in law is a physician and doesn't begrudge her taxes. Anonymous sounds like he envies the poor. Roger

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

On the contrary Roger... I think Anonymous has a point. In this country (Aus) only around 1/3 to 1/2 the population is in paid employment. The rest are kept by the Government with taxes paid by those who are employed. Income tax rates are up around the 50% mark for high income earners (yes... usually professional people who have spent time energy and money to get where they have) The only leveller is the 10% Goods & Services tax which "everyone" pays.

High income tax rates certainly are a disincentive for those who are willing to work overtime and do the hard yards. Our system of taxing overtime has made people lazy and encouraged an unhealthy dependence on the welfare system with the attitude "why work when you can get paid to do nothing?" It's a huge burden on those who do work. And no country in their right mind would want to go down that track if they had the choice. Now we have the baby bonus... a $5000 one off cash incentive to produce babies! No guesses for which end of the demographic is rushing to cash in on this one! There has to be a healthy balance between the "greed" of capitalism and the "need" of socialism. Just my opinion of course.

Great cartoons John... all thought provoking and conducive to constructive discussion.

4:33 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

I know it's probably unpatriotic of me, Anon, but unlike most of America I believe in paying taxes on my ill-gained billions. I figure it's the least I can do to show my appreciation for living in this country, even though I know it keeps me from doing my duty as a citizen and helping to keep the world economy afloat by spending every penny I've got and running up enormous debt.

By the way, last I heard (today) Italy's not socialist. It's presently being led by Silvio Berlusconi, a right wing ladro I worked for once who is somewhere to the right of Ghengis Kahn.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then you should look a little closer.
When huge percentages of hard working wage earners money is taken away and given to the government to spend as the government chooses... THAT'S Socialism.
No matter what you call it.

4:53 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

You amuse me, Anon. As our resident lexicographer, what do you call it when the government cuts taxes and spends billions of dollars to buy up banks while trillions of dollars in debt (with the Chinese holding the markers)?

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I call that sheer stupidity.

9:13 AM  

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