Flimsy Sanity: Simple Solutions are the Best

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Simple Solutions are the Best

Taxes: In my opinion, a graduated income tax is fair even though the rich say they pay an unfair share. Some guy getting paid 10,000 a year being taxed 10% and having to live on $9,000 is more difficult than some guy making 100,000 having to live on 90,000 etc. From my experience, the lower the pay, the worse the job. The really poor are usually old people and people who cannot get a job (although there are lazy people, or maybe just people who haven't found their niche). Most really rich people got there through the work of others or through chance or heredity. What I would really like to see is the ability to designate where our contribution went. I would check libraries, a trucker would say roads, people with children might designate education, lawn order types could give it to police, war lovers could give it to the military. Whoever controls the pursestrings controls things and I would put it in the hands of the people.

Illegal Drugs: If everyone who ever used drugs showed up at all the police stations on the same day and turned themselves in, the system would implode. They would either have to jail everyone or let the people already in for drugs out. The drug war is insane and is kept illegal because of the high profit. Anything anyone does with their own body might be a vice, but it is only a crime if it hurts someone else.

Economy: A Maximum wage of one million dollars. If that is all they could have, they would have to let some trickle down and come on, anyone should be able to live comfortably on that. Brent Olson does the math here.Speaking of wages, I was watching CSPAN awhile ago and the head of the American Bar Association was crying about how federal judge wages need to keep up with CEO's and lawyers in private practice. Seems their pay is tied to and equal to the wages of our members of Congress and is now only a measly $165,200 a year. Now if they worked 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, the poor bastards are making only $79 an hour. If they cannot live on that, they are not wise enough to be a judge.

Congress: Eliminate it. The technology for a one man, one vote on every issue is available with computers and data banks. Majority rule is technically possible. Sure it would be hard to sneak in earmarks in bills the whole nation voted on and it would be difficult to write 600 page bills because the populace would grow tired of reading and automatically vote "no", but I don't see the downside here. You say it wouldn't be fair to the poor people who don't have computers? That's what libraries are for. Perhaps only the people interested in government would take the trouble to vote, but I bet the numbers would increase over the percentage that vote now on the rare occasion anyone asks for our opinion between bad and worse. Hell, we could even have a vote of confidence every 6 months for the figurehead President and two consecutive "nays" would mean dismissal. Laws would be passed by the people who made the most persuasive arguments not the ones with the most money and we could eliminate the expenses of housing, insuring, and paying for huge retirements for 500 plus parasites and the K street "johns" who fatten them. People spend so much money seeking public office for a reason. I really laugh when they call themselves public servants when nearly all are self-serving. Let's see some creative approaches to a real democracy here at home before we force it on others. It would end partisan bickering and put the thing in the hands of the people.

Schizophrenic Homeless People: Clean em up a little, put a robe on them and give em a church. All people who God talks to should have a pulpit. Why do some live in the Vatican and some on the street?


  • At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Flimsy for President!

    What would you do about the fiat dollar?


  • At 6:01 PM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    I don't know what it is now, but back in 1960's Britain the income tax was graded and rose to a maximum of 19/6d in the pound - that's the equivalent of 95 cents on the dollar - for the highest earners. Pop stars hated it, but it was fair and we had a good National Health Service, great roads, and an excellent Social Security system. The unemployed drew benefit and workers signed off sick by a doctor were paid a weekly benefit for as long as they were off work. Of course, some took advantage, but only a small minority and they were rooted out eventually. There's nothing quite like having a safety net when life gets rough, as it can for any of us.

    Your idea for schizophrenic homeless people would probably go down well with them. My wife was talking to her friend recently, who said the pastor of her relatively small church (I forget the denomination) was paid a salary of $100,000 per year, and bought his sermons off the internet. Nice work, if you can get it.

    Off-topic: I can't keep up with your sudden 'surge' of blogging. If you were in Iraq they could send 30,000 troops home. Time doesn't allow me to comment on all, but I do read everything, and thoroughly enjoy it. Just wanted you to know.

  • At 8:53 PM, Blogger ryk said…

    But Flimsy, if we could designate where our taxes went dubya wouldn't be able to get his war on. Then where would we be?

    Speaking of those public servants who don't serve the public, I had an idea a while back on how to fix that. We make Congress (at least the House of Representatives) a part-time, non-paying gig in which members are selected randomly from each state's registered voter list. Sorta like jury duty. I ran this idea past a right-wing acquaintance of mine and he absolutely hated it, so I really think I'm on to something here.

  • At 11:18 PM, Blogger Not Your Mama said…

    Nothing to disagree with there. Skip president, just take over the world.

  • At 1:55 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ: Sorry about the huge amount of stuff - I just can't stay off of Stumble Upon and some stuff is so great, I just want to pass it along.

    Anan: What is that? Guess I'll have to Yahoo it. (Google dumped me so I did the same to them)

    ryk: I was wondering why the government agencies who link here jump off your site. Any idea?

    Anan and Mama: My goal is to get rid of government, not be the head of it.

  • At 2:07 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Actually in my land of oz, the rich would still rule the world because they would designate where their money went too, the difference would be that we would have the illusion that we had some control.

  • At 3:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I find it ironic that we fought the revolutionary war to get rid of King rule when actually we would be better off with a King - something like England has - a useless figurehead that pops out to wave at events but does no harm.

  • At 4:05 AM, Blogger ryk said…

    ryk: I was wondering why the government agencies who link here jump off your site. Any idea?

    Yes. I work for the gubbamint, and we're watching you. Just kidding. Actually, I often use the blogroll on my site as a jumping off point to visit my favorite places, so when I do it from work I guess you see government IP addresses. But I only do it when I'm on break. No, really.

  • At 4:19 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    ryk: Like someone once said, "If you aren't paranoid, you aren't paying attention."


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