Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Taxanator?

Yes, governor Conan says we need more taxes. The title of this post is completely unfair, but someone was going to invent the term and I wanted to be first! The new estimated deficit is $11.2 billion so, after a bit of abstract topology, multi-dimensional calculus on complex tensor variables, fast fourier transforms and high performance numerical computing, we come up with the need for a tax hike of $4.4 billion. The hangup is that Conan, being a barbarian, wants to do this mostly through a 1.5% increase in sales tax, which means that real people will need to cough up real money. Snakes, what is your response?

UPDATE: Sniff. I am too late. Taxanator has already been used.

13 comments:

Livingsword said...

Would the Taxiderminator work….?

Please kill the deficit!

Delirious said...

wouldn't "Taxiderminator" mean you kill the deficit then hang it's caracass on your living room wall? ;)

Looney said...

Actually, a Taxiderminator is the one who skins, stuffs and preserves the taxpayers for mounting on the wall. In ancient Rome, wealthy individuals would 'donate' their fortune to the emperor in their will just before execution, thus, receiving this as a special honor. I don't have the exact quotes from Tacitus at the moment, but I am sure I can locate them. :-)

Delirious said...

LOL I sure feel sometimes like I've been hung out to dry. ;)

Delirious said...

check this out.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/middleeast/08jihadi.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Looney said...

Delirious, I think al Qaeada understands better what America voted for than America does!

Still, Psalm 2 is something for us to relax and read.

Delirious said...

Ohh..great scripture. :)

Delirious said...

I was thinking over this scripture again, and had a thought come to me. The problem with taking comfort in this scripture is that it qualifies who will receive protection from the Lord. It is only those who serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. One of the messages of the Book of Mormon is that this land is a choice land, and the inhabitants of it will be blessed, but only inasmuch as they serve God. When the people of this land turn against God, then the judgements of God will come upon it. I think we still have a majority of good people here, but I see those numbers dwindling as time goes on.

Looney said...

Delirious, I pretty much agree with that, except that I am certainly not a "prosperity gospel" sort. I understand the promises regarding an earthly kingdom of the old testament to be symbolic of the heavenly kingdom of the new, which is what we are to seek. Earthly misery can correlate to heavenly riches, so I don't look on the physical riches as any kind of indicator.

Still, Christians ethics do mean something, and we know that the children of a healthy, God-fearing family with be much better adjusted to go out into society than those who were not.

Looney said...

Delirious, I was just poking around a few blogs and was left with the impression that there is so much consternation at prop 8 passing in California that most of them are having trouble savoring the victory of Obama. It is time to figure out how to get on with living a life for Christ. No scowling! :-)

Livingsword said...

Delirious and Looney….

How high is the State allowed to raise taxes before it is anti-God?

You think you pay taxes our money that has the image of our Queen that lives in a different country is higher so…

Looney said...

LS, I think anti-God perhaps relates more to what is done with the taxes than what the actual rate is. Then there are other topics like common sense that are loosely coupled to the pro-God/anti-God topic.

I am not opposed to raising taxes in general, but do like to see something that makes sense on an overall basis for the state, rather than simply making choices based on who has the most power at the moment.

Livingsword said...

Looney…

I hear you….

It is also interesting how some people want to raise taxes of “the rich” to punish them….