Tag: government

Sin Tax

We are moving into an era of “Boutique Taxes” as I call them.   A better term is probably “Behavioral Taxes”.   This is not a new idea but it is quickly picking up popularity.  The idea started as “sin tax” and it was gladly put on alcohol, tobacco and gambling.  Conservative America didn’t fight them because it was a tax on “sin”.   The “sinners” didn’t object because they enjoyed their sin so much they didn’t care if it was taxed.  They admitted it was wrong and in some kind of weird thinking “they deserved the tax”.

Our governments are always looking for a new income stream to fund burgeoning budgets.  Instead of blanket taxes that make everyone mad they are turning to these focused taxes.  Here are a couple of examples:

Gasoline tax: a penny here and a penny there and no one is supposed to notice.  The money is supposed to go to road improvement but does it really?

Marijuana tax: can’t beat them….join them and tax it.  I mean really….who is going to object to this tax?  No one.

Soda tax: https://www.buzzfeed.com/venessawong/its-not-rocket-science?utm_term=.egqN7EQ8WW#.cmzMB4ePkk.  I believe this will take off like the space shuttle.  Add a little more fuel and this will be everywhere by 2018.  I don’t care about the other sin taxes but this one will hurt me when it comes to my neighborhood.  Or….will it help me to stop a nasty habit?

Our governments have got on to something.  They can raise taxes and be socially correct.  They can punish people for non accepted behavior and even make changes in said behaviors.   How many have stopped smoking because of the cost and attention?  Will the same happen with sugar?  On the other hand they can legalize illegal behavior, control it and earn income from it.  Sounds great doesn’t it?

Let’s take this concept to a broader scope (because you know the government will).  What if they tax divorce?  How about abortions? (oh, yes that could be another blog coming!)  Salt?  Obesity?  What if they take it farther – taxing churches that have certain views?  Bibles?  TV?  Twinkies? Ice Cream?  Is this an over stretch of our governing bodies or are they right in being the big brother and taxing “bad” behavior?  Should they be permitted to legalize behavior in the name of tax and control?  How about prostitution?  Gambling is already out of the box and will never go back.  Our states even promote it with their lotteries.

If a small potato chip bag goes from $1 to $2 because of a salt and oil tax will you stop eating them?  Will a poor person stop?  We’ll see.

Romans 13:7
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
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Upside Down

Wow!  Astonishing words from Isaiah that really parallel our current government.  Are we upside down?  Have we been told that we “have not built this?”  Are our leaders honoring the Lord with their lips but not with their hearts?

It seems that our nation, colleges, leaders and society are getting more confused every day.  Are we turning against each other?  Has wisdom vanished?

Isaiah 29

13 The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
    is based on merely human rules they have been taught.[b]
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
    with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
    the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
    to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
    “Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
    “You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
    “You know nothing”?



Charity? Let the government do it!

Below is a blog from National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com/home-front/357562/which-political-party-more-charitable-nancy-french

Why are the politicians always pushing for the government to help the poor when they don’t help personally?  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/04/16/the-stingiest-politicians.html

It is rather sickening . . . $300 in donations from Biden . . . used clothing. . . . less than 1% in donations . . . or how about donating to your own foundation and using it as a playground?

It is not my intent to throw stones at others – whether they are rich or poor but when a group of people push legislation and judgment on others and they don’t offer a hand personally I am quick to pickup a few pebbles.   It really is shocking!

Mark 12:41-43  (NIV)

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.



Which Political Party Is More Charitable?


by NANCY FRENCH September 4, 2013 10:02 AM @NANCYAFRENCH

Recently, a Chronicle of Philanthropy study evaluating the giving patterns of conservatives and liberals revealed that liberals are an uncharitable bunch: People who live in deeply religious regions of the country — the solid-red states of the Bible Belt and Utah — give more of their income to charity than those who don’t. Of the top 10 most generous states, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy study based on itemized charitable contributions among people who made at least $50,000, nine voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Doesn’t that fly in the face of conventional wisdom? I wrote on how this study should affect the stereotypical characterization of conservatives:

When my husband David was a student at Harvard Law School, his fellow students couldn’t stomach his conservatism. They talked endlessly about how Christians and conservatives were pompous, didn’t care about justice, and were far too concerned about abortion and gay issues than the kinds of things that really mattered.  Mainly, they talked about poverty, how to reduce it, and how Republicans were more worried about making money than helping the down-and-out. One day, David saw a notice about a club at Harvard that actually went into impoverished areas and tried to help kids trapped in unfortunate circumstances — by getting the Harvard students to “adopt” a little brother or sister and take them under the student’s wing.  He showed up at the first meeting to sign up and was very surprised.  Though practically every self described liberal student said talked incessantly about their “concern for the poor” almost everyone who actually showed up for the meeting was a Christian.  David “adopted” a little brother, took him to baseball games, and developed a meaningful friendship with him. His Christian friends did the same. But he learned an important fact: liberals talk about helping the poor; conservatives actually help the poor. David’s experience at Harvard was hardly an isolated incident.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/home-front/357562/which-political-party-more-charitable-nancy-french



Pay your taxes

Ok, Ok, No one wants to pay taxes . . .

We all want government services – roads, police, firemen, protection, safety nets, etc. but we hate the corruption, waste, and misuse of funds.  Roads to nowhere.  Blueberry studies.  Bee enhancement.  Grants and gifts and loans and outrageous spending that no family would ever be able to do.

What I think is essential you may think is waste.  What I believe is honorable you may think is horrible.  How I want the government to run may be idiotic to you.

One thing is for sure.  Corrupt and evil governments have existed since the beginning of time.  How corrupt is ours?  We may never know.  We are called to pray and be respectful.  That is hard enough WITHOUT wanting to pay taxes.

Next time you pass 5 people leaning on shovels at a road project, waive to them and pray a blessing instead of grumbling.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:6-7