27 Jan 2010 14:40 Filed in: Wave of Mutilation
The Tired Donkey can admit when he is wrong, and he was wrong in his last post those many months ago. The Wave of Mutilation took far longer to crash on health care reform than he expected, but crash it did, as key Congressional leaders yesterday called a halt to actively working the issue.
“But Tired Donkey,” you may be thinking, “surely the crashing of the wave of mutilation was actually the election to the United States Senate of Cosmo centerfold Scott Brown,” and you would be right to think that. Kind of. As poll numbers point out, Scott Brown was not elected to kill socialized medicine; that is just a happy by-product of Massachusetts’ blue collar rage over the state of the economy.
The obvious lessons of Massachusetts make the Tired Donkey want to hand out—free of charge—some equally obvious advice. Take heed:
Note to Democrats. Unless you fix the economy before November, the wave of mutilation is coming for you, and it is going to wash you out of the Capitol. But fixing the economy means you have to act with some level of fiscal responsibility, something you find it impossible to do. So, basically, you’re screwed, and that is not a statement the Tired Donkey makes often or lightly. The president is taking steps in the right direction because he is properly respectful of (and frightened by) the wave of mutilation. Follow his lead and you may survive the cleansing waters. If, on the other hand, you continue with your big-spending ways, the Tired Donkey respectfully suggests that you spend some time in the coming months packing your belongings in water-tight containers so they have some chance of surviving the wave.
Note to Freeloaders. You have had your year in the sun, and gotten nothing for it. No free healthcare. No increase in welfare. A stimulus package focused on job creation. Even worse than all of this is the staggering increase in the deficit, because that means that over time there is going to be (1) even less money to give to you, and (2) pressure to actually make you start paying some taxes to pay down that massive deficit. Good heavens! Looks like you are screwed, too.
Finally, the Tired Donkey must apologize for his long absence. He is, as you know, a working donkey, and at times he simply does not have the time for pithy commentary. At other times he is bored or despairing or just doing other stuff. In short, the Tired Donkey writes when he has things that interest him to say.
17 Mar 2009 15:18 Filed in: Tax Stat Analysis
The Tired Donkey is disgusted. Unfortunately, he feels this way a lot. Over the weekend he read a paper by Andrew Chamberlain and Gerald Prante which you can find here. This paper does a very careful comparison between the amount of money the government takes from people and the amount of services they get back from the government in return. It is enlightening. In a bad way.
First, the Tired Donkey wants to point out that the statistics he sets out below (from 2004—things have only gotten worse since then) take into account all government taxes and spending, both federal and state. The mind-numbing differences between what people pay and what people get, however, are caused primarily by federal taxes and spending alone. This is so for two reasons: (1) state taxes are much less progressive in general than federal taxes, and (2) donkeys use a lot more state services and therefore get more value out of them (roads are disproportionately used by donkeys because donkey’s need more cars to carry their loads; donkeys educate their children and so use a disproportionate share of public education funds).
Now, before the Tired Donkey reveals the statistics, he wishes to make one other point: these statistics are from the era of the Bush administration which was treated by many donkeys as if it were a friendly administration. Take it from the Tired Donkey, the Bush administration was no friend to the donkeys. In fact, the Bush adminstration was the biggest donkey enemy in the history of American government as the Tired Donkey will reveal tomorrow. They just hid their perfidy behind donkey rhetoric, and the Tired Donkey bets many of you fell for it. Wake up! The government—whether in the hands of irresponsible Republicans or the hand of irresponsible Democrats—has an interest in one thing: getting votes. And this means they must court the Freeloaders. And how do they do this? By increasing the load on the most productive donkeys, of course. All of them—Republican and Democrat alike—are Myrmidon Donkeys. So let’s see how bad it is:
In 2004, the top 20% of households got $0.41 for every dollar they paid in taxes. The bottom 20%? Well, they got a much better deal: they got $8.21 from the government for every dollar they put in. No wonder this donkey is tired.