The Word's flat? Round, I say!

I sometimes wonder how somebody so naive writes a book that becomes a bestseller? Maybe there's marketing lesson in there somewhere. Tell you what, surely there is. Take for one, its title. 'The World is Flat'. Never mind the world being anything but flat, the title's smart enough to arouse anyone's curiosity. Two, its got lots of Bangalore. Never mind, Bangalore being nothing like India, (at least, I must know, I live in Bangalore), the place arouses the same sorta curiosity as the title does..... and so on...

Thomas Friedman in his article, 'Palin’s Kind of Patriotism' writes, 'If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.'

Well Sir, I am ready to pay my taxes. But I am not ready to believe the government is the best entity out there to use my taxes in a responsible way. If you wanna see how government mismanages, you only have to look back at Socialist India. Not the one you saw in Bangalore.

In fact I would even recommend you read Thomas Sowell, whenever you find the time. Sowell writes in his article, 'Are fact obsolete?';

'As the hypnotic mantra of “change” is repeated endlessly, few people even raise the question of whether what few specifics we hear represent any real change, much less a change for the better. Raising taxes, increasing government spending, and demonizing business? That is straight out of the New Deal of the 1930s.

One of the most naive notions is that politicians are trying to solve the country’s problems, just because they say so — or say so loudly or inspiringly. Politicians’ top priority is to solve their own problem, which is how to get elected and then reelected...

Perhaps a defining moment in showing Sen. Obama’s priorities was his declaring, in answer to a question from Charles Gibson, that he was for raising the capital gains tax rate. When Gibson reminded him of the well-documented fact that lower tax rates on capital gains had produced more actual revenue collected from that tax than the higher tax rates had, Obama was unmoved. The question of how to raise more revenue may be the economic issue but the political issue is whether socking it to “the rich” in the name of “fairness” gains more votes.

So you see, Mr. Friedman its not just about taxes, its about raising them, which actually means, more money for government to mismanage. I for one, am not in favour of paying.

You may. Should I get you the number to call?


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Unknown said…
Wow that was an excellent post sir. Sure I would feel uncomfortable when some tom dick and harry takes the decision how my hard earned money is going to be used.

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