I actually thought that what he did was pretty cool, aside from 1-2 other people getting hurt. My only improvement would have been for him to fly a few laps around the IRS building to get their attention first, and then fly out, line up on it, and slam it. I wonder if he had extra cans of fuel inside the plane with him for a bigger BOOM, that fire seemed pretty big for a little airplane.
right here, thrax
Iraq has no OPEC quota, this was by design.
Gnome Queen wrote:
The tenure system also need to be reworked. In some places, schools have enough money to pay for good teachers, but they can't fire the teachers that they have currently in order to hire better ones.
How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly "holds accountable" its victims, claiming that they're responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law "requires" a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that's not "duress" than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.
20k income doesn't pay 35%, even with the self-employed tax.
The purpose of comparing it to a European tax structure was not to do anything but to point out how other peoples can be taxed significantly higher without complaint because of the difference in how the money is used. If the ROI in the country went more towards improving the standard of education, funding useful social programs, paying for healthcare, I think there's a decent chance some people would be willing to pay it - but right now, there's a huge - HUGE - uproar over the possibility of being taxed for any new programs at all, including healthcare - the one thing nearly every other first-world country has gotten correct and proven works.
This is truly tragic.
You read this letter and you see this impassioned man, a man that could have likely done anything he wanted to do, maybe even lead this necessary revolt for which he speaks, but thats all dashed because he just randomly runs a plane into the side of a building in an act of senseless violence.
Trust me, everything this guy is saying has run through mind, things will eventually stand to get very ugly. The middle class has been living in fear, beaten down, discarded by a system that is designed against them. But I know that killing a few random people isn't going to change a single thing.
The social change that is required is going to take a massive movement, and it needs a voice, it needs it leader. Its a shame our citizenship has become a group of scared little sheep. Afraid to stand up on the soap box, afraid to take an unpopular position for the fear of being labeled a crazy, a nut-job, whack-job, whatever. We all need that guy to peaceably lead the revolt, but who is it? Certainly not the type of person that concludes that you ram a plane into a side of a building to resolve a problem, we have a few too many of those as it is.
The anti-tax mentality in the US is truly staggering.
In MI, we're currently in a conundrum. We need to either raise taxes (bad) or cut services (also bad) to balance our budget.
Anti-Tax groups: Well, you certainly can't raise taxes!
Government: All right, then. We'll have to cut some services.
Anti-Tax groups: No! You can't cut services!
Government: Well, what would you have us do?
Anti-Tax groups: Lower taxes!
Apparently, anti-tax groups needed to go to consumer math classes in High School, because it's pretty well established that after a certain point (credit will only get you so far) you simply can't spend more money than you have coming in.