Posts Tagged ‘Raping The Taxpayer’

Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Lead To Increased Accidents

November 16, 2009

The city has claimed that the cameras reduced accidents by 34%, but a little fact-checking proved this assertion wrong:

Is it money or safety? We wanted to know actual numbers of accidents at red light camera intersections to see if they really went down.

When we asked, the LAPD became very defensive. The sergeant in charge told me in an e-mail, “The city would hope that it is the goal of KCBS/KCAL to discuss the positive aspects of the photo red light program.”

So we filed a public records request. The department charged us more than $500 for a computer run. When we got the numbers back, they told a different story.

We looked at every accident at every red light camera intersection for six months of data before the cameras were installed and six months after.

The final figures? Twenty of the 32 intersections show accidents up after the cameras were installed! Three remained the same and only nine intersections showed accidents decreasing.

 

THE ARTICLE: Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Lead To Increased Accidents

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More Law Enforcement For Profit…

November 13, 2009

From Detroit (but it’s pretty much the same everywhere)-

Police property seizures ensnare even the innocent

“Local law enforcement agencies are raising millions of dollars by seizing private property suspected in crimes, but often without charges being filed — and sometimes even when authorities admit no offense was committed.”

The Article: Police property seizures ensnare even the innocent

Scummy House Democrats Sneak Healthcare Vote Through

November 9, 2009

Geithner gone in 3… 2… 1…

March 5, 2009

Uh oh! Looks like democrat tax-cheat Geithner is gonna be the first Obama scape-goat…  (my prediction)

Newsflash: Wonderboy Treasury Secretary is in over his head

(H/T Michelle Malkin)

A Letter From The Boss…

January 21, 2009

Whether it’s real or not doesn’t matter, the message is still dead on-

A Boss Who Tells it Like it Is …

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interests.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You’ve seen my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure; all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building acompany, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business – hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden – the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations … you never realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who didn’t. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds.

Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.

The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy.

Here is what many of you don’t understand .. to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it.

Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple.

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more.

Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

So, if you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about …

Signed,
Your boss

Bob Lang’s “Buy Bread Now”

January 16, 2009

Altas is Shrugging

January 14, 2009

Many of us who know Rand’s work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that “Atlas Shrugged” parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit.

The current economic strategy is right out of “Atlas Shrugged”: The more incompetent you are in business, the more handouts the politicians will bestow on you. That’s the justification for the $2 trillion of subsidies doled out already to keep afloat distressed insurance companies, banks, Wall Street investment houses, and auto companies — while standing next in line for their share of the booty are real-estate developers, the steel industry, chemical companies, airlines, ethanol producers, construction firms and even catfish farmers. With each successive bailout to “calm the markets,” another trillion of national wealth is subsequently lost. Yet, as “Atlas” grimly foretold, we now treat the incompetent who wreck their companies as victims, while those resourceful business owners who manage to make a profit are portrayed as recipients of illegitimate “windfalls.”

THE ARTICLE: ‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years

Lies Of The Auto Industry

December 9, 2008

I’m tired of the lies… The lies of the media and scum-bag politicians and the general American idiot. I’m tired of hearing how GM, Ford and Chrysler put themselves in this mess and are solely to blame. The truth of the matter is that it’s mostly BS.

The Big Lie: “If they had made cars people wanted, they would be okay now.”

1) ALL car companies are hurting! China and India’s government are propping up their car manufacturers right now. Fiat is desperately looking to merge to survive. European manufacturers are shedding workers, idiling and closing factories to survive. Even the japanese, who have been making the ‘right cars‘ all along are hurting! They have unsold cars piling up and they are scared. I haven’t heard but, I’m sure there’s been negotiations all over the world for government assistance.

2) American auto makers have made the ‘right cars’ since their inception. There has not been a time in American history where Americans could not buy a fuel efficient car! Heck, American Motors made it their niche making small fuel efficient cars and where did it land them? Even as AMC floundered, you could buy compact Corvairs, Falcons and Darts. In the gas guzzling 70’s, you could sip gas with Vegas, Pintos and Colts. In the 80s & 90s, Chevettes, Escorts and many more fuel efficient models were freely available to Americans. NEVER has American car makers FORCED the public to buy large fuel inefficient cars. The problem is that Americans (and the rest of the world) prefer large vehicles. Might I point out that even the ‘right car’ makers are in desperate times now.

Lie #2: If American executives weren’t so greedy, the company would have more money.

Granted, I believe that people in business now care more about lining their nests and pillaging what they can get than what is best for the company or it’s customers, the real problem is that it’s ALL EMPLOYEES! Monopolies are bad. ALL MONOPOLIES! Unions are monopolies! Unions have a monopoly on labor and they unfairly drive up the cost of goods. Unions may have had a place 100years ago when workers were being shot by company thugs but nowadays, when a worker can sue for getting a paper cut on the job, they have no place!

American car companies had unions forced on them by labor laws. They now can not shed the unions due to labor laws. Foreign car companies successfully avoided unions and thus have an unfair advantage.

As far as executive compensation goes, yes, they are far too high in my opinion but, 500,000 artificially inflated union salaries have far more of a bottom line impact than all of the executive perks combined.

Lastly, if you look at the extra costs incurred by government regulations that only affect American manufacturers, you’ll see that the government has done even more damage to US companies. Chinese manufacturers can pollute all they want and then dump their parts in the US due to f’d up US laws.

Lie #3: “Who cares if we lose American car companies, Toyota, Honda, etc. are all made in America.”

Oh the ignorance of this one… American car companies build their cars from mostly American made parts. Yes, a portion of parts are foreign made (e.g in mexico) but, foreign car makers are usually 90% foreign parts. When you buy an ‘American Made Toyota’, you are buying an American ASSEMBLED toyota who’s parts have mostly come from japan and china. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE MONEY LAUNDERING DONE BY FOREIGN COMPANIES!!!! That’s a topic for another post.

Lie #4: “We should let the car companies die. It won’t affect us”

1) I need to write a post about a service economy vs a manufacturing economy and how the service economy is basically a ponzi scheme but, that’s for a later post. Let me just say that no country ever grew economically on a service economy.

2) The Big Three ARE the war time manufacturers. We can not lose them or we lose our war manufacturing capacity. To all of you kooks out there that think that is a positive thing, fuck you, you’re idiots.

3) The job loss trickle effect will be staggering. We not only kill the car companies, we also kill their American suppliers. We could boot-out the foreign manufacturers and not be nearly as affected (because their parts are mostly foreign made).

I could go on and on about this but, it’s pissing me off too much so I’m going to end this here and maybe add more later.

TODAY’S USEFUL IDIOT: The American Taxpayer

September 30, 2008

AM I IN BIZZARRO-WORLD!?!?!

Just last week, Obama and the democrats were belly-aching about the ‘Bush-McCain-Republican’ plan to give $700B ‘to their rich friends’. Then last night, I saw Pelosi (democrat), surrounded by her demo-posse, crowing about their solution- THE EXACT SAME PLAN**- which they were just bashing the Republicans on!?!?!?

AM I IN BIZZARRO-WORLD!?!?!

**There was a small difference in the Pelosi Bail-out Plan’, it included millions of dollars of payouts to democrat leaning political groups.