2.01.2013

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • I've always thought the X-Games were silly, but I'm going to have to come up with a better description after the death of the guy from Krum who suffered injuries in a snowmobile event. 
  • The unemployment rate has ticked up to 7.9%! Presidential election conspiracy! Presidential election conspiracy!
  • Dallas DA Craig Watkins said on the radio this morning that his office would match the $30,000 reward offered for the killer(s) of the Kaufman County prosecutor, and that the money would come out of seizure funds. Is that legal?
  • I was in a Wise County Courthouse Security meeting over fifteen years ago, and I promise I made the statement that guards at the doors or metal detectors wouldn't protect me because I walk from the same parking spot to the same door at 8:15 a.m. every morning. 
  • Clint Eastwood did the Republicans no favors at the National Convention but his daughter is a "Hey, Now."
  • I used the word "boycott" at the dinner table last night prompting one family member to think it involved something about a boy and a cot. 
  • There was quite the scene up at the Wise County Courthouse yesterday. After next week's trial, I'll explain. 
  • It's the 10 year anniversary of the Columbia shuttle disintegrating over Texas. I've mentioned this before, but that morning I got up and turned on the TV news but the screen showed nothing more than a camera pointed at the sky with a reporter saying things like, "Some have said they saw streams of what looked like a glistening light." I swear for 30 seconds I starred at the screen and thought there had been a bizarre UFO sighting. 
  • Even without knowing the back story, this apology a couple of days ago is funny: "''The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel.''
  • A malfunctioning button on the TV remote control drives me nuts. 
  • I've known lots of criminal defendants who gripe about how slow their case drags through the system only to want to slam the brakes on it once the case is actually set for trial.
  • I've mentioned before it's absolutely legal to carry a rifle or shotgun down a public street and a group of gun advocates did just that yesterday in the Stockyards.



73 comments:

Anonymous said...

I recall hearing the shuttle blow up ten years ago while lying in bed and talking on the phone. There was a series of three booms. I thought at first it was a regular sonic boom, but quickly realized it was not like any other I had heard. I was in Decatur when I heard it and after hearing a bit later on the news what occurred, it made me physically sick! Such a sad day!

Anonymous said...

DA Watkins had such promise in the beginning. Staking out the the high ground on freeing the innocent was a smart move. However, his continuing office staff changes & private life actions have been dumb & dumber.

Wasted potential.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Wonder if the prosecutor had a CHL and if not, why not? Maybe he didn't need one?

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
1.5 out of 5
Not good BG


Hey now girl
She is cute cute
4 out of 5

Anonymous said...

It's great that Obama has reduced unemployment. He is rewarding himself with a Vogue photo shoot. I'm hoping for a profile shot of him leaning on his desk looking down with a casual smile. I never can get enough of those.

Anonymous said...

I love it when Skippy asks if something is legal. That's like your auto mechanic asking if your engine has a drain plug.

rangerjim60 said...

Was involved in the shuttle recovery process for 3 months - a fantastic but very very humbling experience. Remembrance services going on this morning in East Texas where most of the shuttle ended up.

Anonymous said...

Weird about the shuttle explosion anniversary. I hadn't heard anyone talking about it, but this morning I used it in an analogy for my son - something about bad calculations.

Anonymous said...

The High Plains Drifter did just fine for the GOP.

Anonymous said...

I can understand the difference between having a thought in your head and not being what you truly feel. I was raised with several members of my family being extremely racist. I grew out of it, but for much of my life that's all I knew. And even today when a black person does something stupid that affects me directly (it's most often during high-stress situations), my mind will flash to a racist thought when my heart knows something different and I immediately correct the thought and feel horrible about it. It's hard to reconcile what you know today against how you were raised, and an angry flash can make any human being revert pretty quickly.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad reflection of the liberal weenie party when grim news about the economy come out and they joke about it. Over 15 million people are out of work, so our excellency, who once said he would not rest until every American has a job, abolishes his own jobs council, which he hasn't met with in over a year. Instead, his focus is now on giving blanket amnesty to over 11 million illegal aliens. It just shows that he is not qualified to be President. WAKE UP DUMBASSES.

wordkyle said...

Unemployment is still a bragging point for you? The number of people who are unemployed, but not counted as unemployed has exploded under Obama. If the Labor Force Participation Rate was the same as Bush's last day in office, five million more Americans would have jobs.

The official unemployment rate can go down one of two ways -- 1) If there are more jobs and more people working; or 2) If the government stops counting millions of people without jobs as "unemployed." Reason #2 is why Obama's unemployment rate is not reported as a more accurate 11.2%.

Anonymous said...

Ban xgames.

Anonymous said...

Homo's are Heterophobic to most people. They are angry and mean about married couples and people who oppose their view.

Why can't we be homophobic?

Anonymous said...

News last night said the prosecutor was a certified peace officer and he carried a gun all the time.

Anonymous said...

Must be a REAL good pic of Eastwood's daughter. My work PC blocks the site.

Anonymous said...

With all the gov't waste, you actually question $30,000 of seized funds going for this reward? Wish that's the kind of thing ALL of my gov't. money went to. I'd have a lot less problem with that than the other SHIT our money is wasted on!

Rex Kramer said...

I had more respect for the 49er player before he backed off of his comments.

You don't owe the world an apology for how you feel on a particular subject. Be honest about it.

Integrity is more valuable as a character trait than tolerance ever will be.

that guy said...

RTG = nice

Cute with just a touch of trashy lurking beneath the surface.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

9:22 just wrote what I would probably consider the best comment this blog has ever seen.

-I don't know how to feel about the X-Games. I've never understood the appeal of being completely in control of a situation, removing any control you have and then attempting to regain it... All while flying through the air with something that weighs 4-500 lbs.
-Don't be surprised if the employment rate increases some more over the next few years. Tons of mid-sized companies are cutting hours back so as to not face the Obamacare fines. Those employees that were getting by now have to pick up anothe side job which is one less job for another unemployed person to hold.
-I didn't like the word boycott as a kid. Neither of the words that make it up had anything to do with the actual meaning and it was annoying to me.
-You can't fix crazy. You can stop being PC and call crazy people crazy; but acting like they're not out there so nobody gets offended damn sure isn't the answer.
-People walking around with guns in the middle of the street, and gasp, nobody got shot!!
-Haven't been your usual hotbed of HSO's lately Skippy; what gives?

Anonymous said...

RTG: One of the few times I'm goin' with Bacon on this one, YUCK! No body tone, flabby legs and mid-section and NOT cute. Swing and a miss there, BG.

Lawdog said...

9:26 - I could not agree with you more. I would add this tag for comment. It's not just Obama and the Democrat Party. It is difficult for me to understand what has happened to what must be close to half or more of this country. Something watered down the can-do, stand on your own 2 feet, make your own way, DNA that founded this (to borrow a phrase from Medved)greatest nation on God's green earth. What happened? It has to be more than just lazy ass people looking for a hand out. DNA is passed from parent to child. Something infiltrated that process. Sickening.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

I that RTG another Main Stage (Fort Worth) refugee?

Oh, and I would enjoy unloading my 14 inch gun in that Francesca. That is one curvy honey.

Anonymous said...

The murdered prosecutor was a former police officer and apparently still maintained his peace officer certification so he legally could openly carry. But as Barry mentions, carrying a weapon doesn't save you from an assassin who shoots five times before you even realize it's happening. And there's no security system that will protect a cop or a prosecutor if someone really, truly wants to get you. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to go into the courthouse office to do it if they want to get away with it like these guys apparently did. This has all the earmarks of a planned professional hit. Quick attack so no time to defend, identity impossible due to mask, armor in case someone actually did get a shot off in defense, vehicle waiting for getaway and probably dumped somewhere nearby for new transportation. I can guarantee the spent casings will not be traceable to any known weapon, or if so the ownership will come back to someone who had it stolen or sold it. This was a professional assassination.

Anonymous said...

And the current jobless rate is reported how differently that previous administrations?

Anonymous said...

The unemployment rate is where it is because the millions of illegals who take jobs from American citizens by underbidding them. American citizens will do manual labor if the price is right. Of course you people who live in your mcmansions with Hardieplank fireplace chimneys surrounding the cheap thin wall steel pipe would have to settle for 1,500 square feet if the construction workers were Americans being paid a decent wage. What ever happened to masonery chimneys and American workers? I guess there are advantages to illegal labor.

Anonymous said...

I salute the gun advocates and their Stock Yards protest.

Present...ARMS!

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Well, 10:33, one thing that happened was unions. 80 years ago they were great and really protected the worker. Now, they're there to protect lazy workers and their dues. There's not a nice way to day what I'm about to say, so I'm not going to sugar coat it. If you want to make more money in life, learn how to do or offer a service that most people can't. That's how a free market works. I won't say deserve, as its a very subjective term, but you should not make $100,000 a year doing something that anybody else can learn how to do in a short matter of time. A big part of GM and Chrysler tanking was them having to pay employees with a lot of time there upward of $70/hr. I'm sorry, but if all you're doing is bolting a seat onto a vehicle cab, you shouldn't make that much money. There's a reason that professions such as doctors, lawyers, sales people, engineers, professional athletes, architects, pro/college coaches all make more money. THEY DO A JOB MOST PEOPLE CAN'T! Like it or not, that's the way it is. Now this isn't true for the inverse, for positions such as police, firefighters, teachers; jobs that not all people can do, but still have notoriously low pay. Just something to think about.

wordkyle said...

1028 - It's called the Labor Force Participation Rate. It's the percentage of total population considered "in the workforce," and that percentage has sharply declined under Obama. (Graphically illustrated in my previous link.) Our host has pointed out previously that the calculation is exactly the same. What's different is the numbers. Example:

50% of 100 = 50
44% of 110 = 40
Same calculation, different numbers.

Under Obama, more people without jobs, but not reported as officially "unemployed."

Anonymous said...

OK economic geniuses, the stock market (and your 401k) are up again today to record levels - in the "Obama's economy". Our deficit as % of GDP is at multi year low. Most all economists say that the national debt is quite manageable. Domestic oil and gas production at ever-increasing record levels. However, the Wise Co. "experts" continue to whine without understanding.

Maybe commenters should provide education credentials and their age to provide some needed background. (BTW: I have MA, am retired, age 70, never on welfare or unemployment, military vet.).

Anonymous said...

A "dozen" people protested with their guns. That's not news. There's more interest in a Chico 7th Grade Girls Basketball game.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how that football player is being ripped for his opinion. It's as if he has NO BUSINESS not wanting someone taking a shower with him that leans his way. I have an idea...all locker rooms and showers now open to all people; and if a woman doesn't like the fact that a hetero guy is in there with her...TOUGH...and if she expresses an opinion publicly that she doesn't want me in there...she'll be RIPPED to shreds by the media.

Anonymous said...

Definitely agree that the media needs to start going ballistic over heterophobic comments, too. Today, you are not simply not allowed to express an opinion unless it does not offend anyone.

Anonymous said...

8,500,000 left the labor force during Obama's first term. Another 170,000 in January. Those don't count as unemployed. We need a JFK or a Ronald Reagan to fix this mess.

Anonymous said...

@1056

You forgot to include liar.

If you are over seventy methinks you are cashing your government welfare checks every month.

Social Security baby,

DF Scrooge McDuck

Anonymous said...

We promise that if we don't find the actual killers we'll just hang it on the first poor schmuck with a record who can't afford to defend himself and can't account for where he was that day.

(And don't you worry, he'll probably be some shade of brown or if white, he'll be such a scumbag you won't care if we put a needle to him.)


Fake Being Honest For Once DPS and Texas Rangers And Everybody Ever Associated With The Legal System

SpanishWarDonkey said...

10:56,

You're welcome for the $265/month I pay for your retirement check. Our GDP has been steadily rising since the end of WW2. How about our DEBT, what really matters, compared with GDP. We could look at that one if you want. You realize that if we continue spending at our current rate, and don't increase anything else, that EVERY DIME OF TAX REVENUE will go toward ONLY INTEREST PAYMENTS on our debt by 2036. We have 2 options. Shrink the size of government, or increase taxes on EVERYONE! And don't give me that "tax the rich" bullshit either. You could take every dime that every person made on The Forbes 400 from 2011 and it would run our government for less than 4 months so don't even try that one. And don't even start on our unfunded liabilities. That's closer to about $120 trillion. Sadly, it's already been spent.

You're welcome, again, for my money. I'll never see a dime of it, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

The economy looks better-ish because it is SOooo bad that if it got one tick worse, it would be a Mad Max style apocalypse on in this country and we wouldn't be arguing about it.

I'll make it a little easier for you: Think about this in a smaller, more local way. Say we lose a hundred manufacturing jobs here in Decatur in the last quarter. You are going to brag and be ready to give Obama a reach around because we 'gain' 30 foodservice and even worse 20 government jobs this quarter?!
You will call that 50 jobs new jobs?!

How very odd.



Anonymous said...

10:56, the right-wing posters here (e.g. Wordkyle) do not want you to cloud their narrative with facts that support an alternative position.

All facts that do not confirm what they already believe are to be ignored. Any research, publication, poll, or experiment that shows otherwise, is to be considered wrong or biased.

As long as they have one wacky scientist that tells them that the earth is flat, smoking is good for them, humans have no effect on the environment, biology is a myth, or that deregulation made our financial industry less risky, they will continue to believe whatever Rush, Hannity and Beck tell them to believe.

The Dude said...

9:22 just wrote what I would probably consider the best comment this blog has ever seen.

We all know that this blog is the benchmark for intelligent comments.

Anonymous said...

10:56, Would you feel the same way about your excellency if you were 30 years old, married, with 2 kids, a college loan to pay off, unemployed with no job prospects in sight?

wordkyle said...

1056 - Please document your sources, as your claims are questionable. For example, This graph, based on info from the government, shows the federal debt as percentage of GDP at an all-time high. And where did you hear that "most economists" think the national debt is "manageable?" (Here are a couple who disagree with you.)

This is a simple request, and not adversarial even given your insulting tone. Substantiate your claims.

Anonymous said...

11:56 - so you have college loans. What is you degree in? Or was it one of those rip-off diploma mills? No one forced you to get married or have 2 kids. With no job prospects, what are YOU doing to prepare yourself for the jobs that are in demand? Are you also opposed to the extension of unemployment insurance? Are you taking food stamps? Using the emergency room for your kids' colds? Heaven forbid that you give up cable TV, cell phones, tobacco and alcohol and your gas guzzler truck.

I'm just certain it's all immigrants or Obama's fault but you have time to contribute to this blog. Geeze.

wordkyle said...

1151 - Do you have any facts to support your claims? Any research, publication, poll or experiment to prove your points?

I constantly and consistently ask those who disagree with me to substantiate their claims. After seven years of postings, I have about a 0.001% success rate with that. Liberal commenters invariably jump to name calling and repeats of their unsubstantiated claims.

Anonymous said...

10:54, I was talking about non-union construction workers losing their jobs to illegals. Illegals are not working auto assembly lines as far as I know. But since you brought up auto workers let me put this out: My truck was assembled in Mexico City. Of course the Mexican worker does not pay income tax to the U.S. government. But neither does the unemployed auto worker in Detroit. In fact, instead of money flowing from him to the government it is flowing in the opposite direction from the government to him. I get my truck cheaper because of cheap labor in Mexico but on the other hand my taxes are higher because the worker who built the truck does not pay income tax. I have to make up for the unemployed Americans who do not pay but receive. It all evens out in the long run.

Anonymous said...

What Wordkyle says.

Anonymous said...

10:56- Your mom.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead carry your gun in public, that way the nut bent on killing people or the terrorist will know who to target first and maybe I can gt away or have time to get my concealed weapon out.

Anonymous said...

LMAO @ 10:54! If you make 70 an hour at GM, it's because you are working on Christmas or on Double Time. As for the cops, firefighters, and teachers you insulted, they are most likely in the CLEAT association, AFT, or IAFF. They join an association just like local area ranchers do such as the Cattle Raisers Association. It makes me laugh to hear so many of these folks bash those of us at the Railroad that are in a union, yet are local farm boys who pay dues to the Cattle Raisers to protect their rights, the same as we do.

Anonymous said...

You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.

DF Dr. Chester Karass

Anonymous said...

Your truck was assembled in Mexico using tax loopholes and corporate welfare you pay for. Sorry, but I prefer to send an autoworkers kid to college with his wage than some foreigner. Great attitude there folks. Management wins while you blue collar bozos kill each other over petty jealousy.

Anonymous said...

10:56, Wow, that is your criteria for a strong economy. Toss out a few economic indicators (that aren't even all correct) and expect us to worship your analysis because of your credentials. Last time I checked having an MA, being retired, being 70 or being a military vet doesn't qualify one to be a respected economist. All that really qualifies you for is taking tests, playing golf, taking viagra and telling war stories. Let me guess, down deep you just FEEL like the economy is good, and are willing to just throw out any nonsense that you think supports your assumption.

Anonymous said...


Wordy, Try escaping from your bubble and acknowledging Paul Krugman and a huge number of noteworthy economists (as opposed to Wise Co experts) of the Keynesian school who understand that governments, unlike individuals, have an unlimited time span and advocate increased government spending in times of economic stagnation or contraction. Of course you may find fault with any of the experts and many of them disagree with each other on individual points. But it might do all well to be exposed to thought beyond their own provincial area of comfort.

Anonymous said...

When you talk Keynes I hear cuckoo.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

12:48, what brand do you drive? I was under the impression that most companies produced the parts in Mexico but assembled them here so as to be able to say "Made in America" like it means a damn thing anymore! Really just curious. And after rereading your original post, I took something else completely from it that wasn't there. My mistake. I read the other day that 45,000 Ford employees are all goin to get $8300 bonuses this year... And they didn't take a bailout! They actually closed down a Mexican factory and brought the jobs back here. That's a big reason that even though I love the Chevy I currently own, I will be going with the blue oval here when I buy a new one... That and my brother is a salesman for them!!

2:03, reread what I said. I wasn't insulting those professions. My mother, brother, and a sister-in-law are all teachers, along with a few cousins that are firefighters and LEO's. Most in their position aren't lazy, so the unions are really there to protect them. I've heard first hand stories from numerous former industrial union members of them being asked to reduce productivity because it was making other members look bad. That's bullshit and I don't support anyone being lazy for any reason. You might, and that's your proragative, but I will not spend my money to pay the salary for someone that's too lazy to take some pride in they're work and do a good job just because you should.

Anonymous said...

10:56 - Tell the truth, you are the same schlub trying to be our next Secretary of Defense aren't you. I saw you talking to some US Senators yesterday. You didn't do so well with them either!!

wordkyle said...

301 - tsk, tsk. Do you honestly believe I don't read the opinions of the opposition? Krugman in particular interprets economics through his own narrow filter. He proposed that the government mint the "trillion dollar coin" to satisfy its compulsion to spend without increasing the debt (an idea demolished by Hoppe.) By the way, I notice the terminology has turned from the original "most all economists" into "most Keynsian economists." Obama himself branded adding trillions to the deficit as "unpatriotic" -- but of course he's no economist, as evidenced by the length of the economic downturn. Obama's version of "government stimulus," with its trillion-dollar price tag, didn't do very much, did it? Very similar to his (and your) hero FDR, whose similar actions economists say unnecessarily extended the Great Depression.

Of course, you may find fault with my using actual results as evidence, and compose what-if scenarios, and "yeah, but" arguments. I'm sure the millions of unemployed Americans will be impressed.

Anonymous said...

3:01, Just because we have a Kenyan president doesn't mean we should listen to their economists. If I need to know how to run a marathon or spear a wildebeest I'll give 'em a call.

Oh, you meant Keynesian, my bad.

Spending on infrastructure is a far cry from entitlement spending. Also, provide us proof where our current monetary policy (very Keynesian) has provided a spark for the economy, or better yet, explain to us why it hasn't.

psst...this is where you always get the, "Obama is still trying to fix what Bush screwed up" regurgitation.

Anonymous said...

My Dodge diesel truck was assembled in Mexico City. I did not know that until I got it home and read all the paper that came with it. When I was a kid I remember the Fords coming off the assembly line in Dallas had a sticker on the rear window that read "Built In Texas by Texans". I have thought about putting a sticker on my Dodge that reads "Built in Mexico by Mexicans".

Anonymous said...

Wordy,

So, how about if we poll 40 of the leading economists across the US? Here's what they said and the links to the poll.

Let’s start with Obama’s stimulus. The standard Republican talking point is that it failed, meaning it didn’t reduce unemployment. Yet in a survey of leading economists conducted by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, 92 percent agreed that the stimulus succeeded in reducing the jobless rate. On the harder question of whether the benefit exceeded the cost, more than half thought it did, one in three was uncertain, and fewer than one in six disagreed.

Or consider the widely despised bank bailouts. Populist politicians on both sides have taken to pounding the table against them (in many cases, only after voting for them). But while the public may not like them, there’s a striking consensus that they helped: The same survey found no economists willing to dispute the idea that the bailouts lowered unemployment…

How about the oft-cited Republican claim that tax cuts will boost the economy so much that they will pay for themselves? It’s an idea born as a sketch on a restaurant napkin by conservative economist Art Laffer. Perhaps when the top tax rate was 91 percent, the idea was plausible. Today, it’s a fantasy. The Booth poll couldn’t find a single economist who believed that cutting taxes today will lead to higher government revenue – even if we lower only the top tax rate.

http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/07/25/the-secret-consensus-among-economists/

http://www.igmchicago.org/igm-economic-experts-panel/poll-results?SurveyID=SV_cw5O9LNJL1oz4Xi

http://www.igmchicago.org/igm-economic-experts-panel/poll-results?SurveyID=SV_a4WFSSCbjqpjWW8

http://www.igmchicago.org/igm-economic-experts-panel/poll-results?SurveyID=SV_2irlrss5UC27YXi

Suck It!

SpanishWarDonkey said...

Hahaha that'd be hillarious to see coming down the road. I saw a 4X4 F-150 in the parking garage at love field. On the decal where it normally says "off-road" under the 4X4 instead read: "No Bail-Out Edition"! Totally made my night. Glad I had a camera phone. Chrysler is now 41% employee owned I believe and the union bosses are pushing Obama to give them complete ownership! Or maybe it's GM. Who cares... I'd look it up but it's Friday and IDGAF!!

Anonymous said...

The government can't spend a single dollar without first taking it away from someone that earned it.

How is that better than letting the one that earned it, spend it.

Anonymous said...

4:15 Did the paperwork say "Hecho en Mexico, testículos camiones se venden por separado"?

Anonymous said...

2:03--Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers is not a union!

Anonymous said...

Time for change in Decatur Isd

We need a couple of quality board candidates to help improve the district.

Time to sign up for the election!

Put up or shut up!

Anonymous said...

Touche, 4:45!

wordkyle said...

445 - First, nice copy-and-paste job. Up until "suck it" the prose was surprisingly good -- the authors of Freakonomics can be proud. Looking at their article, some things seem apparent. The claims that they say Republicans make are very, very specific, and they dispute them very nicely. However, there are some problems.

First, the Laffer curve claim: the poll they link to, rather than refuting the Laffer philosophy, actually supports it. 35% of the economists agreed (in mid-2012) with this statement: "A cut in federal income tax rates in the US right now would lead to higher GDP within five years than without the tax cut." Only 8% disagreed.

As to the number of jobs created by the Obama stimulus, the White House itself reports that the legislation is on track to create 6 million jobs. At a total cost of $831 billion, that's over $122,000 per job. And yet the unemployment rate is still higher than when Obama took office.

While the GDP spiked briefly in the last part of 2009, growth has since been on a steady decline; i.e., higher in 2010 than 2011; higher in 2011 than in 2012. Whatever positive effects the stimulus might have had, other government policies are destroying.

None of this, by the way, having to do with the original claims made by 1056, nor with the artificially low unemployment rate Obama enjoys.

Anonymous said...

4:45, Art Laffer did not dream up the idea of lowering taxes to raise revenue. He learned it from JFK. Go back to school.

Anonymous said...

If you paint a Target on your back your a Target. then Yes BOOM they win. Wonderful Mindset revenge is it not.

Anonymous said...

Douche, 8:25!

Anonymous said...

What JFK said about tax cut increasing revenue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmHdqWPB_S8




Anonymous said...

5:41, No it is not. It is an Association. Just like the Allied Pilots Association. You pay dues for them to protect your interest, hence the union comparison.

wordkyle said...

Incidentally, since when do tax cuts have to "pay for themselves?" Earners keeping more of their take-home pay is not an expense that the government has. There shouldn't have to be any justification for people keeping more of what they've earned. The term was created by those who assume that all of what people earn is the government's, and that what earners are allowed to keep is a debit on the government's balance sheet.