Attention in the FairTax thread turned, as it so frequently does among leftists, to Walmart, “the evil empire.” Yes, they actually called it that. The assumption was that Walmart workers would be made even poorer, and the old Marie Antoinette quote was trotted out and put in the mouths of Walmart: “Let them eat cake.” I’ll skip the maligning of Walmart that followed. But… […]

FairTax 5: Amended

I had suggested that the FairTax would best be implemented through an amendment process, to make certain that there was no temptation to do sales AND income taxes. This actually is required in the FairTax bill: the 16th amendment providing for income tax must be repealed before the FairTax law takes effect, so it guarantees that there will be no double-taxation. […]

FairTax 4: Losses

Tbe original poster wrote: “As a side-issue vaguely related to this, does anyone else detect a surge in the entrepreneurial spirit with people coming up with new ideas, putting them up on kickstarter, getting prototypes made through 3D printing or other means of manufactury, and not having to go through major corporations?” No. (I explained.) […]

FairTax 3: Draft and Poor Cards

The discussion ranged to include a possible permanent exemption from income tax for those who have served: “It COULD be a great incentive to get people to join, since we don’t have a draft.” […]

FairTax 2: Incentives

Another commenter in the FairTax discussion, and my reply:

[Y]ou’d expect conservative media to support a policy that shifts the tax burden off the rich – the opposite is the case. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece not so long explaining why “fair” tax is an bad idea. It was unexpected to say the […]

Interpreting the Bible

In a MENSA discussion thread on the Bible — to which many participants are hostile — one commenter posted the following which I thought was interesting. I cannot link you back to the source, as it is a members-only forum. The context here is that the poster is asking for any perceived contradictions in the Bible, and has planned to refute each one. But Carolyn responded as follows: […]

FairTax 1

A discussion I’m involved in on the MENSA site had one member independently think up the idea of replacing the income tax with a sales tax. He and I are very far apart politically (something he noted during the discussion), but I agree with him on this. There has been a proposal that is continually refined to accomplish exactly this, and it would end the IRS for good. Here’s their website, And then the arguments started… One commenter needed the IRS: […]

Hottest Year Never

Here is a good collection of links on the current push by the US government and media to convince us that 2014 was the “Hottest Year Ever,” ignoring the actual satellite data. And some other thoughts on the topic, not well-researched, but with perhaps a surprise or two. […]

Israel and MLK

It is interesting to me that so many on the Left are hostile to the nation of Israel, and willing to line up on the side of Palestinian terrorists. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his thoughts on Israel are significant: […]

Creation Debate

(Some visitors to Citizen Tom’s blog are True Believer Catastrophists on global warming, and some (not the same folks, generally) are Young Earth Creationists or variants thereof. Perhaps I am destined to make enemies wherever I go, but that is not my intent. To a creationist, I had commented:)

In the meantime, regarding creationism, I […]