Simplify tax code and reduce financial liability
Ask anyone how much they pay in taxes and you get the usual reply: "Too much." Yet few understand just how much they do indeed pay.
We can all see the federal income and payroll taxes on our pay stubs, along with the state and local taxes. If you own a home or car, you pay taxes on these things, too.
If you happen to own a business, it gets worse. Not only do you pay your share of your employees' payroll taxes and the income tax on your own business' profitability, you pay others to prepare your payroll and determine the tax payments you make at least quarterly.
You can't do this on your own due to the complexity of the tax code. This money you pay others can be more than your tax liability. And from whom do those proceeds come, but your customers?
If you are a consumer (and who isn't?) you pay the cost of business taxes and compliance cost in the prices you pay.
Estimates as high as 20 percent or more of those prices are embedded tax costs of every business contributing to that product you are purchasing.
Everything bears this cost and it is an added tax that we all pay without really knowing it. Add that into the taxes that you already knew you paid and then ask yourself if it is not time for replacement of our current tax system: not adjustment, not reform, but replacement.
Proud of Beshear
My hero is Gov. Steve Beshear. This man has shown with all his heart and hard work how important Kentucky is to him. Every time I watch him give news of jobs coming to Kentuckians, the smile on his face makes me so proud that he is my governor.
In a time of great question, this man finds what we all need: answers. He is not scared to do what he thinks is best for us.
We might not always get what we want, but he tries to understand what the people need.
Credit for lower gas prices
One month ago, the far-right segment of the Republican Party aggressively criticized the energy policies of President Barack Obama for directly causing gasoline prices to spike toward $4 a gallon and above.
I hope these same individuals will now be equally as enthusiastic in publicizing accolades for Obama's wisdom and leadership that are responsible for bringing gasoline prices back down so successfully in recent weeks.
Then again, perhaps gasoline price fluctuations are responding primarily to global market forces and global economic cycles.
Greed, not God, guides us now
Once upon a time there was a group of men who had enough guts to essentially say, "Enough of your tyranny and deception," and together they threw a boatload of tea in the ocean.
They said "After we run your kind out of this country, together we will build a government that serves the people with God at the helm instead of greed."
With God at the helm they became the richest and most powerful county in the history of the world. Then the leaders of the country and the Supreme Court removed God out of the schools and public places, and the greatest nation in the world started down a road of no return to destruction.
Today this nation is divided with mistrust, fear, and greed. Should the voters and taxpayers get together and say "God help us?"
Pett right about Coach Cal
Joel Pett has thrown out some doozy cartoons and he's obviously good at it. Some of his memorial cartoons have brought a tear to my eye. He gets all kinds of accolades and awards. And, recently he had readers in turmoil over the elephant in the room: Coach John Calipari.
I paid the University of Kentucky plenty of money for my son to get an education and I do support all UK sports. Having said that, I also support the cartoon that finally nailed it.
Coach Cal has created such a circus around himself that people don't want to hear or see that darn elephant. Well, "Cal's trophy shelf," as Pett penned it, is the absolute truth. My family and friends know my feelings about the man coaching.
And, I think I'll let Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, say it all, as he did on the Skip Bayless Show after the national championship win: "For the sake of those kids, I hope this banner is not pulled down, like all the others."
I agree with him. Sorry, y'all, it's just the truth.
Forget Obama, focus on nation
Our great presidents were not born great nor were they great when elected. Adverse circumstances unmasked their greatness.
Accordingly, Mitt Romney should stop responding to the trivial issues critics devise or dredge up. America is in intensive care and hospice workers are on standby.
He should not waste any more energy or resources on President Barack Obama. He has already revealed his shortcomings sufficiently. There are much better uses for his time and money.
For example, interest payments on the national debt and deficit will soon become tyrants that will enslave the middle class and ruthlessly punish the poor. And what about our tax code that is nothing more than a directory of special privileges published and paid for by self-serving special interests?
Interest payments and fair taxation are only two of numerous such examples that could be cited. Congressional dereliction and unbound corruptive influences created the examples and your specific corrective measures should be the exclusive focus of your time and money.
Simply put, we do not need another white paper, commission or blue-ribbon panel. The problems that await the next president are obvious and simple.
Any manager of a household budget can supply the expertise, if asked.
The application of simple honesty to all relevant things great and small will install greatness. Let the squeaky wheels go on squeaking and speak up for America. She needs a great president as never before.