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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, August 29, 2005

RE: Re: The World Is Flat

There are two problems with the flat tax: it doesn't rid us of the IRS and it still taxes the income of citizens, thereby invoking all the current evils of individual excise taxes.

The Fair Tax is the only moral and ethical solution to our tax woes. I'm a little surprised to hear that you would want to exclude food items from the tax, though. Why wouldn't we want to tax the sale of caviar and candy bars?

On the low wage, unskilled labor point, I have a better idea than trying to impose some artificial wage rate on the market. Let's just eliminate any and all entitlements. Americans may be too lazy to take these jobs for any number of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that they can make a living (of sorts) by doing absolutely nothing. When faced with the prospect of mowing a lawn or starving, I suspect those lazy Americans might just find new motivation. You want fries with that?


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