FAIR TAXATION

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Editorial by Barbara Cornell.

Syndicated from Barbara Cornell’s personal blog.

Flat tax
Consumption tax
Corporate tax
Tax breaks for the rich

If you find yourself spending your time arguing about or concerning yourself with these topics, then you’ve allowed yourself to be duped.

The economy is a giant, circular river, and tax is a huge dipper that the government uses to remove water from the flow. It doesn’t matter where in the flow of the river you put your dipper, the effects are the same.

Pick a spot in the river and reason it through:

Taxes are increased to material suppliers. What now? They increase their prices to the manufacturers who buy their materials, who respond by increasing their prices to the retailers, who respond by increasing their prices to the consumer.

All taxes are eventually paid by the consumer. It doesn’t matter who «pays» the taxes directly to the government, eventually it is the consumer who absorbs the cost of all tax.

Arguing about whether it’s fair to tax or not tax based on purchases or gross income, or whether we should tax or not tax corporations before or after distributions, is missing the point.

The only way to reduce the actual burden of tax to anyone is to reduce the size and scope of government.

Arguing otherwise is allowing politicians to distract you from the truth.

REST IN PAIN: THE POST-HARDCORE BADASSES FROM INDONESIA

1354239410_977a3f33775a61e81810b4ea81c968c1Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 8.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: These guys are proof that metal can save the world.  This act would fly anywhere where metal reigns.  This an Indonesian band that would be right at home at the Longview, TX metal scene.  Great screams.  Great clean vocals.  Great instrumental textures. Soaring melodies.

Highlights: This is balls-to-the-wall metal.  These guys bring it.  Saint and Sinner is a delightfully confrontational little tune.  It starts off with a bare drum solo that comes across as a war drum.  This transitions to a section with powerful riffs, with a chorus featuring well-blended clean vocals and screams.  The song culminates with a dissonant riff, that, while simple, is played in such a way that it washes over the listener like a shroud of flame.

Criticisms: Overall, these guys are legit.  The only real criticism I have is about the way these guys present themselves.  They call themselves emo.  I feel this is not accurate.  These guys are much too hardcore to be described that way.  Also, their English isn’t all that great — I don’t think anyone will mind, though.  They bring the metal.  That’s what counts.

Conclusion: I think these guys will find themselves welcome wherever metal is played.  I wish them the very best.