Instead of me writing the blog this time, I thought this would be a great way to share some of my father’s knowledge. My dad is one of the smartest people I know, whether it comes to money, life, relationships, and even cooking/housework. Here are two articles that he wrote for the Bismarck Tribune’s “Letters to the Editor”. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do.
WORRY! WORRY! WORRY! TROUBLE! TROUBLE! TROUBLE!
Henry J. Lebak
Lately, I been thinking about that commercial depicting a dog having its bone protected by an open umbrella shielding the dog’s house. Worry, worry, worry! Trouble, trouble, trouble! I am full of worry because our country is full of trouble.
While thinking about this commercial my, thought process led me to thinking about the children’s classic – “The Wizard of Oz.” What is causing my worry and trouble? Today’s politicians and media pundits would be perfect substitutes for the story’s main characters. The scarecrow sought intelligence. The lion sought courage. The tin man sought passion/compassion. Dorothy sought the peace, security and comfort of going back home. But the wicked witch, through her every-command-following flying monkeys, kept on trying to stop Dorothy from reaching her goals.
Our national political leaders as well as the media pundits, regardless of political party, seem to be more concerned about their careers, about who takes the credit if our country survives and about who takes the blame if our country fails then they are about the citizens of this great country.
We need leaders that have the intelligence, that have the courage and that have the passion/compassion to not be trapped by the wicked witch’s flying monkeys in order to help lead us back to a safe and secure home.
Representation without Taxation
Henry J. Lebak
My mother’s relatives landed on the shores of North America in the late 1600’s. We had relatives that fought for the Thirteen Colonies in the American Revolution which began in 1775. While no single event can attributed as the actual cause of the revolution, the war began as a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonies felt they should be treated. Americans felt they deserved the same rights enjoyed by the Englishmen. The British, to the contrary, felt that the colonies were created to be used in ways best suited to the Crown and to the Parliament. This conflict is often remembered by one of the rallying cries of the American Revolution: No taxation without representation.
It would now appear that what goes around comes around. There once again appears to be a great divide between the “have-a-lots” and the “have-somes” and the “have-littles.” Rumor has it, as that great media pundit who is on loan from God often puts it, that the super rich individuals along with the large corporations may not be paying their “fair share” of taxes. It would also appear that the lower and middle classes are being taxed without representation in Washington while the upper classes are being represented without being taxed.
How do we resolve this “rumored” unequal representation and taxation? I would suggest the scrapping of all existing tax codes and associated IRS and implement the “not new idea” of a “no loophole, no exemption” flat tax system. Usually, the term flat tax refers to individual and corporate incomes (not profits) being taxed at one marginal/flat rate (i.e., 5%). If you earn $500 a year you pay 5%; if you earn $1 billion a year, you pay 5%. This sounds fair to me. Flat taxes offer simplicity in the tax code, which has been “rumored” to increase compliance and decrease administration costs.
Being a member of the non-upper class, I would certainly support being taxed as long as I am being represented. I am getting mighty tired of observing politicians in Congress talking about not allowing the upper echelon of our society to get by without being taxed and yet being overly represented. What would the real Boston Tea Party attendants of 1773 have thought about the actions of today’s “Crown and Parliament?”