isn't this a beautiful world? i'm from minnesota, spent a few years in alaska. two similar, yet different worlds. let's engage in some sharing together, shall we?

i'm ian. elca youth director. music lover. film director wannabe. walking junk drawer. pleased to meet you.

"Out of every dollar I earn, how much do I deserve to keep?"

This is a question that has been posed to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the last two GOP debates.

Her answer the second time around (at the FOX-Google hosted debate) was that we work hard for our money, and every cent belongs to us: we have “made” the money, and are entitled to it.

Sorry, but I don’t buy it.

First off, the theological side of me is pissed off at this answer. We are all born with different talents and gifts— including the ability to use our talents to earn money. But we can’t take the credit for the things we’re naturally good at. How inward-thinking and egotistical are we??

Secondly (and more pointedly), there’s the tax issue. This is the point where I would usually try to drive home the point that the government does a better job negotiating affordable prices for goods and services than we do individually— and THAT is what our tax money goes to.

But that’s not the point I’m trying to make right now. The point I’m trying to make is that when you look at the actual figures on taxation in the states and communities that the GOP candidates represent, the overarching truth is that taxes are higher as a result of their leadership. This isn’t an opinion. It’s the statistical truth.

I know, I know— I’m an American in 2011, and therefore should put my money on gut feeling and outright denial of “statistics” and “numbers” and “experts in their field”. Because it’s the American way. F*** yeah!

That being said, I’d like to encourage you (are you still with me?) to challenge others. Challenge them to look at empirical data. At statistics. At facts— And then create an opinion based on truth, rather than fabricated and regurgitated rubbish.

We are entitled to our own opinions; we are not entitled to our own facts

-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)


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