Living in the Red, Vol. 8

A couple recent letters-to-the-editor. My comments are in black italics.


Treat and tax everyone equally

I get so tired of reading that the Republican Party voted tax cuts for the rich. They only voted against raising taxes on all citizens. (I can sense that we’re going to have a difference of opinion already.  The legislation was not about raising taxes, but rather simply letting certain tax cuts expire… but a small difference of interpretation… let’s continue.) This is America, where all citizens are supposed to be treated equally. (HA! HA! HA!)  A citizen who makes more or less than another should be taxed at the same rate. The reward for working harder or smarter should not be a higher tax rate.  (1.  Just because Person A makes more money than Person B, does NOT in fact mean that Person A is any smarter or working any harder.  It has much more to do with our wacked priorities in this nation. 2. Actually, yes it does.  The more  money you make, the more capable you are of paying a higher percentage in taxes to benefit society.)

I am a retired truck driver. I am not wealthy. I just want every citizen to be treated equally.

2.Union talks don’t include taxpayers

How are the taxpayers of Wisconsin or any other state with public unions being protected? (1. Union members are taxpayers… why do people always forget that one? 2. All taxpayers are protected by the labor laws that unions helped to enact.  … But somehow I think this is not where you  are going with this statement…)  They pay the bills, just like the owner of a company, but have no seat at the negotiating table with public unions.  (Actually, if we’re talking about government workers here and I believe we are, they are negotiating with heads put in place by representatives that YOU voted for, sir.)

Sure, some will say they do have a seat: the Democrats who negotiated the contracts. But everyone knows the public unions and the Democratic Party are connected at the hip and greasing each others’ palms.   (Not entirely sure how we got here… but regardless, Democrats were indeed elected in popular elections just like their Republican brethren.)

Since all of the taxpayers are not represented (but you are…) and since the union members’ salaries and benefits are paid by taxpayers, this is taxation without representation and unconstitutional.  (No, actually it’s not. See previous comments.) Therefore, public unions are illegal. (Wow. … so wrong. so very very wrong.)

Thank God for the right-to-work law in Virginia.  (Yeah, we wouldn’t want those pesky government workers trying to fight for a living wage or anything.)

3.Explain threat of commandments

Re: “Religious displays permitted,” March 12 news story:

I want to say how proud I am of the kids taking a stand on wanting to keep the Ten Commandments posted. I am glad the school is allowing them to post them on their lockers.  (Well these are both freedoms covered by the 1st amendment.)

The Ten Commandments are listed in Exodus and Deuteronomy. The Scripture has the full text, so I encourage you to read them today.

Now I have a question. Will someone tell me why the Ten Commandments are such a threat to those who want them removed? (They aren’t a threat.  And any student, as previously mentioned, is allowed to hang them on their own property.  The issue here is about how a government-run institution, the school, should not be ‘favoring’ any particular religion by hanging some of that religion’s precepts by will of the administrators.)  Is it because they mention God? Does telling us we should not steal or commit murder, should respect our parents, not to commit adultery, take a day off and rest, etc., threaten them? (Again, not a threat. Just unlawful.)  Please explain to those of us who want to keep them posted.  (Sorry, I was ahead of myself… well, see previous comments.)

Remember what happened to this country after one woman — yes, one woman — caused prayer to be taken out of school. (Actually it wasn’t one woman… and prayer wasn’t taken out of school.  You are still perfectly within your rights to pray in school, you simply can’t force others to pray with you.)  I really would like to understand why these are a threat, so if someone knows, I hope you will explain.  (le sigh)


Wine Wednesday!

wine wednesday

bordeaux, the current go-to red

 A 2005 Bordeaux (that means it’s French!) from Chateau Barreyres.  It comes from the famed Haut-Medoc region, known for its fine wine-growing prowess.  Despite its parentage, however, it’s not a Grand Cru, but rather a more affordable Cru Bourgeois.  And I certainly can’t complain about this “middle-class” wine.

My notes:  (aerated version)

  • ruby red color
  • distinctive spicy aroma
  • mild fruit taste
  • spicy after-taste
  • vanilla notes, with a little plum

And what do the winemakers themselves say about the wine?

“A rich, deep color almost black but not quite.  The bouquet is extremely inviting, while on the palate this Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois is both supple and weighty.  Ripe fruits and delicate gooseberries gradually develop earthy notes, followed by spices and vanilla.  Good fullness and long on the finish.”