Inspection- Tax Me, Please and “Returning” Terrorists

Returning “Terrorists”

“1 out of 3 released terrorists are returning to terrorism.”


Have you proven in court they are terrorists? No, you haven’t. Then they can’t “return” to something, as far as we know, they didn’t do before.

You’ve heard this “stat” tossed out over the mainstream media like a plug tossed out to fish too stupid, too blind, not to bite. And far too many citizens will bite. I mean, after all, if released terrorists are going back to terrorism then we’d better keep them in concentration camps… eh, excuse me… “prisons” or whatever more palatable euphemism you want to use, right?


To begin with this stat has been offered with little independent verification. Once I was all for “trust but verify.” After so many years with so many false claims, including claims regarding tax cuts for the very rich, I’m all for verify. Screw the “trust.” But let’s just say, for argument’s sake, the stat is accurate… other than the obvious “returning” lie.

And why would they, actually, become terrorists, for the first time… as far as we know? Maybe because we hunted them down, tossed them into concentration camps where all kinds of horrors happened without due process. So we should increase the rage by just holding them for the rest of their lives?

This would be a pro-more terrorists policy. But instead we treat terrorists as if they invented the concept of terrorism and if we just lock them up: no due process, that’s the key to ending all terrorism. That’s like throwing sugar on top of fermenting yeast, opening an E-mail with a virus. You know growth will increase, the virus will spread.

Since I was a kid, probably long before, there has been a movement to move the justice system, the standard, from innocent until proven guilty to guilty by mere hint of an accusation; make habeas corpus a corpse.

And down, down, down this vile rabbit hole is where propaganda like this comment takes us, and has taken us.

And the media eagerly puts such lies out there with nary a question.

Tax Me, Please

Everyone has been arguing about what taxes to cut, by how much and if all brackets should get the same continuation of tax cuts. The President says we’ll revisit this in 2012. An election year? Yeah, right. But just in case let me do the patriotic thing right now and say…

“Go ahead. Don’t continue my tax cut, America. In fact, raise all our taxes.”

Let me introduce myself. My name really is “Ken Carman.” I own a small business. My wife works for local government. We have probably never had $50,000 gross, and she earns far more than I do: probably always will. So we are, by no means, in a high tax bracket.

The boss does the taxes, that’s the only reason “probably” even exists in that sentence.

That’s my family. No kids. But we are part of a bigger family: America. America has plenty of family expenses: roads, security, food, heat, transportation, defense, wars up the wazoo, safety concerns like fire, ambulance and, yes, health care. The American family has expenses very much like my family, and your family, does.

When there’s a crisis: not enough money to cover our expenses, there are two solutions. Yes, we don’t go to the movies as much, have steak as much, take out a loan and then give the money to the kids or cousins to par-tay with.

But that’s what tax cuts do. They defund the family. Lately it’s been a little like Dad coming home and saying, “Times are tough. We have little money. So I’ve decided to work less, earn less. Oh, and here ya go kids, I took out a big loan from Bank Peking. Maybe we’ll sell everything we can off to pay that loan. Have fun, kids, while Mother Liberty and I find out how much kids like you for go for on the market these days. Or maybe we can just sell Liberty.”

Yup, that’s where the Bush tax cuts have taken us.

As a business person it’s also like abandoning willing clients when I know my business is getting deeper and deeper in debt. By the way, I know something about this. I started my business in 1984, full time in 88. I lost money one year when I had a big upgrade to my tour bus and then the mechanic’s son blew the engine, but wouldn’t admit to it. I have made money every other year. Not much at all. Sometimes hardly any. But made some.

Yes, cutbacks make sense to a certain extent. I have had to make cutbacks over the years. But refusing to go see a possible client that could make me more money because I might have to spend a little to get there… pretty stupid, right? That’s what refusing to do stimulus spending achieves. More problems. Once stimulated there will be more incoming.

We can argue about the nature of that spending; what is necessary and what isn’t, obviously. In fact I maintain that’s what this argument has been about to begin with. Not cutting back gov., just increasing the parts partisans like and eliminating those they don’t. But no matter what we increase or decrease there is always some spending if you’re going to make money: things to fix, things to protect, necessities.

New hardware, planes, tech to defend the country is speculative stimulus spending. Sometimes necessary.

Wake up, folks, nothing is free.

And when you do cutback, you don’t cutback to the point your business can’t do business. That’s what tax cuts can do.

So instead of cutting taxes, America, volunteer to have your taxes raised: especially those most able to afford it; those with the most money. Those who use the infrastructure to make that money, use it to keep it from being stolen. or go after those who do steal it.

Come on America. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

Ask for a raise in your taxes.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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