Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nick G: He's Not Just a Pretty Face

He is cute.
But Nick G also says a lot of needful things. If you read this, and the links he includes to fetid knee-jerk taxers like Jonny Chait, you learn some cool stuff.

Of course, if Mr. Chait were actually interested in collecting more revenue, he could just advocate having the Obama admin staff pay what they already owe. Of course, like most lefties, the good Chait thinks taxes are things OTHER people should pay.

(Nod to Angry Alex. And yes, you're cute, too)


eightnine2718281828mu5 said...

taxes are things OTHER people should pay.

The rich think that wars are for other people's kids to fight while those of more modest means think that taxes should be paid by the rich.

It's a symbiotic relationship.

Reason Meme Manager said...

While Nick G has an awesome boyband ring to it. Mr.Gillepsie's crime (or stupid) fighting name is The Jacket.

aub said...

"For example, it is commonly claimed that the military relies on recruits from poorer neighborhoods because the wealthy will not risk death in war. This claim has been advanced without any rigorous evidence. Our review of Pentagon enlistee data shows that the only group that is lowering its participation in the military is the poor. The percentage of recruits from the poorest American neighborhoods (with one-fifth of the U.S. population) declined from 18 percent in 1999 to 14.6 percent in 2003, 14.1 percent in 2004, and 13.7 percent in 2005."

eightnine2718281828mu5 said...

military relies on recruits from poorer neighborhoods

Interesting enough, but of course I didn't say 'poor', I said 'more modest means'.

Looking at the chart on page 3 of the pdf for the article you cited, less than 1% of new recruits came from households with over $100k in income.

Which supports my original point: the well-off would rather not send their kids to die in wars.

eightnine2718281828mu5 said...

Another point: unless the Heritage Foundation made an adjustment wrt 'fitness for duty' their numbers would be wrong.

One would assume that the poor would be overweighted with people who have physical/mental disabilities.

Any analysis of military participation would have to account for these folks since they couldn't enlist due to their physical/mental status.