By DR. LARRY MOSES
Nobody asked me but … As I watch the news channels trying to figure out what’s going on in America, I come back with more questions than answers.
It would be helpful if one could find a source of information that presents only the facts and does not tilt the information towards their politically motivated preconceptions. This biased report leaves more questions than answers. Let me answer a few of these questions. I won’t give you answers because I really don’t have answers.
Is it true that the American who earns less than $ 400,000 will not be economically affected by the Biden Build Back Better program? The American people are told that the proposed program benefits of $ 2 trillion to $ 6 trillion are free to anyone earning less than $ 400,000 per year. Can we ask someone to explain clearly how this is the case?
We are told that Americans who earn less than $ 400,000 will not see any tax increase. I’ll admit that I’m majoring in social science and not really good at math, but that seems like a myth to me. I would like someone more knowledgeable to explain how this can be true.
If we increase corporate taxes, won’t there be two things? First, companies will move their operations to countries with more favorable tax laws, resulting in the loss of many American jobs.
Second, businesses that do not relocate will pass these taxes on to the American consumer by increasing the price of their product or service.
Bill’s demand for a minimum wage of $ 15.00 has already caused prices to rise. As expenses for doing business have increased, the cost of services and products has increased for the consumer. These mandatory increases in the cost of doing business have resulted in an increase in sales tax on every purchase.
Why is it called a sales tax? The seller don’t pay the tax, the buyer does. This should be called a purchase tax. If you went to a Walmart in Las Vegas a year ago and spent $ 200, you paid 8.8775% purchase tax for a total of $ 17.76. If the price of items increased ten percent due to an increase in corporate taxes, you would pay $ 19.30 in purchase tax, an increase of $ 1.66. Let me suggest to you that the majority of people who shop at Walmart don’t make $ 400,000 a year.
Want an example of what’s going on? One of the favorite stores, The Dollar Tree, announced that due to increased business, their $ 1 items, which are all items in their store, will sell for $ 1.25, an increase by 25%. This means that the purchase tax will increase accordingly. Let me suggest again that it’s not the $ 400,000 man shopping at The Dollar Tree.
Has an environmentalist studied the effect of millions of acres of solar panels on climate change? I don’t have an answer for that. We have been told to follow the science in our fight against COVID. Have scientists given us a lead on the effect of millions of mirrors reflecting the sun on global warming? Birds flying over some solar farms have been reported to have been fried due to the heat emitted by solar panels. I know from my experience as a Scout that I can light a fire from the reflection of a mirror. This could indicate that indeed solar panels could heat the Earth’s atmosphere.
Has anyone explored the ecological risk that will arise when batteries in electric cars wear out and need to be replaced? Will we have the same problem that we are currently facing with the elimination of all the plastic bottles that Americans throw away every year? Being very old, I remember the glass bottles for milk and soft drinks that were recycled for reuse. I remember when food was served on dishes, recycled through washing, rather than paper products that ended up in a landfill.
I am not opposed to electric cars, nor to the elimination of fossil fuels. At the turn of the 20th century, many homes in America were lit by whale oil lamps. When this was replaced by fossil fuels, the whales were saved and a more efficient and abundant fossil fuel came into play. It turned out to be a boon to mankind.
Most transport and agricultural work were powered by horses before the advent of the internal combustion engine. Productivity and travel have been greatly improved by the use of fossil fuels.
However, the use of these fossil fuels has had unintended consequences. Some argue that fossil fuel emissions doomed the world to disappear within the next twelve years because of its effects on the climate. We saw a thirteen-year-old girl in tears, express that same fear to world leaders, lamenting the fact that Earth will no longer exist at twenty-five, as she said before the United Nations.
If we had been left with horse-drawn vehicles, the only emission hazard we would face would be that we could intervene. Before the automobile, there was no tax on gasoline, no need to acquire a driver’s license, and no road tax. So many unexpected consequences of the development of fossil fuels.
I would also like someone to explain to me what appears to be a disease of the middle class and above. With the COVID contagion rate claimed by the CDC, why haven’t the homeless died like flies? This group of people do not get vaccinated, do not isolate themselves, do not take social distance and do not hide. However, there is no widespread report of COVID plaguing this entire community.
Those most at risk appear to be the elderly in antiseptic nursing homes and those in the middle and upper class who get vaccinated, isolate and social distancing and mask themselves.
I don’t have an answer to any of these questions. I hope, however, that someone studies them and finds a way to convey the answers to the American public without the prejudices of those with a political agenda.
Thought for the week … Science can never solve one problem without raising ten others.
– George Bernard Shaw