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Monday, November 3, 2008

A few things to think about that I found in my email in-box

Some may seem silly... but then again...

Bar stool Economics (again)...

Suppose that every day, 10 men go out for drinks and the bill for all 10, comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do. The 10 men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.

'Since you are all such good customers, he said, I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily drinking by $20.' Drinks for the 10 now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first 4 men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But, what about the other 6 men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by 6 is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the 5th man and the 6th man would each end up being paid for his drinking. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work
out the amounts each man should pay.

And so:
The 5th man, like the first 4, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The 6th now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The 7th now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The 8th now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The 9th now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The 10th now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the 6 men was better off than before. And the first 4 men continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

'I only got a $1, out of the $20', declared the 6th man. He pointed to the 10th man, 'but he got $10!'

'Yeah, that's right, 'exclaimed the 5th man. 'I only saved a $1, too. It's unfair that he got 10 times more than I!'

'That's true!!', shouted the 7th man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!'

'Wait a minute,' yelled the first 4 men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'

The 9 men surrounded the 10th man and beat him up.

The next night the 10th man didn't show up for drinks, so the 9 sat down and had drinks without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all 9, of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the economic atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.



Pinocchio, Snow White, and Superman are out for a stroll in town one day. As they walked they come across a sign: 'Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world.'

'I am entering,' said Snow White. After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, Well, how'd ya do?' ' First Place ', said Snow White.

They continue walking and they see a sign: 'Contest for the strongest man in the world.'

'I'm entering,' says Superman and after half an hour he returns. They ask him, 'How did you make out?' ' First Place ,' answers Superman.

They continue walking when they see a sign: 'Contest for the greatest liar in the world?'

Pinocchio enters. After half an hour he returns with tears in his eyes. 'What happened?' they asked.

'Who the hell is Obama?' asked Pinocchio.


Letter by Charles Daniels (it's posted on his website)

Charlie Daniels on Obama

Guns and Church

Since I identify with the people who fall into Barrack Obama's elitist description about of people of faith who keep firearms I'm not very happy with Barrack Obama's recent remarks.

He said something to the effect that us rednecks cling to our guns and our religion when we get frustrated and I would like to take umbrage to these remarks. My faith goes much deeper than his superficial explanation and I love my guns even when I'm not frustrated.

And I am not by myself. I was going to church and shooting guns before Mr. Obama was even born and come from a long line of good people who have been doing it for generations.

To me this latest Obama blunder only helps reveal the depth of condescension the far left wing of the Democrat party has for the folks out here in flyover country.

Mr. Obama's remarks are insulting to a lot of folks. It's kind of like Abraham Lincoln said, "God must love the common people because he made so many of them".

His remarks make me think that Obama doesn't know the people of this country very well. I'm sure he knows the jet set and the Hollywood bunch, the limousine liberals and the save the whales, kill the babies crowd, but does he think that the ordinary people don't count? Does he think that they're so stupid that they don't know who he's talking about when he says these things? Does he think their opinions aren't important? Apparently.

How can a man stand in front of America and tell people what he wants to do for them and have so little respect for a whole segment of the population. In fact, a very large segment. Does that mean that he would only represent the high-minded liberal ideals of the far left and ignore the rest of us?

What kind of Commander and Chief would he make if he doesn't respect the very people who make up the lion's share of the armed forces.

You may say I'm over reacting, but I'm getting sick and tired of him making these elitist statements and saying that he had been taken out of context or some other flimsy excuse.

After his wife's remark about not being proud of this country and his pastor's statements calling America the U.S.K.K.K.A. and his own statement about not wanting his daughter punished with a baby, it makes me wonder what kind of a man Obama really is and what kind of a president he'd make.

Would he be an antigun advocate pushing the effort to take the firearms out of innocent citizen's hands? Would he not respect the religious beliefs of America, not taking them into account in his agenda?

I really don't know much about the man and neither does America. He basically came from out of nowhere and as the facts come out little by little, they don't make a particularly confident picture.

I have a great fear that if our military gets broken by another president, this time we're not going to have time to fix it again and what that spells for America, I don't even want to contemplate.

Oh well, I guess I'll grab my gun and go to church.

Pray for our troops

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

April 14, 2008

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May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~