Tuesday, July 27, 2004

A Stronger Defense Does NOT Mean We're Safer

George W. Bush likes to say we are safer today than before 9/11 and the 9/11 Commission Report seems to say the same thing but I think some definitions are getting confused.

We do, in fact, have stronger defenses against terrorism now. Improving the airport screening process gave us a stronger defense against terrorism. Whether the airport screening is good enough is debatable but it is clearly stronger than before 9/11.

But, is a stronger defense the same thing as safer? Only if the risk remained constant!

But the risk has NOT remained constant! Preemptively attacking Iraq has inflamed the passions of would-be terrorists around the world and now there are a lot more people who want to do us harm.

Before 9/11, we were in a little wood cabin with the door locked and a single hungry bear in the woods. Now, we're in a little wood cabin with the door locked and we have loaded gun on our lap but there are 100 hungry bears banging on the door trying to get in. We have a stronger defense but are we safer?

Friday, July 02, 2004

Higher Priority for IRS than Coast Guard or CIA

Does it make sense that our government spends more tax dollars taking our money than protecting us?

The budget for the IRS is around 10 Billion dollars per year. The budget for the Coast Guard is around 6 Billion dollars per year. The budget for the CIA is estimated to be around 5 Billion dollars per year.

So, taxing Americans is a higher priority than inspecting cargo containers coming into our ports (Coast Guard). Sticking with our unfair and overly complicated income tax system is a higher priority than collecting intelligence on foreign terrorists (CIA).

This pathetic paradox is why we need a new tax system. The best proposal I've heard of is right here: www.FairSimpleTax.com.

If we fix the tax system, we could instantly free up nearly 10 Billion dollars per year of the IRS budget which could be better spent protecting us from terrorist attacks. At the same time, we could finally make income taxes fair for all Americans and we would improve our economy in the process.