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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Parasite 

MLB.com says the Yankees' Jason Giambi has figured out what's been ailing him:

NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi sat out his third consecutive game on Tuesday, as the first baseman was diagnosed with an intestinal parasite, explaining the reason for his recent sluggishness.
In related news, a Yankees spokesperson refused to comment on rumors that team owner George Steinbrenner has not been seen in recent days.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The wrong attitude 

AP (Via Drudge:)

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
Point one: Sen. Clinton apparently believes (and she's not alone) that the tax cuts only helped the well off. I guess everyone I know is well off, because everyone I know paid a lower income tax back in April. This group includes small businessmen, teachers, members of the armed forces, law enforcement officers, and graduate students, among others. They'll be thrilled to know that since they got a tax break, they must be well off.

Point two: At least Sen. Clinton admits that taxes "take thing away from you." Pardon me for saying so, but the government shouldn't have as its goal the maximization of money taken from the people.

For the proper attitude vis a vis taxes, and an open admission of the other (wrong) attitude, see Lileks.

“Why should the government have given you the money in the first place?”

“They didn’t give it to me. They just took less of my money.”

That was the last straw. Now she was angry. And the truth came out:

“Well, why is it your money? I think it should be their money.”

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