Sunday, October 01, 2006

Greece - Home Of Funny Economic Numbers

This explains it. The article tells how the Greeks are having to count prostitution and smuggling estimates in their GDP. Why?

Under pressure from the European Union to cut its deficits, Greece is revising
its gross domestic product to include part of the booming black economy,
boosting its output by at least 10 percent in 2006,

Oh, those pesky EU types. In the land of rampant socialism, unemployment and economic disincentive, now they must falsify the numbers to keep the EU happy. You see, it has been established for years and years. When you increase taxes, production and revenue to the government tend to decrease. Why wouldn't it? Work more and keep less isn't my idea of fun.

Here's the tax rates. Notice that over 23,000 euros the tax is forty (40) percent. Couple that with sixteen (16) percent employee contribution to Socialist Security and it's no wonder they have to include illicits in the "official numbers" to keep the EU happy.

Just an observation.


At 5:43 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Oh the fun that could be had by Taxula.


At 8:03 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

America, land of funny numbers.

This ties in with the NCLB and education discussion. I just learned that most of the funding that was initially supposed to be spend on schools and education has not reached schools. It has in fact gone to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is just another instance of the government saying they are going to do one thing, then doing another. But, I thought you might like to cogitate on it.

At 12:06 AM, Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Let's put an end to publically-funded schools!! No more beauracracy, no more fraud!

At 4:07 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

It has in fact gone to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well if that's true, then hats off to whomever made that call ... At least it's being spent Constitutionally.


At 8:55 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Yeah, it makes so much more sense for us to spend money on war than education. I totally agree. Getting our soldiers killed, spending more money than we have, and getting ourselves knee deep into a situation we have little hope of getting out of with our dignity in tact is much preferable to educating our children. Once again, RWR, you have really hit the nail on the head. Maybe you should hit yourself in the head next time?

At 10:39 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Cut the bleeding heart crap, Beef, and think for once.

Our federal tax dollars will always be better spent on defense.

War also happens to be more expensive than education.

Oh, and then there's that matter of being able send my kids to a school that's not cramming the Koran down their throats and teaching them that it's ok to kill people as long as they take a few "infidels" with them.

You can continue in your state of denial, or simply face the fact that without stepping up to fight the war, you won't have any say in whether your daughter will even be allowed to attend school.

Money well spent when you consider the consequences of giving in to the terrorists.

The Constitutionality of defense is not in question. Education is. Show me the article and section of the Constitution that gives ther federal government the authority to get involved in state matters such as education, and we'll debate from there.

In the meantime, cut it with the bullshit. You aren't making yourself look very intelligent.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Your argument makes the claim that if we don't fight terrorism my daughter will be force fed the Koran, that is, if she is allowed in school at all. It also makes the case that it is better to "defend" ourselves than it is to have idiots for children.

Quite frankly, your stance hasn't enough merit to respond to it any further. To make the mental leap between fighting terrorism and watching as my daughter is force-fed the Koran is quite simply beyond my mental capacity. You're right. From your persepctive, I must look like a total fool.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

You do, Beef - but that's nothing new.

For some reason, there are a lot of people who think the government is the only way anything can ever happen (such as educating kids).

It's not much of a leap to figure out that failing to beat the terrorists will ultimately result in their imposiong their wacky religious view on you and me and everyone else. They've already said plenty of times that that's their intention.

We must fight. We must win.

After that, we can get serious about beating back the horrors of American socialism. With any luck we can get a head start on that, too.


At 12:23 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Tell me this RWR, how are the terrorists going to make us read the Koran and force us to subscribe to their religion? Are they so powerful that they can invade and take over our country? How else, oh wise one, would they accomplish this task?

At 12:11 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Beef, what do you think the purpose of the war they started is?

THEY plan to do it by hijacking our planes, kidnapping our citizens and subjecting them to death and ultimately working to take over our country and the whole rest of the world - and forcing their religion upon it.

Are they powerful enough? They seem to think so, thanks to the "paper tigers" that we had in the White House prior to 2001. They've made their intentions abundantly clear. You have to have been living under a rock for at least five years not to know that. As long as they are of the mindset that they can win and force their caliphate upon us, then they must be treated as if they are that powerful.

Winning the war is not an automatic. We must fight now before our enemy reaches the point where he can raise the kind of army it will take to beat us. Iran, North Korea, and Syria are all places with the potential to do this, and if you don't see the preparations they are making to join the war so that they can do the above, then you aren't taking them seriously and are therefore a fool.

The same mistake was made with Hitler.


At 4:14 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

If you think that terrorist organizations have the power to overthrow our country and force us to adopt their religions, you are completely insane. Truthfully, RWR, I have never spoken with anyone as relentlessly stupid as you. And to think you are teaching children! I wonder what actually takes place in the vacuum between your ears.

Just because a group intends to do something in no ways indicates that they have the power to do it. And history has proven that Christians do not cow-tow to other religions. They thrive, in fact, on suffering and persecution. Therefore, practically every one of your points is not only completely without substance, but each thought has clearly been hatched from between the ears of a man who would do better to listen less to everything he is told and think more about the things he truly knows.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Your response, Beef, shows your naivete as well as your idiocy.

Terror organizations, especially those with the support of national governments, will try to do just that. If you don't take them seriously, you are a fool, and have no business calling me or anyone else stupid or insane.

It really doesn't matter whether they're actually powerful enough to succeed or not. As long as they are trying, the US government has the Constitutional responsibility to keep them at bay.

I wonder where you get off saying that Christians thrive on suffering and persecution, while simultaneously coming to this blog and advocating the same kinds of policies advocated by communists and socialists, who have casued REAL suffering and persecution.

Go crawl under a rock. You might just be productive there.


At 6:01 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Once again, your logic follows undecipherable connections:

"I wonder where you get off saying that Christians thrive on suffering and persecution, while simultaneously coming to this blog and advocating the same kinds of policies advocated by communists and socialists, who have casued REAL suffering and persecution."

What does advocating persecution have to do with Christians thriving on persecution? They are two completely unrelated truths. Christians do thrive on persecution. Historically it has only made them stronger. And, yes, communists persecuted christians. What is your point? Is this supposed to make sense? Is this some sort of rebuttal? In essence you are only saying that communists persecute christians. This is in no way a rebuttal to my statement that christians thrive on suffering and persecution.

Please, try to think before you write!

And for the record, I have never said that we shouldn't fight terrorists. I only said they don't have the capability to turn our civilization into a muslim nation, which you have yet to intelligently counter. Your arguments are so typical of a man who doesn't think. You try to use tangential references to support a point that has nothing to do with what the other side is saying.

Bravo. Once again I must chide myself for debating with you. It is ultimately fruitless. If your points even made coherent sense I might continue, but I will not continue in this idiotic discussion with you.


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