Archive for December, 2010

Guilty at first sight

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Wouldn’t a courthouse be at the top of a list of places where you should be entitled to your rights? So why must you give up your right to bear arms when you walk into one?

Get a lawyer and run

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I’m always amazed when people claim that a person accused of a crime should be willing to stand trial because “If he is innocent then he has nothing to fear”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The prisons are full of innocent people. Many accused of murder have been exonerated based on DNA evidence. If someone can be found guilty of murder, imagine how easy it is for someone to be found guilty of a lesser crime. Many wondered why the parents of Jonbenet Ramsey hired lawyers right away… because they are sophisticated people and it is the right thing to do. Today a news commentator asked Julian Assange why he was fighting extradition to stand trial in another country. How about this for an answer: in a matter like this the government has nothing to lose and the accused has everything to lose and nothing to gain. The government should be forced to compensate people who are prosecuted and then found not guilty.

4th Grade Math

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Remember what a “percentage” is? Lots of people are talking these days about whether the “rich” should pay more in taxes. Then the discussion quickly turns to the question of whether or not the rich should pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. Everyone seems to forget that because taxes are paid as a percentage of income, someone who makes more money already pays more in taxes. The percentage does not need to be raised. The method of using a percent already makes it “fair” in that those who earn more will pay more. That’s what a percentage is and that is how it works. One could make a good argument that everyone should pay the same amount of dollars as taxes; one could make a good argument that those who use more government services should pay more in taxes, and perhaps one could make a good argument that we should all pay the same percentage of taxes. The idea that some should pay a higher percentage in taxes is patently unfair.