September 29, 2006

The Red Menace

Yes, I just wrote a couple of checks to the US Treasury for an obscene, unmentionable amount, and yes, in the title I am referring to our thinly-disguised socialist overlords and their draconian, sadistic self-employment tax.

Posted by Dr. Frank at September 29, 2006 10:41 PM | TrackBack

yeah, the self employment tax is pretty ridiculous. i'm not sure how i'm going to afford to pay it...

Posted by: aaron at September 30, 2006 12:42 AM

Buy a house, Frank -- that way you can write obscenely large checks to the bank instead of to the gov't.

Posted by: (The real) Aaron at September 30, 2006 01:02 AM

Taxes here in the states - regressive, anti-lower income and favoring people of wealth like yourself - are lower than in any developed nation in the world. You should be thankful that you are not working class like some of us. The payroll that's a "red menace." If no taxes, no infrastructure is what a person is looking for, go move to Biafra or Ethiopia.

Posted by: David Cummings at September 30, 2006 04:18 AM

Ha! I'd bet I'm lower-income than you, buddy.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at September 30, 2006 04:55 AM

Not a chance, not even without the book deal. On my pay, I can only afford to live in a little midwestern town. If I tried to live in Berkeley or London on my pay, I wouldn't be able to afford a box.

Posted by: David at September 30, 2006 10:26 PM

Here, here!

Posted by: josh at October 1, 2006 01:36 PM

Is bragging about whose poorest just another bay area thing that I don't understand?

Posted by: josh at October 1, 2006 01:38 PM

"You should be thankful that you are not working class like some of us."

Writing ain't workin', Dr. capitalist, exploiter of a robber baron pig.

Posted by: JB at October 2, 2006 07:48 AM

Mea Culpa, JB. Just like the black helicopters that apparently circle overhead on a a round-the-clock basis...and that I have apparently failed to observe, I should have known that sitting around in a Berkeley coffee shop for a few months out of the year typing "literature" is the same thing as hitting the concrete for eight to ten hours per day. I guess I should also keep in mind that referring to this great country - for which millions have given their lives in defense of - as a communist country is a perfect analogy. Stupid twits you. I've had bloody enough of this site, though I respect this writer's wit and the years that he toured around the country, making me laugh, and making each day one more day not to give it all up. It's sad what we have come to. I guess its tough to spend all those years at the Bottleneck in Lawrence and at Gillman earlier on in my life, and then witnessing this incessant trashing of anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun. Tough break.

Posted by: David at October 5, 2006 04:01 AM

And by the way, JB, I wasn't trashing "writing" for a living. It's good work if you can get it (and Frank is definitely good at it, as long as he leaves out the politics and mystery angles). I don't begrudge people who are good at what they do, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Barbara Streisand, or Frank. But I do resent this whining about taxes, and anyone who suggests that the self-employment tax is more oppressive than the kind of taxes some of the rest of us pay. makes some of us a bit queasy. Ok I am out of here.

Posted by: David Cummings at October 5, 2006 04:07 AM