Monday, May 12, 2008

Q&A


And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the most exciting, expressive picture of George Will I could find.

In his list of questions for Barack Obama, George Will encapsulates why I won't be voting for the Democrat in November. (And note that Obama's race and religion are brought up a total of zero times).

Of course, Will's upcoming list of questions for John McCain will likely sum up why I won't be voting Republican either.

5 comments:

Lu said...

I actually met him back in 1993. I was a busboy at a Mexican resataurant in Connecticut. I might be the only busboy in history to recognize George Will.

jerry glanville said...

You won't be voting Republican?

When is the press conference?

Let me know

4th and ten,

jer

Doug said...

Ehh, I'll lay 2:1 odds you still end up pulling the lever for McCain.

Josh said...

Ok, it's possible, I grant you. But it will not be a pro-McCain move, it will in all likelihood be a Obama-really-scares-the-shit-out-of-me move. But I'm, at this point, still 90% sure my vote won't be Republican. (It helps that I think the race won't be that close anyway, in favor of McCain).

But don't get all proud of me - it will quite possibly be for Bob Barr.

LD said...

Will makes a pretty elementary error on one of his questions:

"You favor eliminating the cap on earnings subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax, which now covers only the first $102,000. A Chicago police officer married to a Chicago public-school teacher, each with 20 years on the job, have a household income of $147,501, so you would take another $5,642 from them. Are they undertaxed? Are they rich?"

Social Security taxes are taken out individually, not by household. Raising the cap from $102,000 wouldn't affect this family at all, as they already are taxed for 100% of their income. Each earner in that family makes approx. $73K, so they have social security taxes taken out until the end of the year. So for the probably middle-class family in his example, raising the cap is probably an idea they would have a financial incentive to support (doesn't affect them personally, can shore up Social Security reserves which they may eventually rely on).

That said, for millionaires like George Will, raising the cap would have a financially negative effect.