A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Pay down the national debt?

A 98 year old lady has left her $1.1 million estate to the Bureau of the Public Debt:

http://www.wral.com/money/6273546/detail.html

The rest of you had better get busy. There's still $8.0999989 trillion left.
Permalink example 
January 20th, 2006
Wow what a cunt. Even if she had no family she could have left it to some homeless guy. At least he could have gotten really wrecked instead of pissing the money down the drain like the govt will.
Permalink Generic Error 
January 20th, 2006
Then why do you pay taxes?
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 20th, 2006
When I die I want to fund a Cannonball Run style event. I figure the only thing I need is a lawyer good enough to set it up.
Permalink A. Nonymous 
January 20th, 2006
You mean like this?

http://www.gumball3000.com/content/html/launch.htm?#

(Caution -- lame ass Flash site!)
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 20th, 2006
If she *really* wanted to pay it down, she would have contributed more to it all along. Then her $1.1M would have saved interest too.
Permalink KC 
January 20th, 2006
"At least he could have gotten really wrecked instead of pissing the money down the drain like the govt will."

Muppet, you do know that's the conservative philosophy, right?

A lot of conservatives believe that welfare should belong to the community, not the government.

Part of that is the additional belief that the Federal government simply wastes a lot of money, is additional bureaucracy, administrative agencies aren't accountable to anyone, etc.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 20th, 2006
"Part of that is the additional belief that the Federal government simply wastes a lot of money, is additional bureaucracy, administrative agencies aren't accountable to anyone, etc."

Not only that, but *every* single layer, individual, etc increases the cost of the transaction... that's why the fastest way to get a discount on *any* transaction is to start cutting out the middle men.
Permalink KC 
January 20th, 2006
Philo -

Who says I'm not conservative on a number of issues?
Permalink Generic Error 
January 20th, 2006
i think all inheritances should be used to pay down the debt...
Permalink Kenny 
January 20th, 2006
Kenny -

What a load of shit. The debt will never be 'paid down'. The govt will simply whore the Hell out of the reduction in debt for a ton of PR, and then when that ship has sailed, they'll built it right back up again with additional spending to match the new income source.
Permalink Generic Error 
January 20th, 2006
"Then why do you pay taxes?"


Because the police power of the federal gov't makes you pay.
Permalink Yo! 
January 20th, 2006
"i think all inheritances should be used to pay down the debt..."

Yes, because private property is overrated.
Permalink KC 
January 20th, 2006
"Who says I'm not conservative on a number of issues?"

Certainly on this issue you have been pretty consistent that excess money should be taxed, given to the government and then redistributed in the form of welfare, public health care, etc...
Permalink Phil 
January 20th, 2006
"i think all inheritances should be used to pay down the debt..."

If you took every inheritance in the US and put it towards the debt, I think it would still barely put a dent in it. Heck, even if you took all the money from the top 10 richest people in the US you'd only have $150 billion or so, and it drops quite sharply from there. Business would be the best source of tax revenue, but raising their taxes could potentially hinder the work force. The only way to really pay down the debt is stop spending so much.
Permalink Phil 
January 20th, 2006
"...stop spending so much."

Yeah, there's an idea.
Permalink bpd 
January 20th, 2006
++Then why do you pay taxes?

Because I paid them before and they funded prisons, where they will put me if I don't continue to do so.
Permalink I am Jack's tax trip 
January 20th, 2006
Heh. Sort of like the old license tag connundrum.

If you don't "buy" a license tag from the state, you could end up making them.
Permalink example 
January 20th, 2006

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