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Hey guys. I get into politics and enjoy seeing everyone's opinion. I read a lot of blogs and columns that are politically oriented. Some of my favorites are Walter Williams and Neal Boortz's daily news.
Just wondering, what do some of you out there read as your sources of information, entertainment, etc.?
 

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I don't know why I haven't read Mr. Williams articles before this post. Much of what he relates, I totally agree with in my opinion. I read Mr. Bortz for the first time today too. He also makes much sense, however, I do not find his writing as easy to follow. His conclusions leap out at you without the logical thought progression necessary to completely understand his intent. One such is the Fair Tax idea. The quote in the Wall Steet Journal in opposition to the Fair Tax concept relates an example where a $77 dollar item cost, when sold would cost as much as $130 under the Fair Tax. Yet, it did not offset that amount by deducting the amortized Income tax that would have been paid from that total, as Mr. Bortz insinuates in agreement with the Fair Tax. Whether you pay 28% on gross wages or pay 28% per item, the calculations must be offset from one to the other. The Fair Tax does include taxation on purchases by those who would otherwise not pay taxes, such as drug money, tourism, company perks to executives, and many other areas not taxed now. This would substantially decrease the actual taxes per person, as more revenue incoming to the government would be spread among more people. The only thing problem with this approach is that with more revenue, government has the habit of spending all that it brings in. The only way the Fair Tax works is if government is limited in it's spending. Back to your post. I'm going to start reading more from these columnists. I generally get my news from Fox, CNN, and NewsMax, along with the major news networks on a casual basis, not actively researching the news for info.
 

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Walter Williams is a syndicated columnist, I started reading his columns every thursday in my local hometown paper. Now I just look him up online as you did. Boortz, of course, is a radio personality similar to Rush Limbaugh.
He co-wrote the Fair Tax Book with GA congressman John Linder. My cousin convinced me to read it last year. It is actually very interesting, once I read the book he made a believer out of me. Mike Huckabee is a supporter of the Fair Tax plan so it is possible we may actually see a change in our horrible tax system one day.
 

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Someone has to defeat Hitlery first and then get a conservative Congress again. That isn't looking too likely with Congress.
 

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My politics/ecomomics hero is Thomas Sowell from Stanford University. He’s a conservative (from CA!) who believes in control of the economy by the free market rather than the government. I read every column he writes.

I found his tome Basic Economics: a Common Sense Guide to the Economy particularly enlightening. It’s written in a readable style and doesn’t have any of those pie charts and graphs that I grew to hate in Economics class in high school.

I check in with Boortz every day as well.
 

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Hey, I've heard of Thomas Sowell. In fact I remember looking him up after I read a Walter Williams column where he mentions Sowell's name. I guess those conservatives are a pretty close group.

I just wish more people would read something other than the front page of the NY Times; they might find out there is another point of view out there.
 
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