As it turns out, today’s “Moron of the Month” honoree is right in my own backyard — nearly. This afternoon I got an email from my mother, who pointed me to a column in our local paper, the Lansing State Journal, containing a piece of, as mom put it, “weapons grade stupidity” written by one Cheryl Bartz. This person has such a poor grip on economics that her hands must be smeared with Crisco.

Keep in mind that Michigan’s taxes have driven business from the state so much that for a time it looked like the white collar equivalent of the evacuation of Dunkirk. Fortunately, that’s calmed down now, as there’s hardly any business left in the state to leave.

With that said, here’s a snip from the setup and a bit from the conclusion of the column that contains not even enough brain power to run a potato clock:

When I left the Peace Corps in 1991, I traveled by bus through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. After my odyssey through Central America, I came up with the definitive answer to the question, “What’s the difference between a Third-World country and a First-World one?”


…I think the income tax is what made America great. Taxes give all of us things we can’t buy as individuals. Cutting services rather than raising taxes is a sure way to whittle our state down to Third-World status. And yes, businesses should be taxed, too. They benefit from all the services that make our homeland secure.

I encourage the Michigan Legislature to demonstrate leadership by levying enough taxes to keep Michigan a First-World state.

Good Lord, what a vacuous, Nerf-brained, and unfortunately, all-too-common mindset. What’s sad is that this could have been written by Michigan’s governor.

Frankly, I can’t stop laughing at the woman who is apparently the Gilligan of Liberal Island.

Taxes make a country great? Well, then we’ll just go to a dirt poor starving and miserable country and levy huge taxes. Problem solved, bellies full, people housed and healthy. Nirvana! Oh, wait…


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