From school busing to driver's licenses for illegal aliens, bad ideas on parade.
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Alternative Minimum Tax
The idea: Enacted in 1969, the AMT was to disallow deductions and
exemptions in computing tax liability. Why? There were 155 — 155!
— “rich” households who were deemed by liberals to have too many
tax breaks, thus meaning they paid little or no income tax. The AMT
would supposedly cure this. The result? The Congressional Budget
Office now says that 34% of taxpayers earning between $50,000 and
$100,000 will have to pay the tax — which is another way of saying
that liberals believe if you earn $50,000 you are rich. That 155
taxpayers has now expanded to 11% of all taxpayers. The CBO also
says that if this is not changed by 2010, nearly every married
taxpayer earning between $100,000 and $500,000 will be forced to
pay the AMT. Predictably, after all the unintended consequences
have kicked in once again, liberals in Congress are now frantically
calling for repeal to avoid the wrath of their constituents.
Bringing Peace to Vietnam and Cambodia
The idea: Withdrawing from Southeast Asia completely in 1975 would
bring “peace” to the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. The result? A
tsunami of murder, concentration camps and desperate “boat people”
engulfed the area, not only not bringing peace to the region but
resulting in what is now recorded as “the killing fields.” The
subject usually brings forth a deafening if not embarrassed silence
from liberals when they are not busy, in face of massive evidence
to the contrary, in denying the result of their idea
The idea: If it feels good, went this old idea that was dusted off
at the end of the 1960’s do it. Promiscuity? No problem. Result?
The AIDS epidemic, a stunning rise in sexually transmitted