Friday, September 24, 2010

Tweety has an Epiphany While the UK Moves Closer to Full Blown Statism

In a rare moment of clarity, Chris Matthews utters the unutterable. Shame on him.


In a related, but very disturbing story, the UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

The proposal by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.

Currently employers withhold tax and pay the government, providing information at the end of the year, a system know as Pay as You Earn (PAYE). There is no option for those employees to refuse withholding and individually file a tax return at the end of the year.

If the real-time information plan works, it further proposes that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first.

This certainly gives new meaning to the phrases "working for the government," and "welfare state." Let's hope the geniuses in Washington don't hear about this idea.


  1. Will anyone in the UK protest against that? They already put up with CCTV in the home.

    Suggest demonopolizing government functions, on the other hand, and then you'll get the crowd at your doorstep. ;)

  2. I'd be personally organizing a march on D.C. if Congress was pitching this idea. I can't speak for the Brits, but if I lived I'd be mad as hell that someone would even suggest this.

  3. I almost passed out after seeing that video. That was the first sensible thing I have heard Chris Mathews say since he was on the McLaughlin Group years ago.

    I'm sick hearing about what they want to do in Britain. If they did that here people would revolt.

  4. Whether you call him Tweety or Tingles, Matthews seems to have lost touch with reality with the move to MSNBC, which is why I found this moment of clarity so remarkable. As far as the UK goes.... I don't know how people can tolerate a government that comes up with proposals like that.

  5. Oh my gosh, this is the first time I have agreed with Chris Matthews in recent memory. He will probably be fired now for stating something that makes sense. I have to play this video for my husband, he will be in shock.

  6. Chris Matthews is so totally off base on most issues, I'm in shock when he finally displays some common sense. You can't let a moment like this go to waste.