Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Houston Nutt Never Raised My Taxes

Houston Nutt is no longer the head football coach at the University of Arkansas. Many were overjoyed at the news. Others, like me and presumably Nutt himself, were simply relieved. Now it is time for reflections.

On further reflection, Houston Nutt never raised my taxes. I did not have to roll my lazy carcass out of bed early even one day in order to earn wages that I would later be required to pay to the government on account of him. He never invaded my privacy, reduced my freedom, or trampled on our constitutional liberties. Yet many full grown adults were very upset with him. I have not noticed these same people taking equal umbrage at those who do raise our taxes, and grow government until it consumes both our earnings and our liberties.

Houston Nutt is a man who coaches a game played with a ball. That's it. Am I living in a repeat of the last days of Rome? In those times, the crowds were kept amused with bread and circuses while the integrity of their rulers and institutions crumbled around them.

Pay attention to the important stuff. Time is short.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the much-needed dose of reality!

9:52 AM, November 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, Amen, Amen! Who cares about Houston Nutt! Can we focus on the real issues? This is how Rome fell and we are playing with the same fire. Put down the fans and the grapes and lets get back to business.

7:34 PM, November 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're wrong if you think you've never had to roll your lazy carcass out of bed to earn wages you would later be required to pay to the government on account of him. Where do you think his salary came from, outer space? His $300K+ salary (more than most if not all, UA physicians) came from the taxes you paid. Granted he got other money from the foundation, endorsements, his TV show, etc., but he got a king's salary directly from the U of A, supported, in part, by your tax dollars. And you can bet UA lobbyists are in LR every legislative session asking for more of your money.

8:24 PM, November 28, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

He got the salary from the U of A my friend, but he was also part of a big-revenue sports program for the University. Net, he cost me nothing.

4:12 PM, November 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your logic (or, perhaps more accurately, illogic), my friend, is only valid if you are reimbursed from the "big-revenue" sports program." Net, you have lost every dollar you paid in as taxes. Unless you earn great or little enough to have zero tax burden, then he (and thousands of other govt. employees), cost you . . . and me.

5:03 PM, November 29, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I am not following you. The key is whether or not the football program generates revenues equal to its expenses (including HDN's salary). If it does (and I am pretty sure it makes way more than it costs us), I don't see how any of that comes out of my pocket.

If I pay for football because FB revenues are used to fund women's soccer, then that is still not HDN's problem. On the other hand, if football pays for itself and women's soccer too, HDN may have helped actually save me a few pennies.

7:07 PM, November 29, 2007  
Anonymous hmercer said...

Yeah, all those people protesting Nutt on campus were concerned that their taxes were being wasted on the UA football program.

And didn't the banner behind the plane flying over the stadium read "Not one tax dime for sports!"

It's a good thing, too. The school sure has saved alot of money buying out coaches' contracts over the last few years.

5:39 AM, November 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter how you slice it, dice it, spin it, rinse it and dry it, the State takes money from you in taxes for HDN's salary, even though the ADG reported today: "The state salary consisted of public dollars from the UA athletic dept., which includes ticket money and other athletic revenue but not tax or tuition dollars." They use accounting tricks to shift the "public" (read: yours and mine) dollars around to various places, but the State still takes $329,644 from you and I, and it is a line item designated as his salary, and even if the Foundation picks up the tab for it, the UA doesn't refund it to the taxpayers. It's all "public" money. By your logic, the State could take every dollar you make, but if they generate an equal amount somewhere else, it cost you nothing. I fail to understand that.

2:58 PM, November 30, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Then I will try one more time and if you don't get it, I will move on to more productive endeavors. If the foundation picks up the tab for that line item, and the university spends it somewhere else, then my problem is with the U of A administration and their irregular accounting practices, not the employee whose salary was paid with non-tax dollars.

4:02 PM, November 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I get it. Second, you don't, but you're beginning to: ". . . my problem is with the UA adminstration & their irregular accounting practices." HDN = (former) UA Administration. HDN earned a $329,644 public salary in tax dollars. Finally, I did not say the UA accounting practices were irregular; it's all probably legal, but money still comes from you and I for his salary. He cost you, but now you can roll your lazy carcass out of bed to earn money to pay his replacement.

9:49 PM, November 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My, what a dense one you are, anon.

I would take a shot at penetrating your skull with logic, but logic tells me that it would be a futile attempt.

3:01 AM, December 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will admit my skull is impenetrable . . . . but only to your illogical thought. Enjoy having money taken from your wages so HDN's replacement can begin spending it.

6:43 AM, December 01, 2007  
Anonymous hmercer said...

Enjoy having money taken from your wages so HDN's replacement can begin spending it.

And how will having protested Nutt (for his coaching performance, no less) change that fact? I believe that was the whole point of the article.

6:49 AM, December 02, 2007  
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