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A buddy from Monaco was at a different conference in the same hotel in Switzerland, and he sent me this great humor from David Letterman.

Here are the top 10 ways to tell if you are a bureaucrat.

10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better. 

9.) On a snow day, when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean. 

8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work. 

7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row. 

6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you. 

5.) You think the French are working themselves to death. 

4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe. 

3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church. 

2.) You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt. 

1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your healthcare insurance.

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I posted yesterday about the horrible unfairness of life (i.e., I’m not rich). Interestingly, there are a number of rich left-wingers that feel guilty about having a lot of money. In a burst of genius, I came up with an idea that will kill two birds with one stone. They should give their money to me.

Unfortunately, I doubt this idea will work. Rich statists with neurotic disorders tend to deal with their feelings of guilt by supporting higher taxes on other people. I’ve actually debated these crazies (see here, here, and here).

Now more of these odd people are crawling out of the woodwork. Here’s an excerpt from a Yahoo story.

Add PIMCO founder Bill Gross to the list of wealthy Americans who think they aren’t being taxed enough, already. “Of course we should” pay higher taxes, Gross says. …In addition to tax hikes on the wealthy, “let’s raise corporate taxes too,” the famed bond fund manager says, a view that runs in direct opposition to the current discussions in Washington. “Corporations complain and complain and complain and have got the Obama administration suggesting there should be some corporate tax reform,” Gross notes. But at just 1% of GDP, corporate taxes are “historically low.”

To be sure, perhaps the PIMCO guy is just trying to boost his net worth through the back door. His bond fund probably has lots of government debt, so perhaps he thinks higher taxes will protect the value of those bonds. A strange theory, but being a statist means never having to understand how the real world works.

Then we have Stephen King, who apparently feels guilty about his wealth, so he wants the government to rape and pillage other people. And I’m not aware of any back-door rationale for him to support higher taxes, so this presumably is a classic case of GRLWND (guilt-ridden left-wing neurotic disorder). Here are some of the details from an editorial in a Florida paper.

The horror novelist, a part-time Florida resident, addressed a “Wake the State” rally Tuesday in Sarasota, took a swipe or two at Gov. Rick Scott and complained that rich people — like himself — are getting off too easy. “As a rich person,” he said, “I pay 28 percent taxes. What I want to ask you is, why am I not paying 50? Why is everybody in my bracket not paying 50?”

Of course, there’s nothing to stop Mr. King or Mr. Gross from pissing away their money by voluntarily sending checks to Washington. Indeed, the Daily Caller is offering free psychiatric advice to guilt-ridden left wingers by directing them to the Treasury Department website with the information about making gifts to Uncle Sam.

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