a picture (or a graph) is worth a
Never lose sight of the
connection between supermarket tabloids, professional wrestling, evangelism and
supply side economics.
Do the Math
elected in America, no matter from what party, the candidates have no choice but
to year after year pledge to lower taxes further and further. We have become the
nation of Ken and Barbie, looking good but very poor at the math.
All but one of the thirty odd gubernatorial races in
2002 had as the central issue billions of dollars in state deficits, with all
candidates pledging to reduce taxes or at least not raise taxes. Then with the
GOP in control of all branches of government, their first order of business was
to make last year’s tax cuts for the wealthy permanent and do it all over again!
With those tax breaks already benefiting mostly the wealthy will come reductions
in capital gains taxes (giving breaks to the wealthy), removing taxes from stock
dividends (giving breaks to the wealthy) and the elimination of the so called Death Tax (which gives breaks to only the wealthy.) That last one, the Inheritance Tax, is the
delineator of just how well the conservative propaganda of tax and spend big government has worked in clouding the minds of most
Americans. As it stands, there are no inheritance taxes on $700,000 or less with
that non-taxable figure rising to $2 million over the next few years. The
conservative propaganda is to base it all on the poor American farmers losing
their farms to the IRS. It’s a canard, for those few instances can be easily
dealt with outside of eliminating estate taxes. The GOP will eliminate
inheritance taxes, affecting the richest .1% of the population. And eliminate it
to the cheers of people making $25,000 a year who on their parent’s death may
get Mom’s wedding ring and Dad’s second hand Buick. What silly people we have
become. And all this borrowing and tax breaking Cowboy George is dishing out to the top
of the stack are only going to make matters worse in every respective state. And
remember, as taxes go down, they are redistributed within energy bills, water
bills, phone bills and more unemployment. And most Americans joyfully run out to
pull the levers for those sticking it to them the hardest. No sacrifice is too
great to be able to buy 100 assault rifles a month and give nothing to the
community at all. It is what America has become.
I just do not understand this NAFTA business. I can’t imagine why the United
States would want to join Canada and Mexico in an organization so men could have
sex with underage boys. What kind of countries are our neighbors anyway? It is
so disgusting I don’t know why anyone would even talk about it. Even Rush
Limbaugh is for it. Doesn’t he have a woman in his life to help with his urges?
Emily Litella, NY, NY
Taxation Without Representation!
“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated
in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Louis Brandeis
I printed a one-page version of the Declaration of Independence to lay on the
kitchen table in case anyone around here got it in their head to read rather
than watch. The result of course was it was only touched by one set of human
hands, my own. Rather than reading the backs of cereal boxes as I spooned up my
breakfast, I read the thing a few times. Something surprised me. This document,
calling for a war for independence consists of three initial paragraphs, a list
of grievances directed at King George III, a closing paragraph and of course the
infamous signatures. Contrary to what many would have you believe, taxes are
mentioned only once, seventeenth in the list of 24 grievances. For [a foreign
power - England] imposing taxes on us without our consent. Nothing at all about
taxes being thievery or evil.
Class Incomes Defined
“Someone making from $300K to $750K a year. That does not make me rich. That
does not make me middle class. In my opinion, that makes me lower middle class,
when I see anyone above $750K that is upper middle class.” Fred Heineman (R -
Clueless in N.C.)
This is one of my favorite quotes from the Contract On America days when
Representative Heineman finally cleared up this whole class thing. Make sure you
understand that Fred takes a $50K a year police pension along with his $133K
salary from Congress (including top notch free national health care and every
other employee benefit known to man). I must thank Fred for making the
Republican mindset so absolutely clear. And you know, just that fast, I no
longer personally know one single member of the middle class.
In 1981- National Debt - a bit more than $1 trillion.
In 1988- National Debt - a bit less than $4 trillion.
When campaigning against Ronald Reagan, George the Father rightly coined the
phrase Voodoo Economics to define supply side economics. That reducing taxes (primarily for wealthy
individuals and corporations) cause revenues, employment, savings and wages to
rise is just so much Poodoo. Conservatives can juice up numbers to pretend
differently, but one number they cannot fake; Reagan’s supply side economic plan
more than tripled the national debt, causing us twenty years later paying twenty
cents on every tax dollar to pay that dumb idea off. Cowboy George has just done
the same again, twice!
Your Federal Tax Bill
“When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.” Henry
If we really want to stop those with the most money controlling our elected
officials, all we have to do is each spend $4 a year to fund public campaign
financing - which the Republicans will never let happen. The figures below were from around 1996, though these percentages vary from
year to year, the hierarchy has not changed much since Ronald Reagan tripled the
Military Expenditures 25.8%
Interest on the debt 23.2%
Federal pensions 6.5%
Education and training 5.4%
Veterans Benefits 3.7%
Food stamps 2.5%
Unemployment benefits 2.3%
Earned income tax credit 1.5%
Foreign aid 1.3%
Space flight 1.2%
Nuclear weapons 1.2%
Tax collection .8%
Farm subsidies .7%
Pollution control .6%
Federal Law enforcement .6%
Disaster relief .3%
Federal prisons .3%
Public Broadcasting .02%
White House .02%
Misc. smaller items 10%
Social Security and Medicare are not listed as its pay-in/pay-out. But if
considered taxes, they would be listed below the interest on the debt.
Republican Tax Lies
States’ overall average tax rate is 30%, less than any industrialized nation.
I just closed out on TURBO TAX on the computer. At the end comes up all sorts
of IRS facts. The average federal tax rate for a family of four in the $60k
range is 9.7% (for the average $35k income its much lower). Add 8% for social
security, 3% for property taxes (though only 60% are home owners who pay that),
another 4% for state taxes (though 13 states have no state taxes), add 3% for
sales taxes (adjusted for what products are taxed), exaggerate and add another
4% for gas taxes, licenses, tolls, and permits and it’s about a 30% overall tax
rate no matter how you look at it. The lowest tax rate in the industrialized world!!
Tom DeLay and thousands of Republicans like him scream day and night, even
while they sleep, that our tax rate is over 50%. Listen to any AM talk show and
you will hear caller after caller say they work until August or September just
to pay taxes. All these people are liars. In fact, just on this issue alone,
these people tell more lies in one day than Bill Clinton did in eight years.
The issue is the mainstay of Republican ideology. It is so politically charged,
due to our universal personal selfishness (we do not like that term so we have
renamed it rugged individualism), that neither the media nor politicians
from any direction are able to jump off the wagon.
So why are all these Republicans looking us in the eye and lying about it? Well
first off is that they can get away with it, for taxation and the laws about it
are a very complicated matter, and this is not a nation of rocket scientists
(rocket scientists immigrated from either Germany, Russia or Israel). And
secondly those telling these lies are in the top 5% of income earners. So when
they say we, they do not mean you.
Death and Taxes
If you make less than $75,000 a year and vote Republican, you are a moron.
The angst reverberates across the land; the
yellow dog Democrats, the Marxist Liberals, the Environmentalist Whackos, the
Nazi Feminists, the damn Socialists and the Goddamn Communists are in control of
our government and the media to destroy democracy, capitalism and God by forcing
us to suffer the greatest scourge mankind has ever known, The redistribution of
wealth (read taxes). There is some truth to that for a
redistribution of wealth is indeed going on, they just have it backwards and
incorrectly named. The central problem in America today is the disparity of
wealth, with the money being redistributed upwards rather than downwards.
Real dollar wages have been dropping for a generation, the poor are poorer, and
per capita there are more of them than anytime since the early ‘60’s (mostly
women and children). The conservative answer to all that is simple: cut funding
for their education, job training, health care, student loans, housing and food.
The idea is to force the poor into sustainable jobs that exist only in bootstrap
speeches, while moving the monetary responsibility of the jobless, the indigent,
the old and infirm onto the backs of already stretched state, county, city
budgets and extended family incomes.
Not to worry! Conservatives have the answer to that too! [This is hard to
believe]. Eliminate the minimum wage so employers can pay them less, which will
create more jobs that cannot sustain a single person yet alone a family. At the
same time they push that odious crap, they work every angle to give the wealthy
more tax breaks, more disposable income and to give employers totalitarian
control over employees. What do they give back in return? [This is even harder
to believe]. They give these people more prisons to house each other, more guns
to kill each other, and more Jesus to get them into Heaven after they’ve either
been shot or executed.
The GOP has finally beaten the ancient curse of death & taxes. They whip up the
hate between the classes; keep the lowest in areas far rom where Republicans
live, arm them to the hilt with enough technology to kill each other quickly and
efficiently, make sure there is a liquor store and a hockshop selling guns on
every corner, and tell them everything is fine because no one really dies, they
all go to Heaven where everything is just hunky-dory. Where there are no taxes
and everyone is issued a .44 God & Wesson to keep it that way.
“It is erroneous thinking to say that a tax break for someone working from
paycheck to paycheck is more important than it is to wealthy individuals.”
William F. Buckley tells a whopper.
William F. Buckley’s whopper here expresses well the base mentality of
conservatives; that a second Mercedes is just as important to a rich man as a
tank of gas is to a poor working stiff to put in his ‘67 Buick to get to both
his minimum wage jobs on time. Buckley and the rest of these conservative
assholes actually believe that, it is the nature of the Beast.
As this crap washes across America, it builds as conservatives take more and
more control of not only the three branches of government but the media as well.
So successful have they been in their propaganda that now even that guy in that
‘67 Buick with the two minimum wage jobs believes them.
A few months after the impeachment, the Republicans passed legislation to
enable extremely wealthy individuals to each own as much as 35% of the entire
media market. Imagine Murdoch, Robertson and Limbaugh divvying the whole shebang
up between them. They’ll have all the guys in their ‘67 Buicks believing
their bilge. I’ve never before experienced such a degree in blind acceptance of
propaganda as I have over these last two decades. I am dumbfounded that my
fellow Americans are so dumbfounded.
Great Men’s words on Unemployment
“A man who has no office to go to - I don’t care who he is - is a trial of
which you can have no conception.” G.B. Shaw
Though poverty is an important factor in
the breakup of the family, the fall to drug abuse, alcohol addiction and crime,
it is unemployment which is the most serious factor regarding such concerns. As
in both Russia and China (where free market economies have recently begun in
various stages) unemployment is the most immediate outcome; with drugs, gangs,
and crime coming as never before experienced. The connection between various
factors regarding moral decline and unemployment can also be seen in statistics
here in the United States.
“Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our
democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give
employment to idle men.” FDR
The point is not that free market economies
are bad, but too much of anything is not good for the soul, especially sitting
back and allowing the odious Lassie Farts foul our society.
“You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live.” William
Our hard-core unemployed is not listed, but
with official rates between 4% and 8%, the overall reality is about 10%, the
historic result of a capitalist system. The trick is not as the Republicans
would have you believe, dropping large smelly turds upon that segment of our
society, but accepting it as the price that must be paid and then having the
government deal with it in some effective manner.
“When we’re unemployed, we’re called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it’s
called a depression.” Jesse Jackson
Facilitate the movement of people in and out of the unemployment pool so it
does not become a way of life for the few, but a short-term process for the
many. Which of course results in the cry of “COMMUNISM!” Couple sustainable entitlements and daycare to education, training,
counseling, and workfare. Which of course results in screams of MARXISM! Use the
tax code to hurt corporations who move their labor pool offshore. Which of
course results in screams of “SOCIALISM.” Move our criminal system regarding drugs from one that creates more
hardened criminals and single mothers, to one of rehabilitation and community
service. Which of course results in screeches of LIBERALS ARE SOFT ON CRIME!
“Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.” Ronald Reagan
With the dark tide now up around our eyebrows, nothing will be done about any
of this other than putting more people in more jails until we surpass even the
Soviet Gulag and the Third Reich in that respect.
Jite’s HR 2009 - Any chief executive officer, or board member of any
corporation who votes or directs in any way the movement of that corporation’s
operations, entire or in part, to a foreign country, shall upon disposition of
that vote or direction, immediately lose his or her American citizenship and be
deported to the aforementioned country.
The core of the conservative economic debate is that the 270 million
individuals of America know better than the government on what to spend their
hard earned money on:
- 12 packs,
- $250 tennis shoes,
- $350 NBA jackets,
- 900 numbers,
- The American Spectator,
- Big Macs,
- Buns of Steel,
- dime bags,
- Enron stock,
- extended warranties,
- Frito Lay products,
- gold chains,
- golf carts,
- leaf blowers,
- nose rings,
- NRA dues,
- Power Apps,
- red ties,
- SKS semiautomatics,
- rhino rounds,
- time share condos,
- The Weekly World News,
- whole life policies
- and Pez.
Republicans bring up eliminating the Capital Gains tax in the House most every
year. The process has many names; supply side economics, trickle down, tinkle
down, the yellow rain and voodoo economics to name a few. Its lead pundit
spokesman is Robert Novak who never shuts up about it. And what would be the
result of eliminating the capital gains tax? Where would all that extra money
the wealthy get, go? Corporate takeovers, corporate lobbying, union busting,
moving jobs offshore, moving capital offshore, downsizing, more reduction in
wages, more unemployment, more homelessness, more loss of job security, meaner
streets with more guns and billions more in public relations money to further
the process. This is not conjecture, it’s history.
It’s the stuff of revolution and the cause of the rise of totalitarian
communism. A human problem that has been with us for centuries; from feudalism
to the mob of the French Revolution, from Dickens and the Industrial Revolution
to the robber barons of 19th Century America, from the Great Depression to
today’s Republican Congress. We in America now have the greatest disparity of
wealth in the industrialized world, which the Republican Party does everything
in their power to make worse. It’s the nature of the Beast.