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How many of you have noticed the myopic obsession that is the nutjob right of the political spectrum?
When Bush was in office it was the far left nutjobs who could only focus on one thing – getting Bush out of office (a complete waste of energy in the political arena in my opinion) and now, for the last four years, the far right has WASTED all of it’s energy trying to find ways to get Obama out of office – to the point of complete absurdity, I might add – with the “where was he born?” and “why won’t he unseal his college records?” threads of discussion which do NOTHING to help the American people to get their government back from a Congress which has only the interests of it’s corporate sponsors at heart and presidents (a long line of them) who are co-conspirators with Congress to hollow out the Constitution of the United States.

While special interest groups focus on single issue attacks that accomplish nothing, the Washington elite erode our rights right in front of our eyes with the complicity of the main stream media to ensure that our attention is diverted elsewhere, while it happens. I’m sick of it. When are people going to wake up to the political reality that both the Republicans AND the Democrats are nothing more than two heads of a monster that WE created by not paying attention and holding their feet to the fire? Instead, (and in a day and age where information is EASILY attainable on any subject) we allowed Congress and George Bush to begin a systematic attack on our rights after 9/11 and then continued to allow Congress and President Obama to not only continue that attack but escalate it to the point where we not only have lost our privacy rights in the 4th amendment but we now have lost the right to normal jurisprudence in the form of charges, trials, etc.. The attack on our privacy rights is continuing (all in the name of security of course).

The recent rash of emotionally charged attempts to “stop the violence” is simply a continuation of an ongoing war on our freedoms. While the American people are distracted by the media, the government steals our money, sends Americans to fight wars that haven’t been declared by Congress (per the Constitution) and which are distant because the media doesn’t show us the ugly truth of these wars (as they did during Vietnam). While Americans focus on trivial and meaningless topics that are a symptom of how our government functions, the disease is left untreated and we all are worse off for it.

First off, I want to state that I have nothing against the wealthy. In fact, I wish I could count myself amongst them. Unfortunately, I can’t, but that is besides the point. I want to lay out why I think those who CAN count themselves as being fortunate enough to be considered “wealthy” should pay a higher tax rate and I would also like to state as a non wealthy person, that I am willing to pay more in taxes as well – as long as Washington finally gets it through their collective idiocy that we NEED to cut spending.

Ever since the 1960’s when LBJ and Congress took it upon themselves to combine social security with the general funds, those who have been paying into it have been getting hosed. No corporation in the country would be allowed to pull such a thing on it’s employees with their retirement moneys, but our Congress and the president at the time decided they could get away with it. I mention this because part of the discussion going on now has to do with the Republicans demanding that “entitlements” be looked at in a comprehensive plan to balance the budget. What they apparently refuse to recognize, of course, is that Social Security (and medicaid) would  be solvent if they had simply left it alone and not included those funds in the general funds. Instead, “social security” has a bunch of worthless IOU’s that the government has no hope of ever being able to fulfill. This has absolutely nothing to do with why the wealthy SHOULD pay more in taxes (as should everyone else) but it is a sidebar to the overall discussion.

The reason(s) the wealthy should pay more in taxes is because for the past 30 years, they (and the Congress they own) have worked to increase their wealth by funneling more of the money of the nation upwards into their bank accounts, while simultaneously using Congress to make the rest of the population less wealthy. That is my basic argument and I will lay out the specifics as follows.

The “trickle down theory” The trickle down theory, as proposed by Ronald Reagan was a wonderful, Utopian idea. If we tax corporations and the wealthy LESS, then the money they save in taxes will “trickle down” into the economy and create jobs. Except, that’s not what happened. What really happened was people. People are greedy, merciless creatures and those who benefited from these tax breaks kept the money – plain and simple. And not only did many of them keep the money, they also moved it into offshore accounts where they could hide it and not be taxed on it in the future. This was really the first step in the war on the middle class. I don’t think Reagan intended for it to occur, but it did. The wealthy saved a ton of money on taxes and kept it for themselves. Unfortunately, even though this didn’t work as envisioned, the Republican party is still pushing this agenda of “trickle down” economics even though it has been shown for 30 years not to be a complete failure. Over the intervening years, the wealthy have simply increased their wealth while everyone else has simply gotten less wealthy.

NAFTA and other “free trade agreements”. There was a time, not that long ago, when manufacturing was BOOMING in America. In the late seventies, as a teenager, I was able to find a job virtually at will at any number of manufacturing facilities near where I lived. NAFTA changed all of that. This agreement (along with others to follow) allowed multinational corporations (and their ceo’s) to move good paying jobs with decent benefits (middle class jobs) to overseas markets where they could pay a pittance in wages and benefits and reap the benefits of higher profits. That is AWESOME  for the corporations and their CEO’s – not so good for American workers. As with the theory of trickle down economics, the money moved up the totem pole and the people lower on the totem pole simply felt more pressure from above.

The rest of us simply don’t have anything to give. I’m willing to allow Congress to increase my retirement age in order to help the government get the budget under control (see my thoughts on social security/medicare above), but why should the very people who benefited (by way of lower taxes) be able to continue to receive a lower tax rate while simultaneously asking me to work even longer (I’ve already got 35 years on the tax rolls and counting) than the 50+ years I am already stuck with? The wealthy can retire whenever they please. They don’t HAVE to work 50 or more years if they choose not to. I do. I don’t hold any grudges in that respect. Like I said, I wish I were wealthy too, but it didn’t work out that way. So please, be my guest, increase my social security back to 6.2% instead of the ridiculous 4.2% that it currently is because hey, we have to pay for our futures. 

Interest income – here is where it gets really sticky. There is an “income” tax rate which the wealthy already pay a fairly decent amount on but when it comes to realized income on investments, not so much. This is where Buffet had it right – we should charge more in taxes on investment income. Why? Because people who make money off of the stock market and other investments (and that DOES include me – though to a much lesser extent) are benefiting from the work of average people. IBM or APPLE or whomever only see an increase in profits because they have a decent product and because they require their people to continually improve on their performance. Essentially, their stocks make them money because the people who aren’t rich, work harder. Increased productivity is a wonderful thing but the people who are doing the actual work don’t benefit like the people who invest in their company’s. In fact, in real terms, their wealth is declining at the same time that those who benefit from their work are seeing record profits from that work. That, to me, seems like a fair reason to ask them to pay more in taxes on that income. Also, people are selling out of “dividend” stocks because their taxes on those dividends might go up? PLEASE! I hope my dividend stocks go up! In fact, I might buy some at bargain basement prices. I’ll be happy to pay the extra tax just because I made more money.

Finally, I want to say this. The wealthy should pay more in taxes because THEY created the system that allowed them to benefit so generously in this nation. They bought Congress. They bought the presidency. They got EXACTLY what they wanted by ensuring that people favorable to them got elected and NOW they got “citizens united” from the supreme court – a gift that will surely continue to keep on giving.

Many people will disagree with  me and I’m not saying that those less fortunate shouldn’t pay more in taxes, but I definitely am saying that the wealthy have to stop their complaining and pony up. They got wealthy BECAUSE of the system that they put in place and they should damn well be willing to pay more so they can keep the gravy train rolling.

I occasionally listen to Rush Limbaugh – mostly for a laugh because he’s a huge moron and some of the funniest stuff can come out of that overgrown head of his, but also because i get to remind myself what it is about the “core” of the Republican party I truly hate. That “core” of course, would be the hard core, religious right, of the party. These are the people who truly piss off most Americans because their views are so out of sync with the other 80 or 90% of the electorate. Your average, middle of the road American, doesn’t want to hear what they have to say because it’s all hate. Hate for the gays. Hate for freedom (if the freedom you want doesn’t agree with THEIR supposed morality). This particular show happened to be about why the gop lost so badly in this past election cycle…. So, I’ve broken it down for you GOP. Here you go…

1. Immigration… You LOST the Hispanic vote. Why? Because you are a bunch of self serving intolerant pricks. We are ALL immigrants. I’m certain that if some of you actually looked back into your family history, you might find that one or more of your ancestors came here illegally. But they got here, and they stayed, and they became productive citizens, and they helped to further the great American experiment. But, you simply don’t get it. You threw away an entire voting block to play to the nutjob wing of the party.

2. Women… You LOST the vote of women. Why? Because you are a bunch of self serving intolerant pricks. Ya, same reason. Sure, shutting down Planned Parenthood plays to the nutjob wing of your party but in the general election, people just see you as intolerant pricks who want to deny women who don’t have means proper medical care. You are FIXATED on abortion, which is only a small part of what Planned Parenthood does. You also are apparently against condoms which would STOP the abortions. You morons. When will you ever learn? You don’t want abortions. You don’t want to pay for children born to poor people but you don’t want to help them to prevent the pregnancies in the first place. What the hell planet are you from anyway?

3. Gays… You lost the gay vote – completely. Why? Because you are a bunch of self serving intolerant pricks. Are you freaking serious? In the 21st century you want to tell a VERY LARGE voting block that you hate them, are completely against EVER allowing the very basic human right of choosing their partner in life and expect that that won’t hurt you in the election? Not only did you lose THEIR vote but you lost the vote of every single American who sympathizes with them. Morons.

4. Drugs… yup, you lost the vote of people who think that marijuana should be legal and regulated like alcohol and believe that we shouldn’t be throwing millions of our own people in prison for simple possession of any kind of drug, never mind marijuana. Hate to tell you this, but that is a VERY LARGE part of the electorate. And you lost them. Why? Because you are a bunch of self serving intolerant pricks who only believe in states rights or individual rights when the state or the individual is doing, or agrees, with you.

5. Finally, and this is really important. You lost the libertarian wing of YOUR party. We would never vote for Obama. Are you freaking kidding me? No Democrat on the planet has shown that they are willing to cater to a libertarian ideal. At least, somewhere in the depths of the hellish beast you call the GOP, there once was at least lip service to the concept of individual liberty and freedom. You once believed in limited government and states rights. You once believed in individual liberty. You once believed that the government should spend less, not more, and that corporations weren’t more important than people. That is obviously no longer the case and you know what cost you the election? Ron Paul supporters. Even if you discount all the other groups of people that the GOP pissed off, you still could have won. But, you had to treat Ron Paul and his supporters like complete pieces of shit. You stole elections. You fraudulently manipulated the process to keep Ron Paul supporters from being delegates. You literally broke the bones of Ron Paul supporters. You even changed the rules at the last minute to keep Ron Paul from being nominated at the national convention. You did ALL of this, and more, to your people in your own party AND to your own detriment. You gamed out, that in the end, the Ron Paul supporters would vote for Mitt Romney, because, well what else could they do? But you were wrong. Ron Paul supporters did what they HAD to do, they voted third party or the really pissed off ones voted AGAINST Mitt Romney and threw their vote to Obama or they simply didn’t vote.
You know that million votes that Gary Johnson got? That’s a 2 million vote swing – not counting all the other votes that didn’t go to Mitt Romney, but could have, if you had simply played fair and allowed Dr. Paul a fair opportunity to compete and then gave him his moment in the sun if he wasn’t the nominee. But you couldn’t do it and you paid. It cost you the election and I am GLAD it cost you the election. Rush Limbaugh was beside himself on the discussion of this matter – blaming pretty much anyone and anything he could, except for the people who truly cost Mitt Romney the election – the Republican party itself. Now you know. The discussion can begin with why did you feel a need to piss off all of the other voters then end with why did you piss off the one group (and in your party no less) that could have put you over the top anyway.

In a recent article in the Washington times a Mr. Conway stated the following “We actually think there will be strong transferability if he does not get the nomination.”

We, the supporters of Ron Paul for the GOP nomination in 2012 have a message for the GOP establishment. There is NO transferability between our beliefs and whatever establishment candidate the GOP chooses to foist upon the American public as a supposed alternative to Barrack Obama. Whether it be Mitt Romney or Barrack Obama is of no consequence to us. One is just as bad as the other in our view. Both believe in more government, not less. Neither of them considers the oath to the Constitution to be a binding agreement but instead is simply something they can call upon when it suits their needs and disregard otherwise. Both Obama and Romney promise MORE spending, not less. More debt, higher deficits and endless wars.

In short, GOP establishment, you do NOT have our vote unless Ron Paul is the nominee. You may have missed him at CPAC but you will miss his supporters even more in November. We will either vote for a third party candidate, or write him in or even – in some instances, vote for Barrack Obama to ensure that the GOP establishment candidate loses in November. If Ron Paul is not the nominee then the next logical step for us to take is to ensure that Obama is president for another four years so that Rand Paul can run in 2016. Perhaps by then the GOP will have learned that you cannot simply state that you are the party of limited government while simultaneously expanding government and expanding the role of government outside of our borders with endless “police actions” and wars.

The course that the United States is currently embarked upon guarantees that our our government will suffer the same consequences as many European nations are now enduring. Austerity will be forced upon us and in the end, the economy and the currency will fail. Our overseas empire will be forced out of existence and any respect that is left in the global village for the United States of America, will be lost to history. Our children and our grand children will be forced to pay the consequences of decades of failed domestic and foreign policy by members of both major political parties unless change comes swiftly to our nation from a complete change of course.

Only Ron Paul promises (and has shown by action) to obey the supreme law of our land – The Constitution of the United States. Only the Constitution guarantees an outcome that is favorable to the people of the United States, and by extension, to the rest of the world. Only Ron Paul will ensure that we follow the supreme law of the land and Ron Paul supporters will NOT vote for the lesser of two evils.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. We have seen how the Republican establishment has manipulated the voting process and the media to attempt to ensure that Mitt Romney receives the nomination and that Ron Paul does not. We are not blind to your deceit. We see how Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity blind their audiences to rationality and to true conservationism and the history of the Republican party. We have seen Ron Paul ridiculed and attacked by the main stream media on all sides as if orchestrated by the Republican party itself – and perhaps it was. We will not move aside and assist the GOP in subverting democracy. We will not “transfer” our votes to Mitt Romney should be become the nominee. We will not now, or ever, shun our responsibility as Americans to do everything in our power to see the corrupt system that now permeates everything in Washington destroyed. You cannot count on us. We do not need you. You need us. We will see you in every primary, every caucus. You will feel it when we vote for someone else in the general election because you will not win. You will feel our presence and we will not go away.

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