I wanted to write a post about how the current arguments surrounding the proposed stimulus package are getting on my last good nerve. I was struggling with what to say because lately I get so annoyed about it that it's all I can do to sputter a few invectives and grab the remote to switch to watching old movies or listening to music.
This morning, though, my fellow Georgian Nan has a post that says very much what I'd like to say and she says it with clarity and doesn't even descend into foul-mouthed vituperative left-wing blogger mode. Nope. Nan - a great writer on many and varied subjects - makes her point without dropping a single f-bomb.
Go, read Nan's post and think about the Republican talking points you're hearing and about the cognitive dissonance involved in spreading those lies and getting Americans to believe them through repetition.
Oh, and think about this, too, because I feel it fits with Nan's post. Ready? Because I'm about to spread a rightwing propaganda here on this blog....
The top one percent of tax-payers pays forty percent of the total income taxes!!!!!!!!
I'll wait for a second while you catch your breath and recover from the injustice of that. I know, calm down. I'm losing sleep over it, too. I really think the uber wealthy should be able to keep more of their income and contribute significantly less to the common good.
Look, I know that the best the Republicans can do right now is well-lathered outrage and subterfuge. They lost and they lost big. No one likes having their asses handed to them and, even though they aren't willing to admit it, the November elections were a a repudiation of the hideous conservative policies that have wrecked our economy. And what's more, the way the Republicans have conducted themselves with massive levels of hypocrisy and blatant disregard for the common good and our collective needs should require that they hang their heads in shame and slink away. But oh no, not them. No, their arrogance and belief that Americans are completely ignorant allows them to look straight into the camera an lie and lie some more. In between their alcoholic mouth twitches (I'm looking at you, Congressman Boehner), that is.
So yeah, for cliff's sake, the upper one percent is paying a large percentage of the taxes, but that would follow. They've amassed an unprecedented percentage of the nation's wealth. And try as they might to avoid it, some of that wealth and income is taxed. And since it's all percentages, the more scratch they make, collect and have, the higher their taxes go even if tax rates stay the same or even decrease.
And since the wealth has migrated to a tiny island of solid gold toilets and special man-servants to apply $6,000,000 per ounce ointment to the tip of one's penis before sex with a $4,000 per hour prostitute, then it would follow that the rest of us swim in the vast ocean of less wealth and income.
So really? Boehner and company want us to get bunged up about the fact that those with more and more still are paying a greater percentage of our overall taxes than those of us with less and less? Heh. Right. Okay.
I have an idea. You know how the Right likes to say the higher taxes are a disincentive to hard work and success? How people won't try to become wealthy because they don't want to pay high taxes? Well, the reality is that most people would love to be rich and I've never heard of a single person who has chosen poverty over wealth because they don't want to pay taxes. However, what actually happens when one does get rich, is pretty simple - one tries to buy enough influence to have their tax rates lowered.
Well, let's turn that around on Boehner and company. Fine, we can say, if the uber wealthy doesn't want to pay such a high percentage of the taxes, let's have them redistribute their wealth to the other ninety-nine percent and we'll make the ninety-nine percent pay taxes on that new, redistributed income and their percentage will go up and the formerly uber wealthy, now simply wealthy will see a decrease in their percentage?
Works for me........