The GOP is the party of small government and low taxes.
Interesting assertion, wot? The tax rate on the top earners during the Eisenhower administration was 91 percent; during the Nixon administration, it was 70 percent… both were Republican administrations. During the Clinton administration, it was 39 percent; it’s 35 percent at present, the lowest tax rate on the wealthy in the developed world… poor babies! Am I being catty in pointing up that Mr Buchanan was a well-placed official in the Nixon administration, and that he had no problems with either the tax rate or Mr Nixon’s increase in government social programmes and agencies? I was alive then… I was in my teens and I remember reading the news… Mr Buchanan had NOTHING to say against such in those days.
In short, Mr Buchanan (and all the rest of the rightwing kookocracy) is lying to you, full stop. Reflect on this… last year, the five percenters gave themselves a 29 percent pay hike… ordinary working sods got 2 percent (if they got that… if they retained their jobs). Mr Buchanan (and all the other rightwingers) slobbers his approval of that… why, the rich are the only productive people in society, dontcha know! If we don’t coddle the idle rich, why, they might take their money elsewhere! A moment’s sober reflection tells you otherwise. The rich aren’t going to leave Fifth Avenue to live in the Cayman Islands… they aren’t going to relocate to Tijuana from Rodeo Drive. Therefore, we CAN tax their income… the present Republican/Democrat duopoly refuses to. That’s why America needs a viable third party with the social ideology of the old Canadian Scocreds mixed together with the Social Market ideology of the present NDP (they’re the government in Manitoba and Nova Scotia). We need an alliance of working people and lower-level salaried sorts on the lines of the old New Deal. Don’t forget… under the socialistic New Deal, America was part of the victorious coalition that won World War II. American prosperity persisted until the ‘80s. That was America’s apogee, kids. Then, Reagan foisted Neoliberal “trickle down” economics on the country. Well, thirty years of “trickle upon” economics have failed, and they’ve failed utterly and without measure.
Let’s oppose Bukkkanan’s comatose dribbling with what Theodore Roosevelt said:
The great corporations, which we’ve grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts, are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it’s duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown. The immediate necessity in dealing with trusts is to place them under the real, not the nominal, control of some sovereign to which, as its creatures, the trusts owe allegiance, and in whose courts the sovereign’s orders may be enforced. In my opinion, this sovereign must be the National Government. …
Every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it. …
We wish to control big business so as to secure, among other things, good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practises. We will not submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we will submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals. …
There’s absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with “the money touch”, but with ideals which, in their essence, are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers. …
No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar’s been fairly earned. Every dollar received should represent a dollar’s worth of service rendered… not gambling in stocks, but service rendered. The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size acquires qualities, which differentiate it in kind, as well as in degree, from what’s possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and in another tax, which is far more easily collected, and far more effective… a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.
Oh, one last thing before we cut to the conclusion… TR was a REPUBLICAN (it shows you how the far the current GOP has strayed from its actual roots). You can have TR, or, you can have Pat Bukkkanan… not a hard choice, is it?
It’s time to drive a stake through the heart of the tax cut vampire and shoot a silver bullet into the guts of the deficit hawks. Up to now, the five percenters have suffered not one bit in the current Great Recession (which is far from over)… it’s time to make them shoulder their fair share of the burden. They can afford a 10 percent tax increase… and we should impose it, without mitigation, with no concern for their loud outcries. They’ve ruined millions of lives with their self-interested “globalisation” and “outsourcing” scams… all that we’re asking of them is to pay a little more in taxation so that the government safety net can care for those they threw out of productive employment. It’s only fair…
Saturday 9 July 2011