Here’s the GOP’s wet dream… they want the VAT model without rebates. That is, the lower your income, the higher the proportion of your income that you pay in taxes! This is Satan’s own economic policy, and we must state it as such and fight all those who attempt to bring such demonic shit into the Church…
Still, the results are dramatic. On average, such a levy would raise the share of taxes paid for all but the highest-income households, who would pay far less than they do today. A consumption tax without any rebate to protect low-income people (the red bar in the graph) would be extremely regressive. In other words, the more you make, the lower your tax burden, and the less you make, the higher… a mirror image of today’s moderately progressive tax system.
THIS is why all progressive forces should come together to defeat the rightwingers. All major religious leaders (such as Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict) condemn the specifics contained in the GOP programme as evil. We Orthodox have to fight such rightwing sludge as Paffhausen, Dreher, Webster, Potapov, and Mattingly. They’re attempting to bring this demonic imposture into our midst, and we can’t allow that to happen! I’d join forces with an honest atheist before I’d defend a dishonest Christian, and that’s that. I’d stand by a pro-choice person who’s for justice before I’d stand with a “pro-lifer” who wants to stamp their boot-heel maniacally into the faces of the poor. We CAN do something about it…
But if Graham’s [US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)] job depends on winning over the Tea Party entirely, he didn’t act like it. He told the Charleston group that he still wants to work to pass comprehensive immigration reform and defiantly declared that he’s “for clean air and clean water”… a position that hardly seems radical among mainstream voters, but triggers alarm among conservatives who want to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and dispute the science behind climate change. Graham also told The Daily Beast that Tea Party activists must do more than simply oppose ideas to if they want their movement to last. Graham said, “The question for the Tea Party is, ‘What’s your vision?’ I buy into their vision of limiting the size and scope of government. I’ve been doing that for years. The problem that parties have, Tea Party, Republican Party, Democratic Party, is you can disconnect yourself from the people. The Tea Party has got to convince people that you can find common ground”.
The Tea Party WON’T find any common ground with anyone. Their only goal is to act as a stalking horse for the Five Percenters… and we must work hard to defeat them next year. Their ideology is evil and their programme is nasty… all decent people must fight it, or the lights WILL go out for our generation, at the least.
Saturday 27 August 2011