Archive for February, 2009

An alternate explanation – We Need More Taxes!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Here is another explanation for the current economic crisis – NOT ENOUGH TAXES.

Starting in the raygun years, taxation became evil.
The concept of government regulation became evil.
Greed became good.
And responsible, objective journalism died.

We entered the realm of public relations reality, and Ronald Raygun, ex-actor and consummate shill, was the president.

Tax cuts put more wealth into the hands of a few.
Those people bid up the prices of real goods, using their new-found tax cut dollars.

Dot com stocks, real estate, electricity and oil futures, too many dollars bid up the price of limited-quantity items.
Lobbyist dollars bent the politicians who should have regulated financial markets, and ‘wealth creation instruments’, worthless paper transactions that appeared to create new wealth out of thin air, were not only made legal but were given the full faith and backing of the US treasury. So then mountains of paper wealth, together with accumulated tax savings, continued to chase those same limited resources, driving prices into the famous bubbles we have all heard about. The problem with the growth of bubbles is that they have a natural limit, then they break.

The solution is more taxes. If there is LESS money in circulation, prices will HAVE TO COME DOWN. If yuppy yahoos cannot afford to buy up all the affordable housing close to downtown, hoping to ‘flip those houses’ into even more unearned and undeserved wealth, then maybe average people could afford to buy them, and live close enough to work so that they didn’t have to spend 20% of their income for gasoline. Or if commodity speculators with too much cash on hand couldn’t afford to bid up oil futures, the gas wouldn’t cost so much in the first place.

The outrage caused by news of wall street bonuses paid for with taxpayer bailout money has a simple, poetically sweet solution. INCREASE THEIR TAXES. End the tax breaks that pay companies to sponsor trips to spas and resorts.

This is so simple! We need MORE TAXES! Every time you hear some bloviating faux expert telling you why he thinks taxes are evil, imagine how much better things would be if HE paid more taxes and had less money to spend ‘in the market’ driving up the cost of things that you need to survive. Every time one of these anti-tax buffoons speaks, what he is really telling you is that he wants YOU to pay for all public services and conveniences, for the roads, bridges, schools, the army, the police and fire departments, he wants YOU to pay for all that, and he wants YOU to give HIM more money in the form of tax cuts. Get Real!

If you can pay your fair share, then these wealthy freeloaders can pay their share too!

We Need More Taxes!


What they really want

Monday, February 9th, 2009

So much is new since the last time I posted here, but so much is still the same…

What do they want, those people who want Obama to fail?

They want to see the end of free market capitalism, and with it, participatory democracy.
They want to see a return to monopolistic feudalism, with repressive social/religious controls thrown in for good measure.

THEY? There is a class of world citizen who are wealthier than any normal American can imagine. They have so much wealth and power that they can no longer communicate with average people. Their thoughts and dreams bear no resemblance to the thoughts and dreams of working people. They are completely insulated from the larger world, by layers of flaks and lackeys, by a self-serving theology that tells them that their ease is well-deserved – even divinely ordained – as is the suffering of others, by media empires that echo their distorted views and suppress alternate interpretations of events; in short, they are out of touch with 99% of the world.

They see an opportunity to change the face of the world order. They smell the scent of total, unlimited control over the world’s resources. They have rehearsed and practiced the roles they hope to assume in the near future – the new world empire, and they shall be the emperors.

They have enough cash on hand to purchase the world. Well, almost. They are waiting for the prices to come down. Actually, they are not just waiting. Like the cartoon buzzard who states “Patience my ass, I’m going to kill something”, these buzzards of wealth have decided that this is the time to destroy the world’s economy, to drive down the prices of real estate both private and public, to destroy organized labor, the public education system, government regulators, systems of taxation – they intend to destroy anything and everything that stands in their way.

And since they own and control all major media outlets, the people hear nothing but doublespeak, the saying of things that are just not so, to the point where the average citizen gets violent if you suggest that perhaps current event are not treating them fairly, and that there might be different ways to address problems.

And so it goes on, day by day, we get ever closer to the collapse of the system, bringing with it the police state, and the end of the democratic experiment. If enough people could talk with each other, help each other see the truth of events that lie behind the clouds of smoke and dust that the media throw up to confuse us, try to get organized, not to resist, the wealth machine is irresistible, but to drop out and construct newer, fairer systems from scratch, create alternatives to the wealth machine, then maybe there is a chance that the democratic experiment might continue a while longer. It’s a slim chance, but then the first mammals were tiny compared to the dinosaurs, weren’t they, and look who won THAT competition!