Monday, September 05, 2005

Lets Not Ignore The Rich

No matter what catastrophe strikes. No matter how far in debt we have to go the rich must have theirs.

Republican leaders intended to return to work with a dream agenda for small-government conservatives: permanent repeal of the estate tax, an extension of deep cuts to capital gains and dividend taxes, the first entitlement spending cuts in nearly a decade, and the advent of private investment accounts for Social Security.

The rich love trickle down cuz whether it works or not they get theirs. When is the situation of the other 95% of Americans going to be addressed...It's pitchforks and torches time folks.


Anonymous tim regler said...

We must not forget this past week. If the Republicans continue to control Congress after Nov. 7th 2006, and still hold the White House ater the 2008 election, it is OUR fault! The responsibility now lies with the voters to change this hideous, "I got mine" mentality that is neither Christian, or "tradionally American". We are better than what we have become. I pledge to attend EVERY candidate's forum as we move into the election season, and when I hear them spouting this "less government" crap. Or that bull about "it's your money", I will raise my hand and ask how that philosophy will help future victims of future disasters. I will ask if the candidate who espouses this "Christian" traditions believes it is more in line with the teachings of Christ to offer welfare assistance to struggeling American families, or to give it to huge corporations. I will hold these candidates feet to the fire, and INSIST in public that they show their true colors. This disaster has been in the making since Regan's 1980 election. The chickens have come home to roost, and they came to New Orleans. I suggest reading this

And then I suggest that we stay outraged till the year 2008.

6:42 PM, September 05, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is basically the speech I gave today, and it goes right along with what tim says.

It was a lot longer, initially, but the time element was cut, because of new time alloted to planning aid for Katrina.

"When my friends learned I was going to be making a speech here today, they panicked. They said “Lonna, pick two or three points and stick with them. You will overwhelm people with information, and they will stop listening.”

I am going to do them one better. I am going to make ONE point. And it is this:

Those of us here today have the misfortune of living under the most arrogant, dishonest, deceitful, secretive, unchristian,(in my opinion) immoral, and perhaps worst of all, staggeringly incompetent administration in my lifetime.

They are incompetents who appoint incompetents to positions that matter. Positions like head of Fema. And we all pay the price for their incompetence one way or the other.

In Iraq and in New Orleans and elsewhere incompetents were in charge. And people died.

Anything else I say after that is just window dressing.

One point I need to get out of the way immediately is that the United States can “win” any war it is ever involved in. We can totally destroy any country and kill virtually all its people, and we can do that quite easily. But, WHY would that be our goal against a country which did not attack us?

One can hope that IF and WHEN we do the smart thing and get out of Iraq – a country we had no moral or legal right to invade in the first place -- we won’t stay there and kill thousands or tens of thousands more people as we did in Vietnam in an effort to “save face.” Because we don’t want to “lose” a war.

To quote Hal Crowther in “With Trembling Fingers,” a piece he wrote a year and a half ago, “The irreducible truth is that the invasion of Iraq was the worst blunder, the most staggering miscarriage of judgment, the most fateful, egregious, deceitful abuse of power in the history of American foreign policy. If you don't believe it yet, just keep watching.

How right he was!!

I hope in view of what has happened in New Orleans, if the media looked at any of my truck they looked at the driver’s side door. On it I have the cbo chart from 1992 to 2003. I also ask a question on it which is very relevant today: Question? Do you believe members of congress voted for the tax cuts because (1) they believe taking in less revenue will help pay the country’s bills or (2) because most of them, like the president are RICH, and they like the president can’t wait to get their hands on an extra $50 to 100 thousand dollars a year or so, and to heck with the needs of the country?

Under Eisenhower, the richest among us were taxed at 90% and corporations at 52%, and against Republican pressure, Ike refused to support lowering those rates. But now, the rich appear to believe they should not have to be taxed at all, and there are so many loopholes in tax laws for corporations, many of them pay no taxes at all.

The richest 5% of the people in this country the people -- who have too much money already -- get $110 billion dollars a year from Bush’s tax cuts. If this administration and the congress had not been so concerned with lining their own pockets, perhaps needed money to make New Orleans safe would have been allocated and the tragedy in New Orleans would not have happened.

Tuesday I am going to call the white house and my congress people and tell them I do not want to hear one more word about getting rid of the estate tax!! And to pay for the mess in New Orleans, they had better roll back the tax cuts they already got!! But tax cuts are our greedy presidents only real concern.

The tax cut boosters are going to say that the tax cuts boosted the economy. Horse puckey. War boosts the economy. It provides jobs in the mic segment paid for by taxpayer money, and in the case of this war, it provides temporary jobs as replacement workers for the guardsmen and reserves who are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. So don’t buy that particular line of reasoning.

I wish Ike were still alive!! I think he would raise hell about all of this!!

But that is not all he would raise hell about. Ike said “A preventive [read that “preemptive”] war is an impossibility. I don’t believe there is such a thing, and I wouldn’t listen seriously to anyone who came and talked to me about such a thing!” Ike said, "EVery gun that is made, every warship launced, every rocket fired is ta theft from those who hunger and are not fed. Ike said "IN the councils of government we must guard against the access of the military industrial complex.

Besides Halliburton and the Carlyle Group, Condi Rices'former comany, Chevron is far and away winning the oil company war profiteer prize. I believe its profits were up 264%. BP is next at about 155%. Then comes Exxon.

I am letting my congress people know that my vote in 2006 and 2008 will depend almost entirely on how stongly the person did or did not support this worst of all presidents. I will vote for republican, democrat, or independent, black, white, green, striped. I don't care.

If this administration is not held responsible for such egrgious derelection of duty on all fronts., what president can be held responsible for any crime, ever again??


9:21 PM, September 05, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

While you're at it, mention this.

8:23 AM, September 06, 2005  
Blogger Jim said...

Tim, Lonna. Well said!

4:26 PM, September 06, 2005  

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