Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tax cuts are not what they seem

by Rich Miles

I try, God knows I try to help people think about things in new and different ways. Sometimes I succeed. Most times I don't so much.

But think about this: have you ever wondered why Republicans are so het up for tax cuts?

It's not because they think the average American is overtaxed.

It's not because they believe that government is too big, and too far up on the back of the average man.

And it's not because they think we deserve to have more of our money in our pockets instead of the government's.

No, it's none of these reasons, nor any of the other specious reasons they've tried to stuff down our throats, or shove up the other end of our alimentary canals.

It's quite simple, really: They believe that no electorate at large will ever vote out of office a politician who has reduced their taxes!

And so far, they've been mostly right. George W. Bush's first AND second terms were both the result of this belief structure. Especially the second one. For the first one, he had only promised, he hadn't actually done anything yet. And the stupid voters threw a monkey wrench into the works of Clinton's highly successful deficit reduction by falling for the ol' tax reduction two-step.

And they're going to keep on trying this ploy for as long as it works: No ungrateful wretches are ever going to vote out the people who just cut their taxes.

It's yet another way that Republicans are manipulating our electoral system. It's also yet another way that they're showing how stupid they think we are. They think they can run this okie-doke on 100 million voters over and over.

And like I said above, so far - they're right.

So enjoy your tax cuts, people - while the Repugs take away five times as much as you'll ever get from a tax cut, if you live to be 176.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Oh, shut up!!

by Rich Miles

I guess my hiatus ends sooner than expected.

Interesting title to this piece, huh?

Anyway, the point of the title, and the point of this article, is that I am SICK TO EFFIN' DEATH of the rich bastards in this country whining about CLASS WAR!!

I mean, it's demonstrable that there is no class war in this country, because there are any rich people left. If there were a genuine class war going on in America, there would be dead rich people strewn all over hell and back.

But there aren't. More's the pity.

So anyway, here's the thing: rich people have been getting a free ride, or perhaps it would be better to call it a net-gaining ride, for decades now, and now that certain pundits are putting some rich people on the spot, and embarrassing the poor little lambs, that term keeps popping up: Class War. Class War. Class War.

But if it ever came to that, we poor people would lose, because we don't have the resources to buy the guns and hire the mercenaries. We'd be at a definite military disadvantage.

But then, we'd be much more pissed off. That counts for something. Doesn't it? We'd be much more motivated to off as many of the bastards as possible. Whereas hired soldiers wouldn't have such motivation, by and large

Anyway, yes - let me be clear on this point: there is indeed a cold class war being conducted in America today. Not a shooting war, of course, but a war nonetheless. Because rich people have been despicable shitbags for long enough. Yuppie scum. Robber barons. And the rest of us are just trying to get by. Literally.

I got nothing else to say here. I used to want to be rich. But not any longer. It would require me to become an asshole. Or more of one than I already am, anyway. I still want to have more money, but I wouldn't want to be rich.

So that's the class war for you in a nutshell. I'm sure books have been written on the topic, but that's the short version. Rich people are the most anti-democratic segment of this alleged democracy, and still they cry in their beer.

Rant over. For the moment.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Buh-bye for now

Dear friends, I need a break. It's not like I was running a grueling schedule on this blog, but still, I simply need a break. So you will not see any new posts here for an indeterminate amount of time.

Thank you for your patience. I'll be back as soon as I can stand it.