Friday, September 02, 2005
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Credit to The Daily Kos for this one, via their community member highacidity
Allow The Angry Buddhist to put things in perspective for you as only I really can.
The situation in New Orleans and the Gulf states has occurred because the Republicans of this country have been successful over the last several years in harnessing the unstoppable power of greed. They have fucked America right up the ass like she was a prison bee-atch from the day they stole the 2000 election using the very same tactics that got Hitler into power in pre-world war II Germany. And yes I mean to say Adolph Hitler, another evil bastard who strong armed his way into power with lies and ruthless tactics.
Is that unambiguous enough for you? Yeah I thought it might be. Guess I didn't succumb to all that "get over it" bullshit the liars and thieves were spouting as their cover over the last six years.
The worst of the worst have been running the show for those same six years now and they have succeeded in slashing and cutting the best parts of our government, the parts that actually represent the very family values of their own main man, Mr. Jesus Christ his holy self. You know, the parts that help the less fortunate and focus on being loving and generous. It makes sense to me, since they have always seemed more like agents of Satan doing the devil's work on earth.
These anti-Robin Hoods who have taken from the poor to give to the rich have left a trail of destruction across America that makes Katrina's storm path look like a rainbow with an Irish midget pointing to a pot of gold at the end.
Massive budget cuts to every significant public works project, to homeless shelters and low cost housing, to food banks, to education, to alternative energy, to the poor, the sick, the lonely and the desperate. That's the legacy of these greedy Bush leaguers. He came to plunder and destroy and that's what he has been doing.
And every second of the time that was happening, the rich were getting just filthy richer and richer and richer. Unthinkable amounts of money and benefits are showered on the rich for working no harder or better than you or I. No amount of conspicuous consumption has been considered in bad taste by these so called conservatives who spend so liberally. And no amount of additional tax breaks, pork barrel payouts and just plain graft, kickbacks and shakedown money is considered too much or too obscene. They still don't feel like they got theirs yet. They still want more.
And today, while they still spend more time holding hollow press conferences in which they thank all the people who have been the most guilty for the hell that the Gulf States have become, their party's most important priority is to give more tax breaks to the very stinking wealthiest of our country.
"Senate Finance Committee members were informed this morning that Sen. Bill Frist will move forward with a vote to permanently repeal the estate tax next week, likely on Tuesday, ThinkProgress has learned.
One stands in awe of Sen. Frist's timing. Permanently repealing the estate tax would be a major blow to the nation's charities. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has "found that the estate tax encourages wealthy individuals to donate considerably more to charity , since estate tax liability is reduced through donations made both during life and at death." If there were no estate tax in 2000, for example, "charitable donations would have been between $13 billion to $25 billion lower than they actually were."
Let me paint with more colors for you... The economy flat out sucks. Only those at the very top are doing better and better. The other 85% of America is making less money at their new downsized crappy Mcjobs with no benefits while they pay twice as much for gasoline. They're in debt to their ass and as soon as interest rates go up and their adjustable mortgages adjust they'll be up shit's creek.
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been poured down the rathole of Iraq, our troops have been used as Bush's human shields, and all to pump even more of our nation's wealth into the Swiss bank accounts of meat puppets like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and the corporate interests that are their primary interests.
Meanwhile our nations roads deteriorate and are choked with traffic, with no public transportation projects in sight.
The border with Mexico is in a near state of anarchy with nutcases looking to keep out the wetbacks without whom our country does not operate. But no benefits of any kind for them right? Because that might raise taxes!
Car companies have been allowed to make believe that mileage per gallon isn't worth anything and that the crap their products pump into the streets and the air we breathe is supposed to be some kind of antioxident for us.
The financial services industry in this nation have been turned into the data Mafia where they invented the circumstances that allowed identity theft to run rampant and then set up their own protection racket where you can pay them monthly not to send all your most personal info to a criminal. They pour hundreds of millions into campaign contributions and then equal amounts into lobbying against any toughening of the rules that protect your privacy. After all their business is selling and renting all your private information.
And every fucking one of these issues are the way they are because of the Republicans in power and all their simple-minded, greedy, cold hearted, hypoChrists who support them and helped them screw all the rest of us.
And yes, it really is just that black and white.
All these bastards have cared about and repeated every chance they've had has been "No New Taxes."
While the schools crumble, while sick people can't afford doctors, while our nation gets ripped apart and ripped off, while no thought is given to the future generations and their needs or the future greatness of our country. No New Taxes.
They have literally destroyed the American ideal that we are all in this together. That we all pay taxes for new roads, new schools, clean water, public services and all the rest. And that those of us who are members of he lucky sperm club, who are blessed enough to be doing well, have an obligation to give something back, to reach out a helping hand to those less fortunate, less lucky than us.
They killed that idea because they never believed it in the first place. The are the Deservatives, and they never ever feel like they're getting enough. The only people they ever want to help are people who can do something for THEM.
Your Angry Buddhist has been a millionaire for many years now and the philosophy I have always held about paying a millionaire's tax rate was the one my accountant gave me the first year I made the BIG MONEY and had to pony up at the bend over rate. He said, "You wouldn't have to pay that much if you didn't make so much."
That's the way it's supposed to be. The more you make, the more you should expect to pay in taxes and proudly so. But Republicans believe that once you reach a certain level of income you shouldn't have to pay your fair share. That just like with the rich guy's deal on Social Security that anything over $90,000 should be tax free.
That's because they really do not give a shit about anyone but themselves. They do not want to pay their fair share. The only "injustice" they get passionately angry about is when they think they're giving our United States Government too much money which will only go to those low lifes on welfare - like all those goddamn orphans that put such a drain on the federal budget - or god forbid foodstamps - since legendary greedy phony bastard himself, Ronald Reagan, taught us all about those Negroes who drive their big Cadillacs down to the welfare office to get their check and then use their food stamps to buy booze and cigarettes. Remember? I sure do. And you can bet your ass that most Republicans you know still feel that is the truth. That's the way those people think.
The Angry Buddhist says people that feel that way and have the "No New Taxes" mantra are anything BUT Christians and they should be given zero respect for their ethics, morals and standards.
Let me take it a step further - not only are they NOT Christians, they are not really Americans. I don't care what their passports say.
This isn't the "I've Got Mine So Too Damn Bad For You If You Ain't States of America" this is the UNITED States of America. That means individuals making some self sacrifices for the united effort and common good.
But today's rich and greedy reject anything that is common. They have no problem stepping right over the homeless people who sleep on the streets of the cities they work in.
And don't forget - those homeless people are all there, and it became acceptable, because when Ronald Reagan was President he cut the budgets of shelters and mental institutions where those people used to be. I was there in 1980 when streets that never had people living on them suddenly were housing poor men, women and children. Decent people screamed, but the rich just partied the nights away.
The Democrats are hapless fools who have not protected us from these flesh ripping Republican wolverine and they don't have a single leader worth looking up to. The only single way they ever look good is by comparison to the GOP.
But compared to the Republicans of my lifetimes they are clearly less evil, more caring, less blood thirsty and quite frankly better Americans than anyone who would back and vote for Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush I, George Bush II and any Republican in the House, Senate or state level.
Republicans have turned this country into the worst possible America, but they haven't gotten to the point of no return. Sometimes people do wake out of their comas, and some time enough is enough to the point where people snap out of it and find their voice and their balls again.
If the Angry Buddhist has his way, the heat will stay on and get more and more turned up each day.
Because I believe in karma, I know that the day is coming, when those who put themselves first shall be last. When it is the likes of George Bush and Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Trent Lott, and Pat Robertson and the entire team of Fox News and all the rest of America's true terrorists, the bulk of the Republican party, who are the people up to their necks in disease ridden water, with no food, no money, no transportation and no hope.
Payback may be a bitch, but The Angry Buddhist has always liked watching a bitch in action.