“We all live in the social web. Get used to it.”

From the excellent blog What Would Jack Do? — the top 101 things that conservatives who hate taxes should do:

  1. Do not use Medicare.
  2. Do not use Social Security
  3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
  4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
  5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
  6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
  7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
  8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
  9. Do not use public restrooms.
  10. Do not send your kids to public schools.

Go to the page to read the rest.

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Gingrich — joker of many trades, master of none

Awhile back, we talked about the proposed tax plans of the Republican presidential candidates.

At the time we were missing Gingrich’s ravings on the matter. However, the wait was worth it. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center crunched his numbers, and delivered a bit of transparency and grim humor in one stroke:

Please note the theme prevalent here and in most of the Republicans’ plans. A small increase or decrease (a very small example of the latter in this example), but a huge tax cut for the rich.

Do these idiots really think they can sneak this past the public? If so, they’re not bright enough to pound sand, much less hold the highest office in the U.S.

(And if anyone thinks that Gingrich signing that silly-damn anti-gay hate pledge that “guarantees marital fidelity” will prevent him from gingriching again, I’ve got some swamp land in Jersey that I’ll sell to you cheap.)

“I like taxes. They pay for civilization.”

(I cadged this list from Addicting Info, but I want to ensure that I can find it again for quick reference.)

The next time you see idiots like this:

remind them of what “no taxes” would force them to do:

Do not use Medicare.
Do not use Social Security
Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
Do not use public restrooms.
Do not send your kids to public schools.
Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
Do not live in areas with clean air.
Do not drink clean water.
Do not visit National Parks.
Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
Do not apply for federal housing.
Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
Do not swim in clean rivers.
Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
Do not apply to win a government contract.
Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc., by the Consumer Protection Agency.
Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
Do not live in homes that are built to code.
Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
Do not use public libraries.
Do not use the US Postal Service.
Do not visit the National Archives.
Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm.
Do not take walks in National Forests.
Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
Do not use Medicaid.
Do not use WIC.
Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
Do not visit historic landmarks.
Do not visit fisheries.
Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
Do not use public transportation.
Do not drink water from public water fountains.
Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
Do not attend a state university.
Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.

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The above is also good advice for the 1%; it is a reminder that they would never have made their fortunes without the support of the economic and social web in which they exist.

“Fair??? You want ***fair***??”

In the last year, 30 U.S. corporations made a total of $160 billion in profits.

Wanna guess how much tax they paid to the federal government? Go ahead — guess.

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That’s right. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Not one thin dime.

Blame the corporations, sure, but you also need to blame Congress for letting the situation get to this point. Write your Congresscritters and let them know what you think about corporate freeloaders who want to in turn influence our government.

Remember George Carlin’s words about religion:

“You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them! If holy people are so concerned with politics, government and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everyone else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.”

The same should apply to corporations, only more so.

“What do the simple folk do?”

This song title, from Camelot, is a musing by the king and queen as to what poor folk do with their time and money.

Republican presidential nominees don’t seem as curious.

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Herman Cain:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been touting his “new” tax plan as a way to get the U.S. economy moving again. He calls it the 9-9-9 plan, and its main components are a 9% personal federal tax rate, a 9% corporate federal tax rate, and a 9% national sales tax.

Cain claims this plan will straighten out the economy and stimulate job creation, although when pressed he cannot begin to tell anyone exactly how it will do that.

That’s okay, Herman, The Tax Policy Center has done your work for you. Here’s the result of the changes in the individual federal tax structure, broken down by income level:

Note that two charts are required to show the magnitude of the tax cut for the very wealthy.

Under this tax plan, those making less than $200,000/year will see a moderate tax increase, while those in the $200,000-$1 million bracket will see a substantial tax decrease. Those making more than $1 million/year will see an average savings of over $400,000. Must be nice, being rich.

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Mitt Romney:

Governor Romney’s tax plan is this niftykeen idea to eliminate all taxes on capital gains. The Tax Policy Center has done the numbers on that one as well:

So, an average household making $50,000 would get a $54 tax break if capital gains taxes were eliminated (0.1%). Those who make a $1 million would see $141,005 (14.1%).

Compare this to one of President Obama’s suggested tax relief programs, reviled by Romney as a “temporary band-aid”, that would give middle-class households a tax break of $800-$1000.

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Michele Bachmann:

In her own words:

“In my perfect world, we’d take the 35% corporate tax rate down to nine so that we’re the most competitive in the industrialized world. Zero out capital gains. Zero out the alternative minimum tax. Zero out the death tax.”

In other words, enrich corporations and the rich, and to hell with everyone else. ‘Nuff said.

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Rick Perry:

In his own words:

“We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax.”

That’s true. A family of four with a $30,000/year income pays no net federal taxes due to the tax structure. However, such a family does pay state income taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes on gasoline and liquor, and (most importantly) payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security. Perry proposes to increase federal taxes so that everyone pays them, but he balks at increasing any taxes for the rich:

“Spreading the wealth’ punishes success while setting America on course for greater dependency on government…”

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The Republican pack running for their party’s nomination are all aiming at the target of raising taxes for the poor and middle-class, while attempting to lower taxes for their rich corporate masters.

Gee, I guess taxes aren’t as hard to figure out as it seems as long as you know what your goals are — the further enrichment of the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

“Who’s payin’ for all dis shit?”

I was going to just share this on my Facebook page, but it’s just too juicy not to share more widely:

We won’t even mention the other tax-funded benefits being used by one or more members of this pack of common American morons, like:

  • the Medicare that at least a few of them are enjoying
  • the unemployment insurance that (odds are) one or more them is using to pay her/his grocery bill
  • the police protection that keeps annoyed motorists from running down the lot of them

“How (much) low(er) can you go?”

According to a new USA Today study, Americans pay less in taxes now than at any time since 1958:

“The total tax burden — for all federal, state and local taxes — dropped to 23.6% of income in the first quarter, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data.

By contrast, individuals spent roughly 27% of income on taxes in the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s — a rate that would mean $500 billion of extra taxes annually today, one-third of the estimated $1.5 trillion federal deficit this year.”

So, teabaggers can take their signs and shove ‘em:

How about getting corporations and the richest 1% of America to cough up a little money? Ditching those oil company subsidies and eliminating foreign tax loopholes?

And then how about we trim down that obscenely high defense budget just a tad? I’m sorry, did you say something? War? What about the war? I have a radical idea about that. How about dropping support for that kleptomanical President Harzei and let him dangle in the wind? America’s biggest problem in that part of the world died the other day in a hail of Seal-flavored whoopass.

Just a thought.

Yeah, *that’s* the ticket!

Saw this at Minnesota Independent today:

I thought to myself, “Great! I like that! Let’s get rid of socialism! Get rid of anything that doesn’t smack of pure-blooded capitalism!

“We could do away with…hey! socialized medicine! We could do away with Medicaid for the poor and indigent! They’re just poor and indigent, they’ve got no political voice!

“As long as we’re at it, let’s get rid of that other form of socialized medicine–Medicare! Yeah, let’s not treat old, sick people (unless they’re rich)!

“Hey, how about Social Security? Social…socialism. See? Let’s get rid of support for retired workers with no pension and not nearly enough savings to live for an additional 20 or 30 years. And SSI payments to the handicapped, and survivors’ benefits! We’ll get rid of…

“Hey, how about taxes? That’s another form of socialism: take money from workers and give it to someone else. Yeah, let’s get rid of taxes! That way, we can get rid of all those socialist services we all enjoy, like fire protection, and police, and the courts!”

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Daffy Duck in St. Paul

Tim...er, Daffy Duck

Imagine that you are a passenger on the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. You’ve struck the iceberg, and the ship is in danger of sinking. Being an able-bodied type, you run to the wheelhouse to volunteer for whatever duties are necessary, and you discover…

…that Daffy Duck is at the wheel.

That’s rather what it is like living in Minnesota with Tim Pawlenty as governor.

Tim "Daffy" Pawlenty

Gov. Pawlenty ran for office on a platform of “no new taxes”. Since then, property taxes have increased by $3 billion, and fees have doubled. Moody’s bond rating services moved Minnesota from “stable” to “negative” in 2010. Taxes increased for all state residents except those who make more than $130,000/year.

He panders to the Tea Party and other similar wackadoodle groups, buddies up to Michele Bachmann (shudder!), and now has threatened to veto a bill, passed by the state legislature, that would give same-sex partners the same end-of-life rights as married couples.

Drop our charming governor a line

Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Telephone: (651) 296-3391
Toll Free:    (800) 657-3717
Facsimile:   (651) 296-2089
E-mail: tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us

and let him know what you think about his chances of getting reelected being elected to anything next time. Keep it concise, on topic, and polite, kiddies.

You *really* want to balance the budget?

I’m getting really tired of those political jerkwads who whine about the current budget deficits but still want to spend money to benefit their own agenda.

I’ve got a few suggestions for them.

1) Cut all salaries for all government employees by 20%.

Everyone, from janitors to state legislators to the President. That will save money and thin out the herd that enjoys feeding from the public trough.

2) Raise/cancel caps on property tax rates.

That will raise additional money and show property owners just how much it really costs to run a state. Hey! You want police and fire protection? Now you really have to pay for it.

3) Tax churches, synagogues, and mosques at the same rate other businesses are taxed–a percentage of property value + a tax on all income.

Religious organizations want to play politics? Fine, let them pay their admission price just like everyone else. Hell, revenue from the Catholic Church alone would put a huge dent in the federal budget deficit.

4) Phase out all state and federal farm subsidies everywhere.

Prices will have to go up, and consumers will discover just how expensive decent food really costs. (Most small producers of organic products will also discover that their products would become far more competitively priced.)

5) Mandate that all government budgets that are submitted be balanced.

Always. Without exception. That might mean that suggestions #1-4 above might stand a chance of being implemented.

6) Make lobbying government officials illegal.

No lobbying, for any reason, from anywhere. You might be surprised how much budgets would shrink if this were done.