Republican Candidates don’t seem to notice they are standing on a Bridge to Nowhere
Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
The Twisted Perspective from the Republican Podium Last Night
The crowd of millionaire yahoos who were cheering them on at the debate last night didn’t seem to notice either that they too were standing on a bridge to nowhere with the candidates–cheering them on as they offered the American people cake instead of bread and butter.
The rhetoric sounded great. It even had a ring of compassion to it as they offered education instead of unemployment for 99 weeks . . . as long as one ignored the most salient fact of all: There is a huge shortage of jobs in the USA–even jobs that don’t even pay a living wage. The problem is not that people who are out of work are not educated. The problem isn’t that these people don’t have skills. The problem is not that people are not willing to work sh$% jobs–just ask one of my friends who has a Masters degree in psychology and is working as a checker at WalMart.
WHAT PART OF “NO JOBS” DON’T THEY UNDERSTAND?
The problem is that there are no jobs for these millions of Americans who are out of work–not that they are not educated and not that they are not willing to work for jobs that are way beneath their skill levels. What part of the stories of 1,000 American applying for one crappy job at McDonalds are they not hearing? What part of the stories of kids out of college (4 year schools) who can’t find jobs hasn’t Newt heard?
But then, no one can do willful blindness quite as well as the rich. It made the candidates all look good to talk about educating people. ”We don’t want to give handouts. We want to give hand ups.” Speaking of education, I noticed that there was no talk of their private school voucher plans to replace public schools. They kept their rich pieholes shut about that, didn’t they? If most of these asses had their way, they would completely dismantle public education, thus making education only affordable to the rich. They are about as much for educating the multitudes as Louie XVI.
Furthermore, there is a shortage of jobs because people who agree with the Republican and Democrat Wall Street philosophy of “the American Way” have shipped the jobs overseas.
I could only watch about 10 minutes of their bull s&% debate last night before I turned off the idiot box. It is difficult to tell who was the most disgusting–the million dollar paid Fox pundits asking their loaded right wing questions, the millionaire candidates self-righteosly delivering the standard and irrelevant party line, or the Myrtle Beach millionaire audience cheering them on.
The quip that finally sent me over the edge and moved me to end the nonsense that was pouring into my den came from Newt Gingrich who said in response to 99 weeks of unemployment: ”99 weeks? that’s an Associates Degree.” The crowd of course went wild with self-righteous applause. Of course, none of the Fox News pundits bothered to ask: ”And then Newt, where are the jobs that these newly educated Americans would be working at? If my friend with a Masters degree in psychology and millions more like her with Bachelors degrees now can’t find jobs, what the hell makes you think that people with an Associates degree will have any better luck?”
This crap coming out of the mouth of a man who along with Bill Clinton, put a time limit on poverty for single parents and limited aid to their dependent children. Oh they “educated” them all right–for sh*& jobs. But then NAFTA, which they had passed a few years prior, kicked in just about the time these poor women got their associates degrees and certificates. Millions of the sh*% jobs that these poor people were trained for with their “education” programs were shipped out of the USA. Of course the people could move to US border cities like El Paso and work across the border in Mexico for the USA maquiladoras for $65 a week–no not per day, per week. That is the typical wage.
Don’t get me started. Why don’t any of these pundits have the nerve to ask: ”If tax breaks for the rich is the solution then why, after 11 years of the Bush tax cuts is our economy still in the toilet?” What’s wrong with that picture, jackass?
SUPPORTING BUSINESS WITH TAX BREAKS?
How much more does the American taxpayer have to fork over? Not only do many corporations like Exxon and General Electric not pay US income tax on their billions of profit, the American people give them back millions of dollars in tax rebates. ABSURD!
Here’s another reality check. In November of 2011 we have this report: Using information from the companies’ own corporate filings, however, the study concluded that a quarter of the 280 corporations owed less than 10 percent of profits in federal income taxes and 30 companies had no federal tax liability for the entire three-year period. 10% income tax rate! I daresay that not a single member of the 99% who are still lucky enough to have a job have EVER only paid 10% of their income in taxes.
LOWERING THE TAX RATE
Please! Where is the pundit with the balls to ask any of these jackasses–Democrats and Republican alike: What percentage of YOUR income do you pay in federal income tax? I doubt that any of the candidates standing on that stage last night–all of whom are multimillionaires–have EVER ONCE in their life paid the 35% of their income in taxes as they should. But that doesn’t stop them from pretending that they and other millionaires like them pay it.
A flat rate tax is NOT an equitable tax–again another part of willful blindness of the rich. It puts an unfair burden on the poor. If I earn $30,000 and I am taxed at a rate of 25%, that means that I pay $7,500 of my income in Federal taxes. This amount of money severely impacts me to meet basic needs such as food, housing, health care, education etc. and cripples my ability to rise up.
If my income is $1,000,000 and I am taxed at 25% I pay $250,000. I still have $750,000 left. Does this seriously impact my food budget, my ability to send my children to private school, my ability to continue to live in my home, my current life style, etc.?
Americans are not asking for handouts. They are asking for justice and a level playing field.
NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNTIL WE REMOVE AT LEAST 44% of CONGRESS
44% of Congress are multimillionaire Wall Street investors who vote for their stock portfolios instead of for the American people. These people have been entrenched for 10, 20, and some even 30 years or more.
These people are more important than the President. These people are more important than the goons who sit on the Supreme Court. These are the people who write the laws. Yes, the President can veto their laws and the Supreme Court can rule against their laws, but both of these powers are after the fact powers. And, furthermore, Congress has the power to override their decisions and they also have the power to impeach the President and any Supreme Court justice. The real power is in the hands of those we send to Congress.
We have the power to change the people we send to Congress with our votes. If you want someone who will represent the 99%, then start voting for candidates from the 99% and stop voting for multimillionaire Democrats and Republicans. It really is as simple as that.
If you want someone different in the White House, then stop voting for either a Democrat or a Republican and choose someone from the 99%. We have a choice this year and her name is Jill Stein. You may not agree with everything she says, but I guarantee that she would be more representative of the majority than either Obama or whatever the cats drag up for the Republican candidate.
Stop doing the same thing and hoping for different results. Take a chance and vote outside BOTH parties in 2012. It’s the only way that the USA can be restored.