There’s only one thing corporate America hates more than paying their fair share of taxes, and that’s paying American workers a fair and decent wage. There follows a current rant on unemployment, the “I” of the Newt, a middle finger for the voters in Michigan, a tax the rich harangue, and some pretty darn good speech writing suggestions for Mr. Obama
Standing in Line at United Airlines, waiting to check in for a flight to Rome recently, a strange revelation: There must have been 1,000 passengers shuffling through Disney style cutback lines that stretched as far as the eye could see, to be checked in to their flights by the half dozen or fewer tellers on duty. Overseas travelers, as I’m sure you’re aware, can’t check in online. And as we stood in that long long line, the long long bank of unmanned teller stations stared back at us contemptuously. Those unmanned teller stations, so ubiquitous in Corporate America, are a reminder that those unspent salaries are going into some executives’ bonus package instead of to American workers who desperately need the jobs. â€œFuck you, and your unemployment!â€ American corporateers seem to be saying. Getting to the airport two hours early has nothing to do with security. It is the favor we do them so they can cut back on salaries, benefits, and jobs. Meanwhile, they take the salaries they are NOT paying to workers THEY WON’T HIRE, so that a small handful of already wealthy people can have that money instead.
ITEM: The of the Newt! Democrats would be wise to take this creep very seriously. He is the original architect of the gridlock that has newt-ered our government for almost twenty years. A reminder: Within weeks of Bill Clinton’s election in 1992, before he was even inaugurated, a little known, mean little fat boy, was seen on C-Span addressing the republicans in congress with a startling edict: We need to make sure Bill Clinton is a one term president. We do that by voting as a block against each and every piece of legislation he sends to the Hill. It doesn’t matter if it’s good for your district, or even good for the country. Because what’s ultimately best for the country will be the removal of this president from office. And deep down in their DNA, republicans who hate liberals with a bile that liberals cannot even fathom, relate to this. Someone said recently, â€œNewt Gingritch sounds to stupid people they way they imagine a smart person speaks.â€
ITEM: Dear Michigan, SHAME ON YOU! For Public Act 4.
ITEM: Why do rich people need huge and huger tax breaks? Because by denuding the middle class of its ability to earn and spend money, they no longer have anyone able to buy their goods, so the only way they can stay rich is if Uncle Sam gives them a pass on paying their fair share of taxes. The tax breaks they get denudes the system of any and all incentives for the 1% to create jobs, not the other way around.
The facts of the matter are simply that a rich person doesn’t need public transportation, health care, public education, or even a job. So they are naturally against helping pay for those things. This is regardless of the fact that their insistance on paying as little as possibele diminishes the talent pool they must draw from to operate their businesses and is destructive to the infra structure of the system that allowed them to acquire wealth in the first place…sigh…
Memo to the wealthyâ€¦if you’re paying taxes, it means YOU ARE MAKING MONEY! So shut the fuck up and pay your fair share. And remember, history shows that recalcitrance in this area has truly dire consequenses for the ruling classes.
ITEM: If I were writing Obama’s speeches (oh boy!) they would go something like this:
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