ARE YOU A CAPITALIST?

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           I am watching with chuckles as liberals stumble all over themselves trying to respond to this question, “Are you a Capitalist?”. Well, you must be a Socialist if advocate for a income equality, universal healthcare, free colleges and trade school, and a living wage. This is the lie that Republicans want to proliferate so that they can continue their conservative policies of corporate welfare and extravagant tax breaks for the ultra-rich and corporations.

            In truth, the United States has always been a mixed economic system nation since its inception. Written into our Constitution is that social experiment in which a union is created for the many to create “One Nation”.

“WE THE PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY FOR OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY…”

           This is a not a socialist manifesto, but it does create a collective society in which some things would be market driven and others would require government based, collective solutions for the greater good. Because that is the definition of a “Community”. Republicans represent the idea that any attempt by the government to promote the general welfare is anathema. This idea is simply not true,

            Yet, this is why Republicans are constantly wrong on issues such as government debt and healthcare. They only look for market solutions in areas specifically tailored for mixed market solutions. Republicans believe healthcare is a product that Americans can purchase. Yet, have no solution for those Americans that cannot afford to purchase ever rising health insurance and treatment costs. Republicans balk at government intervention into he marketplace to use the purchasing power of the collective to hold drug prices down. Republicans believe everything is worth whatever price it can be sold.

            No other major industrialized democratic nation on the planet believes this. Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Europe, Canada, all have guaranteed healthcare for all its citizens and the government intervenes to hold prices down while maintaining efficient and effective services. The United States is alone in the world in its belief that healthcare is a privilege that requires the ability to pay.

            Why are we alone in thing thinking? What do other industrialized nations have that the United States does not have, that they can afford to provide free healthcare, free college and not be communist or socialist countries? The answer is very simple. The United States of America is unique in that America has Republicans.

           Republicans are a different breed of politician than the world has ever seen. They give $1.5 Trillion dollars in tax cuts and benefits to wealthy individuals and corporations, they complain that spending is too high and the deficit is growing, so “entitlement benefits” such as social security, Medicaid and Medicare and food aid, must all be cut. Why do they believe that benefits to billionaires is ok, but helping people with nothing is somehow a bad thing.

           Republicans have worked to sell the American people on the “Trickle Down Theory” for decades and every time they cut taxes, rich people prove that they will not allow tax breaks to “Trickle Down’. Instead, the rich get richer through the hoarding of profits as they increase executive salaries but complain about paying a higher wage to the workers at the bottom would damage the profitability of their respective companies. Americans have been sold a one trick pony, and that one trick is to make the rich richer.

            Since the marginal tax rates have been virtually eliminated, income inequality has been on a steady increase. Today, there is a human with a net worth of $135 Billion dollars. One of his companies is reputed to have made $11 Billion in profits last year, yet paid $0 in corporate income taxes. This only allows for the hoarding of wealth. If there had been a marginal tax rate on top income, the incentive would have been to pass the extra income down to the working masses, rather than to pay it in taxes. Republicans are quick to point out that this rings of a socialist system.

Yet, this was the America of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. And it was an effective system of insuring that income of the masses would grow as did the income of the top one percent. With the Reagan Revolution, marginal tax rates fell and in most cases eliminated, as Republicans convinced Americans that the rich should be entitled hoard the wealth of their businesses. Hoarding is allowed as the minimum wage has been held to below the inflation rate and the rich get richer while the poor get screwed.

I am not a socialist, but I agree with President Obama in saying that major corporations owe a great deal of their wealth to the people of the United States. Corporate America did not build the roads and air traffic control system that allows for their goods to the Great Market of America. The American taxpayer did. Furthermore, the United States government owes as much a duty to the have nots as it does to the haves of the world.

The liberal idea would be to give the massive tax breaks to the masses, rather than the wealthy and have the market pick the winners and losers. That is a capitalist approach to a market driven economy. But, Republicans have turned Capitalism on its head, and Corporate Welfare to billionaires has become a preferable form of capitalism, while promoting market solutions to the consumers equates to socialism. Are you a Capitalist, “Yes I am”, said the liberal. “I believe in market incentives to consumers to allow for a healthier and more educated, market and consumer.”

As liberals we should proudly say, “Sometimes yes. And Sometimes no.” But we are always promoting the general welfare for ourselves and our posterity.

STARVING THE BEAST

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            The new tax cuts enacted by Trump and the Republicans in Congress are the latest salvo in the long term Republican policy to “Starve the Beast”. The policy goal is to cut taxes to a critical point, then use the high budget shortfall as a rationale to cut or rather, to gut government spending. This follows the basic belief of Republicans that government should not pick winners and losers in society, unless the winners are the super rich. Continue reading “STARVING THE BEAST”

LIBERALS ARE SO STUPID!!!

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            Liberals are so stupid. That is a difficult thing for me to say because I are won. But, when life gives you chocolate, eat it. We liberals have a difficult time eating our chocolate. Observing how the various Democratic Party candidates succumb to the same Republican criticism over and over again just leaves me in a quandary.  We were once a party of logic speaking, election season trench fighters. Republicans chased us away from the word title, LIBERAL by say being a liberal was a bad thing and then we all lost our way. Continue reading “LIBERALS ARE SO STUPID!!!”

STARVING THE BEAST

The new Trump tax cuts enacted by the Republicans in Congress are the newest salvo in the long term Republican strategy to “Starve the Beast”. This policy goal is to cut taxes to a critical point, then use the high budget shortfall as a rationale to cut or rather, gut domestic government spending. This follows the basic belief of Republicans that government should not pick winners and losers in society, unless the winners are the super rich.

US House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who has been a long time advocate of this policy, has already announced his intention to begin legislation for cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Environmental Protection, Food Stamps and Education. Continue reading “STARVING THE BEAST”

NOTHING BURGER CAUSES PTOMAINE

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Donald Trump, Jr. gave America a free “Nothing Burger” and I for one, am sick of it.  Initially, Trump Jr. told the American people there was no meeting. But that story didn’t last long, as the New York Times dripped out proof of a meeting. Next, we were told that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, all met with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskyaya strictly on the issue of Russian adoption.

White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, came out and called it a big “Nothing Burger”. But within hours however, the Nothing Burger began to stink. As it tuned out, the New York Times (NYT) had obtained a chain of emails revealing that: 1) Don Jr. knew (or at least thought) this lady lawyer was a Russian government official; and 2) that the meeting was expected to be about alleged dirt that the Russians had on Hillary Clinton; and all, 3) in furtherance of Russian government support for candidate Donald Trump. Continue reading “NOTHING BURGER CAUSES PTOMAINE”

An Ameriқan Horror Story

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Our president is truly becoming an Ameriқan Horror Story. Hillary Clinton shouted out Donald Trump’s lack of temperament throughout the election campaign. Instead, people were bamboozled into believing that Hillary could not be trusted with the Presidency. So now, America has swallowed the snake oil and is expecting to see magical solutions to all our problems. Trump promised to bring back coal mines and steel mills, perhaps even the stagecoaches to Make America Great Again!

But President Trump has shown himself to be well beyond his depth. He recently remarked that he thought being president would be easy, but instead it is very hard. Who knew health care could be so difficult? His presidency is difficult because he is trying so hard to protect and/or please the Russians, way too much. What do they have on him? Someday, these skeleton bones will fall out of the closet and all over the living room floor. Continue reading “An Ameriқan Horror Story”