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How Come Greedy Politicians Aren’t Called Out?

You know, in all this talk about “greed,” in the normal list of evil, greedy people (including corporations, who qualify as “people” on the greed scale but aren’t “people” when it comes to giving their money away), have you noticed that greedy politicians are never included?

As I sit here, making my low wage (which still pays the bills thanks to not being in debt and God being very gracious to me), I have been fuming again over politicians who seem to think that every dollar in existence belongs to them. Indeed, the thinking seems to be that whatever I’m left with after they bend me over and fleece me (because I don’t qualify for any poor-folk gimmicks to get out of paying income taxes) is due to THEIR good graces.

Most politicians seem to live for one thing — power. They pass laws and regulations because it allows them to control the people and force them to do “this” or “that.” The tax code is the biggest tool in their arsenal,whereby they can punish those whom they determine aren’t behaving correctly or for whom the politicians have determined have too much.  Then, these same politicians can use the tax code to buy votes.  That’s why only 53% of Americans pay income tax.  The other 47% get off scot-free on income taxes and even get paid by the government after all is said and done.

So, the 47% (or those who think they are in that bracket, thus the “99%” number) complain about evil corporations and CEOs and love the oh-so-wonderful Big Government, because in the hands of the CORRECT politicians, the Government cares about you…like a mother, or a father, or even a Big Brother.  Oddly enough though, as the 47% are looking elsewhere and thinking Big Brother cares for them, Big Brother is still raping them, only the 47% are too dumb (thanks to our wonderful education system) to realize it.

You see, most politicians of BOTH PARTIES are just as evil and greedy as the CEO’s the 47% loathe.  In addition to their lust for power, their greed for all monies knows no end.  If you think I’m wrong, have you ever stopped and taken a look at all of the taxes you pay?

Back when I was unemployed in 2008, I needed to make a budget to spend as LITTLE money as possible and still survive until I found a job.  I got rid of things like the satellite dish and scaled back other items like the phone.  So, while my phone bill went to a basic tier of $10/month, the taxes were $15/month!  That’s right, I pay MORE in taxes on my phone than I do for the blasted service.  I cut my cell phone bill to ~$22/month, but there too, taxes boost the bill back up to ~$37/month!  My electric bill?  All sorts of taxes and fees.  Gas bill?  Ditto.  My house? Taxed heavily despite the falling property values.  I need something at the store?  I’m taxed. I get a tiny bit of revenue online?  I’m taxed. I have to call a repairman to fix a critical, electrical problem at my house?  I’m taxed. Buy gas?  I’m taxed. Time to re-register the car? Nothing but a tax.  Oh, and I have to have an emissions test for my car registration?  More taxes and payment for “services rendered” made to state employees, thus another tax.  On and on and on it goes.

That’s why whenever I hear these bastard politicians crying about people paying their fair share or blasting the greed of others, my wrath gets kindled, not at the targets the politicians point to, but at the politicians themselves.

To make matters worse, the state I live in decided that they so desperately wanted tax revenues, even if from out of state purchases, that they passed a tax law targeting Amazon EVEN THOUGH THE COURTS HAD RULED AGAINST THE STATES.  Basically, my state and others who’ve passed these so-called “Amazon tax” laws decided to say “FU!” to the Supreme Court and do an end-round and get their greedy paws into Amazon’s coffers (because politicians have votes to buy and all money should be theirs anyway to redistribute as they see fit).  It is looking like the Federal courts will be shooting down these laws, but we’ll wait and see.

So, in the name of “helping the little people” and “making sure an evil corporation pays their fair share,” the state passes their Amazon tax and Amazon basically fires all of us associates in the state.  Of course, I’m not supposed to look at the results of these greedy politicians actions, only their good intentions.  I’m supposed to be mad at the evil corporation who wouldn’t pay their fair share.  While I am a bit annoyed at Amazon, my wrath is still pointed at you, elected bozos!

You see, after my unemployment period of a decade ago, I became a contractor for a giant corporation I liked to call “The Company.”  A month after they hired me as a contractor (less pay, less benefits than the regular employees), “The Company” decided that contractors were paid to much and told contracting companies that they’d be paid 5% less on all contracts.  Naturally, these contracting companies need to maintain a certain profit level and so passed the 5% cut onto the contractors.  When irritated contractors confronted management people of “The Company” to complain, the official response was, “We didn’t cut your pay.  We simply reduced the rates we paid your contracting company. If you have a problem with your rate of pay, we suggest you talk it over with your contracting company.  Have a nice day!”

No contractor I knew blamed their contract company for the 5% pay cut.  That’s because we all knew from whence it originated — “The Company.”

So today, the idiots that run our state legislature say, “We didn’t have your affiliate income taken away.  We simply wanted Amazon’s money and they wouldn’t pay us because they are EVIL.  If you have a problem with not getting paid, we suggest you tell Amazon to pay their fair share and stop harming people like yourself. Have a nice day and remember, we care about you so make sure to vote to keep us in office in the next election!”  Well, I’m not blaming amazon because I know whom to blame — the GREEDY POLITICIANS IN THE GOVERNMENT!

You know, I still sell stuff for Amazon, only now, I do it for free.  I do it for spite.  My state not only isn’t getting their precious Amazon tax, but now they get no income tax from me either on the sales I made ther.  So even though I’m not supposed to judge the results, only the good intentions, I say, “was it really worth it to pass a greedy Amazon tax?”  Bozos!

Why Soaking the Rich Won’t Help Pay Government’s Largess

Being a libertarian, the insane amount of money our government is spending, making what George Bush did look like chump change, just pisses me off something fierce.  I’ve heard that ultra-rich Michael Moore trying to say the country isn’t broke because apparently folks like himself have been stealing it from the poor in make themselves rich.  I’ve long believed that there’s not enough money that could be taken from the rich to pay for the current government largess but this video lays it out quite well on what it would take to pay for the current Federal expenditures for only one year.

This really helped put things into perspective on just how much our government is spending and why we can’t afford it, even if we made the evil rich “pay their fair share” and then some.

Oh, and by the way Michael Moore, when you start contributing everything you make over $250,000 to the government without getting ANYTHING in return, then I’ll take your blathering on the evil rich seriously. 

"Cuts" in the Federal Budget

Gah! I hate politicians and I hate certain political groups. I just saw some hideous commercial weaving a tale of doom on all because of the cuts to health care. If you see the commercial, you think that the budget submitted by the President is going to kill a lot of people and cause others to not have health care because there are cuts. Yes, we must stop the evil president and these massive cuts.

What cuts?

Seriously, the blasted 2007 budget is set for more money than 2006 and these jerks scream about cuts? What smegging cuts are you talking about?

Here’s a quote from the HHS website:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fiscal year (FY) 2007 Budget supports the Department’s mission to provide for the health, safety, and well-being of Americans. FY 2007 outlays will total $698 billion, an increase of $58 billion over FY 2006.

Not seeing any cuts, smeg heads. I am seeing an 8% increase.

Oh wait. You wanted more than an 8% increase and because you didn’t get as big as an increase, that’s a “cut.” What a crock. I wanted a pay raise and didn’t get one, so I guess I can say I took a pay cut, right?

Ugh!

I swear, someone better get some ads out there to counter this crap because I knew the news media will simply say an 8% increase is actually a cut. Frankly, as much bloody taxes as I pay, I don’t want to have to pay even more for smeg heads to waste under the guise of “we care about people” when in fact all they care about is the money.

Smeg heads!

The End of a "Rich Man’s Tax"

On April 25, 1889, the United States Congress declared war on Spain, thus starting the Spanish-American War. Since wars cost money, politicians immediately look to raise taxes to pay for the increased expenditures. As such, Congress passed a tax levy on the 1400 “rich” Americans who owned phones. This tax levy added 1-cent to the cost of each telephone call made. Since only the rich had phones, why not tax those bastards?

The war ended on December 10, 1889 with America victorious over the much weaker Spain. Unfortunately, the tax was never removed from the books. So the results were that over time, the tax was increased and suddenly everyone was paying the tax, not just the rich.

Now here are some important questions.

1) Why are we still paying a tax that was started to “tax the rich” and to pay for the Spanish-American War?
2) If this was done to be a tax on the rich, why are all of us non-rich folks paying this tax?

For question 1, there is some good news. This tax on long distance will FINALLY end on July 31, 2006, as the Federal Government will no longer collect the tax. Indeed, there will be a tiny refund for most of us, providing we jump through all the hoops required by the government, which will be done in 2007 via your 2006 income tax return. Unfortunately, as of this writing, you’ll still pay Federal tax on local service.

So now the question is, “Why WERE we paying this tax all this time when the Spanish-American War ended in 1898?” Simple. Once the government finds a way of getting more of your money, they aren’t going to just stop collecting it. The war may have been over, but politicians need to buy votes, which usually means spending wads of tax dollars in their districts or starting some new government program under the guise of, “We really, really care about you and want to help.” Sadly, the help is pretty weak and the cost to provide the “help” outrageous. That’s why over time, the tax was raised and revamped, as it was in 1965. In 1990, the tax was raised to 3%.

The government has been taken to court over this tax and has lost repeatedly. The courts have ruled that the tax is illegal FOURTEEN TIMES, but the government still collected the tax due to the way our laws are written. Aren’t our legislators clever in how they manage to keep the tax from being stopped by the courts and the government can continue to get fatter and fatter off of illegal taxes? Anyway, in 2005, again the IRS defended the tax in court. Who defended us poor, raped taxpayers? Ironically, it is the evil “Big Business” that took the government to court to put an end to this illegal and unjust tax.

While I do give credit to the Bush administration for finally saying, “the tax is over,” I’m annoyed that it took this long. Further, I’m annoyed that the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation is now crying about how much revenue the government will lose. Too bad, smeg heads! It isn’t your money and you aren’t entitled to it! Gah! The arrogance of our lawmakers never ceases to astound me! They claim that the poor government will lost $67 billion. In 1898, congress only allocated $50 million for the Spanish-American War! Smeg heads!

Now onto question 2. As with the first question, it must be modified in light of the tax being removed. “Why WERE we non-rich folks paying this tax?”

I’m sure you’ve heard our glorious law-makers squawking about making the rich pay more, and how any tax cuts automatically is a “tax-cut for the wealthy” (which only makes sense since the wealthy pay most of the taxes, it would stand to reason they’d get more dollars back…but I digress). Our law-makers have a long history of greedily looking to the so-called wealthy because “they can afford it” and then passing a tax to punish them for the crime of having money. Apparently only the government can be wealthy.

So with the mantra of “tax the rich” on their lips, congress assures you, the common folk, that this new tax won’t touch you, but will only tax those evil wealthy bastards. Since so many folks like the idea of rich people getting hit in the wallet, it is an easy sell. The problem is that anytime the government promises something, even with very good intentions, they put us on the Highway to Hell more often than not.

That’s what happened here. Even though the war was over in less than a year and congress only allocated $50 million for this war, why stop collecting the tax? As the Federal Government grew, its appetite for more tax money increased as well. Further, more and more Americans could now afford a phone as the cost of the technology went down. Ironically, to get rural (and often poor) folks hooked up to telephone service (and thus paying this rich-man’s tax), the government in 1949 enacted legislation to improve rural U.S. telephone service. I believe another tax was passed to do this as well, but at present have been unable to find the details in the sea of information.

So for as long as you’ve had a phone through August 1, 2006, you will have been paying a tax that was designed to be a rich-man’s tax to pay for the 1898 Spanish-American War. How does that make you feel?

By the way, those of you working hard and taking home more and more money should be alert for the Alternative Minimum Tax (Tax Reform Act of 1969). In 1969, congress attempted to punish a very few rich folks who used the tax law to get out of paying income tax. In 2005, the Treasury Department figures show that nearly 15% of households with incomes as low as $75,000 must pay the AMT! So when the government says that a new tax is only targeted at the rich, don’t believe it.

Sources:

ars-technica
Homeland Stupidity
Wikopedia
Chicago Tribune
Paul Bunyah Telephone
TMCnet
National Associateion of Manufactures
Treasury Department