The furor over "if you like your plan, you can keep it" touches on a deep fear in American life: That your health-care insurance can be taken from you. That fear is so powerful because it happens so often: Almost everyone in the country can lose their health insurance at any time, for all kinds of reasons — and every year, millions do.
That is true if you are a member of the 99%. The 1% don’t feel that way and are working to abolish the IRS. In the meantime, they and their minions in Congress are doing everything in their power to weaken the IRS by cutting its funding. Why are they doing that? Because they are unwilling to pay their fair share of taxes, taxes that are legally due. Tax cheating is going undetected and unpunished. Some of the wealthy get their wealth from tax avoidance which is legal and tax evasion which is not. The creation of problematic tax shelters is a very big business. The only reason for accounts in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere on small islands is tax avoidance and evasion.
Why should we be concerned with the taxes paid by the wealthy? Because society as a whole suffers if some take a free ride. It becomes the duty of the law-abiding majority to make up in taxes what the avoiders and evaders don’t pay or all of us suffer the shortfall in decreased government services and increased government debt.
It is easy to determine what is good for the 99%, just list what the GOP and the 1% are against. They oppose the IRS, Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, unemployment benefits, food stamps, progressive income taxes, the right to vote by minorities, the poor and the homeless, stricter gun laws, freedom of speech, the right to assemble in peaceful protest and a woman’s right to choose.
Isn’t it wonderful to listen to a politician speak who speaks eloquently and speaks the truth. Those moments are so rare that they occur only once in a generation. In my lifetime, there have been only three: JFK, Ronald Reagan and now Barack Obama. At first, JFK was not easy to listen to because he spoke with an accent, but both Reagan and Obama are easy on my midwestern ears.
Experience has shown that trickle-down economics doesn’t work, at least for the 99%. The war in Iraq was a complete waste of time. Shooting yourself in the foot hurts. The GOP don’t learn from any of this. I have re-blogged below my take on Gorge W. Bush and Osama bin Laden.
Sheriff George W. Bush and Deputy Dick Cheney were spending a working vacation on Sheriff George’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheriff George was thinking and deciding and working on his book tentatively entitled “Decision Points.” Deputy Dick was assigned the job of shoveling the manure from the barn. Both men slept in the bunkhouse to be one of the guys. Laura lived and slept in the main ranch house.
One day, Deputy Dick decided to play a joke on his boss. He cut bin Laden’s face from a wanted poster and waited until Sheriff George was sound asleep. Then he pasted bin Laden’s picture on the top of the Sheriff’s right foot. When Sheriff George awoke in the morning, he sat up on the side of the bed, stretched, and then rubbed the sleep from his eyes. Looking down, he saw bin Laden looking at him from beneath the bunk. Sheriff George grabbed his gun from the bedpost and blazed away at bin Laden, hitting him several times in the head. Boy that hurt. For the rest of the day, Sheriff George limped around the ranch leaving bloody footprints, bragging about how he had killed bin Laden. Finally, Nurse Laura persuaded the Sheriff to sit down long enough to be bandaged.
That night, Deputy Dick repeated the prank with a new picture of bin Laden on Sheriff George’s right foot and he added a picture of al-Qaeda’s number two, al-Zawahiri, on Sheriff George’s left foot. The next morning was a virtual repeat of the prior day. Sheriff George stretched and saw both bin Laden and al-Zawahiri peering out from under the bunk. He grabbed his gun and shot both of them repeatedly. Ouch, that really hurt. From a wheelchair, Sheriff George spent much of the day bragging about how he had killed bin Laden twice and al-Zawahiri once.
When he and Deputy Dick were alone later in the day, George confessed that he was embarrassed by shooting himself in the feet. “What will the voters think?” said George.
“Just tell that it was a hunting accident,” said Dick. “It always works.”
“But I wasn’t hunting,” said George.
“Of course you were,” said Dick. “You’re always hunting for members of al-Qaeda.”
“Great idea,” said George. “I’ll see that you receive the Medal of Freedom for that idea.”
“I’d rather get a vacation from the manure detail,” thought Dick to himself.
The lessons of this tale are Deputy Dick does the dirty work. Sheriff George is a good shotand is trigger happy. He does not learn from mistakes and he does not tell the truth.
Now that President Obama has taken away our GOP-given right to bankruptcy from healthcare costs under the Affordable Care Act, what will he do next? Will he take away our guns and our women? Are apple pie and motherhood safe? The GOP will fight to the death to prevent losing the House of Representatives in November, 2014. It is their last defense against the socialistic, communistic, Nazi Hitler-clone in the White House.