Not the film, the GOP position on most everything. The GOP are marching into the future with their eyes and minds firmly fixed on the period before FDR (BFDR). Before the progressive income tax made big government possible, federal revenue came mostly from tariffs and that is why tariffs played such a big part in government tax policy. With less revenue BFDR, government could not afford much in the way of safety net programs and the GOP liked it that way. The 1% of that day enjoyed their Gilded Age and the GOP want to recreate it now.
Call it what you will, a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax or whatever, the effort to replace the progressive income tax with a consumption based tax is a GOP-sponsored effort to make government smaller with a tariff-like tax to be paid by the 99%.
Members of Congress take an oath to support the Constitution; doctors take the Hippocratic oath to do no harm, and commentators at FOX News take the hypocritical oath to harm this country for money. How can they live with their consciences, if they have any?
As defined in Microsoft Encarta Dictionary, racism is:
- “animosity toward other races: prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races.
- belief in racial superiority: the belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior.”
I am my brother’s keeper, but I don’t have any black brothers. That attitude is held by too many Americans today. It accounts for the constant, vile criticism of President Obama, which is based neither on fact nor logic.
In 1901, President Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to the White House for advice and a meal. Washington was the Martin Luther King of his generation. He was at least 50% white, but the criticism that meal invoked was based, not on his white father, but on his mostly or all black mother. Roosevelt did not invite a black to the White House for a meal for the remaining seven years of his presidency.
108 years later, on the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration, a group of white men sat done to dinner and decided to oppose EVERYTHING that the President would propose. Why did they do that and how did they think that they could get away with it? Barack Obama is half black and has a foreign sounding name. The constant criticism of the man and his agenda is not based solely on the fact that he is a Democrat in a country dominated by the GOP. Nor is it based on the fact that he had a white mother. Rather it is based on the fact that his father was a foreign black man, who Barack hardly knew. Thus racism is still alive and well in America today.