By Jack Jodell, July 14, 2011
The already far-too-conservative Republican Party, made even worse by the huge influx of new Tea Party House and Senate members they got in the 2010 midterm elections, has embarked on a pledge to enact NO new taxes and NO tax increases either, no matter what. Of course, you and I know how foolhardy and reckless this overly-ideological pledge is, but these stubborn Republicans will have none of it. For, without new and increased taxes on the uberrich, our debt and deficit will NEVER come down! They also want an end to government regulation on business, even though it was this lack of regulation which created the Great Recession we are still plagued with today, more than 3 years later. They believe the market is self-correcting and doesn’t need government influence or interference. They see nothing wrong with the ever-growing disparity in wealth we are experiencing, as the upper 1% in income grows steadily richer while the rest of the company stagnates or falls behind. To a person, they all claim the Obama Stimulus Plan was a failure, even though it rescused the Wall Street banks, General Motors, and Chrysler, as well as thousands of police, fire, and teaching jobs. Now that the stimulus money has been largely spent, unemployment is starting to rise again, presently at 9.2%. Though an incredible amount of industry deregulation has already occurred, Republicans are still clamoring for more. I would like to ask some of these Republicans who oppose tax increases and support more deregulation a few questions.
Let’s start with YOU, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. If the free-enterprise system you speak so glowingly about works just fine on its own, without government help, why then are there 1,161 of your state of Virginia’s bridges ranked STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT (according to StateMaster.com)?
Why are so many of your roads in need of repair? There are 159,395 millionaires in your state, Cantor (according to a 2006 study released by Netstate, LLC). If the free market system works as well as you claim, why then are there so many defective bridges and roads in Virginia? What are these millionaires doing with their money? Why haven’t any of them stepped up to solve these problems? Shouldn’t THEY be taxed MORE to remedy this, or should these bridges and roads be fixed only by taxes paid for by the middle class and poor? Why haven’t YOU and the Republicans you whip come up with a meaningful jobs program to begin to solve these problems? Are you now drunk with power to be in charge of so many underlings, or stupid, or WHAT?
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee: you’ve been awfully lippy all along on how the President’s stimulus plan was a bad idea and a failure. Well, then, if private industry is the key to economic success, why hasn’t some of this industry come to the aid of Tennessee’s 1,653 structurally deficient bridges and miles of roads in need of repair?
Where have Tennessee’s 94,419 millionaires been all this time, Blackburn? Why weren’t THEY “self-correcting” this mess? Could it be that MORE stimulus spending, or taxing the wealthy at the same rate they were taxed prior to 2001 would help correct this unfortunate situation? Or do you still believe in more deregulation, less taxation, and less government involvement will solve these problems? Is opposition to more cost-efficient and energy=-aving light bulbs really more important than a decent jobs bill to help Tennessee’s unemployed, as well as its roads and bridges? Will these deficient bridges and roads fix themselves all by themselves, Blackburn? What are YOU doing about this, Blackburn, except crying out a lot about fear of nonexistent “socialism” at every opportunity?
How about good ol’ 10th district Georgia congressman Paul Broun? This cracker’s state has a whopping 141,701 millionaires. Alongside them, Georgia also has a higher-than-the-national-average 9.8% unemployment rate(according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). This being the case, and with Georgia currently having 941 defective bridges and many miles of roads needing repair, instead of working on a jobs bill that would address all this, why have you instead voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich while doing nothing for YOUR state’s unemployed, or its bridges and roads? While your state sits with that high unemployment rate, its agricultural crops rot in the field due to harsh anti-immigrant laws. Why, in light of all this, have you WASTED THE NATION’S TIME with crazy allegations of “Marxism” being practiced by the President or that the federal government was trying to “force” everybody to eat more fruits and vegetables? Instead of seeking foolish non-binding resolutions endorsing “national Bible day”, why don’t you just stick to providing much-needed jobs for your constituents, Representative Broun? Or tapping some of your state’s millionaires to help with the task, instead of voting them extended tax protection?
Last but not least, let’s not forget part-time seccessionist and now GOP presidential possibility Texas Governor Rick Perry. This pseudo-evangelist loves to grandstand and put on a show, but the only people he really provides for in his state are rich Texas oilmen and miliionaires, of which his state has an unbelievable 350,727! Perry has successfully defended his state’s wealthiest 5% of families, with incomes averaging $203,174, from the “scourge” of state income taxes, keeping Texas at no.2 in the rankings of states with the highest level of disparity in income (the lowest 20% of Texas families average only $14,724, a top to bottom ratio of 13.8, according to CNN Money). The Texas unemployment rate stands at 8%, still much higher than it was 10 years ago in spite of all the concentrated oil wealth. So what will you do about this, Perry, other than hold prayer breakfasts and stick your nose where it doesn’t belong in your people’s personal lives?
Conservative Republicans, libertarians, and a large number of teabaggers are simply content to let our economy languish in joblessness while refusing to tax the very rich more fairly to fund jobs programs and/or help reduce our deficit. They want to knock President Obama from the White House and regain total control of both the House and Senate. Then they will impose their perverted brand of anything-goes economics on us, which will put us all at the mercy of huge corporations and destroy our economy and this country as well. Their big-money backers such as the despicable Koch Brothers and Karl Rove are already lining up to flood next year’s airwaves with a record amount of lies and distortion to fool voters into voting for their hand-picked stooges. There wull be NO new progress from these people: they are drowning in a chorus of “no new taxes” and can’t even see the light.
BE READY AND GEAR UP FOR IT, PROGRESSIVES—IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG, VICIOUS FIGHT!