NO NEW TAXES = NO NEW PROGRESS!

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?
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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!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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13 Responses to NO NEW TAXES = NO NEW PROGRESS!

  1. You’re rightly railing at cynical, selfish pols, diehard ideologues, ignorant, typically bigoted resenters and at a whole lot of sheeple who get their “news” from Fox, Limbaugh and the like. The core of the radical right makes up only about 27 percent of the population, but with so much money and propaganda machinery on their side, they influence many others.

    Your logic is impeccable, but it cuts no ice with cynical pols who want to keep their seats in Congress, governorships and the like. They know who they’re really working for and what to say and do if they want to keep and advance their political careers. They don’t want to solve problems like dangerous bridges and crumbling roads, any more than George W. Bush wanted a capable, well-run FEMA in case disaster struck. What right-wing pols do want is money and the power and incumbency money can buy. So, they push for smaller, weaker, less-expensive government, no oversight and regulation of business, because doing those things brings them campaign money and other forms of assistance. And, if they should lose an election or decide they want to get out, they know they’ll land a high-paying job as a lobbyist, corporate director, executive or consultant.

    Democrats, for all their faults, do want to solve problems that affect us all. Most of them enter public service to serve the public as a whole. Republicans dismiss them as moonbat do-gooders, and ignorant, gullible, selfish yahoos cheer Republicans on, give them money and votes for doing that.

    This is what we’re up against. What we need, for a big change, is some more dedicated liberal politicians able to fight back hard, in and out of office. We’ve got to identify and get behind more people with the all the good qualities, progressive beliefs and appeal of John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer, but without the career-wrecking adultery. These people exist, but they need sustained support and encouragement from the grass roots upward.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      S.W.,
      You’ve got some great points there. I think, though (judging from voter behavior and public opinion polls throughout Wisconsin and elsewhere) that the public is fed up with hardcore radical Republicanism and will vote accordingly next year.The glow of radical conservatism has turned to tarnish, and governors and other politicians like Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rick Scott, and Scott Walker will all be one-termers. Walker won’t even survive next January’s recall. Because of rampant radical GOP excesses, we will narrowly win back the House, this time with “pyrer” Democrats, and these past few years will seem like a distant nightmare.

      • Jack, your sunny prediction could well be right, and I hope it is. But we must be really clear about this: it’s not good enough for Democrats to just be the other guys available when voters decide they’re PO’d at Republicans. That doesn’t last, and it doesn’t get and protect the reforms we need.

        What’s necessary is a big, powerful, determined progressive coalition that’s built to last. Otherwise, the country will be on the same roller coaster ride that has served us so badly the last 30 years. You know, three conservative Republican presidents plus one Republican-lite and now one moderate Democrat who’d roll on the floor and do tricks if only Mitch McConnell and John Boehner would toss him a bone now and then.

      • jackjodell53 says:

        S.W.,
        You are absolutely correct, and I have been espousing that ever since Scott Walker pulled his dirty tricks on Wisconsin workers last winter. I have been calling for progressives to mobilize/organize themselves into “PEOPLE’S PARTY’ factions, and then FLOOD THEIR LOCAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUCUSES EARLY NEXT YEAR, STAY THE ENTIRE NIGHT, NOMINATE ONLY PROGRESSIVE, PRO-LABOR AND PRO-MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR CANDIDATES, AND REPLACE ALL DINOS WITH TRUE PROGRESSIVES! If we start organizing NOW, via word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter, coffee parties – whatever it takes, we will end corporatism in the Democratic Party nationally and turn the reawakening in Wisconsin into a national, very broad-based movement no conservative or teabagger will ever be able to overcome. But the time to begin is NOW—TELL YOUR FRIENDS! SPREAD THE WORD! THE PEOPLE’S PARTY IS COMING TO TOWN!

  2. lacithedog says:

    S.W.A. has hit it on the head. The media (includes “public broadcasting” is pretty much controlled by business interests. They don’t mention lefty concepts since the powers that be don’t like them.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      lacithedog,
      I think people are beginning to see through the Rupert Murdoch-led corporate media and have finally realized what a danger this current bad crop of conservatives really is…

  3. Darlene says:

    The operative words in your essay is “knock Obama from the White House.” That’s the biggest goal that these numbskulls have and everything else is just the method leading to that.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Darlene,
      You’re absolutely right, but I think – FINALLY – the voting public is starting to get wise to what these foul conservative Republicans and teabaggers are up to. They are not happy with this noncooperation and steadfast refusal to compromise even an inch. It will deservedly cost the GOP dearly and will lead to our sweeping back to control of the House, Senate, AND White House in the next election. Keep the faith, my friend—we’re going to outlast these economic terrorists!

      • jackjodell53 says:

        Don’t you DARE pollute my site with your insults!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who the hell do you think you are, anyway?

  4. Hello Jack,
    Yes I hope the recent events dealing with Rupert Murdoch (the voice of Fox) and many of his words come out of the mouths of Conservative laiden mind thoughts. The bottom line is he is nothing but a crook of the lowest morals.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer of Knowledge!
      Murdoch is a perfect example of the evils of anything for a buck capitalism, dirty tricks, and the need for GOVERNMENT REGULATION. Theodore Roosevelt knew this over 100 years ago; why are the current batch of teabaggers and conservative Republicans so damn slow?

  5. Monica says:

    Wasn’t the first stimulus bill supposed to create thousands of jobs repairing structuraly deficient bridges? Why were they not repaired? Where did the money go? Why doesn’t the Secretary of Transportation identify those bridges and closes them before they colapse? Why does the Obama administration allow people to continue risking their lives driving over those bridges? Close them down right away! Obama is holding those bridges hostage and deliberately risking the lives of the people who drive through them each day he fails to identify them and shut them down!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Monica,
      You raise a number of very interesting points. Firstly, a large amount of that first stimulus bill went into worthless tax breaks for businesses JUST TO ACHIEVE REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, WHICH IT FAILED TO DO. I might add that THESE TAX CUTS, JUST LIKE BUSH’S PREVIOUS TAX CUTS, FAILED TO CREATE ANY JOBS HERE.

      Secondly, for you to rant and rave in my comments section that I did not immediately reply to your comment ON A POST I ORIGINALLY MADE TWO MONTHS AGO WHICH YOU JUST COMMENTED ON TODAY is insulting, as is your comment about me supposedly being ignorant. I, who thoroughly research every post before putting it in – REALLY, Monica! The FACT of the matter, as EVERYONE can see, is that the defective bridges in question are already listed publicly; that Obama is NOT deliberately keeping them open just for poliical gain; and that the Republicans have failed to produce ANY legislation whatsoever designed to create jobs and have instead stonewalled virtually EVERYTHING this President has proposed. THAT is NOT acting in good faith!

      Thirdly, and FINALLY, if you want to disagree with me or anyone else who comments here, that is perfectly fine. But if you are going to rant and rave like a screaming bitch from hell, and issue insults as well, as you did in one of the three comments you left here, not only will your comment be most UNWELCOME here, it will NOT be published and will be ignored and trashed altogether. Have I made myself perfectly clear?

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