Newt Gingrich, pandering to aerospace workers in the Florida primary, promises to colonize the moon and run regular flights to Mars. And he’s got something in his gift bag for Cuban-Americans too -- military action against the commie regime down there.
You might wonder how we’re going to pay for these policy baubbles, but fear not. Newt’s got it all figured. The answer is poor people. Rather than hang around here waiting for coins to trickle down from the billionaires who would no longer be taxed (Newt opposes taxes on capital gains and dividends, which is how the super-rich get most of their income) the poor could serve as excellent cannon fodder for his unnecessary wars. And those too young or too unfit to be pressed into uniform can be dispatched to the moon to clean toilets. Without all those poor people hanging around demanding education, jobs, and regular meals, this economy would be in tip-top shape.
Back to those paltry taxes on dividends, capital gains, and interest that Newt, Mitt, and that whole Republican gang longs to kill off entirely -- one might ask a simple question -- why? What makes this form of income so sacrosanct it must not be sullied with anything so loathsome as a tax?
I’ll let Romney explain that one: “What you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business.” Many of us knucklheads fail to understand that this income generated by the 1 percent who sit around on their fat asses collecting it without doing any work is just so necessary to our economy that we must not discourage it. Trouble is, that could be argued about income from all manner of vocations. Let’s take morticians as an example. Morticians do very necessary work. They tend to all those arrangements that must be made for loved ones who have passed on and they perform these vital chores in a dignified manner. Let’s face it. If there were no one around to bury or cremate all those corpses we’d be in a world of trouble. So one might argue their industry is just too precious to tax.
See what I’m getting at? Lots and lots of people do crucial things for our economy, but the ones who catch special breaks are those who have the money and resources to "donate" money to the right political places and hire lobbyists to arrange the details of those special breaks, which are then cloaked in tradition. ‘Why, we can’t change that -- it’s the way we do things’
If I have to listen to much more of this campaign rhetoric I may just volunteer for one of Newt’s space flights.
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