The Lion was going to spend this sunny Sunday morning quietly blogging his way through the Sunday newspaper, commenting benignly on this and that, hoping to score a few points on the opposition and entertain both of his readers, but all that proved impossible.
There was more idiocy per paragraph in today’s paper than The Lion has seen in, oh, maybe ages. Eons. Eras. Well, a week at least. There’s too much to even bother linking or quoting.
But the biggest and ugliest has to do with this nonsense of Senator Obama being a ‘redistributionist of wealth’.
Let me put this as politely as possible.
That McCain tack is a crock of unadulterated shit, and the people who buy it are full of it and they’re idiots on top of that.
Taxes in a democratic society are a redistribution of wealth, and they are also the price citizens pay to live in a free society. The alternative might include a place like Somalia, which pretty much functions in a state of anarchy, and where a thirteen year old girl was just stoned to death because the bright boys in the mullah suits decided that since she had been raped she was guilty of adultery and thus worthy of being stoned to death by dozens of adult men before a crowd of a thousand people. Which is to say if you want to live a tax-free life, Somalia et al is your kind of place.
You want no taxes, you say? You say it because, as several of the idiots noted, you don’t want the government to take your money and give it to people who don’t work. Do you mean people on disability, who can’t work? Or people on hard times in this Republican economy who can’t find work? Or perhaps you mean the rich people who live off Bush tax breaks just for them who not only don’t work, but contribute nothing to society and thus really do live on the backs of the middle class and the working people?
Well, usually these idiots mean they don’t want their money to go to niggers, because as everybody knows niggers are too lazy and shiftless to work and expect the white people to give them money so the niggers can continue their evil ways. Just in case anyone has difficulty translating that sentence, ‘niggers’ means anybody whose skin is not a pale pink or white color.
One of these brain dead Republican suckups specifically claimed that she gets upset when she sees someone using food stamps in the grocery store. She didn’t like her tax dollars buying food for someone who needed help. Her motto apparently is ‘Let the bitch and her children starve’.
And these fools actually object to the rich paying more taxes than other people. They would seem to love George Bush giving huge tax breaks to the rich, who already have far more money than they need, and doing virtually nothing for the middle class, which is getting royally screwed by the RepubliBush economy.
Apparently it doesn’t occur to these lobotomettes that the rich people have benefited the most from American democracy, and fairness would demand that they pay the most. And they also seem to miss the fact that the rich didn’t make it on their own – they rode on the sweat and blood and labor of the workers and the middle class. That’s right folks. The workers and the middle class are the only ones who made it possible for the rich to amass all that money. And the rich often did it by screwing the very people who made it possible. Ask anyone who’s tried to organize workers at WalMart or whose relative died in the mines.
So, yes, taxes are the redistribution of wealth. Taxes build roads, repair bridges, build schools and pay teachers, fund scientific research that’s made modern society possible, put food on the table of people fallen on hard times, keep public transportation running, fund civil defense as well as a bloated military machine. Taxes bring the firemen to your house, bring the police to the neighbor’s house, keep the water flowing through your tap. Taxes pay for research into ways to save the damned planet from self-destructing around you.
And your taxes pay for the bailout of the rich people in banking and finance who screwed your economy with their greed and their lust to escape paying taxes.
No matter how you cut it, American government exists to redistribute wealth. Not always wisely, but an enterprise as massive as America will never always act wisely. But redistribution is what it does.
To buy into John the Failed Economist’s smear of Obama as a communist or some evil ‘socialist’ (most of you don’t even know what hell that means) because he affirmed the American tradition and raison d’etre of spreading the wealth around marks you as an unthinking idiot who knows nothing about democracy and less about America.
In a truly rational society you wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a voting booth. You’re too goddamned willfully stupid to have earned the right to vote. You should be out there in the desert with the Islamist mullahs stoning raped teenagers to death, because that’s where your ignorance and refusal to use your brain will take society.
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