Why not tax the very rich?

Well, I’ve heard both sides of the budget situation – Republican and Democrat.  Frankly I don’t understand how the Republicans can take the stance that the very rich must not be taxed further.  Why not? 

Did the rich invest in jobs during George W. Bush’s administration?  Apparently not, or we wouldn’t be needing jobs now.  So, why not go back to the taxes during Clinton’s administration?   

I’m barely keeping up with all this, but good sense makes good sense.  And most of mainstream America seems to agree with me. 

Plus, how about taxing the oil companies… we are paying ‘way too much for gasoline.  Some of their big profits should go toward helping this country, not their pockets.

Maybe we should be releasing some of our own oil for use in this country.

Patriotism still lives!

A few days ago I was driving west on I-70.  Leaving Ohio and going into Indiana, the first exit was at Richmond.  There the state police were holdiing back various vehicles so that the motorcyclists could enter the interstate.  Altogether there must have been 100 or more, some wearing a form of the U.S. flag, some not.  They were men and women, some riding singly, some double.  I only saw one child – a boy of about 11, riding behind a man who was probably his father.

Four-wheeled traffic was directed to the left lane so that the motorcyclists were not interrupted.

At times the traffic slowed and during one of those times I called out to a rider to ask where they were headed… “Indianapolis,” she said.  She was there from New York state.  The purpose, as I read on the chase vehicles at the end of this parade was “To Ride in Support of Our Troops.”  These were the Patriot Guards.

They made quite a display, and at each township and local bridge crossing, people waited with flags, with fire trucks and emergency vehicles, in autos, or standing with flags a-flutter to wave at them.  Sometimes people would be parked along parallel side roads, waiting and waving as the Patriot Guards passed by.

It had been raining as I entered Indiana, but soon the sky cleared and the sun shone.  I was warmed by it, and by the fact that patriotism still lives… in the riders and in those who stood overhead or alongside the road and waved at this display.

Maybe there’s hope for us yet!

Still open for business

So.  After all the drama of the week, building up to a huge climax, we are still open for business.

Frankly, I could not tell whose version was the correct one.  Was it just about cutting more spending or was it about saving Planned Parenthood?  Only the historians will be able to tell us.

Meanwhile, what was cut?  What won’t we see happening anymore?  And why is it that mostly poor people bear the burden of the cuts… not the military (spending how much a day to pay some crooked emir in Afghanastan???)…   Oh, yes.  Perhaps we could cut the trip to Mars.  How much would that save us?

Seems like we might want to concentrate on our earth, not the rocks on a distant planet.  Let’s wait on that until we have more discretionary spending money.

The poor need an advocate – a lobbiest (oh, how awful that word has become!) to save these programs.  The poor are barely keeping up!  And some are not!!

Here I am again

So now there’s a budget proposal from the Republicans.  Representative Ryan to be exact.  Listening to what is being said about it – from him as well as other Republicans and his Democratic opponents – I’d say it’s extreme.  And why doesn’t it include taxing the rich?  Taxing business?

My parents and grandparents were all Republicans.  They would not recognize the Republicans of today.  What happened to that party?  Where’s the soul?  Where’s the concern for the common man?

The Democrats are not exempt from my ire either.  They should be willing to compromise on Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and the military budget.  Why are we still in Afghanastan?  No one wants us there.  Let’s face reality and get out!!

It’s hard for us Independents to want any of the House Representatives or Senators now in office to stay in office.  Perhaps if we banded together to get them out of office our negative vote would mean more to them than the backing of their rich benefactors. 

We need to reform the campaign system.  Perhaps that would help.  Oh, dear.  Is there anything right just now?

Another day, another entry

Adding blogs is almost like keeping a diary… I’m barely keeping up!

It seems to me that Pastor Terry Jones in Florida should be charged with inciting a riot, or perhaps aiding and abetting a deadly mob.  How can he get away with only a few words of condemnation?

As for the budget proposals, well, someone this morning said it… “The rich get tax cuts, the poor get benefit cuts.”  I think I may have the answer to what the Republicans, and perhaps some of the Democrats are after.  They want to lower the jobless numbers and here’s how they’ll do it:

Reduce benefits to the poor who will eventually die off for lack of aid.  When that happens there will be fewer of them and they won’t be looking for work.

Oh, my, that sounds extreme.  I’m not nuts, just barely keeping up.  How can we reduce benefits and oversight positions on airline traffic, oil rigs, etc., etc., and reduce educational benefits but not raise taxes on the rich?  At least back to where they were during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and William Clinton.

What’s wrong with this picture? 

The answer may be found in term limits.  Let’s have one term of six years for the president.  That way, once someone gets in office he/she isn’t trying to raise money for the next term.  All that president is doing is working for the good of the people.  Who’s done that lately?

As for congress – term limits for both the house and senate.  Perhaps greed will begin earlier, but have you notice that many “freshmen” congressmen and senators go to their new jobs with lofty ideals.  That soon changes.  Greed.  Greed.

What about the good of the people?  What about our opinions?  They don’t seem to matter here.  That’s why so many of us are barely keeping up!