08 Dec

Yes yes yes. I’ve said it here and I’ve said it often. Nail them to the wall.

Who is in charge here, anyway? That, more than sequestered spending or how much we raise in new taxes, will be the most important question resolved by this “fiscal cliff” stand-off between President Obama and the GOP.

More than Republicans and Democrats forging an elusive consensus on shrinking the nation’s deficit, the real question before the country in these debates over debt is whether the American Republic has within it the will and the means to make its most powerful elites pay “just a little bit more,” as the President likes to say, at a time when those elites are determined to resist. And as we sit here today, the jury on that question is still out.

The power to tax may be the power to destroy, as the old saying goes. But as historian Francis Fukuyama reminds us, the reverse is also true: “Scandalous as it may sound to…

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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in freedom


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  1. Steve

    December 8, 2012 at 19:28

    As much as you would like it to be a democracy where he with the most votes dictates we do NOT have a democracy, we have a Republic based on a Constitution that states quite emphatically the powers given to our government by the consent of the governed, thus the meaning of “We the people…”

    At least we used to have a Constitution that actually meant something.

    • angrymanspeaks

      December 18, 2012 at 22:43

      Yeah; right up until the passing of the Patriot Act. No to be honest it began alot longer ago; like when it was signed. it was a flawed document from the beginning because iot allows for two very different viewpoints:

      Yours: Anything not specifically mentioned in the Constitution as a right of the people is forbidden.

      And Mine: Anything not specifically forbidden in the Constitution is allowed and a right of the people under that document.

      Of course neither is intended to be seen as absolute and written in stone but generally it’s a correct description of the difference

      On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM, angrymanspeaks

  2. Steve

    December 11, 2012 at 21:13

    There are lots of reasons to resist this tax increase. First of all, it will do absolutely nothing to reduce the defecit which it is touted to do. The amount of money it will raise by the best estimates will power this government for about a week. In reality, all those that would get taxed will find other loop holes and not pay anyways and pass the tax increase on us in the middle class anyways as usual. This is nothing but class warfare making the wealthy the scapegoat for over spending by an out of control Washington buracracy. We don’t have a revenue, we have a spending problem. plain and simple…Washington needs to stop and stop NOW!

    • angrymanspeaks

      December 14, 2012 at 17:32

      No; we have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem too. We spend too much on defence; paying Social Security to those wealthy enough not to need it; corporate subsidies and bailouts; etc. Basically any money paid by the government to anyone who already has enough.

      You worth a few million? Want to join the Army. Great; we will be happy to accept your volunteer service. And you won’t mind buying your own uniforms and weapon and basic infantry gear will you?

      Worth a few million? Want to hold an elected office? We will be happy to accept your volunteer service. Before you ask; Yes that goes for The President too. A government appointment; same thing. If you are already wealthy; we don’t pay a salary.

      If you are already wealthy; you should be willing to donate your skills and service in gratitude for this nation making your extravagant lifestyle possible. If you are not willing to donate your time; then you aren’t possessed of the correct motive. working for your country isn’t about getting richer; it’s about serving the needs of the common people.

      In other words it’s time for the wealthy to STOP; NOW! Stop taking it all; stop using people like machines; stop eating all the goddamned food before we all starve. Stop hoarding unneccesary money. STOP. “I mean how much food can you cram down your throat before you begin to choke on it? But the wealthy just keep eating and eating and eating. They can’t possibly still be hungry. The food is running back out of their mouths; they have so much. Their so fat they can barely reach their mouths. When will they stop eating?” (paraphrased from Lee Camp)


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