Friday, November 9, 2012

The Makers and Takers: And Republican Bullshitters

Speaker of the House John Boehner said that the reelection of the House Republican majority means that there is “no mandate for raising tax rates” on the American people.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell also said, "We have a voter mandate not to raise taxes."

They just say "taxes", not taxes on the wealthiest top 2%, who earn more than $250,000 a year. And when they say raising taxes on "small businesses", they don't mean the owners of a small mom-and-pop store earning less than $250,000 a year, but people like hedge fund managers who earn over $1 million a year.

When John Boehner and Mitch McConnell say "the American people", they don't mean Americans earning less than $250,000, but wealthy Americans earning millions of dollars a year (e.g. Mitt Romney).

And the major reason House Republicans were saved from eviction during the last election cycle was mostly due to the gerrymandering of district seats. That's what saved the House Republican Majority -- the careful manipulation by Republican State legislators to rig the political demographics, not the "will" of the majority of the American public. There was no "mandate" for Republicans to NOT raise taxes on the richest Americans.

Speaking of mandates, why was there such a Herculaneum attempt by Republican State legislators to suppress the vote for Democratic voters (e.g. minorities, seniors, and college kids), those who usually vote early? If the GOP had a "mandate", why would suppressing the vote be necessary?

And when Republicans do lose their bid for re-election, they claim the other side is guilty of what they themselves have been guilty of. In Florida, Tea Party darling Allen West lost his bid for re-electron and is now claiming voter fraud and asking for a recount. Instead of inner circumspection, the GOP losers are whining like immature and sore losers.

Karl Rove, who spent over $100 million in dirty tricks against Obama, got a 1% return on his investment, so now says that Obama won because of voter suppression -- and I'm sure that most Fox News viewers will believe him.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell (and all the other GOP officials and Fox News pundits) are behaving as though it was Mitt Romney who won the presidential election, and are claiming they have a mandate to NOT raise taxes on the richest 2%.

Just like Mitt Romney, they all are pathological liars: lying when they don't have to and maybe not even realizing they are lying. Were they born as bullshitters, or does it take a lifetime of practice?

When President Obama recently sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, while referring to Romney as a "bullshiter", he said, "Kids look at the other guy and say that's a bull bleeper, I can tell.” That’s when the president offered his analysis of kids’ ability to detect others’ dishonesty.

But for grown adults to not see through the GOP's lies, one would have to be either very ignorant, mentally challenged, on drugs, or living in pathetic denial.

98% of all "small business" owners earn less than $250,000 a year (just like 98% of ALL working Americans earn less than that). According the Social Security Administration, 47% of ALL working Americans actually earn less than $26,000 a year.

The vast majority of Americans, in poll after poll after poll, have said that they favor allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the top 2%. What "mandate" are the GOP bullshitters referring to?

The GOP bullshitters have claimed that if the top 2% (the "job creators") have to pay more in federal income taxes, then there will be massive job losses. But the top 2% has already had the lowest tax rates in U.S. history -- ever since 2001 and 2003 -- so where are the jobs now?

Most of the top 2% earns the majority of their income through "capital gains" and pays a lower tax rate (as a percentage of their income) than the other 98% of working Americans -- those who earn their living through regular hourly wages and weekly salaries.

VP candidate Paul Ryan (as a government worker in "big government"), in addition to his very generous $174,000 congressional salary for his part-time job, earned another $60,000 last year in "capital gains" -- and he proposed that NO federal income taxes at all be paid on any capital gains.

The GOP bullshitters want to tax you to pay for their "stuff", but very rich Republicans don't want to be taxed at all to pay for our "stuff". Instead, they just want us to work harder and longer, waiting until we're 70 years old to retire, while paying us the minimum wage and denying us healthcare...just to make them richer.

The owners of Wal-Mart have a collective net worth of over $100 billion, but wants Mitt Romney's 47% (those who earn less than $26,000 a year) to put more skin in the game to enrich the CEOs in the defense industry, but wants to pay their workers slave wages and work until the day they drop dead -- and with no healthcare insurance (free stuff).

Apple would rather hire workers in China for $1 an hour rather than pay an American worker enough to live on so that Apple CEO Tim Cook can cash in $600 million in Apple stock and only pay a 15% capital gains tax...and maybe, just like Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, renounce his American citizenship -- instead of reinvesting in the American people -- the 47% who just wants "free stuff".

I heard Fox News Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News bullshitters tell you that millions of Americans are leaving the workforce to go on Social Security disability, earning a third less than they would have at their job.

This week I just heard Steve Doocy on Fox News say people who earn $45,000 a year are saying to themselves, "Why should I go work when I can stay home and watch TV and make just as much." Doocy is a bullshitter because welfare pays about $400 a month -- and if you worked 35 years, Social Security disability pays an average of $1,100 a month (or $13,000 a year).

Will someone please tell me where I can sign up for all this "free stuff" (food, shelter, and healthcare), because after I was laid off in 2008 my unemployment benefits ran out in July 2010. I have since been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in my neck and back, but 2 years later in 2012 after filing a claim, I was denied Social Security disability; and I won't qualify for Social Security retirement benefits for several more years.

Where can I get my hands on all this free stuff that the GOP bullshitters keep blabbing about? I only get food stamps, but that's because I'm poor with no income and would starve to death otherwise. According to the GOP, even though I was a "maker" for 35 years, because of the economy and my health, I'm now labeled by the GOP bullshitters as a "taker".

The top 2%, who evade taxes and bribes politicians to keep their taxes low, who over-charges me for their services and products, and who nickels-and-dimes me for everything else, and who paid me just barely enough for rent and food, and who was too cheap to provide healthcare...those are the "makers", who make jobs in China while leaving me (the "taker") dependent on food stamps while watching TV 24/7.

The top 2% doesn't want their taxes raised so they won't have to pay for my food stamps. The "takers" like me should go without food so that the "makers" (bullshitters) can hire more people in China.

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