The Democrat Tax Trick
When it comes to economics, I am a simple man with a simple understanding of how things work. So it seems to me that as we approached the “fiscal cliff” in January, the Democrats either pulled off what they thought was sleight of hand or they were plain stupid. In resolving the fiscal cliff crisis Barack Obama and the Democrats got Republicans to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest of tax payers. Democrats claimed victory with a tax hike on the rich and Republicans played word games saying they voted to keep taxes low for the middle class and technically did NOT vote for a tax hike, after all, the expiration of a tax decrease is not a tax hike (yeah right).
Here is where the trick, or the stupidity comes in. Any wealthy individual who couldn’t somehow work around the January tax hike needed to fire his or her accountant. Not one single well-connected rich dude will pay one more cent of tax. So the tax hike was symbolic at best. Now we come to the sequester and the demand from Obama and the Democrats for more revenue via closing tax loopholes. Ahhhh, that’s the ticket! So the question is, did the Dem’s think they were being clever in January by going after the symbolic victory with the real revenue generator in their back pocket to whip out in March? Or did they waste the opportunity for real revenue generation by not going after loopholes in the first place?
Republicans can now express righteous indignation at Democrats for going to the revenue well again and holding it as a precondition for entitlement reform but aren’t they being a bit disingenuous? The GOP knows as well as anyone else that as long as loopholes exist, the rich don’t pay taxes. Since it is highly unlikely that we will see true tax reform, the end result of all this Democrat brinksmanship will be the continuation of the imbalance of wealth in America.
My Nominee for Pope
Everyone was shocked by Pope Benedict XVI offering his resignation, a once in 600 year event. So now a conclave of Cardinals will descend upon Rome to elect his successor. I won’t even get started on the pure lack of logic involved in a man with a supposed hotline to God being elected. Does God influence the vote somehow? But let me jump to the chase. My nominee for the next Pope is …
That’s right, nobody. Most of the world’s religions seem to have a flat organizational structure with churches and temples loosely affiliated and no single person presiding over the whole shooting match. The Catholic church stands nearly alone in having a complex multilevel hierarchy protected by “religious freedom” and stuffed to the brim with wealth. There is a mathematical fact in this life as true as one plus one equals two. Complex hierarchies plus wealth equals corruption, often on a grand scale. The most flagrant scandal haunting the Catholic church is that of its pedophile priests who get shuttled about from place to place to avoid punishment and to inflict pain on another community’s children. In his pre-Pope days, when Benedict had the chance to aggressively pursue the issue, he fell short. But Benedict should not be the scapegoat here.
Folks, when Penn State got caught looking the other way as Jerry Sandusky abused children they got severely punished. Their sports program is now a shadow of what it once was. Where is the ability to similarly punish the Catholic church as an institution? Having a Pope is not a prerequisite for Catholics worshiping God in their way. I’m not calling for Catholics to stop being Catholic. I am calling for the entire Catholic power structure that protects and nurtures corruption to be torn down completely. Let Catholics rebuild their church from the ground up in a grass-roots fashion. Let all that wealth that maintains the “country” of the Vatican be given to charities who desperately need it. It’s 2013 and it’s time for the Roman Catholic church in its current form to cease to exist.
Late Breaking News–One Less Person for Paranoid Conservatives to Hate
As I write this, fresh news has come across the wire that the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has died. Looks like crackpot Conservatives will have to find someone new to hate … and to somehow tie to Barack Obama.