Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Well, it seems like the GOP is well on their way to blowing it, with not even taking over in the House and Senate yet. If there was any doubt that this set up of our government won't last past the next two years (baring a war threat that the GOP can capitalize on, which is possible I fear). Again, I'm totally digging Timothy Noah. He's gotta be my favorite Slate.com writer, pulling no punches. From his most recent article;

Rep. William Jennings Bryan cited the greater benefit government bestowed on the wealthy as a reason to make the tax progressive. "Who is it most needs a navy?" Bryan said. "Is it the farmer who plods along behind the plow upon his farm, or is it the man whose property is situated in some great seaport where it could be reached by an enemy's guns?"

I have frequently had very similar thoughts, and it is nice to see some historical perspective. We spend what? A trillion dollars on defense every year (that's a very rough and very round number, so excuse the miscalculation) Not to mention the tax money we send to DC every year that is spent on our justice system among other things, which is supposed to protect private property. Who needs that protection more? The average citizen or Bill Gates? Who cares where the property is, be it seaside or inland. Our Defenses and Judicial system protect all of this land ( and even some abroad, but that's for another day) and the people who own the most land have a responsibility to pay the most for it's protection.

The article moves and touches me, and makes me angry. It's just sad that demonizing the poor has become this acceptable in our society. It's embarrasing. I saw Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" - The story of the welfare to work mother who could no longer be home with her son, working 70 hours a week and still not have enough money to pay for her housing so that she had to be evicted, it was depressing. What wound up happening was the mother left her son with her brother. Her brother had a gun in the house, the son brought it to school and shot another kid. This isn't 14 or 15 year old kid mind you, this was a first grader. Just see the movie, it's very depressing. Here's a quote for you to think about for the holiday season;

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." — Benito Mussolini.

Try to enjoy your thanksgiving.....


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