SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
COMMENT: The "Fair Tax" was mentioned during the Republican debates last night. Opponents of the proposal are saying it would increase your cost of living. NO IT WOULD NOT!!!! First it would remove all the currently "hidden" taxes in anything you buy and replace it with the Fair Tax which is a sales tax added at the cash register. You would end up paying pretty much the same as you do now for the things you buy. One of the major differences is that on your sales receipt you would then be able to see how much taxes you were paying. Another, and perhaps the most important point is that in order for politicians to collect more taxes in order to have more money to spend on their favorite programs they would have to do what would be necessary to increase the sales tax revenue. The result of that would require doing what would be required to improve the economy (more people working and higher take-home pay and base salaries). No more raising taxes without repercussions to the politicians who did it. In order for the government to have more tax revenue our politicians would at last be required to understand and consider the financial effects of their actions on the rest of us, else their incompetence and indifference would be exposed for all to see. The Fair Tax may not be the perfect tax collection system, but it beats the one we have now by miles and miles. BTW, contrary to what has appeared in some media outlets the Fair Tax does not have, and has never had, any connection with the Church of Scientology.
A FEW COMMENTS FROM HERE AND THERE (so you will know who the wackos are):
Hillary Clinton - "Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Clinton said, according to the Associated Press. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you...We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
Steven Jukes (global head of news for Reuters News Service) - "We all know that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist....To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade Center a terrorist attack."
Phillippe Douste-Blazy (French Foreign Minister) - "Iran is an outstanding country with great people and an honorable civilization. It has a crucial role in the region. Iran as a stabilizing force in the Middle East.”
Rob Kall (editor of the leftist OpEd News) - "I continue to get hate mail from both sides of the middle east conflict. I am tryting to create a forum where both sides can express their viewpoints. It needs to be done without hate or meanness...PLease refrain from references to nazis and hitler. Save them for Bush."
Bill Maher - "To those people who say, 'My father is alive because of animal experimentation,' I say 'Yeah, well, good for you. This dog died so your father could live.' Sorry, but I am just not behind that kind of trade off."
Tancredo...Undocumented immigrants are the backbone of this economy...the demonization of immigrants is going to lead to ripping apart the Republican Party."
Danny Glover: “Bush promoted a conservative program, designed to eliminate everything Americans had accomplished so far in matters of race and equality.”
Ed Harris: "Being a man, I have got to say that we got this guy in the White House who thinks he is a man, who projects himself as a man because he has a certain masculinity. He's a good old boy, he used to drink, and he knows how to shoot a gun and how to drive a pickup truck. That is not the definition of a man, God dammit!"
Harry Belafonte: "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people...support your revolution." (To Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez)
Michael Moore: "These bastards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control."
Sheryl Crow: "I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies. "
Tim Robbins-Sarandon: “What is our fundamentalism? It is cloaked with patriotism and the claim to spread democracy around the world.... Our fundamentalism is business. Our resistance to this fundamentalism must be resistance to profits against life, to the business of diverting attention from Enron and Halliburton.”
Janeane Garofalo: "Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, 'We're here, we're queer!' -- that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride."
Ed Asner: "They're sheep. They like Bush enough to credit him with saving the nation after 9/11. Three thousand people get killed, and everybody thinks they're next on the list. The president comes along, and he's got his six-guns strapped on, and people think he's going to save them."
Linda Ronstadt: "This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down. It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."
Whoopi Goldberg: "I don't really view communism as a bad thing."
Dan Rather: "It’s an obscene comparison, and I’m not sure I like it, but there was a time, in South Africa, where people would put flaming tires around peoples’ necks if they dissented. And in some ways, the fear is that you’ll be necklaced here, you’ll have the flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it’s that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often. And again, I’m humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism."
Chevy Chase: "Bush is a dumb fuck...This guy in office is an uneducated, real lying schmuck ... and we still couldn't beat him with a bore like Kerry."
Maureen Dowd: “Aside from his scintilla of candor, Mr. Bush is still not leveling with us. As he said at his press conference on Monday, 'the enemies of freedom' know that 'a democratic Iraq will be a decisive blow to their ambitions because free people will never choose to live in tyranny.' They may choose to live in a theocracy, though. Americans did.”
Ward Churchill: "They were targeting those people I referred to as 'little Eichmanns.' These were legitimate targets." (referring to those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11)
Linda Foley (president of the Newspaper Guild): "Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or, ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um, in places like Iraq...They target and kill journalists from other other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity." (alleging that US soldiers were killing journalists)
Michael Crook: "The taxpayers should not have to pay for burial. If life insurance won't cover it (i.e. war) then the family should pay for it, just as it is in the real world. How is it our fault they chose to die?" (regarding our country's policy of paying for the burial of soldiers killed in action)
Ramsey Clark: "Regime change! George Bush has to go and we have the power to do it. The officials of the government shall be removed from office for crimes and misdemeanor; their crime against peace, and for use of torture in Iraq."
Cindy Sheehan: "And I'm gonna say, "And you tell me, what the noble cause is that my son died for." And if he even starts to say freedom and democracy' I'm gonna say, bullshit...The Iraqi people aren't freer, they're much worse off than before you meddled in their country...You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine."
Terry McAuliffe: "George Bush continually lies."
Julian Bond: "A death warrant for social programs for decades and decades to come." (speaking of the Bush Tax cuts which have strengthened the economy since their implementation), "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side."
Bill Clinton: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."
Tom Daschle: "Not only did the tax cut fail to prevent a recession, as its supporters said it would, it probably made the recession worse." (The US economy during the time was recovering from 9/11. Today it is the strongest it has ever been with continued growth and no inflation)
Nancy Pelosi: "The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence" (this was after she publicly stated for the record that, "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.")
Charles Rangel: Regardless of the nature of their crime or any rehabilitation that may have occurred, these ex-felons cannot participate in the decision-making process of this great Nation. (there is no such thing as an ex-felon)
George Soros: “I’m convinced there will be a change of regime...The public realizes it has been misled…we will reject the Bush Doctrine.”
Yaser Arafat: "Death to Israel!"
Maxine Waters: “I don't see white police officers slamming the heads of little white boys into police cars.”
Ted Rall: “The word 'hero' has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. But anyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq [as a soldier] is fighting for an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.”
Ted Kennedy: "Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things."
Jane Fonda: "I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists."
Jimmy Carter: "Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing..."
George Clooney: "What did Bush do on 9/11? He ran away and hid. Even Reagan knew more about leadership than that, and he was as bad a symbol of America as I can think of, off-hand."
Barbara Boxer: "Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement." (of course this was before she was anti-war)
going to die?"