Monsters

By David Glenn Cox

What more can you say about a political Party. Which when they receive a modicum of power use it to try and strip away life support from the aged and disabled. (Your mothers would be so proud!) Republicans tried again to defund Social Security on day one of business.

In fact, they want to defund government in total. What will they replace it all with? Well, just like the Trump health care plan, it’s coming. They want to defund the border patrol because they wouldn’t set up machine gun nests at the border. Never mind International law on the treatment of Migrants. Law is an obscure and fuzzy concept to Republicans.

These renegade Republicans want to defund the FBI (the party of law and order) because they went after Donald Trump. So, you America must pay. If this were ever allowed to happen, you would see a spike in crime that you couldn’t see over the top of. What are the Republican plans after defunding the FBI? None! Just do it! Reckless, shortsighted, and dangerous.

The Department of Homeland Security is also on the chopping block. You don’t need to worry, climb aboard that airliner. Nothing bad could ever happen. The United States has no enemies! You’ll be perfectly safe. Reality denying absurdity.

Next on the list is to defund the IRS because QAnon says the IRS hired 87,000 new agents to take away your guns. But real reason is the Republicans want to make it impossible to enforce tax laws, because their wealthy donors don’t like paying taxes. But what will happen to the United States once it no longer can collect legal tax bills? Who cares? Not their problem. But they do offer a solution.

They’ve dug out the old Flat Tax swindle. A consumption tax on everything you purchase. Now just for reference. The average American spends 95 to 100 % of their income just trying to stay alive. Bill Gates, on the other hand spends .0001 % of his income trying to stay alive. 100% of your income will be taxed at 30% trying to stay alive. While billionaires will be taxed at.0001% of their income. In a reverse Robin Hood scheme.

There is an upside to this scenario, home prices would immediately fall by 50 or 60% as the consumption (flat tax) tax would eliminate all but the wealthy from purchasing a home. A $300,000 home would have a tax bill of around $90,000. That would have to be financed for thirty years making your total tax liability more than a quarter of a million dollars, plus the price of the home.

Replace the average federal gas tax of .55 cents a gallon with 30% of what the whatever today’s current price. $3.00 a gallon plus another .90 cents and when it was five bucks a gallon. That’s a $1.50 per gallon. A twenty gallon fill up would cost an addition thirty bucks in federal tax.

But relax, because you would be driving a lot less because you probably wouldn’t have a job. A ten-dollar fast food meal would be thirteen dollars. So, forget about the restaurant business. Forget the construction business and forget the auto industry. That $30,000 automobile is now $40,000. You don’t mind financing ten grand in federal taxes, do you? Let’s talk about groceries, shall we? Just add thirty percent to whatever you normally spend, plus local taxes of course.

Three guess what is exempted from these taxes. Stocks and bonds and investments and repairs to rental properties. You’re surprised, aren’t you?

It reminds me of a story my father once told me. In dark days of the Great Depression, the one in 1929 not to be confused with 08. Landlords were forced to carry tenants back rent. They could evict the tenants and let the property stand idle. The landlord came to collect the rent once and was sent away with a single dollar. The landlord across the street evicted the tenants. And my father was sent to break out the windows of the house across the street.

The house was kept in an unlivable condition until the landlord was forced into bankruptcy. My father was not the only child instructed to break windows. No man is an Island.

There is an escape clause; you can apply for a refund from the defunded IRS at the end of the year. You can get a refund on all those excess taxes. Not all taxes just the excess and who says how much that is, Guess? And if you don’t have the money to pay? Well, that’s just too bad isn’t it!

Nothing less than the outright destruction of the American economy. And all without storming the Capitol even once! The barbarians aren’t at the gate they are honored members of the house.

They are the enemies of the poor, the old, the sick and the disabled and the (formally) middle class. Their benefactors are the rich, the landlord, the criminal and the corrupt. Wall Street would collapse like a house of cards. Mortgage defaults would skyrocket as millions of Americans could no longer keep their homes. The Republican bailout would consist of a $150 credit towards a U-Haul truck. (paid next year)

It’s a nightmare scenario from a dystopic novel scene. And there are only two possible scenarios to choose from. It must be either, the Republicans are so stupid that they have no idea how catastrophic this would be to the average American. Or they do, and they don’t care.

Sheer off their wealth and reduce thems to peons and they won’t vote so much. When they’re done the Republicans will rebuild this country as a nation of peasant renters working for whatever wages the boss man is willing to pay. Hospital? What’s a hospital? Without those government payments most hospitals would close.

It is vile and despicable plan and beyond contemptuous. Unrivaled human depravity. Rivaling the worst of the Nazis or Joe Stalin. These are real life monsters not made for TV monsters! Smiling for the camera and using euphemisms as they plot your demise. Incredibly stupid or incredibly evil.  Take your pick!

“And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. The great owners ignored the three cries of history. The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression. The money was spent for arms, for gas to protect the great holdings, and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out. The changing economy was ignored, plans for the change ignored; and only means to destroy revolt were considered, while the causes of revolt went on.” ― John Steinbeck 

2 Thoughts

  1. It’s as bad as I thought it would be. It’s one thing to know what they’ll try to do, it’s another to actually watch it happening. May the universe have mercy on us all…..

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