Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov’t

I thought we had lost all confidence in the government years ago……I know I did….where were the rest of you?

A Gallup poll on what Americans think of their do nothing government….do you agree with the findings?

 

Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov’t.

Dialogue On A Summer’s Day

I spend many hours reading, researching and writing…..and from time to time I get out of the bat cave and venture out into this big wide world…..I stop by a cafe shop owned by a friend, Gail……she has blue mountain coffee and I have a great desire to drink good coffee.  Awhile back I was sitting reading the news when I overheard a group next to y table talking about my state’s new open carry law……as listened I realized that these guys were part of a local militia group….I will call them Southern Guard…….

They talked and argued and seem to want to boycott or protest the business that had posted signs that called for NO guns on their premises…..remember I was eavesdropping a bit……well after a bit the loudest voice and I guessed he would be the leader of this group, went for a coffee refill…..

On his way back I stopped him and asked if I could have a word with him……he agreed and sat down at my little table…….Rambo (not his real name but for the sake of this post it is)……”What can I do for you?”

ME:  “I am sorry but I couldn’t help but overhear your talk about the open carry law……”

R:  “So?”

ME:  “Are you guys part of the Southern Guard”?

R:  Yep

ME:  “Do you guys support the tea Party”?

R:  Yep and we will make sure that McDaniel is elected (McDaniel is the TP candidate running against Cochran in Mississippi)

ME:  Do all of you feel the same way?

R:  Yep….but why all the question, chief?

I explained to him that I was a blogger and write a lot about politics…….

R:  What about you…..Tea Partyer?

ME:  In some ways yes….but I am trying to inform myself about the Party and what they are standing for and how they will help the country.

ME:  Are most militias supporters of the Tea Party?

R:  Most of the ones that I know are supporters of Tea Party candidates.

ME:  So you guys are kinda like the military arm of the Party?

R:  I may not go that far but to my thinking the answer is yes…..

ME:  Do you support all the ideals of the party?

R:  As long as it is pro-gun, pro-life, socially conservative and small government….America for Americans….we will protect our country against all foes.

ME: So most of you guys are on board with these ideals?

R:  Every damn one of us….we want to protect America for REAL Americans……

(I wanted to ask him just what he had meant by America for Americans but I had already promised Gail, the owner, that I would never start a political debate in her place again………and then real Americans….. pretty sure I know what that means….but I had given my word….so I had to let it go…..)

ME:  Thanks for letting me pick your brain and hope to see you at the polls…..

R:  right on brother

After my encounter with Rambo I got to thinking that just about everything he had said I had heard all before….in history books.

It was sounding like the “Southern Guard” was a present day remake of the old Brown Shirts….that thuggish group in 1930’s Germany…..

I have tried to give the Tea party the benefit of the doubt but as time has gone by, since the election of Obama, this party is sounding more and more like a racist group that thinks that there are sub-humans in this country and they need to be purged.

The comments from the extreme Right….the attitude of the people who claim to be party members towards the different races and religions….smacks of racism.

I have tried to be fair to the Party but as time goes by I cannot any more…….to me they are just a re-make of the racists from the 1950’s……..the sooner the Party gets put away the better……they try to hide behind these cool sounding memes…..they are NO better than the racists I fought against so many years ago…..

Just my thoughts……take them or leave them…….matters not……..

Militias And The Border

Run for the border….not a Taco Bell ad but rather people fleeing all sorts of violence and danger……sorry but I cannot see what all the whoopla is about……people come and people go……..but thanx to morons in the militias it is turning into hate and it is turning into a racist situation…….(I have an op-ed piece later about my encounter with a militia type….please check it out)………

We have many small children heading to the border looking for a better life….contrary to what the morons in Right wing radio would have you believe…..and then I read this piece…….in Raw Story…….

A militia group is calling on supporters to patrol the Texas-Mexico border to guard against drug gangs and illegal immigrants.

The citizen militia operation, called “Secure Our Border – Laredo,” is urging members to voluntarily guard private property near the border town along the Rio Grande, where some residents have felt threatened by drug cartels and other gangs.

Conservative publications have warned that a recent surge in undocumented children and other immigrants has carried infectious disease across the border and poses an existential threat to the U.S.

A spokeswoman for the militia group told the Brownsville Herald that members would not engage in violence, and the group’s leader – who calls himself Commander Chris “Threepercenter” Davis – has cautioned against violent actions or racist comments.

“This is not a ‘go-in-guns-blazing’ kind of thing,” said spokeswoman Denice Freeman. “This will be handled with the utmost professionalism and security and safety for everyone involved.”

But a 21-minute video that was apparently posted June 14 by Davis encourages militia members to threaten suspected illegal immigrants to secure the border.

“You see an illegal,” Davis says in the video. “You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”

He also urged militia members to “start the next 1776 right there on the border” if they were confronted by law enforcement authorities.

“It is time that we start taking back our national sovereignty,” Davis says.

I have a hard time with vigilante justice……..I have a hard time with twats that want to play army but are too much a coward to join the military……I have a hard time when Americans start acting like the “Brown Shirts” from Nazi Germany…….

GOP Needs New Material

The GOP has been pushing the whole tax cuts thing for decades…….kinda in the same vain as the whole trickle down theory, which as we all know is a worthless lie that has never been proven to be accurate….election after election GOP candidates premise tax cuts and the world will be a better place…..if they are allowed to cut taxes then all problems will be solved and the peasants can dance…..

The problem with their solution is that it does nothing but make states broke and poor people in more debt……but they continue to push the dream and we Americans buy it every time……

Let the truth be known…….take Kansas for instance…..the gov promised with more tax cuts the state would prosper…….it was total GOP bullshit!

In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a massive tax cut into law, arguing that it would boost the state’s economy. Eventually, he hoped to eliminate individual income taxes entirely. “Our place, Kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for America to go in these troubled times,” he said.

Brownback’s tax cut proposal came as Kansas’s revenues were on an upswing. Spending cuts and a one-cent sales tax passed by Brownback’s Democratic predecessor had combined with economic growth to give Kansas a surplus. Now, Brownback argued, his tax cuts would lead to even more success. “I firmly believe these reforms will set the stage for strong economic growth in Kansas,” he said.

The governor proposed to cut income taxes on the state’s highest earners from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent, to simplify tax brackets, and to eliminate state income taxes on most small business income entirely. In a nod to fiscal responsibility, though, he proposed to end several tax deductions and exemptions, including the well-liked home mortgage interest deduction. This would help pay for the cuts.

Yet it’s now clear that the revenue shortfalls are much worse than expected. “State general fund revenue is down over $700 million from last year,” Duane Goossen, a former state budget director, told me. “That’s a bigger drop than the state had in the whole three years of the recession,” he said — and it’s a huge chunk of the state’s $6 billion budget. Goossen added that the Kansas’s surplus, which had been replenished since the recession, “is now being spent at an alarming, amazing rate.”

In other words the tax cuts did not create jobs or new business or new residents….what they did was bankrupt the state….in case you are interested it is the same with every state that has cut taxes to the bone……and it will get worse.

A noted economist, David Cay Johnston, has tracked the numbers since 2000……..

I calculated that enormous figure by comparing the average income Americans reported on their 2000 tax returns with what they reported each year for 2001 through 2012, adjusting for inflation and the growing population. Add up the income for 12 years and it turns out to be $6.6 trillion less than if we had maintained the prosperity of 2000 for a growing population.

Why use 2000 as a benchmark? Well, first off, it marks the end of one era and the start of another. More important, that very good year economically was when George W. Bush, running for president, said American prosperity would get even better if he was elected and his tax cuts — key aspects of which he kept secret until after the election — would ensure American prosperity.

The results: The prosperity of the prior decade was lost. Job growth fell far behind population growth. The median wage (half make more, half less) has been mired since 1998 at a bit more than $500 per week.

In 10 of the 12 years when the Bush tax cuts were in effect, the average income shown on tax returns was lower than in 2000. In the two upside years, average income rose modestly, up $504 for 2006 and $1,744 for 2007.

Total those 12 years and the net shortfall per taxpayer comes to $48,010.

Consider what $48,000 of additional income over those 12 years would have meant to you. It is the equivalent of $11 appearing in your wallet every morning from the start of 2001 through the end of 2012.

How much better off you would be if your income had been $48,000 higher over those 12 years? To be sure, you would have owed taxes on that money. If you were not in the top 1 percent, federal income tax would have taken on average about 10 percent of that, leaving you with $43,200. (The top 1 percent would have paid 23.5 percent in tax.) In addition, if the extra income was all in wages, then Social Security and Medicare taxes also would have taken a bite, leaving you with about $39,500.

So how much better off would you be right now if you had another $39,050? And remember that is just the extra after-tax income you would have enjoyed had the prosperity of 2000 been maintained, while then-Gov. Bush promised greater and more widespread prosperity.

I know economics can make your brain melt but the truth is that Americans are worse off because of all the tax cuts…..that is the average working stiff….the wealthy made out lioke bandits which in some sense is exactly what they are….BANDITS!

The GOP needs new material…..their bullshit about tax cuts is nothing but LIES on top of LIES!