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"Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude."
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Governor Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
JOHN KENNEDY, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
When John F Kennedy became president, the top marginal tax rate was 91%, and yet those at the top still lived like gods.
Meanwhile, the country was expanding it’s new interstate highway system, building new schools, museums, parks and hydro-electric dams, and making the electric grid nearly universal, among other accomplishments (like the moon landing).
This is the world in which the Faux News Generation grew up (or failed to do so).
And now that it’s their turn to pay it forward, all we hear is the whinging of petulant children, disguised as ideological rhetoric:
“I Don’t Wanna Share!” and “You’re Not The Boss O’ Me!”
And to add ironic insult to injury, they come to the ARPANET to do their bitching...
As I mentioned, the top rate was once 91%, and those at the top still lived like gods, immune even to rationing DURING WWII (no surprise).
The deeply un-conservative Friedmanite Nihilists of the modern Republican party do things... Well, differently...
During the glory years of single party rule (2003-2007), over 50% of the wealth created in this country went to those in the top tax bracket.
During those same years, over 50% of the tax cuts went to that same demographic, LEAVING THE TOP EFFECTIVE RATE AT 14% (Capital Gains w/deductions).
If you think that's sustainable, you're not very bright.
If you think those tax cuts should be enacted during not one, but two (unfunded) military invasions and occupations, you are not a fiscal conservative; you are a moron.
If you support invading a country who hasn't attacked us, and executing their head of state on television, you are not a patriot; you are a sociopath.
If you support the torture of POW's, you are not a diligant defender of the republic; you are a coward.
If you support the privatization of vital functions of the military, so the President’s friends and financial backers can commit massive fraud and malfeasance against the tax-payer, further endangering our fighting men and women, you are not an enterprising individual; you are a traitor.
If you support all of these policies and initiatives, you are the Faux News Generation.
Now, wars aren't free, so pay your taxes like a grown-up.
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."