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Tax the Poor

Tom Degan: According to the fellow from the Heritage Foundation, many poor people in this country are in the possession of "luxury items" that poor people just shouldn't posses: refrigerators and ari-conditioners.
tax the poor

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
'Cause I'm the Taxman
Yeah I'm the Taxman....

-- George Harrison

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I would have thought it to be a work of darkly twisted, comical fiction. But it wasn't. In fact it was all too real. During a Friday morning appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, a pathetic shill from the Heritage Foundation named Robert Rector was being interviewed by a moderator who miraculously manged to keep a straight face throughout. He really should be called "Robert Rectal". The guy is that much of an donkey.

I almost spit out my coffee, sitting there listening to this fool vomiting out the latest right wing talking point which was this: The poverty-stricken in America have got a really good deal. According to this loathsome jackass, a high percentage of poor people in this country are in the possession of "luxury items" that poor people just shouldn't posses. I'll give you two examples of what what he was referring to. Are you ready for this???

Refrigerators and air conditioners!

How the hell is a family expected to store food (which we all need in order to live as you probably know) without a freakin' refrigerator? And air-conditioning? A luxury??? In a lethally hot summer - not quite unlike the one we're experiencing right now - an air-conditioner is the only thing that stands between life and death by dehydration for some people - particularly the elderly. Maybe the poor can compromise. Maybe they can spend those long, hot summer nights taking turns sitting in the fridge. Then again, maybe not.

Here's another statistic Mr. Rector is whining about: Sixty-three percent of the "poor" (Fox Noise now puts that word in quotation marks) have cable television. Didn't these assholes get the memo? You can't get television reception without an antenna anymore. Cable TV is no longer an option, it's mandatory. Poor people are like most of us. They rely on television - not only for their entertainment - but for their news and information. They really shouldn't (No one should) but they do.

TV also keeps the kids indoors. While that may not be such a healthy thing if you live in Bel Air or Palm Beach, in high crime neighborhoods that's a lot more preferable to being outside, getting some "fresh air" while dodging a stray bullet or two. I wonder what the Poverty/Cable percentages were before the airwaves went digital? Much lower, no doubt. Obviously none of these factors were taken into consideration by Rector or any of the geniuses over there at the Heritage Foundation.

And it's not just Robert Rector who is mouthing this kind of nonsense. In recent weeks Republican politicians and conservative talking heads have been dropping ominous hints as to what's in store for this diseased country if the American people are stupid enough to ever again hand over all three branches of their government to that disgusting party. You see, the poor (or "the moocher class" as some reprehensible piece of dung on Fox Noise referred to them last week) don't pay any taxes.

Therefore, instead of extracting badly needed revenue from a class of people who already have more money than they'll ever be able to spend in a lifetime, the party of the plutocracy plans on taking from that other class of people; most of whom barely get by: The poor. Not just the working class - not just the vanishing middle class, mind you - the poor. Was this a great country or what?

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According to these people, the tax code simply isn't fair. People who live at or below the poverty level have to start chipping in! A family of four making $22,000 a year or less needs to shell out to the Feds. Can you believe that? Think about it: That single mother who barely scratches out a living assembling Big Macs at the McDonald's down the street? If these hideous bastards and bitches have their way, she will now have to send a check (assuming she has a checking account) to the IRS every April 15. Of course that will mean she and others in her income bracket will have a lot less money to pump back into this already feeble economy - a fact that apparently has not been taken into consideration by the jerks who govern us.

And they call us "elitists"!

First of all, let me dispel the myth they just love to propagate as fact: that the poor pay no taxes. Everybody pays taxes. The eight-year-old kid who walks down to the corner store to purchase an Almond Joy candy bar pays taxes. Remember that the next time you pay $4.31 for a $3.99 pint of Nicolai Vodka. Do you wonder why cigarettes are now over ten dollars a pack in certain states? It isn't really that difficult to figure out. The wealthy in this country are not contributing their share to the maintenance of society. Certain corporations are not contributing at all! Revenue is badly needed. Most smokers are not rich, and the ones who are can afford to pay ten bucks a pack. Cigarettes are so addictive that they know the smoker - no matter how poor - has a serious nicotine jones and will pay whatever needs to be paid to get his or her fix. It really is a no-brainer if you think about it.

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." -- Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 25:45

Let's not let scripture's inconvenient truth get in the way of the agendas of these hypocrites.

We are now living in a plutocratic dictatorship.

Oh, what the hell. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em as the old adage goes. Besides, it's about time those obnoxious poor people start paying their fair share of the tax burden. Screw those people. They've had it far too damned easy for far too damned long. They've got it made in the shade, baby - what with not having to worry about monthly mortgages, health insurance payments and where to invest their quarterly dividends. It's high time those wretched assholes learn a thing or two about the real world. It's time for the lazy and irresponsible "moocher class" to tighten their cardboard belts. Fuck 'em all.

They say that they can't afford to be taxed? They say that they have bills to pay and children to feed? No problem. Back in the age of Charles Dickens and human bondage they had a place for worthless, deadbeat dung like that: Debtors Prison! It's high time we bring that institution back into being. Of course, it goes without saying that those prisons will be privately owned by corporations - corporations that will be able to anonymously donate untold sums to corrupt politicians who will pass harshly punitive laws that will make goddamned sure that those prisons are filled to utter capacity forever and ever. They will then build more prisons - and more and more and more prisons - until finally there will be only two classes left in this sick country: The ruling class and the prison class. That dripping noise you hear in the distance is the sound of the Koch brothers drooling. Speaking of the Koch brothers:

"Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good. This is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington." --Charles Koch, as quoted on AlterNet

Charles and David Koch and are billionaires many times over. Unlike most multi-billionaires, who have more money than they possibly know what to do with, the Kochs know damned well what to do with their fortune. They're working overtime to ensure that America's middle class is destroyed. They don't merely want most of America's wealth and treasure - THEY WANT IT ALL! Would you like them to have it? Then vote for the Republican party next year. You'll deserve everything that happens to you.

Tom Degan
The Rant