The political stupidity has already started-so I'm changing back to the original name of this blog. That and the truth is- Frankenstein Government is exactly what we have. I nailed it the first time.
I am going to do one thing differently. The posts are going to be succinct. No rambling diatribes. I am going to write like I speak- direct and to the point. Today's post is a little lengthy- so please excuse me just for today.
About a year ago, I reconnected with a childhood friend of mine who retired as the athletic director of my high school. He was a good guy, good golfer, and that's how I remember him. The part that I didn't remember- was the part where he had become a flaming liberal. So day after day, I would read his commentary on Facebook about Bernie Sanders- our eastern communist. It was really starting to anger me. It's not just the part where you support some political moron- it's that his support tended to bash some really productive members of the GOP. These are people like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz who have actually achieved some measured success in their lives- within the confines of the law and Constitution.
Eventually, (I could see it coming) I became embroiled in an online argument with my old friend and ultimately I de-friended him or whatever that silliness is called. I am now free of idiots on my Facebook page who believe in nominating criminals like Hillary Clinton or communist sympathizers like Bernie Sanders to lead our "free" country. That's the best the Democratic Party can do. People with no record of success. People like Barack Obama.
Back in 2007 when I was rearranging my life, I realized that my old political belief system was also in need of an overhaul. Bush was quite clearly an elitist. An Ivy league rich kid that had family, influence, and money which shepherded him through Yale. Let me say this about Bush. He didn't represent anything other than the "owners" of this country and their corporate interests. He opened the door and flooded this country with illegal aliens so that the owners of this country (and his Texas friends) could import some slave labor. When I think of all the damage that guy did- including wars and banker bailouts- I ask, "Who benefited?"
The corporate oligarchy benefited and the middle class and the working poor got screwed. As always.
When Obama was elected President, who benefited? Thousands of fraudulent bankers and an entire housing and banking sector to include appraisers and bond rating agencies-that's who. Those were the immediate beneficiaries. After suspending the rule of law and giving them all get out of jail free cards in exchange for their campaign contributions, Obama then set his sights on bailing out the health insurers at our expense. Obama knows who butters his bread. And it's not you.
As always, the beneficiaries or people with actual political representation, are the corporate elite.
Since Obama, my taxes have gone up nearly two thousand dollars per year and that doesn't include my annual 700 dollar "shared responsibility" fine. My property tax has gone up 400 a year, gas taxes (total tax on a gallon of gas in Idaho is 50 cents per gallon) and higher registration costs have added another 200 bucks a year, my state and federal taxes have gone up 1300 bucks. I can't even begin to enumerate all of the little taxes like sin taxes (booze, tobacco), TSA taxes, entry fees for federal and state parks, (lands which I allegedly own as a taxpayer) taxes on rental cars and hotel rooms. You can be sure none of these have gone down.
If you are tired of being sodomized by the elite corporate assholes and their political henchmen- just why in the fuck do you insist on voting for them? They don't represent "We the people." They don't represent you. What we have currently- is taxation with no representation. Period. The only people being represented in the United States are the rich and the elite. Guys like Buffet and Mr. Microsoft. They have all the money, all of the nice real estate, all of the Supreme Court precedent, and a nice tax code that allows them to stick it to millions of working class Americans. They have representation. The best money can buy.
We don't have squat with squat on the horizon.
So if you are like my old friend, trumpeting the virtues of a some elite communist over that of a well protected and elite criminal, maybe it's time you re-assess just what it is that you believe in. And if those choices weren't bad enough- it gets worse.
Donald Trump? Really? Pay attention to what he has actually done with his life and eliminate virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. He was born into wealth, sent to good schools, prep school, Fordham, Wharton, and the University of Pennsylvania- managed to dodge Vietnam in the process, and then he expanded the empire his father had given him through urban development at the expense of the middle class. By every measure- Trump is one of the elite owners of this country who buy themselves representation at the expense of the rest of us. There is not one chance in hell that I will ever vote for him.
Millions upon millions of people get duped every election cycle because they cling to some ridiculous party tenet- perhaps environmentalism or anti abortion beliefs- issues that were decided long ago by the elite and solidified by the Supreme Court. To this day, some 40 years later, I still hear people whining about Roe v Wade. It's a dead issue. Just like Obamacare. It is over people. The Supreme Court says so.
Instead of whining about all of that spilled milk, I woke up.
The first step is to assassinate any preconceived notions that you have about Republicans v Democrats. The two party system is a distraction- the illusion of choice- while the REAL owners of this country enrich themselves. They owners don't care about abortion, or wars, or any of that nonsense. That's just theater for the plebes. What they really care about is how much wealth they can amass and if they have to buy political influence- that's what they do. They have the best tax code money will buy. They have lobbyists and corporate monopolies who price fix everything from the cost of health care, to auto insurance, to the price of a gallon of gas. The battle isn't between two political philosophies which your corporate masters want you to believe that it is- the real battle is how they can extract the maximum amount of wealth from you- the suckers- without tipping you off. That's what all of this is really about. That's all it has ever been about. Money.
In 2007, I made it my goal in life to quit voting for these assholes. I refuse to listen to the drivel that comes out of their mouths. Instead, pay attention to what they have actually done with their lives. With some folks like Obama, they go to extreme lengths to hide their lives. Other folks like Trump, try to hide the fact that he is basically a greedy, trust funder who inherited a vast amount of wealth and expanded it. He also managed to avoid Vietnam by staying in school and now claims he had a high draft number. Bullshit. Hillary Clinton is another silver spooned elitist. None of these people represent the working class. They've never been in the working class. What I want- is someone who represents me. The working, middle class. As it stands we have ZERO influence. Zip. None.
Extreme taxation with no representation.
If I could find a decent working stiff candidate anywhere- perhaps from the outer space party- that would promise to represent the middle class of this country instead of these rich and elite bastards with their lawyers and lobbyists- I'd work full time for free.
To think we fought a war with England over a 3% tax. No taxation without representation they used to say. Hey Adams and Jefferson- you should see us now.
You know it's bad when former President Carter calls it an oligarchy with unlimited bribery. Fascinating link. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42536.htm