In the deeeeep darkness of Sherwood Forest where Robin Hood and his band of merry men avoid paying any taxes at all, which is why they live in the forest in the first place, and all things were rotten, kinda like in Washington, D.C. comes today’s MisfitWisdom blog.
Which touches on the term kicked around a bit, “class warfare.” Which, having attended many schools during my childhood and dealing with bullies in class, I know a lot about.
Um….WAIT! I think I may have that wrong. Maybe it’s a different kind of “class warfare” the President was talking about. Damn….and I already had a stash of spit balls all ready to launch……RATS!
I think I’ll get a lot of flack, or arrows on my view of the President’s State of The Union speech, but, what the hell, I have a flack jacket left over from my first marriage, so I dug it out just in case.
Now folks, the way I see it, in light of the fact that Mittso Romney released his tax records the other day and basically pays the same amount of taxes as most of us working class slugs, is that “YES,” I personally think that’s a bit unfair.
Yes, I know, all of you rich people, if there are actually any rich people reading this blog, are saying, “WHAT! Are you nucking futs! We worked hard to earn all of the millions of dollars we have, so why the hell should we pay more taxes! Quit your damn whining and pay your fair share you damn jerks.”
Um…..I thinkith that is the problem, me being one of those “jerks.” We don’t have much of a “fair share” to give. So let’s look at what Obama said and what the Republican response was.
First, the Prez:
1. The speech focused on “fairness”
Obama presented most of his proposals — higher taxes for the super-wealthy, tax breaks for manufacturers that employ Americans — “in terms of fairness,” says Adam Sorensen at TIME. The “defining issue of our time,” Obama said, is keeping the American dream alive, restoring “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” Obama’s “biggest new idea was attaching a number to his previously articulated ‘Buffett Rule’,” says The Washington Post in an editorial: Anyone earning $1 million or more a year would pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes. “Think of this as a new version of the alternative minimum tax.”
Below: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) response to Obama’s plan that there should be “fairness” by taxing the poor rich people:
Daniels took particular aim at Obama’s efforts to raise taxes on the rich and castigate them for not contributing their fair share to the nation’s burdens. Joined by Republicans on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trails, the GOP goal was to both blunt and shift the focus away from Obama’s theme on Tuesday of fairness, which included protecting the middle class and making sure the rich pay an equitable share of taxes.
I particularly got queasy at the word, “castigate,” which immediately gave me a sort of knee jerk reaction to grab my crotch. I’m assuming that Governor Daniels means that if the wealthy, (those who make $1 million or more a year) are required to pay 30% more in taxes than say the average person who might make, say, $50 thousand a year, then that queasy feeling might come over millionaires as they reach for their Pepto Bismol bottles.
I don’t get it. Daniels sez that we all shouldn’t play by the same set of rules? Damn it, I’m never playing blackjack at a casino table with THAT guy!
Daniels went on to say:
“No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant effort to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others,” Daniels said, speaking from Indianapolis. “As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat.”
Oops…there’s that “castigate” word again. Hmmmm…..did they do that in Sherwood Forest during the days of Robin Hood? Come to think of it, a lot of those merry guys did have rather high-pitched voices.
Soooooooo…..is Obama Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor and Mitch Daniels the Sheriff of Nottingham? I suppose it depends on your perspective, which is, how much money do ya make Little John and the rest of the Merry men of Sherwood D.C. pay in their fair share of Sherwood Forest taxes.
Quote from the Associated Press….which is a news service that has a lot of associates I guess. “It remains unclear how the detail of Romney’s fortune will play among American workers, (us) who on an average earn less in a lifetime that Romney paid in taxes in 2010 alone. Meanwhile, the typical taxpayer, (us) pays a similar share of his income to Uncle Sam as he (Romney) does, roughly 15 percent.”
Hmmmm…..let me see if I can put this in a better context for ya.
If I make $50 thousand dollars a year, I get to pay 15 percent tax. If Mitt or Newt for that matter, make a gazillion dollars a year, they also get to pay 15 percent. So what’s the big deal here? What’s the problem? I don’t see no stinkin’ problem with that! Fair is freakin’ fair! Aren’t we all paying our fair share?
Um…..except, as far as I can determine, after I pay my 15 percent I really don’t have much left over, say like Newt who earned more than $3.1 million or Mitso who earned around $20 million. Which is why most of us lowlifes can’t afford to run for President.
So what’s the solution to this problem?
The answer. There isn’t any solution because it will always be business as usual in D.C.
Which is, Democrats vs Republicans and Republicans vs Democrats until a real Robin Hood and his Merry Men come along. So far it looks like Warren Buffett and Obama are the only ones in Sherwood Forest willing to change things. Or even DARE to suggest that fairness should prevail.
But, in conclusion, we must remember that corporations are people. And just like Jill, who took advantage of a situation and made a few bucks and built it into an empire, we should all cut Newt, Mitt and all other wealthy people some slack.
Oh…who’s Jill? You remember Jill. From a meager childhood she parlayed a few bucks into millions and to this day pays only her fair share of taxes….15%.
Remember? Jack and Jill went up the hill, (capital) to fetch a pail of Evian Water. Each had one dollar and a quarter.
Jill came back with two-fifty, which raises the question, did they really go up that hill for water? Did she pay taxes on that transaction? And, was it her fair share or did Jack get it up the ol kazoo?
I’m throughly confused.
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