Home and Away -
by Ken Alford
Let's talk about class warfare. George W. Bush wants to cut
taxes by $1.6 trillion dollars and give 40% of the benefits
to the very wealthiest. But, you say, the people that pay
the taxes should get most of the tax cut? That is only fair.
If that were the case, then the wealthiest would only be
getting about 20% of the tax cut, because that is what they
have paid into the present surplus. So why do they deserve
to receive 20 % more than they have paid in?
The truth is, they don't. The majority of the surplus has
been created by the taxes of the working middle class and
the lower working classes that have paid FICA taxes into the
Social Security System. It is a disgrace that the media of
this country is allowing this charade to continue.
The Democrats want to give each person a $300 tax rebate
and each couple $600. Cheapskates that they are, this would
amount to about $60 billion of the current surplus. Surely
they can do better than that?
However, Mr. Bush and his Republican cohorts argue that this
is no way for "trickle down" economics to work. We have to
give the tax breaks to those that will invest and create jobs.
It just doesn't make sense to give this money to working people.
Why, that is just plain Un-American.
I predict that the United States will be in a shooting war
in 2004. I believe that Shrub is going to force our country
into a conflict to boost his personal approval ratings. I
think Shrub believes that the U.S. military forces can defeat
any opponent in the world today, and that the loss of life
by our military forces would be a small price to pay for his
personal power plays.
To prepare for this eventuality, Shrub has broken off talks
with North Korea, ejected Russian diplomats, and attacked
Iraq. He speaks of "Rogue Nations" as terrible threats to
bolster his ridiculous anti-missile defense system, which
violates our European treaties. No action is being taken to
further the Israeli-Arab peace talks, despite the escalation
in hostilities there.
Sadly for Shrub, this tactic failed miserably for his Pappy.
Sadly for us, his scattershot tactics will lead to hostilities
from all sides. Sure, our forces could defeat the North Korean
Forces, the Iraqi forces, possibly the Russian forces, and
maybe the Chinese forces.
But can we defeat all of them at once? I doubt it, especially
without the support of our allies, whom Shrub is alienating
with his missile defense system and refusal to support agreed
upon environmental policies. The mightiest elephant will be
destroyed by a horde of army ants, no matter how successfully
it stamps on some of them.
Shrub continues his policies of spurning olive branches and
making enemies of our allies, trying to bring forth more isolationist
paranoia. He points to the threat of "Rogue Nations," but
he has become the United States' worst enemy.
His tactics of union busting and scapegoating other nations
closely parallels Hitler's taking control of Germany in the
'30s. That's no surprise with his grandfather and great-grandfather
laundering money for the Nazis until shut down by the government
I'm sure that they learned a lot from their clients, and
those lessons have certainly been passed down to Shrub.