I’ve been wanting to write about the craziness surrounding our current, oh, economic shenanigans.
I call them shenanigans because while it’s clear that the economy is struggling, that many folks are having a hard time making ends meet, and that it doesn’t look like anything is going to get better soon – that’s not what makes the news. What makes the news is the insane posturing going on by politicians – and I mean all of the fuckers, not just the ones I didn’t vote for.
But I haven’t because I’m not really sure I’m educated enough on the topic, and I don’t want to expose my idiocy. But I’m so fucking fed up, at this point, I want to say something even if it shows how little I know.
First of all, OH HOLY GOD the insanity about the Debt Ceiling. Nobody wants debt, people. Seriously. I’d love to stop borrowing as a nation. But you know what we need to do to make that happen? WE NEED TO RAISE FUCKING TAXES.
In the last ten years we cut taxes substantially AND increased spending. Even I, with my lack of economics education, can tell you that doesn’t add up.
WE HAVE TO RAISE TAXES.
And here is what drives me batshit crazy.
The idea of something so simple – rolling back the Bush era tax cuts for the rich – makes people who are normally pretty reasonable lose their fucking minds.
I don’t get it. Seriously. IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.
But here’s the thing. The people who go nuts over tax increases? Don’t seem too interested in reason.
Take, for instance, the war that Fox News is waging against the poor, NPR, and social programs. Somehow, someway, they have managed to take a story about how impoverished families in this country that earn less than $22,350 a year FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR are fucking GETTING OVER because they don’t pay a lot in taxes. Seriously, a Fox News talking head said that the 50% of those that fall below the poverty line are getting over in tax credits so that in nullifies what they pay into social security, etc. Don’t believe me? Then watch this brilliant, brilliant, BRILLIANT segment by The Daily Show about the way Fox News discusses the poor (my favorite is Ann Coulter calling people on welfare “animals” in part two):
People. This is just… INSANE. It’s not news anymore, it’s a horrid and awful twisting of the truth into a world view that has literally zero compassion. These same people, for instance, have said that teachers – some of the hardest working and frankly most important people in human culture – are “getting over” with their high salaries and summers off. It’s just fucking crazy.
I hate it. I hate it so fucking much. I cannot even tell you.
Look, I know I’m a tax-and-spend liberal. I believe that Universal Health Care can work. I believe that we can take care of our poor, of our children, of the homeless, the drug addicts, the street lunatics, and that we can fight crime with education and treatment instead of prisons. I fully own my bleeding heart.
I’m happy to hear what you think, but I promise this: you won’t convince me that the poor have it easy, or that teachers have a posh job, or that not having health care motivates people to improve their lot in life (it’s really hard to improve your lot in life when you’re fucking sick and can’t get taken care of, people). So what can we do to resolve the economic crisis that doesn’t involve marginalizing our poorest people?
What the hell can we do?
I’m eager to hear opinions here, but please be civil. Anyone attacking me or other commenters here will have their comments deleted, I promise. I know how frustrated we all are on these issues, but if we can’t take the time to listen to each other’s points of view, we’re never going to get anywhere. You’ve now listened to me, and I promise to listen to you too. Okay?