Midnight Special - Government, Taxes and The Class War
This is a reply I made to my brother in an email. It was a conversation about a story how "high income earners are leaving high tax states". My brother is a conservative fairly right wing former republican (like alot of former democrats) who is strongly for limited government and taxes with the conservative belief that people should be able to "keep what they earn". He does agree to socialistic help for people who really need it, but like most conservatives, that is limited to REALLY REALLY needing it (while being pure of character). He even defended the One percenters who move out of state as well as those who use off shore accounts to avoid taxes. His reasoning is that's what he would do because it's his fucking money and giving it to the government is a waste so why should it be any different for the rich. This was my last reply after asking him what exactly he felt the government should be responsible for (and giving examples like sewage treatment, food inspection, air quality, etc.) and my opinion about how most of the One percenters "earn" their wealth. At the end of my initial comment I told him "Fuck the Rich".
I personally feel this is a critical discussion topic that needs to occur to achieve greater unity and solidarity among the peasants.
"I was being a little sarcastic bro. I'm not against capitalism, I'm against neoliberal capitalism, gangster capitalism, crony capitalism, unregulated capitalism, monopolistic capitalism, generational capitalism, disaster capitalism, predatory capitlism, and vulture capitalism. I'm also not against socialism. Much of our economic system is based on socialist principles, not just for the poor but for the rich, especially for the rich of which I'm firmly against. The rich are the ones that get to use their money and wealth to bribe politicians which in turn makes this political system the corrupt pile of shit every knows it is. We're humans man, that's the way it is.
The very rich have received something like 29 trillion in bailout money, basically interest free, from the federal reserve since 2008. I'm against socialism for the rich.
I'm not against the widget maker selling more widgets, starting more widget stores and making more money. I'm not against the taco stand turning into two, fifty, a hundred, and the owner making more money. But there's a big difference from that and what really goes on at the top. There's a reason the wealth inequality charts are flying through the roof with astounding statistics about how much wealth is going to the top. We hear about the top four billionaires owning more wealth than half the country. Or the top seven on the planet owning more wealth than half the planet. When these fuckers can "earn" billions in one day, something is wrong with that system. Hedge fund billionaires? Derivative billionaires? Predatory bankers? You want to defend the rich keeping their hard earned money as a matter of principle? How about the NBA basketball players now earning $100 million a year? Think they're worth that and should be able to keep it all? How about the FUCKING Kardashians? Or take those profiting off of war and killing, the huge military industrial complex spreading mayhem across the planet? Should they get to keep all their "hard earned" money? Come on man, the only moral "principle" is to end how these fuckers get that much money without adding any value to society.
Well you know, where's the line? What "rich" people am I talking about? I don't know, but all I can say is fuck that. I'll never agree to an economic system that causes this sort of wealth inequality which in turn causes extreme poverty and basically makes us all peasants to the rich, just like it's always been. There's a reason why we have such a common saying as "money is the root of all evil". Or a reason why the Bible says it's harder for a rich man to get to heaven than a fucking camel getting through the eye of a needle. Or a reason why we have such a popular song called "Sixteen Tons". Another day older and deeper in debt, to the rich fuckers.
I'm not sure there are many people who don't want a government that is more efficient and cuts out the waste, fraud, abuse and unnecessary bullshit. Taxes are too high for everyone, even the rich are having trouble buying that second vacation island or the backup yachts to take them to their luxury Bug Out Places when they cause the shit to hit the fan. By far the biggest unnecessary bullshit is the ruling class (those rich fuckers I talk about) quest to rule the world via a global military force for their banks and corporations so they can get more rich and bribe political parties to pass laws so they pay less taxes and cut the wages of the peasants so they can get even richer (I just saw an article from the NY Times complaining about how the peasant's wages are rising too much, something must be done!). I've said before the total budget for the Department of Defense (which is rising drastically under Trump just as he said he would), Homeland Security (talk about an unnecessary government program), all the intelligence, spying, VA, Dept of Energy (nukes), etc., that make up the imperialist police state, total over $1.2 trillion per year. I've personally reviewed the White House budget a number of times and added them up myself.
This is NOT fucking new bro. I've told you about Smedley Butler, "General" Smedley Butler. The highest decorated Marine in history prior to WWII, a forty year vet. Talk about a Patriot bro. But here's what he had to say about his job in the military:
"I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."
Butler wasn't against capitalism but he certainly was against the rich fucking capitalists that will kill anyone in their way to get their wealth. In 1933 he helped stop a coup against Roosevelt by ultra capitalist wealthy businessmen (the "Business Coup") were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization with Butler as its leader and use it in a coup d'état to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
But do the conservative, lesser government Trump supporters like Taner complain about that? No, they think they're fucking Patriots while their boy Trump is ramping up the fascist military police state and the fake war OF terror so they can get them some muslims and build a wall around the country and complain about all the government programs the liberals are creating to give money to women, children, and "oh fuck", gay people! While 65% of their tax dollars go to socialism for the rich. It's actually kind of humorous.
Trump supporters acting all indignant about paying taxes for a $10 billion government program assisting children living under the poverty line while gladly paying their taxes for Trump's ramped up military imperialism are just as naive, ill informed, and outright hypocritical as the liberal progressives under Obama who supported every bomb he dropped. There's a pattern here, it's the two political parties and the manufactured divide created to keep the people blaming each other instead of those that RULE us.
I mean, you're absolutely right bro, there's plenty of waste at all levels of government regarding the use of our tax dollars. Just this morning I went to the Vancouver City Council website and looked at some of the project proposals. There was one on there to award an Engineering and Architectural firm a contract for "$491,980.00 for design and engineering services associated with Vancouver Fire Department Station 11. Also, authorize the City Manager or his designee to execute amendments to this contract as needed for a total not-to-exceed contract value of $800,000."
Now I'm not up on current costs for design and engineering services, maybe you are, but that seems like alot of money for just that portion of whatever the hell they're doing.
As you recall, near the end of my Forest Service career the FS decided to centralize all human resources, budget and accounting services in the country to a new organization and facilities in Albuquerque, N.M.. Up to that point those services were largely decentralized at the National Forest and Regional Office levels. The "deciders" decided to build these big new office buildings to the tune of $33 and $50 million to house all the people and equipment that would be transferred and/or newly hired. I imagine the end totals were at least twice that much. I was one of the very few who pushed back on the effort, stating it would create a large bureaucracy and remove needed services from the National Forest level and we sure didn't need two new buildings worth over $100 million. I retired instead of going to that monolith and sure enough, a couple years later my old organization at the Regional Office was calling me to beg for help because they sure couldn't get it out of Albuquerque. Not long after that they started shipping positions back to the field to alleviate the crisis in service to National Forest Supervisors.
That stuff happens every day at all levels of government. What's necessary and what isn't? Have you heard about the Pentagon's "missing trillions"? The story that the Pentagon can't account for $21 trillion? What that's about is accounting and auditing, it can't account for $21 trillion in accounting adjustments. Evidently DOD stopped it's auditing programs in the late nineties and record keeping has gone downhill since. Some are speculating conspiracy theory explanations regarding the "black" budget, illicit money from the Afghanistan poppy fields, etc. But it looks more like a fucked up accounting system. Of course who can really count out nefarious actions from our government.
Mother should I trust the government?
What can we do about it? I don't know. You can go to your local community meetings and complain about the cost of flowers and shrubs in the roundabout. I can go to Vancouver City Council meetings and complain about the cost of engineering design services for an existing fire station. We can all get together and voice our complaints about the costs of ruling class global military imperialism. What else can we do? Elect better politicians to the democratic and republican parties? Fuck that, if there's anything that's been tried over and over and failed it's that.
So ya, it is about the rich people bro, and in turn about this neoliberal, gangster, crony, capitalist system enabled by our vaunted "representative" political system. We're all slaves, we're still chained to the "company store". That means the very rich people bro, that's always what it's meant. It doesn't mean your friend that builds houses and takes vacations in Cabo every six months. It's the really rich fuckers who control everything. The billionaires who start the wars, the people who think it's worth it to kill half a million children, the sociopaths and psychopaths who think their wealth allows them to trample over the rights of the rest of us. The Greedy Bastards. That's who I'm talking about when I say Fuck the Rich.