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A View From Left Field: Republicans Eat Their Own

Republicans Eat their Own

 

I don’t know what it is, but the Republicans have a peculiar faculty for eating their own. After sampling their flavors of the month this presidential season, namely Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum and now Romney, they proceeded to “throw them under the bus.” While they debate on which types of capitalism are most offensive, I for one, wish to thank them for making this important debate public.

As the nation watches this melee, I can’t help wondering how anyone could support a party that is so disrespectful to its family members. Republicans have skewed so far to the right that they provide little room for anyone. To belong, you must declare God the answer to all things, and desire to shrink government to such a small size that, as Grover Norquist succinctly put it, “it can be drowned in a bathtub.”

The wealth in this country is increasingly collecting in the coffers of the top 1 percent, and, I might add, to the detriment of 99 percent of the rest of us. Like it or not, we are in a class warfare struggle and most of us are losing. The blame can be squarely laid at the feet of our unfair tax code. Follow the Republican agenda of less and less taxes and watch as our decline gets precipitously worse.

Quietly the GOP has sought to privatize everything … our military, our schools, our social programs and our retirement. Take away the legitimate function of government and you have a free-for-all. Maybe we can start wearing loin cloths, carry big sticks and return to a cave mentality.

We live in precarious times and our problems demand forward-thinking solutions. Let’s grow beyond gay bashing, Roe vs. Wade and theocracy instead of democracy. Besides, these issues have already been settled legally.

Our nation needs to switch focus and compete more effectively in an ever-challenging world. If we hadn’t knuckled under to greed for more profit, the world wouldn’t be selling us products that we can very ably produce for ourselves. Also, unemployment in the U.S. would be much lower and our national debt would be smaller or non-existent.

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Gary Miller January 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM
While I think you are a bright man, in my judgment your political views are skewed in the wrong direction. I didn't say that Romney wasn't smart or doing anything illegal, I asked you if it's fair that upper income individuals like Romney pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes while ordinary folks pay a greater percentage of theirs? What doesn't sound right is your continuing effort to defend Wall Street America at the expense of Main Street America.
Scott Killeen January 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm one of those ordinary folks Mr. Miller. And I think it's right and fair for any American to legally become wealthy and take advantage of any situation the government allows to legally. If someone is smart enough to make it happen then more power to them. What is the different from a poorer person taking advantage of the federal, state and local governments dispersing them money legally? Giving them a break before little ole ordinary me. Your "Fair" only seems to point in one direction, now that doesn't sound fair to me. Fair might be everyone pays the same amount of tax then people who want to can give poorer people more money, even the government could give them back their money. That seems fair, equal and doesn't seem to pick on anyone, rich or poor. Or should the communal aspect come into play again? Take from the people who work to grow food and give to the people that watch the food grow.
Gary Miller January 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Scott, your "poor ole me" pitch strums at my heart strings. But, your real motives are readily transparent. Fair does not mean that everyone's treated the same. Some need more, some need less. Each of us is born unique and require differing assistance or lack thereof throughout our lifetime. Your pal, Mitt Romney pays a lower percentage in taxes than I do, yet he makes millions compared to my modest means. Is that fair? The greatest good, for the greatest number, that's the fairest for all. Your rugged individualism approach might be good for you, but not for the majority of Americans, myself included. I hope you never live to see the day when you are in need, and the rest of your country says tough, if you can't make it one your own, we can't help you. Are you so divorced from your fellow man that you've lost, or have no compassion for them. On another issue, try focusing on fact and win your arguments that way. Using references like "communal" for implicit labeling purposes is beneath you. Superior ideas, not mud slinging, offer the strongest support for your point of view. Let's disagree civilly. At least it keeps the discussion on a higher plane.
Scott Killeen January 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
"The greatest good, for the greatest number, that's the fairest for all", if that is not communal living what is? You're very good at trying to demean someone yourself but hey that's a perfect analogy from a person who believes in a Democratic way of life. It's ALWAYS the others persons fault and their ideas are always wrong also. You always say you known better, all the time, you are superior, your belief is the better way. Why are people like you soooo envious of a wealthy person? Maybe I am misinformed... I have had wealthy people hire me for jobs but never a poor person? I have always helped out a poor friend but never a wealthy one... Is it true in your way of thinking that if I earn 400k a year and say I owe a bank 500K for loaning me money so I could live in a house, you believe I owe a poor person the same? A poorer person than myself deserves my earned money? They were born entitled to someone else's money? So you wake up in the morning and pay taxes all day long but that is just not good enough, right?
Scott Killeen January 25, 2012 at 04:49 AM
So it sounds like the President has the same views as Gary! Is it true that if an immigrant comes to the US, I should be taxed more so the immigrant and my neighbor has a more "fair" life through our government? It also sounds like the government will be buying universities with the threat of cutting off funding for expensive tuitions. What? They bought the health care system, so what's the difference with schools? Mark my words... Federal U is coming to a large city near you! Sorry Gary I could not wait for your next post on the Presidents State of The Union speech, it was a speech and not a campaign stop right? I hear ya, every President has done it through out the years...

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