As The Pendulum Swings

A friend and I were debating about taxes and about living in a society rather than as outlaws and renegades.

She thinks everyone should pay the same tax, regardless of income and I disagree.  It’s not about merit that I agree or disagree.  Certainly there are those who are content to not work and subsist on what they are given or can steal, and there are those who work ceaselessly and still never make enough to even be called ‘middle class’.

I’m not debating about how we got into the mess we’re in, or the ridiculous tax code, although those are issues to deal with – and in fact, form the crux of the solution through true reform rather than lip service and reneging on deals, or perpetual amendments.

My conclusions are based on my personality, and what I’ve been through or witnessed in this world, so of course I’m biased.  Every last one of us is biased depending on our brain structure and/or our life filters.

Corporations should pay a higher tax rate than solitary citizens when they make higher profits, and especially when they are a type of business that uses resources directly, but also indirectly.  We all use our planet for sustenance, but those who use greater resources need to pay to play.  Industries who are reaping greater profits than at any other time in history, such as the oil and gas industries, should not be government ‘welfare recipients’ in the form of subsidies.

My friend argued that someone working harder than others shouldn’t be penalized by having to pay higher taxes, and while I heard her argument, I disagree.  I don’t think the taxes should be burdensome, and I think that higher rates should apply after a certain threshold, but I question what ‘working harder’ means.  If she works for a company that compensates her well, and she was lucky enough – because I do know that some people are in a better position than others through birth or by chance, as she was and is – then that is good for her, but there are others working just as hard, and actually harder than her at multiple jobs that won’t hire full-time workers so they don’t have to pay insurance, and those people are not making nearly the wages she is.  I know she doesn’t want to have to help lazy users as she envisions her tax dollars going, and those people shouldn’t be helped if that’s an honest assessment, but the majority of people are working hard and still not making ends meet.

Those tax dollars do a lot to ease the burden of those trying to better themselves by making education less expensive or having more dollars available to help pay for an education that will help those people get better jobs.  Those tax dollars help keep our food supply safer by having more food inspectors.  Those tax dollars help keep art and music programs available which enrich our lives and broaden our minds as surely as any core subject does, and perhaps even better as art and music stirs our creative selves helping us to bring more to our life as well as others’ lives.

Tax dollars help pave our roads, build bridges, and keep police, firefighters and other local, state and federal workers.  Those tax dollars also help the poor get health services, along with giving the elderly and infirm an income – however meager.

A majority chose this as our social standard when the economy went to hell over half a century ago, and it helped build a middle class in this country that was strong and relatively stable.  When the more cynical and greedy among us got power they instituted deregulation of polluting industries, of banking and securities, as well as giving corporations and the wealthy even more money and power by declaring money as a part of free speech in the horrid FEC v. Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision.

Now some in the Republican party are hell-bent on breaking up unions and trying to send us back as a nation to the robber-baron era of lawless rapaciousness in business and industry.

Democracy is only as strong as its safeguards, and I’ve been noticing a lot more foxes guarding our collective hen-house lately.

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Author: Hermionejh

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8 thoughts on “As The Pendulum Swings”

  1. Amen sister, Amen. I agree wholeheartedly with you. I’m tired of doing without because SS has not had a raise in going on 3 years, while the fat cats keep making more and more. How can congress keep giving themself a pay raise when the elderly are struggling so? It pisses me off and I’d love to see all of congress trying to live on SS when they get older. I’d also like the 5 supreme court justices who voted for citizens vs. FEC to be disrobed and taken off of the bench. Okay, I’m ranting now.

    1. Yes, Brenda! There are bottom-line practical issues to deal with when sweeping legislation comes through – regardless of whose pen signs it! I am so disappointed in President Obama, but I will plug my nose and vote for him again unless there is a viable alternative not beholden to the corporations!

  2. Nice article

    Paying taxes that are fair and reasonable on an individual basis providing the taxes are helping in our community directly. Arriving at a fair tax rate is another issue when politicians are charged with making the decisions on where the monies are directed, so far their record of accomplishment is pitiable.

    The problem is not that of the Republicans or the Democrats, it is America’s problem, you, me and every other American citizen who votes and the majority of American’s who refuse to vote. We are the problem and the solution is so simple unfortunately, apathy gets in the way.

    “Now some in the Republican party are hell-bent on breaking up unions and trying to send us back as a nation to the robber-baron era of lawless rapaciousness in business and industry.”

    Casino Jack is a great documentary on the lobbyist’s movement in Washington, DC and only scratches the surface on the selling out of America by both parties. Your quote above actually has its roots in 1913, that was when America was cheated and the boom and bust eras started. Understand the monetary system and what money really is then you will also understand how fragile the system is and how much power you truly have over the system.

    “Democracy is only as strong as its safeguards, and I’ve been noticing a lot more foxes guarding our collective hen-house lately.”

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch, Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

    America is a Republic, not a democracy.

    Democracy:

    Involves the government ruling and making laws for the “greater good” of all people, they may abolish personal rights in doing so.

    Democracy is government by and for the people. They may or may not be republics–that is, government limited by constitution or charter.

    The tricky part of “democracy” is defining “the people” and then deciding what counts as “by the people” and what counts as “for the people.” In a sense, that could be considered the content of democratic practice.

    Republic:
    Involves the government using and abiding by the constitution heavily. Personal rights are respected and cannot be taken away. This helps to avoid tyranny and mobocracy (the majority makes laws and governs by passion, prejudice, or impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences).
    Republics are the common and “standard” type of governments found today, not democracies, despite what many people (who may not know the definition of either) think.
    Just as democracies may or may not be republics, republics may or may not be democracies.

    The difference between Democracy and Republic:

    Democracy and Republic are two forms of government which are distinguished by their treatment of the Minority, and the Individual, by the Majority. In a Democracy, the Majority has unlimited power over the Minority. This system of government does not provide a legal safeguard of the rights of the Individual and the Minority. It has been referred to as “Majority over Man”.

    In a Republic, the Majority is Limited and constrained by a written Constitution which protects the rights of the Individual and the Minority. The purpose of a Republic form of government is to control the Majority and to protect the God-given, inalienable rights and liberty of the Individual.
    The United States of America is founded as a Republic under the Constitution.

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful response. The United States is a Democratic Republic, though. So, at least there’s that… I haven’t read the Federalist essays, but intend to. I know that makes me way behind the curve on the politics, but I’m always interested in learning more, so I appreciate your primer of sorts! I will have to check out the Casino Jack documentary.
      I remember intoning the pledge of allegiance: “… and to the Republic, for which we stand…”
      To my mind ‘the people’ is all of us, but the will of the majority rules. I suppose by all of us, I mean the actual people and not the corporations – regardless of their designation as ‘people’.
      I also know that we live within a corrupt power structure, and have since the day our nation was enjoined at the Constitutional Convention, with Benjamin Franklin’s famous retort to ‘what have we got, a Republic or a Monarchy?’: “a Republic – if you can keep it.”
      Cheers.

  3. Thank you for the responce,

    “I also know that we live within a corrupt power structure, and have since the day our nation was enjoined at the Constitutional Convention, with Benjamin Franklin’s famous retort to ‘what have we got, a Republic or a Monarchy?’: “a Republic – if you can keep it.”

    It was lost this way,

    In 1861, the seven southern states decided to leave the union as was their right as each State was a sovereign independent nation fatigued from the pressures of international bankers and demands placed upon them. Theses independent states had every right to leave and break the contract known as the constitution of the United States of America, a contract between the States.

    When the southern States walked out of congress on March 27th, 1861, the quorum to conduct business under the constitution was lost, the only lawful vote congress could take was to set a time for congress to reconvene to get a quorum later.

    Under the parliamentary laws of congress, on March 27th, 1861 congress ceased to exist as a lawful body and lost the ability to declare war as well. This date is very important for America, because this is the factual date that the United States of America ceased to exist as a union of united sovereign States. The constitution or contract between the southern and northern States became void.

    Less than one month after the dissolution of congress, a man claiming to be the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln issued executive order one, or as history records it, a proclamation, martial rule over the federal territories and the start of a military dictatorship. Nowhere in the organic constitution is the president given executive order powers. An executive order is asking a secretary to transcribe a letter or to pick up lunch. The constitution was no longer in effect as of March 27th, 1861, so the order and proclamation were in fact fraudulent.

    On April 15th, 1861, tax day in modern America, executive order 1 or the proclamation was issued for martial rule and the call up of 75 thousand troops to put down the rebellion. The Southern States started the process of removing foreign occupying troops from their sovereign lands as was their right and the civil war began.

    In 1862, the same unlawful congress redefined a word we use every day, “person” to a legal term meaning a fictional entity. This is not related to the flesh and blood man or woman but a fictional characterization attached to the flesh and blood man and woman. It is important to understand this next statement, “That Which You Create You Control.” AS you progress through this series, you will fully begin to understand the importance and rights we have surrendered to a fictitious and soulless entity known as the government.

    Because the constitution no longer existed after March 27th, 1861, the fraudulent government and congress required someway to govern the “federal territories” on April 24th 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues general order 100 or the Lieber code. This is the government we currently live under, the military dictatorship, was established in 1861 with proclamation because the constitution became legally void when the seven southern States walked out of congress to exercise their lawful independence.

    1. So Congress didn’t set a date to reconvene and get a quorum through the remaining states between March 27th and the time that President Lincoln declared war?
      Had Congress ceased to exist or were they in legislative limbo due to the seven states leaving the Union? Why would the secession of several states invalidate the rest of the United States?

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