As usual I woke up to National Propaganda Radio and heard a mind-numbing hit piece on income inequality that for openers confused tax fraction, tax rate, paid taxes beyond any means of recovery. But they did manage not to mangle the message that rich people should not make so much money, and most certainly they should pay more taxes than they already are.
From there we went to the California Capitol where Governor Moonbeam ‘California is on the mend’ Brown gave his state of the state address demonstrating that his head is still firmly planted where the sun don’t shine. To a state in a permanent downward spiral, he proposed raising sales taxes and income taxes on the ‘rich’ (those who already pay the elephant’s share of state taxes), giving a go-ahead on the fast rail to nowhere, abetting CARB’s green regulations, and proposing less testing in California’s schools that already pump more students into our prison system than it can handle. And the list of inanities and insanities goes on.
On the national scene we heard that Obama in his fervent desire to promote Agenda21 (shhh!) nixed providing for America’s energy security and gave a pass to China by turning down the Keystone XL pipeline project. Too many jobs would be created, while too many core constituent environmentalists would be pissed off if the pipeline brought Canadian oil down to Texas refineries. Much better to take it across the Canadian Rockies to a Pacific port and ship it to Asia. Every vote counts.
And locally we have the Nevada County loonies (aka Occupiers) looking forward to a massive ‘teach in’ (wasn’t that what Göbbels called those little gatherings in Nürnberg and the Reichstag?) about corporate political contributions (unions too?) and the taxing of assets. It turns out that a new tenet in the occupier mantra is that you shouldn’t “hoard” the stuff that belongs to you. That is socially unfair and irresponsible. And, of course, the state should step in and make sure that every year another piece of what you thought you had bought and paid taxes on would be turned over to the government. Why? because it has allowed you to live and breathe air (which privileges will be taken away promptly if you resist remittance of that last little joy of property ownership). Also see 'Taxing Your Assets Off'.
Another day on the march to a socially just world.