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Political Theater – Tax the Rich


Democracy and Power 103:  Government money

The money taxed and spent by the politicians comes from the labor and ingenuity of millions of working persons.  Politicians spend other peoples’ money.

Political Theater – Tax the Rich

Political Theater continues in Washington, DC.  America is endangered by an enormous debt and continues to have horrendous unemployment.  President Obama has presented a $447billion American Jobs Act, which the President knows will never pass the House of Representatives.  However, the President believes he can use the bully pulpit and bludgeon any Republican that votes against the bill. 

Yes, this is the Political Theater - Part III.  Even though two previous stimuli have completely failed, Part III is somehow different.  What is different?  A few Democratic Senators refused to vote for the President’s revenue increases.  The President purposed eliminating deductions of wealthy people (households making over $250 thousand), oil companies and other companies.

So, the next rendition of Political Theater was for Senator Reid to find an alternative – a 5% surtax on people making over a million dollars.  Patricia Murphy quotes a Democratic aide on Reid’s ploy in the Daily Beast:  

"Reid will modify the bill to either make it easier for some Republicans to vote for it, or make it a better messaging event against those Republicans who vote against it,” the aide said. “Should be a lot of fun in any case." 

Tragically, this is the contemptible morality of most of the actors in the D.C. Political Theater - Republican and Democrat.  This is worse than Political Theater.  It is Political Theater by Adolescents.

However, in the mind-set of Political Theater, I would encourage the Republicans to add an amendment to the American Jobs Act:

A Member of Congress and the President of the United States guarantee the 5% surtax will fully pay for $447 billion expended for implementing the American Jobs Acton.  In the event the 5% surtax is insufficient, a Member of Congress and the President that voted for or approved the American Jobs Act shall be personally liable for any and all deficiencies.

How could the President or Congress complain?  After all, they make similar guarantees all the time.  Only they make the guarantee at the expense of the American taxpayer and future taxpayers.  Broadly, this is similar to the government’s guarantee in the Solyndra debacle, except this guarantee makes Congress and the President personally liable.

Until Members of Congress and the President are personally responsible for their monetary decisions, debt will plague democratic governments.  America must have a serious discussion on how to structurally make politicians personally responsible for their decisions.

As to today, Americans must express our contempt for the Political Theater by Adolescents. We the People have witnessed enough.  We the People want our politicians to honestly address our serious problems.


Jesus had a special sense of mission to poor and oppressed people. At the outset of his ministry, sometimes referred to as Jesus' mission statement, Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18-19)
The biographies of Jesus depict him repeatedly reaching out to those at the bottom of the social pyramid--poor people, women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and tax collectors. Jesus was also eager to accept people who were well-placed, but he made clear that all, regardless of social position, needed to repent. For this reason, he invited the rich young man to sell all of his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. (Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30, Mark 10:17-31)
Jesus commanded, "Love your neighbor." When asked to define "neighbor," Jesus expanded the traditional meaning of the word--defining our neighbor as anyone who is in need, including social outcasts: "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed." (Luke 14:13)
In his portrayal of the day of judgment, Jesus pictured people from all nations gathered before him, separated into "sheep" and "goats." (Matthew 25:31-46) To the "sheep" he says, "Come you blessed of my Father, for I was hungry and you fed me..." In their astonishment they ask, "When did we do that?" And he answers, "When you did it to the lowliest of my brothers (and sisters)." Conversely, to the "goats" he says, "Out of my sight, you who are condemned, for I was hungry and you did not feed me..."
Jesus himself cared for those in need by feeding the hungry. Crowds of four thousand (Mark 8:1-13) and five thousand (Mark 6:30-44) had assembled to listen to Jesus. They soon became hungry. When his disciples suggested that Jesus send the people away to buy food, he responded by saying "I have compassion on these people..." and "you give them something to eat." He proceeded to perform miracles to feed these large crowds of hungry people.
Adapted from J. Bennett Guess, "Biblical Foundations for Justice Advocacy," UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

Henry Massingale

I for one do not follow along in these issues, the forum is set, and it is so honest that it can not be changed, there has been so mush bla bla bla by all the parties that only a few will stand a chance to be President. Now, all to many have job concepts ??, and no one was willing to put all job concepts on the table as one to make it happen, we are burnt out with all the lies and all the money gone.....
Operation Clean Sweep/ byMassingale is in order and is moving forward.....
This here is headed for the elections.....I share with you....delette it if you wish...
At first our boycott was to help end this War in Afghan. now it has been changed for ever. Now we will show you why this, 'Why Do We Keep Talking About Prohibition? " has failed at the cost of 1.2 million people because of Oxy-Heroin.

Between Canada and the USA, 1.2 million people died from Oxy Heroin. June 30, 2011, C-Span-3 on TV, the Capital Hill, Director Senator Sheldon, Senate

Judiciary Sub Committee for Crime and Terrorism. Announcement Oxy. Heroin, this Heroin Health Care Concept, in 2007 that 27,000 Americans died, from this Opioid. If this Oxy Heroin is so good for our economy where is the money ? And now we are at war with one the most power full drug empire in the world. If this Oxy Heroin Drug Concept is so good for the Economy...Where is the money ?

And now for the lie to be released in a News Report, Opioids is in alcohol drinks, this makes AA a lie and this makes our Government Officials a lie because people OD. I did not know heroin was in alcohol drinks ?

I have one, I need to know, what if Bin Laden did not act like a Drug Lord / Terrorist, and strike the Towers twice, first in the 90's and then 9/11, what if he filed a Laws Suite instead, against the USA Government for violating a Drug Deal for Oxy Heroin / Opioid to be sold world wide ?

This internet site is tagged: International Boycott Of The Arabic Drug Empire Phase 4
I do asure you that the over 3 million people that are a part of Operation Clean Sweep, well, we just do follow alone stuck inthe blogs any more.
Henry Massingale

Sonja Thompson

Making a politician accountable is like catching a slimy snake with your bare hands! SEIU,, and labor unions are in the Occupy Wall Street. Several conservative groups have joined in. The majority want social spreading the wealth around. Obama is causing class warfare....he knows it, Pelosi and Reid know it! They say things to get elected and don't care who they trample. We The People must get rid of these parasitic types of politicians, and that is the difficult part, because so many buy into their rhetoric. Our country is a mess, and Obama and clan want to make it so bad that people will riot for social justice.

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Ted Abram

Responding to all of the above posts: We all agree that making politicians’ responsible is important and a difficult task.

To make change we must first sell the problem to our friends and neighbors. Sonja Thompson graphically sells the problem, “Making a politician accountable is like catching a slimy snake with your bare hands!”

Thomas Sowell has described the problem: "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

Change will occur. How and when we cannot be predicted. Right now We the People must continue to sell the problem, and encourage our friends and neighbors to join us in seeking solutions.

KT Borland

Never happen....PS We are suppose to be a Democratic Republic!That's the problem! How do we get back to that?

Shadows Down

Brilliant, Orville! It's nice to hear an educated response. The big question now: WILL we get off our couches and stand to use our voice before it is squashed?

Orville Shelton

@ KT Borland ~ We are suppose to be a Republic not a Democratic Republic. Remember what Ben Franklin said to the lady when he came out of Independence Hall in Philly and she asked him "Mr. Franklin What did you give us?" Mr. Franklin replied, "A Republic if you can keep it." We started to loose it with when the 14th amendment was passed. That amendment gave Corporations Citizenship. Then 45yrs later with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 we fell into a steeper dive. Then 3 yrs after that in 1916 with the passage of the 16th amendment, the Income Tax amendment, the bottom started to fall out. Then throw in SS in 1936. Medicare in 1965, I think, we have a gaping whole. After that George H. W. Bush mentioned the New World Order in 1991 and we started on our last leg. Obama is here to kick that leg out from under us so we fall completely so he can declare Marshall Law to complete the New World Order takeover.

Orville Shelton

The president and congress are going to make themselves responsible for their monetary decisions. We the People aren't going to get what we want unless and until the president and congress address what the real problem is and they know what it is. Some of the people know what the real problem is.

Scott Ezell

wont pass in the house? Obama will just pass the congress & put it into law. Just like he did when he declared war on Lybia. Another desperate act from a inmature/cruel dictater.