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Tom Toles

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  1. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Remove all private money from the electorial process, from local dogcatcher all the way up to the Presidency. Fund elections with public money. Make it an act of treason to accept money from any private citizen or group- in fact, make it one charge of treason for EACH dollar accepted from private hands!
    A few pols sitting on Death Row ought to convince the rest to stay in line.

  2. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 3 years ago

    the best corruption that corrupted money can buy!

  3. morrrva

    morrrva said, about 3 years ago

    Here in the United States the GOP has had the House for quite some time. Or maybe you’re referring to the alternate reality where the GOTP is concerned about the Constitution.

  4. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    “But The mnore you make the more you will spend…”

    And here is the lie that Harlekinns and every other Republican passes to the masses: Rich people spend money on us. Tell us Harley if rich guy spends money in the French Riviera how does the fair tax recover that money spent elsewhere? It doesn’t. What about collectibles, wholesale items, and business expenses? According to you and your law it will not tax these items. The only thing it will tax is me buying a loaf of bread for my family and the retail items I purchase. So how in the world is the fair tax fair to everybody other than the fact that it starts with the word fair?

  5. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    ““Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.” —Thomas Jefferson to J. Madison, 1785.”"

    The power structure much prefers him when he was justifying slavery. They just don’t make that clear to their followers. Well, they don’t even mention it, really. Some of those followers might start to wonder about their real role in the star spangled future.

    Best just not to bring it up …

  6. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “—or are you just in lock step with the DNC?”

    Seriously? The DNC? What makes you think the DNC has any interest in tax relief for anyone with an income under seven figures?

    Tax policies are a bi-partisan issue, along with all the other abuses. Until you can grasp that, you are part of the problem.

  7. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    ’Make it an act of treason to accept money from any private citizen or group- in fact, make it one charge of treason for EACH dollar accepted from private hands!"

    That would be a great start.

    The other reform we need is the nomination process. As long as we are willing to accept major party nominations, we are dead in the water. We will continue to elect fascist candidates, unless we categorically refuse to accept them. The nominations process needs reform as much as campaign finance.

    Actually, to fix that I might take a different tack. If you accepted all contributions for a particular seat in government – dog catcher all the way to POTUS – and deposited them into an escrow account to be equally divided between candidates, that would not only fix the issue, but you might get it through, because the banks would love it. If all campaign funds were equally available to all candidates, no candidate would be handicapped by limited funding. I think it might be easier to institute that change than the more satisfying one of just trying to remove private money from the process. It might also be a little more difficult to corrupt – and I like your attitude toward penalties. How have we arrived at a place where we accept felons in high government positions?

    They are supposed to be working for us. Perhaps in the sense that we haven’t kept them up to their task, we have earned their contempt to some extent. Time to put a stop to that, well past time. We have to do more than swap one lot of stinking fish for another, different lot of stinking fish.

    Time to start treating them as they treat us. We’ve got precious little to lose, things being as they are.

  8. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “Just think of all the money that can be repatrated from over seas. The USA would becuase a large tax haven and people will flock to invist in the US.”

    So what is the rational reason for not repatriating the funds as things stand?

    Oh, gosh, I see – if they bring their money home, they’ll have to pay tax on it, just like the unwashed, starving masses!

    It’s not working people and the middle classes who are concealing income and sending family wage jobs overseas, where they can fill them at slave wages, pocketing the difference. We never see those funds.

    They’re doing a nice job of propping up the economies of those third world countries, though. Not to mention China. How generous of them, to sacrifice our workforce and economy to help out the poor struggling Chinese. They are so much more worthy than we are.

    Trouble is, I think it amounts to treason.

  9. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “Thank you for that quote. I might have to use it sometime.”

    There’s a catch, Harley – in order for that money to drive a healthy US economy – it has to be spent in the US, not offshore.

    Since the US is no longer producing anything much beyond paper of one sort and another, basically those wealthy people are just swapping services, and their expenditures rarely ‘trickle down’ to support the economy. Their willingness to hire illegals for cash doesn’t meet that criteria, nor does their eagerness to destroy small businesses by strong arming communities into embracing BigBox and other BigBidniz intrusions. I’m aware of a few communities which have managed to block those installations, for a time at least, but most of the time, money talks.

    Unfortunately, none of it is returned to the communities.

    So don’t be surprised if the quote doesn’t prove a winner for your point.

  10. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 3 years ago

    Harleyquinn: Your “fair” tax comes out of the rich’s booze budget and out of the poor"s milk budget; disproportionately slightly improving the health of the rich and doing major damage to that of the poor. I don’t think you are really all that rich, but just repeat what the military/industrial junta tells you to say.

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago

    Talk about living in a fantasy land!! You can not possibly even begin to believe that this “Fair Tax Plan” ever stands a chance of even passing the most ardent tea party member of the House of Representatives! Forget it, it is NOT going ot happen!! The Real Estate interests in this country (with their $millions and $millions spent influencing Congress) alone, would stop it long before they would allow the interest deduction for real property to even be remotely endangered by this, And that is not even including the banks and mortgage houses.

    It is NOT going to happen in Congress, let alone passing a repeal of the 16 th amendment. You should understand that the most unpopular amendment to the Constitution in history was that of Prohibition. Prohibition began on January 17, 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. In fact the 16 th amendment was passed to enable this 18 th amendment, as up until the 16 th amendment the federal government was funded chiefly by the excess taxes on such goods as alcoholic materials! This amendment became so unpopular that it was the ONLY amendment to the US Constitution ever to be repealed by a later amendment!! The amendment process was made to be this difficult by the original framers of the US Constitution deliberately as they wanted a stable democracy for their own purposes (good or bad).

    Even with the unpopularity of the current federal tax system, if you and these others on this site actually think that you can even begin to have such influence, then compared to you people, the Hobbits in J.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit World not only exist in reality, but they are far more in touch with the average American at the same time!!!

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