We're still seeing lots of this pwoggie-boy blues:
"...Already passed by the Senate, the House probably votes today... on extending
the tax cuts for the rich and permanently cutting the estate tax to a very, very
low level.... It is hard to convey just how dispiriting this is to progressives who
worked so hard to reach and persuade people and get them to the polls in 2008 to
vote for "change."
The "change" was not supposed to be about giving even more breaks to the wealthy
and big corporations..."
Thought experiment: why not? Out of spite? Out of budget-gap superstitions?
I think behind it all is fear of "starve the beast" ---
lots of keen uplifters and such now can't be afforded. To which I sez "who
sez? And who cares?"
But it doesn't stop at crumbling schools and faulty train tracks -- let alone
cuts to our sacred multiple endowments for the inanities.
Nope, the threat to the transfer system now looms up at 'em
through the proposed payroll tax holiday.
Imagine that. If there's to be any "left" attack on that proposal it oughta
start with "it's too fucking small, brother."
I say cut out the employee side of the payroll tax completely, and until
So why are so many serious pwogs cackling about this dimension of the "double
The goddam fools figure the payroll tax holiday "won't be revoked"! Yup,
they are afraid taxes on wage work might never get restored!
It's all amazing. We have paid, what, $2 trillion-plus out of payroll to fund the
armada these past ten years or so? Was that prudent?
The game here is so rigged its stupefying.
Why do the pwoggles fear this unintentional dribble of sane melioration?
I think it's because they fear the "spirit of cutting" will spread to the
benefit stream, and not tomorrow, but, you know, years from now.
Esau class first principles here: if it isn't cut today, or tomorrow morning
at the latest, then who cares?
The Esaus are right: so long as Uncle
has his limitless dollar mine, anything is nominally possible,
and since this is all in nominal terms...
It's really simple, but somehow pwogs fail to understand the nature of transfer
systems backed by the free source of all new dollars.
You can only transfer real stuff produced today to a mouth
or a warehouse.
There is no other real saving or consuming. Anything else is paper chains that
are as easily ripped apart as they are clapped on.
If I eat more today than yesterday, no one can go back in time and take it away tomorrow.
And if they try to take it out of my next year -- I mean really take it out, that is, out
of my real stream of goodies -- then the fight to stop it won't really be any the
more difficult no matter what today's paperwork might say.
Rule one of corporate class exploitation: if they and their gubmint can
take it away now, they will. There is no ease-off. You'll never hear 'em
say "well, yeah, you cut your eats
yesterday, so here's more today."
The Esau class needs to play by the same rules. Tomorrow's Esaus oughta
consider it a point of honor to default on any inter-class agreements made
today and yesterday.
They've got the right, based on the backside of the golden rule:
it oughta be just as decent -- if not as easy -- as the corporate class default
during these past 35 years on all of their post-WWII inter-class agreements.
We can always reverse any pact to cut future benefits -- and
it will be even hard er to cut the the social security benefit stream
than to restore the taxes that pretend to pay for 'em today.
The only part of Uncle's spending we job-class oriented lefties oughta fuss over
is the transfer systems to regular folks and all the taxes on regular folks.
And I mean, of course, today's taxes and benefits, and maybe next year's, but never
ten years from now.
Uncle is not limited by the laws of prudent finance. Uncle is
not a corporation, or even a California times ten.
Fellow avatars of Esau, take as much as you can from Uncle in cash right now and
block as much of his taxation on you as you can -- right now.
The rest is rabbit's-foot/black cat superstition.
PS: I saw a poll somewhere that showed barely a third of registered citizen
rubberstamps "like" the payroll tax holiday.
Why might that be? The two-thirds agin' must include zillions of honest wage
earning geefs. So why the nyet?
Given all the weird wonky chatter about the crisis looming in THE SOCIAL
SECURITY SYSTEM and the bipartisan track record on this very system since the
mid-80's -- maybe a lot of smart McShitski jobblers figure this is just a sly
con move prior to another massive attack on their retirement system.
If so, I don't blame 'em. Given the idiotic pwog fiscal panic -- come the time to
debate, the job class may find the same folks that beat back Bush in '05
won't have the stomach for it next time. Get ready, gang; with or without the
holiday, the attack is coming, and the pretext provided by starve-the-beast
tactics is no more dangerous than any other alibi lies of the Cyclops class.