I and others like me have been criticized for using the word "socialist" to describe the direction America has taken but there is no other word for it unless you want to call it Marxist. However the soldiers aren't manning the barricades just yet so we will use the former. Leveeing high taxes doesn't make the government socialist, it makes it tyrannical or despotic, but it is how it pays for its socialist programs.
Here are some sobering facts from an article by Pat Buchanan this week.
Obama's first budget will consume 28 percent of the entire GDP; state and local governments another 15 percent. While there is some overlap, in 2009, government will consume 40 percent of GDP, approaching the peak of World War II. (empasis mine)
The deficit for 2009 is $1.8 trillion, 13 percent of the whole economy. Obama is pushing a cap-and-trade bill to cut carbon emissions that will impose huge costs on energy production, spike consumer prices and drive production offshore to China, which is opting out of Kyoto II. The Chinese are not fools. Apparently we are.
Obama plans to repeal the Bush tax cuts and take the income tax rate to near 40 percent. Combined state and local income tax rates can run to 10 percent. For the self employed, payroll taxes add up to 15.2 percent on the first $106,800 for all wages of all workers. Medicare takes 2.9 percent of all wages above that. Then there are the state sales taxes that can run to 8 percent, property taxes, gas taxes, excise taxes and "sin taxes" on booze, cigarettes and, soon, hot dogs and soft drinks.
Now on the doorstep is nationalized healthcare, to be paid for with guess what...more taxes. Then comes the carbon tax based on environmental extremists (who are anti-capitalists and pro marxists) claims we are all going to die if we keep eating beef and driving cars...to be paid for with..of course taxes on any company that produces carbon...hitting energy producers the hardest. I knew that Obama would over reach, but I had no idea he would actually succeed at moving us off the cliff so far we could not recover. Now I am watching it happen.
While the hardest-working and most productive are bled, a third of all wage-earners pay no U.S. income tax, and Obama plans to free almost half of all wage-earners of all income taxes. Yet, tens of millions get Medicaid, rent supplements, free education, food stamps, welfare and an annual check from Uncle Sam called an Earned Income Tax Credit, though they never paid a nickel in income taxes. Oh, yes. Obama also promises everybody a college education. Emphasis mine. Read the rest
I've never been an alarmist folks, I didn't fall for y2k, but this is a tsunami of proportions that will destroy this country as we know it, we have become that which we fought against, a socialist nation who takes from those who produce, gives to those who do not.
Our founding fathers believed that there a few God given rights the government should make sure its people can secure most specifically...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Our current government believes you don't just have the right to pursue it, but you actually have the right to happiness itself and they are going to provide to you whether you want them to or not.
And they will provide it by taking it from those who have worked for it themselves and giving it to those who have not. More "rights" are being added each day to the litany of responsibilities socialists want to have OVER your life , there's the human right to health care, human right to internet access, human right to a "living wage" even for grocery store bag boys, a human right to get a job even if you don't qualify for it...where does it stop? A right to a clean bathroom, a right to not be offended, a right to never be hurt, a right to a good marriage, a right to a God made in my own image?
If you are on the "taking" side of this equation, you are swinging the hammer of destruction on the greatest country in the world. Perhaps this is God's plan for our country, we got too big for our britches and started bragging about how "WE" did it, so God is showing us it was HIM that blessed us with the wisdom to build a free country, he can remove that blessing and boom...we are all stupid.
from Powerlineblog; At each stage, in consequence, our civic associations have also become less vigorous. And since the 1960s, as the federal government assumed a providential role, religion in American gradually lost its hold, and the social institutions through which individuals in the past managed their lives deteriorated. Divorce became commonplace; the birth rate dropped dramatically; and a growing proportion of the children brought into the world came to be born out of wedlock. In the world of social security and welfare, human beings tend to go it alone.
We are now, in effect, without the shield that we protected us from fully falling prey to inquiétude in Tocqueville's day, and, as Rahm Emanuel has openly acknowledged, the Obama administration is now intent on exploiting our present difficulties for the purpose of radically extending the scope of the administrative state. "You don't ever want a crisis to go to waste," he candidly remarked. "it's an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid." READ THE REST