Monday, March 7, 2011

Bernie Sanders is Still Speaking

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Bernie Sanders, the irascible Senator from Vermont who is also the longest-serving political independent to ever sit in Congress, made news back in December when he took the floor in the Senate and spoke out against the shyster tax deal that Republicans demanded - the deal that kept the richest among us from having to return to the older, slightly higher tax rates.  Trickle down, trickle down, trickle down - they shouted.  Bullshit, Bernie replied, ad infinitum.

Today America's Senator was on the warpath again, with his arrows still flying at the same slimy target - America's richest (people and corporations) who seem to feel no sense of duty or shame when it comes to pulling their fair share of the tax load.  In response to all of the ludicrous and nonsensical proposed budget cuts that have been being bandied about, which, taken in total, would have a less than negligible effect on reducing the deficit, Senator Sanders suggested something that would bring some serious money into the treasury.  His plan would be to place a 5.4% surtax on adjusted gross incomes of more that $1 million - a plan the he says would generate as much as $50 billion a year in new income.  He is also proposing an end to tax breaks for big oil and gas companies - a total heresy in the Republican prayer book.

The good Senator makes his case thusly:

At a time when the wealthiest people in this country are doing phenomenally well, when the effective federal tax rates for the richest Americans are the lowest on record, and when the top 2 percent have received hundreds of billions in tax breaks in recent years, it is unacceptable that those in our society who have the most are not contributing in the effort to reduce our deficit. It would be morally wrong for the United States Congress to move toward a balanced budget on the backs of the most vulnerable people in our society while asking nothing from the wealthiest. 

So while Rome burns, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and the rest of the usual suspects are busy whittling away at NPR, education, health care, programs for veterans, school lunches, union pensions, Social Security, Medicaid, and anything else that does not contribute directly to their campaign coffers.   But when it comes to a vote on whether to end the federal subsidies of big gas and oil companies - like it did last week - the Republicans in the House voted unanimously to keep giving those greedy bastards our money.  And when it comes to rolling back tax cuts for the very richest among us and asking them to do their share - they are opposed in lock-step.

Hey you right-wing goobers:  wave the flag, protect the rich, stockpile guns, and praise Jesus - and if you can malign gays, the poor, or minorities while you are at it, well that's just gravy!  Don't worry about that silly Golden Rule, shoving camels through the eyes of needles, or any of that lefty stuff.  The true purpose of life is to get yours and screw everybody else, right?

How sad that you disparage the religion that you tout so loudly.

Keep talking Bernie - and thank you for worrying about the rest of us!


Don said...

Bernie Sanders is the only argument for living in Vermont. It would be an honor to vote for him.

Xobekim said...

Okay Don I agree but don't forget Ben & Jerry's, Maple Syrup, and that cool flag.