Archive for March 27th, 2011

March 27, 2011

CUT BUDGET OR RAISE TAXES

Headline in Local Newspaper Warning of Tax Hike.

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Transformation across the urban American landscape.

A headline in a local newspaper and similar headlines in papers throughout the country offers local residents this choice: Cut expenses or raise taxes. That’s a no brainer.

The wealthy are rising up in support of the cuts and numerous working people are voicing their agreement.

Why should our friends and neighbors have better government jobs with good benefits when those of us who work in private enterprise have low wage jobs with limited or no benefits are concerns voiced by the working class poor.

According to a poll conducted by UPW reporters working people are fed up. It’s time to fire friends and neighbors and reduce taxes, especially on the wealthy, a majority agrees. And once budgets are cut by firing lazy no good for nothing public servants we can fire more in order to cut expenses further and give more tax breaks to the rich.

Local business owners are supporting reduced sales, revenues and profits that will result from firing their friends and neighbors who are also their customers in order to avoid a tax increase on their communities wealthiest citizens. These business owners agreed that they would rather close their doors and shutter their windows to avoid a tax increase that would keep their customers employed.

Many who participated in the poll agreed that the rich make contributions to their communities that can be seen across the entire urban American landscape and claimed to have voted in the last election to fire public servants to avoid tax increases on their communities’ rich.


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March 27, 2011

OPINION-The Slave Market

Slavery Takes a New Form.

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The Slave Market by Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888).

Slavery has existed since the beginning of recorded history.  Given its prevalence in the earliest civilizations it is likely that the institution existed even in primitive prehistoric societies. We know it continues to exist in many parts of the world even today.  It is a phenomenon so common among civilized societies that it is doubtful that it will ever be eradicated.

The factor common to all slave holding societies is a small but dominant ruling class – the so called idle rich.  This class established its supremacy in the United States in both the North and the South early in colonial history.

In the South slavery assumed the traditional historical model, that is, the slaves were property bought and owned by the pampered rich.  The model was somewhat different in the North in that the slaves were not considered the property of the wealthy.  Slaves in the North were either indentured for long periods of time or were victims of what is today described as wage slavery – slavery’s modern form.

But the common factor was present in both models and was evident in the sharp division between classes represented mainly by a small rich ruling class and a struggling and captive underclass.

We see today in the United States a movement toward distinct class divisions of the type that existed early in the nation’s history and that inevitably rend a society apart.  With the decline of the middle class and a sharp rise in a rich, domineering upper class, the period of growing equality among the classes is clearly drawing to a close.  That short lived period of increasing equality is now being replaced by a distinct class structure.

We are on the verge of becoming a society in which half of its members will be dining out while the other half will be waiting the tables.  We are approaching a time in America when the vast majority will be faced with the prospect of limited opportunity.  We are becoming an America most of us will not recognize.  Although we are loathe to admit it, the hard reality assaults us every day.

We are becoming a nation divided into two classes: A small wealthy elite and a growing underclass to serve its needs. As the past so clearly teaches us, the disparity is a symptom of a society in the first stages of decay. And so it is with us today. We are a nation in decline.

March 27, 2011

US TO EXPORT STATISTICS

Commerce Department Announces New Program.

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Offices of the US Federal Trade Commission.

The Department of Commerce today announced a program to export statistics to governments, corporations and individuals around the world.

The nation, according to a Department spokesperson, is continuously bombarded with more statistics than a human being should ever have to deal with.

We have statistics on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, exports, imports, the budget, the deficit, the debt to GDP ratio, the amount of payoff money DC politicians receive in exchange for votes and much, much more.

So Commerce has decided to make the statistics available to everyone everywhere. Appeals to the Freedom of Information Act will not be necessary under any circumstances.

The Department will privatize the new program and is seeking qualified export agents with experience in exporting goods to foreign countries and knowledge of export regulations.

According to statistics produced by Department experts, once in full operation, the program will reverse the decades long US balance of trade deficit and achieve a positive trade exchange rate within a week or two.

Reports from Wall Street indicate the banks are elated and will soon be offering derivatives and other newly devised investment vehicles to its customers. The banks will begin to bundle the new vehicles into tranches to ensure their safety and AIG will reportedly be offering credit default swaps as further protection for investors. Ratings agencies have already rated the derivatives AAA+.

According to a Wall Street banker, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, “We’re gonna get rich.”

 

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