They Said It Better Than I Ever Could...

These words that I write, they keep me from total insanity. -Charles Bukowski

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Jun 30, 2012

People Who Think...

that there is much difference between either the Democrats or Republicans make me laugh.

Read a quote today, its an old one. Coming all the way from Robert Heinlein of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" fame.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

The place where any political argument becomes funny and/or depressing is when someone actually thinks that there'll be a difference between a Democrat or Republican. Left/Right it doesn't matter, they're both the same thing coming from a different direction.

So there seems to be a few things that are getting all the publicity this election cycle.

First, the Scott Walker thing. Victory for Republicans, or so they said. I heard unions described as "thugs" and that they were bankrupting the state governments. But finally, a white knight showed up in the personage of Scott Walker and crushed the unions and their collective bargaining rights. Now government employees can't get those sweet raises they always get and they can't get all the benefits that civilian companies no longer give out.

First of all, I'm a Federal employee and I haven't gotten a raise in 3 years. Secondly, all I can see here is instead of people banding together to raise everyone up. They decided that they were going to tear the other side down.

Not since the industrial revolution and the days of Rockefeller, Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Mellon has so much power been given to the employers.

Now the prevailing wisdom says that we should just let the businesses and business owners do what they do and naturally they'll create all these jobs and the economy will boom and everyone will be happy.

Oh, how quickly we forget our history. The industrial revolution was remembered for many things, among them were  the corporations and their penchant for paying their workers next to shit, and then making them buy everything from the company store on credit. Oh, and they also engaged in price fixing and monopolistic practices till they could fix the market and charge whatever the hell they wanted.

From that situation grew the unions. Jeez, hasn't anyone seen Newsies?

Secondly, Obamacare. You've got one side screaming TAX and one side screaming something else.

Now maybe Obamacare is a bad idea. Hell if I know. I know that at least he's doing something. Because there aren't many arguments that our health care system isn't broken.

Most Americans spend their lives one medical emergency away from the poor house. That's wrong.

Constitution says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well, you can't pursue much sick, and if you're bed ridden then liberty means shit, so from where I'm sitting health care would be included in that right to life.

Here's a piece of this debate that I have never been able to figure out. Insurance for me is pretty cheap because we're in a huge pool. All federal employees pay into the system and the government throws in some also. Now that says to me that if the entire country were in this pool. Then the price would go down.

Instead of 2.1 million federal employees you would have the entire nation of 330 million. Blue Cross would have to give you some kind of group discount...right?

Another thing that bothers me. I'm always hearing that everyone's rates go up because the fucking poor people and the illegals are all going to our hospitals and not paying their bills so the hospital passes those expenses on to us. (Sounds like a nicely packaged argument to get the poor to kill each other) However, if everyone has insurance, then all the bills get paid and then prices should go down right?

Not a fucking chance America. Prices will never go down. They will only go up. Because we have willingly and idiotically thrown over 80% of the nation's wealth into the hands of 1% of the population. And they have created a political system which requires membership in the 1% to gain entrance. (You know any poor Senators?)


We live and toil in their world. We live paycheck to paycheck. They tax us to death, and then if we don't pay up they take everything you own. We buy their products, we work our lives away in their businesses while they go golfing.

They even managed to turn the tax system on its head. Its cliche but its true, Warren Buffet pays less in taxes on his income than his secretary does. And why? Because she earns her income with her labor whereas he earns his income passively with his investments. Capital gains tax is less than the income tax. We're about the stupidest bunch of fucktards ever, given the fact that we allowed this.

And we handed it to them. We built a country that was supposed to be the antithesis to Great Britain and its monarchy and aristocracy.

It took us about 200 years or so, but we just allowed our own to be created.

And now we're reaping the whirlwind of that, as they take up more and more of the wealth, and we work harder and harder just to keep our heads above water and a roof over our heads.

But I went off on a tangent there. I'm talking about the difference, or better yet the lack of difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans talk about lowering taxes and fighting Obama's socialist policies while telling the country that they will fix social security. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth.

Let's get one thing straight people. Social security is a socialist as it gets. Take from the laborers and give to the retired. And do they pay social security on investment income?

Democrats talk about all these wonderful social programs they want to implement, all the while telling everyone they won't raise taxes.

Again, talking out of both sides of your mouth. You can't have more and pay the same. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Somehow, someway, someone paid for it.

I don't really much care about them, because if at any time the American people really wanted those fucks gone they'd be gone. What I do care about is the fact that American's are so blinded by the flashing lights and sirens the government and media put in front of them they can't see just how bad they're being fucked by the 1%.

America has gone to sleep, and allowed two groups (Dems and Republicans) to compete for the spoils of our labor. The funniest part of it all is that people actually believe that these politicians actually give a rat shit about anyone but themselves and the special interest groups that paid their way into the aristocracy.

Someday we, as a nation, might wake up. But it certainly doesn't look like it'll be anytime soon. I just hope that when we do wake up its not too late.

I'm done.

Later, I love you Mom...

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