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The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 4:21 PM
I'd like to know what happened to the anti-corporate Buchanan that I had grown to love. In your prior books (and I've read most of them), you were basically anti-Wall Street. Lately, you have started to sound like a mainline teabagger. The Buchanan that I grew to admire was the man who said that the Republican party left him, so you went thrid party. Why have you returned home to a losing hand? Please go back to condemning the Neocons and American hegemony. BTW, it was folly to reduce the payorll tax in the first place. SS is going bankrupt.
Corbett_ Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 4:33 PM
Outsider -- First of all, one may be against raising taxes while being against neocons and the empire. Secondly, Social Security is ALREADY broke. Letting people keep money out of a ponzi scheme is a good thing.
ksatifka Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 5:29 PM
Agreed, Corbett, SS is already broke - due to monumental fraud that dwarfs anything that Bernie Madoff ever thought of. Most people have been lead to believe that their FICA money is sitting in trust for them. In reality, all the extra money has been spent on other programs, and the SS vault is full of T-Bill IOU's that are totally dependent on future generations agreeing to honor them. That said, I consider myself a conservative who wants to prevent intergeneralizational warfare. By reducing the FICA tax, it makes this war more probable. Obama was the biggest cheerleader on this, and I condemn him for it.
ksatifka Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 5:39 PM
BTW, the FICA tax issue shows how hard it is to raise a tax once it has been lowered. Same with the 'temporary' GWB tax cuts that were supposed to end 2 years ago. Pied pipers like Grover Norquist have convinced most Repubs to follow him into the quicksand. I could be wrong, but I see 2010 as a one-time thing. The Repub brand as we have grown to know it since 2000 is over. Their failure to stop excess third world immigration will prove to be their downfall.
PhillupSpace2 Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 4:28 PM
Of course it was folly to reduce the FICA. It was the jobless who needed some help!!! Not those who still HAD a Job!
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation:

"We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation."

That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner's face and tell him, "Give me a call, Tim, when you're serious," suggests that the speaker feels he is...