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Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

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Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

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GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

In every country where man is free to think and to speak, differences of opinion will arise from difference of perception, and the imperfection of reason; but these differences when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overspreading our land transiently and leaving our horizon more bright and serene. Thomas Jefferson
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Right Wing Wants To Raise Taxes On The Poor!

There seems to be a new idea floating around the halls of Radical Conservatism that says the Poor in America have it much too easy and the Rich don’t have it good enough.

In the opinion of this writer, that idea is totally convoluted, but I can see where Rightie and Friends would think that way.   As far as I am concerned, all their recent actions in Congress and on the campaign trail point in that direction.  

I am totally convinced that in the view of some of them, the Rich must get richer by any means legally (But not necessarily morally) possible and the poor are the ones who should have to pay for it all.

Some Righties claim that there is a great number of lower income Americans who do not pay any Income Tax at all and that this causes the greater financial burden to fall on the rich.

This Rightie claim is, of course, pure Conservatist smoke and mirrors and is a clever manipulation of some facts and perceptions.

The truth is that in the cases where some of the poor and the desperately poor and what I call “The Working Poor” do not pay “Income” taxes, it is because they simply do not make enough money in order to be required to pay.

It has nothing at all with these classes of people wanting a free ride or a handout at the expense of the Rich.

If you make below a certain amount of money in this country, you are not required to pay Income Tax in most situations.  That is my understanding of it.

This does not mean that taxes are not with held from even the smallest paychecks because it most definitely is with held—(And refunded after tax season if the taxpayer doing the filing meets the criteria for refunds.)

At least this is the way it seems to have worked during my working life of more than 50 years.

But the idea that lower income earners pay no taxes is totally ludicrous for the following reason:  If I am not seriously mistaken, these people are definitely required to pay at least the following taxes– which can amount to significant portions of total income in some instances:

(a) Sales tax on purchases

(b) Property Taxes for those who own their homes.

(c) Various payroll taxes such as FICA and Social Security.

(d) Various other taxes as assessed such as the tax on gasoline and some services rendered to consumers by service providers.

The often-repeated mantra (Much favored by The Right Wing in my opinion) seems to be that half of America is populated by low-income handout seekers who want a free ride on the backs of the “Honest” and hard-working Rich.

This attitude by the privileged elite leads to such notions as “Maybe the tax laws should be re-written so that these poor and working poor would be required to pay more in taxes than they already do.”

I can almost hear them breathing hard as they contemplate lowering the minimum earnings requirement for paying Federal Income Taxes to the point where even the pittance from a minimum wage would be taxed.

It would not be too ridiculous for me to believe that Rightie is capable of coming up with some cockamamie Income Tax scheme where every cent of earned income, no matter how small, would be subject to Income Tax.

You constantly earn below the poverty level?

I think the Far Right Wing Extreme answer to that would be to lower the poverty level dramatically.

Right now, as I write this blog post, I understand that the working poor are already paying more than their share of state and local taxes.

In some states, I am told, the tax rate for the poor (Those earning somewhere around $13,000 a year is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 or 11 percent while the rate for those earning somewhere just beyond the $200,000 mark have a tax obligation of a mere 4 percent.

The trend in this country today, as I understand it, is that the richest are paying ever less percentages of their income in taxes while the working middle class and the poor are paying ever high rates.

The spinners will deny these claims, but then propaganda is what they do best.

You will hear nonsense from some on the Right that the rich already pay 70% of all the taxes that are paid in this country, but if you pull some public records and do a little study and research, you will be able to see through that in short order. 

Here are some facts:

Click between Parenthesis: ( Tax Facts )

Learn More: ( Why 46% do not pay )

Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

2 comments to Right Wing Wants To Raise Taxes On The Poor!

  • Dear sir,

    I truly appreciate your service to our country and wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    First of all I am a Constituionalist and I know that understanding and appling the Constitution will solve most of our problems.

    Obviously giving people welfare or unemplyment checks for no exchange doesn’t work. That is what it is all about whether a plan of action actually resolves the situation. Since 1967 and the Great Society we have been pouring money(Right now our grandkids money.)into poverty with absolutely no results except for the breakdown of the family,the government is now the daddy.

    I come from a very poor family. I know wherefore I speak. Thank God I had a Dad for the first 10 years of my life. It was his example that led me and family out of poverty. That and a whole hell of a lot of hard work to the tune of 90 hours a week.

    There is a natural law at work here that is overlooked by everyone. Giving people money for no exchange causes inertia. Getting a thing started takes alot more energy from a standstill then when it’s moving. Most parents have experienced this with their kids. Just allow kids to sit around doing nothing and they will continue doing this until something drastic happens. Well, it works the same with adults.

    Governments are incapable of having judgement on anything. Mechanisms are set up through policies which operate the same no matter the circumstances. That is the genius of the Founders. They realized that it’s the people who make the country work not the government or the politicians. The people constrain and restrict the government and the politicians not the other way around.

    A parent doesn’t raise their children to be dependent on them when they become adults. Why would a government do this to people? It’s a good way to make people more pliable and easy to control isn’t it? Something to think about, hey?

    Tom LoGrasso

  • Thank you for your comment. I sincerely appreciate what it is that you are saying and thank you for your reasonable tone.
    In regard to: (“Obviously giving people welfare or unemplyment checks for no exchange doesn’t work.”) I have always believed that who receives this government assistance incurs some kind of obligation to contribute back into the system in some manner.

    Of course, I do have the problem with the Unemployment Checks argument because, if I am not mistaken, many who become unemployed have been working and paying taxes and if the Unemployment Check thing is temporary, I feel they have sort of paid a kind of insurance premium and that when they get their checks they are simply making use of that insurance.

    But in the case of Welfare..that is something else again.

    I have always thought that every able bodied welfare recipient ought to be required to work on infrastructure repair and replacement or in some kind of meaningful, contributive and public service of some kind.

    I also think that welfare cases ought to be re-evaluated every fiscal year and new means testing applied yearly.

    I also think that some of those who receive disability from Social Security under the SSI thing are scamming the system. There are a lot of alcoholics and dope dependents on SSI because they have convinced some MD somewhere that their disability stems from their self-induced habituations and I think that costs American Taxpayers far more than it should. I think a mechanism needs to be in place to kick the scammers off the rolls.

    We agree on some issues here, I can see that.

    I do agree to the point that where circumstances are right, those who receive assistance from taxpayer-funded programs ought to be required to do something to at least attempt to pay back.

    Thanks again for presenting your case to this old die hard Liberal in a reasoned and reasonable tone. I appreciate the fact that there are still some with Conservative views (Darned few if I am not mistaken) who are nice (Like You).

    I had gotten pretty bitter about Conservatism until I read your comment. Now my spirits are raised again thanks to your kindness and consideration of my feelings.

    I have been getting a lot of pretty nasty personal inuendo lately but you have healed something in me and I am grateful to you.

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