Pick your team and root for them. No matter what.
I realize most people pick their political affiliation like a sports team and root for them to win every argument no matter the reality of the situation. Even if their party’s ideals drastically change away from their own ideals back when they first joined the team. That is bad. It closes the mind and ends the possibility of progressing toward a goal using rational conjecture based upon facts. People often vote against their best interests because their “team” tells them to (Death panels killing grandmas never existed – that was a completely moronic fear-mongered fabrication posted on FaceBook by a fucking idiot ex-Alaskan Governor just to keep herself in the news, which the partisan right-wing media preached as gospel, also making them fucking idiots – for those interested in facts. If you’d like to know what ‘End of Life’ decisions really are, let me know, because I’m not a fucking idiot and am able to explain it to you.) (Also, there are substantial amounts of elderly people down here in the South that will only vote Democrat because they still believe there are Southern Conservative Democrats like there were way back in the 50’s & 60’s – when they were first able to vote. They have no idea that the parties have since swung heavily to extremes, consisting almost entirely of Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats. Even after being told that the black guy who shouldn’t be able to eat at the same lunch counter as them is a Democrat, they are so set in their ways, they won’t listen and still vote for him - against their beliefs. These Conservatives always voted Democrat, they always will. Close-minded to any new information. – educational tangent). This is not sports where the only consequence is a possibility of one team getting more points (or less for you golfers out there) and winning a pretty trophy (or tacky jacket). It’s partisan douchebags gambling with the future life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of real people just to score some meaningless political win (and payment from their lobbyists). Ninety-nine percent of which are not millionaires and many actually need help. And it’s not because they’re lazy and abusing the system, you ignorant, extremist asshole.
Personally, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Obviously I lean left of center, but choosing between joining the militant fascist party or the pacifist hippie party is not really a choice to me. I mean, where else in life are you restricted to two choices, one of which supposedly represents all of your ideals? Grocery stores: many different stores, infinite food choices. Car dealerships: many different makes, hundreds upon hundreds of models including used cars. There are so many different toothbrushes, I have trouble deciding which to buy. Shit, even in actual sports where you do pick a team there are a bunch of choices. And my well-being doesn’t even depend on any of those things (well, eating – shut up you know what I mean). But a government that will represent my ideals and in which my present and future existence depends upon – only two fucking choices?
At the end of the day, this is what I observe: We need to pay taxes. We will always pay taxes. Taxes are what the government functions on. And like it or not, taxes – all taxes – are socialism. You don’t get to decide where your taxes are spent. You fork over a certain amount and the government decides where it is best put to use. America will always be part capitalism, part socialism and cannot function any other way. It may not be the best system of governing, but it’s the best one humans have invented so far.
Pure socialism is dangerous. Capitalism without regulation is dangerous. Only ignorant extremists can’t see this. Pure socialism can lead to Communism – no more life, liberty and happiness pursuit. Capitalism without regulation can lead to corporations dumping as much toxic shit in our waters and skies as they want - no more breathable air, arable land or potable water (That’s why Cap-and-Trade was developed by the Reagan & H.W. Bush Republicans. What, you thought it was a Democrat’s idea? No, no, no, silly – after Obama was elected, he just agreed with McCain when McCain made it part of his 2008 presidential platform to try and curb man-influenced climate change, AKA “global warming.” That’s why Republicans became hypocrites on that particular issue – their knee-jerk opposite response to everything Obama endorses – even if it’s their own son-of-a-bitchin’ idea - because their stated goal is to get rid of Obama, not to help the country. The Clean Air Act was signed into law in 1990 under Bush, which is a Cap-and-Trade policy on regulating acid rain. It proved to be a profitable system. It cut acid rain in half, costing utilities just $3 billion annually – made up by adding just pennies monthly to the consumer. But it also generates an estimated $122 billion a year in benefits from avoided death and illness [saving consumers a lotta-lot more than pennies a month, which means they got to keep even more of their paychecks – turning that frown upside down], healthier lakes and forests, and improved visibility on the Eastern Seaboard. – highly educational tangent)
The main but not only difference between Republicans and Democrats is this: Democrats want to take the tax money you have to pay anyway – and sometimes raise those taxes - and use it on social programs for the benefit of the people. Republicans want to take the tax money you have to pay anyway – and continue to lower those taxes (mostly just for rich people) – but then take even more money from the middle class by way of cutting pay, benefits, pensions, unemployment and health insurance, collective bargaining and also cut funding for social programs which causes out-of-pocket expenses to increase – but not “raise taxes” just so they can say they “didn’t raise taxes” – fooling you into thinking you’re keeping more money – but still manage to take a fuckity-fuckload MORE money from you than just raising taxes would – but goddamnit they didn’t fucking raise taxes! – and raise fees – FEES AREN’T TAXES, THEY’RE TOTALLY DIFFERENT – and hand all your money (but it’s not “taxes”) right the fuck over to the top richest 1% of Americans using the proven failed system of trickle-mother-fucking-down economics (getting angrier as I type)(breathe. 10, 9, 8, 7…OK). Which, going only by the observable fact of the continually widening income disparity between the rich and poor which grows by giant leaps under Republican rule, and not by any partisan rhetoric, has only made the rich richer and the poor poorer (I realize I just qualified what I said by stating ‘not by any partisan rhetoric.’ Tough shit. Doesn’t make it any less true. Go write your own rant if you have a problem.). And when they do cut taxes, it inevitably cuts funding for public transportation, police, fire, roads, street lights, highway signs, schools, Medicare, Medicaid, national parks, social security, unemployment, libraries, post offices, public housing, prisons, public defenders, etc, etc, etc. You know, “socialism.” Not to mention, by taking more money from the middle class (the poor, too), the class that spends money all over town on goods and services, you tank the economy because they are now NOT spending money all over town on goods and services - they are saving. The rich class is an extremely smaller class and pumps infinitely less Renminbi into the economy. AND one of the favorite Republican tactics of cutting unemployment ALSO tanks the economy, because according to CBO estimates, for every dollar spent on unemployment, up to $1.60 is injected into the economy. Strange, right? Here’s how it breaks down: When you give $1 in unemployment payments to a person who has lost their job, they spend that unemployment dollar. Tom gives that $1 to Dick down the street to buy some of his vegetables. Dick might put 25 cents in the bank but use the 75 cents left over to buy fertilizer from Harry’s gardening store. Harry might save 15 cents of the 75 cents he got from Dick but use that remaining 60 cents for a new shirt.
When calculating the gross domestic product (GDP), economists add up all those transactions, excluding the amount placed in savings and money used to buy foreign goods. Tom’s original unemployment $1 has added $2.35 (Tom's $1 plus Dick's 75 cents plus Harry's 60 cents) to the GDP. It’s only $1, but spending it has helped three people and kept the economy moving along, preventing it from taking a dive. You fuck the middle class, you fuck America. The middle class are the true job-creators, not the rich, as Republicans would falsely have you believe. The rich wouldn’t be rich if not for the purchasing power of the middle class. The rich wouldn’t be able to hire anyone if the middle class didn’t make them rich in the first place by being able to buy their goods. The middle class needs to be paid well so they can create rich people. Simple economics. Paying the middle class less and giving more to the rich, “trickle-down economics” is not a sustainable system. Just ask Ancient Rome.
You know what? This whole Rant has just turned out to be a series of conjoined tangents. I don’t care. I’m happy with it. It’s got a flow to it. An… I don’t know what, a… “je ne sais quoi,” if you will. Different topics, different languages, English, Chinese, French y Spanish, Italian in just a moment, all coming together in a fondue pot of information-based opinion. If you don’t like it, va' fa Napoli.
Anyway, in conclusion to the original point I started out to make, one of these is the team you root for. It’s not your fault; they are your only two choices.
Of course, I don’t count the Anarchist Party. You may know them by their registered name: Libertarians. And the Teabaggers are nothing more than bratty, uneducated children dressed in wrinkly grown-up suits repeating the lies FOX "News" tells them. These are not choices. Oh, and the Independents are just Democrats without the stigma.
McCain's 2008 campaign platform of Cap-and-Trade (pointing out it will also be profitable):
Yes, Cap-and-Trade is a Republican idea.
Income growth rates are stronger for everyone when Democrats are in charge.
Income gap tripled since 1979 –
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Income Gaps Between Very Rich and Everyone Else More Than Tripled In Last Three Decades, New Data Show
"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel." -- Abraham Lincoln in a speech to Illinois legislature, Jan. 1837. That’s right, bailouts already in 1837. AKA: socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor. Sound familiar?
“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” -- Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 in a letter to Col. William F. Elkins. Yup, wealthy corporations already running the country by the Civil War.
“In Washington, a man gets up to speak and doesn’t say a thing, and the other men disagree with him for three hours.” -- Milton Berle
Oh, and on the dark side, remember when the big banks were too big to fail and we wanted to split them up and separate the savings banks from the investment banks (again) so they can’t fuck us by gambling away all our money (again), then can’t double-fuck us by then being bailed out with our tax money (again)? You know, stopping us from double financing their Vegas trips? Well, none of those changes were made and as a plus, the banks now control 13 FUCKING PERCENT MORE assets of the gross domestic product. In case you are slow, that means they are BIGGER than before the crash. They are now WAY TOO, TOO MUCH BIGGERER TO FAIL. And all the finance people that knowingly fucked us, cost us our savings, cost us our jobs, cost us our homes and stole billions from us? Not one of them went to jail. But the Obama administration did pretend that Bernie Madoff was a big deal to distract us. Gullible people willingly gave him money after he promised outrageously unrealistic high return rates. Yeah, it sucks, but it didn’t collapse the economy. Oh, then there's Martha Stewart . And let’s not forget they put the full force of the DOJ behind Roger Clemens. Because that impacted my life.
Corporations own America.