Been off a week getting totally abused by my sons who yanked all my fun money on the golf course. We had a blast. Now, I want to get back into the swing of things by asking some questions about labels that really hurt my feelings.
I just don’t get it; how did all my friends end up being repuklicans, pseudo-conservatives? I spend a bit of time on this blog hoping to enlighten, to reminisce, to inject some humor, and to purge some wrath. I surely don’t expect one reader to agree with me on any issue as I am convinced that my wiring was disturbed when at age 8 or so, I took a fall from the chest of drawers, onto the concrete and tile floor, popping my head a bit and surely rattling most of its contents. But, gee whiz, hows come I am “allatime” getting called a socialist, a liberal, a taxandspender, a naive (that hurts), and am accused of drinking from either the liberal Kool-Aid tank or from the reservoir of socialist ignorance?
I sure would like to know why one is a liberal if all he wants is to know what actual taxes corporations pay in this country, the ones that show not the tax RATE but the actual taxes paid? I think that information would be helpful in deciding if policies concerning corporate taxes were fair or not. Seems pretty simple to me, take the top 100 non-oil companies in the United States, see what profits they made and find the check they wrote for their share of taxes. Take the total of those taxes and divided by the net profits and just freaking tell what the rate of tax is, sounds like advanced elementary school math to me. If I can get that information and if I can examine the tax credits, tax deferments, and all the other accounting sleights of hand permitted by the corporate tax codes, I might just be able to join all my conservative buddies who want to lower or eliminate taxes on corporations. I would only like to see some data unbiased by unions, by corporations, or by dot.orgs that all have an interest in skewing the results in their directions. I guess I am a liberal for asking the dot.govs to give me that information.
Another thing: I want to know why I don’t pass the Kool-Aid test because I want to see some numbers on how many home loans went out to folks who couldn’t afford them, thus throwing us into an economic abyss. Of all the mortgages granted from 1990 to 2007, what percent was awarded to people who couldn’t afford them? A simple question but I do not know why is it a liberal, socialist, commie question. Conservatives want to blame the financial troubles on those irresponsible home buyers ; I want to know how many there were, and if a provable, documented source illustrates that huge numbers of lousy, greedy poor people actually bought homes that they couldn’t afford, well shut my mouth, hide my liberal taters, I will join up with the repuklicans. I guess it is a real liberal idea to suppose that the banks had the ultimate responsibility in making sure that borrowers were worth the risk. Oh yea, the banks were all afraid that Barney Franks would run down and whip their asses if they didn’t make a whole boat load of bad loans.
One more: why in the world would my buddies call me a hopeless-radical-hippie-socialist-asshole because I don’t automatically jump in the bandwagon and fire up my tuba tooting to get all the illegal aliens out of OUR country. I am not in favor of anyone being here illegally but why am I naive to think that aliens are here to make money and for them to make money someone has to pay them? Is it really liberal thinking to suggest that, if employers would not pay aliens, the immigrants might go back or not come here in the first place. I might be a nasty liberal but I can’t see myself sitting in a 120 degree box on a truck, facing the possibility of suffocation, dehydration, or starvation unless I was pretty damned sure I could get a job when or if I got out of that box. Is one definitely a socialist who would want to hold the employers of illegal aliens accountable in a huge way for hiring them in the first place? It is the employers who are really setting up all the waste and expenses to our health care and education systems which is surely not a good deal for any of us. Furthermore, am I a communist for thinking that it would be cheaper and fairer to provide adequate INS agents to close down, fine, and hold accountable those who provide work for illegal aliens than it would be to build a jillion mile fence to keep the dang aliens out? Maybe I am a pinko because I have not inculcated a burning bias for those who happen to speak Spanish as their native tongue? Maybe I am just a radical for expecting fairness?
I sure don’t get why everybody is always picking on me and calling me all those danged names, but I hang in hoping to entice just one of my buddies to the water cooler of reasonable thinking.