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Taxes - Just Facts
The reason that it is brought up so much, to create the idea of such "oppressive taxation", is that it is the only selling point that the Reps have anymore. It was called as much in the "Shooting Santa Clause" article many years ago, which explained that the Reps should become the "Santa of Tax Cuts" to offset the Dems "Santa of free stuff"....they know it is their only card left, so the argument that under a Dem taxes are just so oppressive is pervaded throughout their corporate media, despite no actual changes to rates or laws. Facts are not relevant to them.
2 ) We are in no danger of becoming a "nanny state", as anyone that has seen a bankruptcy court could tell you. When I see a lot of the patients I do, whether in a hospital or otherwise, it becomes clear that there is an overwhelming harshness to our system. It judges people mostly on what they can contribute, at that moment, to the machine. It dehumanizes, infantilizes, and takes away dignity.....again, all of the calls about a "nanny state" are from the young and vigorous, which are essentially getting mad over the fact that others in bad situations require their help to make it. In other words, it is the desire for institutionalized selfishness. Come hang out in a cancer ward or an outpatient wing for a good look at the "nanny state" that Fox News has on the screen all the time....we have a full-time counselor at my hospital whose entire job, as far as I can tell, is to counsel grief stricken people....not because of death, but because their financial lives are pretty much over now. She is a financial advisor, not a social worker. She guides people through the bankruptcy process. Ask a family of 4 that was just scraping by with the kind of jobs our Economic Royalist's system provides that just got bankrupted because the mother got cancer how "nannied" they feel. We are very calculated and heartless; traits opposite of a nanny.
I understand the fact that there are HUGE swaths of American cities and rural areas (inner city or rural Appalachia aren't all that different on this count) where almost NO ONE actually contributes to much of anything. They get welfare and disability, head to Wal-Mart to buy a bunch of Chinese junk and SAD food, then get sick and we end up paying for it through the nose.
But a society paying for the desperation it is putting its citizens into is not a "nanny state". It is a corporatist state, with society stepping in to take care of its castaways, its "non viable". These are diametrically opposed to one another.
My views on this are pretty well-known by now I'd imagine.....but I cannot stand the way that the corporate media is able to make people talk about what they want them to talk about; and the nanny state idea is entirely their own, along with the "oppressive taxation" one, because the further depletion of either benefits them.