Maniacs in the House

The GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that’s a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House passed the bill on a nearly party-line, 228-195, vote. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/house-passes-22b-bill-cutting-irs-tax-enforcement-24588513

Many folks who still have the capacity to think for themselves have watched the House Maniacs in their bizarre attempt to muster up an IRS scandal where none exists. Now we can better understand why. House Republicans never really cared about Lois Lerner. She was simply a prop in the House GOP Maniacs plan to degrade the abilities of the IRS to 1) enforce duly enacted laws and 2) collect taxes.

Think of the IRS non-scandal theater as the Bundy Ranch standoff, without the military weaponry. If you need a political party to represent you in Washington, a political party that will help you in your plans to avoid paying taxes…..then, the GOP is your party.

Three points here.

One, Republicans, daily, whine out loud about our terrible, awful, unsustainable, blah-blah, deficits and debt. The way to pay down debt and deficits is to take in more tax revenue. But House Republicans just voted to cut the ability of the IRS to collect tax revenues. That is how Serious House Republicans are about reducing the national debt and deficits.

It has been demonstrated that the IRS collection and enforcement division collects 6 dollars in tax revenue for every one dollar Congress appropriates for that division. Normal thinking folks would think that is a good thing. But not Republicans in the House. So they voted to cut funding for such an efficient government agency.

Why would Republicans vote to handcuff the IRS in their ability to collect tax revenues? Because the GOP, despite their braying about national debt, doesn’t care one whit about the debt or the deficit…and never has. The GOP Creed now includes loyalty to the nihilist conservative plan to reduce the size of the federal government to the point where it would fit into a bathtub…..where Republicans can, then, drown it to death. Don’t believe me…..Google Grover Norquist.

By reducing the ability of the IRS to collect due taxes, Republicans make it easier for their rich-sponsors to avoid paying their fair share. Lois Lerner has been a very helpful prop in that endeavor. The GOP’s elementary school version of a national “scandal” over something, something that the IRS tax exempt division allegedly did wrong provided the cover for corporate sponsored members in Congress to push for a less muscular IRS. Hey oligarchs….the GOP has your back.

Two, and this one, frankly, pisses me off. House Maniacs have been after the Dodd-Frank law before Obama’s signature dried on the bill. Dodd-Frank, as weak as it was, did provide some safeguards and protections meant to avert another Wall Street inspired national economic meltdown. So, what did the Maniacs include in the House last Wednesday? Provisions to slash funding for Dodd-Frank provisions….which includes…if you can believe it….reducing regulations on financial derivatives.

For those who have forgotten. The 2008 financial industry collapse was attributable to the shadowy mortgage derivative marketplace. House Republicans, by their vote, are telling Americans that they prefer risking another Great Recession instead of protecting We the People from the meatgrinder of a less-regulated Wall Street.

You see, conservative views of economics depend on the ability of the rich-few to game the system. The destructive nature of capitalism, to conservatives, is a good thing. It enables the rich to “play” off of the disasters they create. National financial disasters where losses are socialized but not profits.That is why Republicans voted to slash funding for Dodd-Frank. That is why Republicans in the House voted Wednesday to allow for the possibility of a future national financial crisis situation for the oligarchs on Wall Street to “play” off of.

If it sounds to you like House Republicans are little more than street-whores for the one percent criminals who rule over us…..you’re hearing is working just fine.

The good news is that the House bill, in it’s voted on form, will never be signed into law. But again, the House bill demonstrates the mindset of the Party of the 1%. National debt and deficit too high? Create more opportunities for the rich-few to avoid paying taxes. Wall Street criminals blow up the national economy because they were allowed to “self-regulate”? Make it easier for Disaster Capitalists to do it again in the near future.

These folks say they are “representatives” of the people. What they are is criminal accomplices.

 

 

 

If You’ve Seen The Father….

Israel  is a rogue nation. American leaders pretend that is not the case, but that may be because America is also a rogue nation. Birds with similar nuclear-stock piles of feathers, and who worship the same Father-god, flock together, so to speak.

This morning’s news reports inform that the Palestinian death toll resulting from hundreds of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza is now 120. Israeli death toll so far? Zero.

Just as America’s main media misled Americans before our military viciously attacked the non-threatening nation of Iraq….just as main media misled, and continues to mislead, over our complicity in the slaughter of eastern Ukrainians….so too our exceptional media is misleading over Israel’s brutal attack in Gaza.

Few Americans really care about the slaughter of Muslim women and children….because as Justice Alito has recently educated us, America is a Christisn nation built by and for the pleasure and enjoyment of Christians. In America there is a strict separation of church and state……which now means that Christian churches, and sincere Christian business owners are joined at the hip with the U.S. government and kept separate from all other religion/state alliances. 

But as I consider Israel’s most recent demonstration of spreading and maintaining freedom in the Occupied Muslim Territory of Gaza, and read about the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system and the success god’s chosen are reporting….I am reminded of the New Testament quote….”If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”

Allow me to explain. The U.S. is without doubt the most warring and violent nation on earth. We enjoy calling our country’s habit of killing, maiming and blowing other non-Christian people’s stuff up “self-defense”….as does Israel. 

As do Israeli leaders, U.S. leaders tell their citizens that the reason slaughtering Muslims is necessary is on account of freedom. Propaganda is like that.

 

 

Just as the Father deemed it necessary to invade and militarily occupy the scary, medeival country of Afghanistan to test out all our new strategies and weaponry on the live subjects of Afghan Muslims for 13 years….so too the Son must, every few years, test out it’s new fangled military devices on Muslims living across the border.

Call it beta testing, call it whatever…..but keep in mind that absent a real-life test on, you know, human subjects, it’s just so difficult to know whether the Father and Son’s new killing machinery will work as designed.

In the case of the U.S…..drones and counterterrorism strategies needed testing. In Afghanistan and Iraq and, and, and…..the U.S. has given all that new frreedom-spreading stuff a good long trial run. 

In the case of Israel, at least according to Israeli-American media, the Iron Dome anti-missile system also seems to be testing out quite nicely. Though Hamas has launched hundreds of crude mortars into the Promised Land, none have resulted in Israeli casualties. 

When you recognize that the Father nation….the U.S…..supplies the Son nation with most of this new and improved killing stuff….. (all of it produced by flush defense contractors, $3 billion per year of which comes from U.S. tax dollars)….my Father and Son analogy doesn’t seem that far fetched.

Just as the U. S. can never be “safe” until all the world’s other countries bend the knee to our dominance….so too Israel can never be “safe” until all neighboring Muslim countries bend the knee to Israel’s god-ordained dominance of the middle east.

It would seem, with the Supreme Court Christian Awakening Movement foundation securely in place, and with any negative words spoken against Israel strictly forbidden in America…..that the long awaited 

father and son reunion at the Great White Throne of Earthly Judgement has commenced.

 

Often in our society we hear about Judeo-Christian traditions and how valuable and important those eternal values are. 

But what stands out as the most prominent of these values? 

The violent killing of humans who don’t fully appreciate our Judeo-Christian values.

What some non-approved, non-corporate, writers have been suggesting is that Israel’s recent attack on the unworthy Gazans is for the purpose of creating a new rift between the Fatah group and Hamas. Israel will never agree to a two state solution because that is not the will of the Judeo-Christian god. Hamas and Fatah have united in solidarity for the purpose of reaching a peaceful two state solution.

But Israel does not want a two state solution, so god’s chosen nation must do what it can to keep the Muslim groups in the  Occupied Territories divided. That way Israeli leaders can continue blaming the Palestinians for any failure to reach a solution.

Provoking Hamas to launch their crude mortars into Israeli territory is how Israel is seeking to disrupt any notions that a two-state solution can be attained. ‘Why, just look at those Muslim monsters, we told you all they want is the destruction of Israel. Just look at how bloodthirsty they are.’

Besides providing an opportunity to test out their new Beyond Thunderdome shield system, Israel, as it did a few short years ago, is also taking the opportunity to launch airstrikes into the territories claiming self defense.

All in all, it would appear that everything in the Father-Son kingdom here on earth is as it should be.  

At least that’s the consensus of the Very Serious….and tell me, when have the Very Serious ever been wrong about anything?