Poor Us: The Great Depression 2.0

April 16, 2009

Texas Mad At Taxes, Wants to Split Up with US

Texas Thank god you're in When the Supreme Court picked George W. Bush as POTUS, many left-wingnuts threatened to move to Canada. Who knows whether any of them defected, but it sure would have been easier than trying to stop W.’s dismantling of this country through civil protest.  Those who tried that were mocked and vilified as unpatriotic, terrorist sympathizers who hated America.

Now that the guard has changed, it seems that what those right-wingnuts meant to say was that true American-loving patriots don’t leave their country, they secede, which is like leaving without the bother of actually having to go elsewhere or giving up the stuff you like about where you are. If you ever wondered how George W. arrived at his Me-centric world view, now you know.

So yesterday while some Americans across the country participated in Tea Party Tax Protests, despite the historically low Federal tax rates–

The CBO estimates that the average family forked over 9 percent of its earnings to the IRS in 2006, the most recent year for which information is available. The effective tax rate hit its all-time low in 2003 and has crept up only slightly since.

Middle-class families – to whom Obama has delivered more tax relief since he took office in January – have fared especially well, according to the CBO. The middle fifth of taxpayers, who earned an average of $60,700 per household in 2006, paid 3 percent in federal income tax that year, down from a high of 8.3 percent in 1981.
Tax Tea  Parties Sweep Nation, San  Diego Union Tribune

–Texans joined Vermont and Alaska in wanting to pull out of the union. (No, not the AFL-CIO, but I know they’d secede from that one, too, if they were eligible.) They want to Secede from the Union of States and their governor Rep. Rick Perry,  thinks they just might be having a great notion:

“We will not stand our pockets being picked, our children’s future being mortgaged, our rights being taken away,” the Republican governor told a cheering crowd of 1,000 people outside Austin City Hall.

Perry dismissed characterizations that those attending Wednesday’s “tea party” rallies in Texas and around the country are “a bunch of right-wing extremists.”

“But if you are, I’m with you,” he said.

During the speech, people waved “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and signs lampooning the Obama administration’s economic stimulus efforts. Some shouted, “Secede!”

Among the signs: “Obama. Liar in Chief” and “I’ll Keep My Guns and Money. You Can Keep the Change.”

Perry told reporters following his speech that Texans might get so frustrated with the government they would want to secede from the union.

“There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.”

The event came as Perry has stepped up his criticism of political rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, suggesting she is part of the problem in Washington.

Perry has criticized federal bailouts and has refused $555 million in unemployment money because of strings attached. He has in recent days asserted states’ rights under the 10th Amendment and denounced Washington for overstepping authority. Thousands Show Up For Dallas Tea Party; Rick Perry Fires Up Rallies, Dallas News

As far as I’m concerned, Texas is free to go as long as it agrees to take the Bush family with them, and I mean all of them, including Jeb.

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