Saturday, November 11, 2006

WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO: It did not take the incoming Demagogocrats long to prove again that verse above from Luke (12:34), by shoving the bulk of their supporters aside from the trough and gobbling up the spoils of victory for their own elitists. According to today's WaPost:
Democratic leaders this week vowed to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year's budget debate.... Fixing the AMT has long been a top priority for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is in line to head the Senate Finance Committee. ... Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the presumptive chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, this week put fixing the AMT at the top of his agenda.... And yesterday, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who is campaigning to keep his leadership post, said Democrats will make "fixing the AMT ... a priority of tax policy next year."

The focus on the AMT is hardly surprising, given that victims of the tax have been concentrated in high-cost urban areas such as Washington, New York and San Francisco -- places that tend to vote Democratic. Rangel, Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the presumptive House speaker, all represent states hit hard by the AMT, which is sometimes called the "blue-state tax." To map states with the highest concentrations of AMT taxpayers is to draw bull's-eyes over California and the Northeastern seaboard.
Now, if you're Mr. or Ms. typical Demo voter, you may not be familiar with this tax, because you don't earn enough for it to kick in, and barring great luck or the kind of runaway inflation this fifty-billion-dollar tax cut would help bring us down the road, you never will.
The impact is harshest on taxpayers with annual incomes of $100,000 to $500,000.
What is most galling is that the "party of the people" is
saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families by the end of the decade.
There is no way that this is a burden on the real "middle-class families", who only dream of such salaries. Only the paper shufflers inside the Beltway and over-priced big blue cities like NYC and LA would imagine themselves to be "middle-class", since they don't either know or talk to the great mass of people lured into voting for the Axis of Elitism this year. Not surprisingly, righties in high-tax states like Althouse are also gushing over this. Not everyone is willing to drink the liberal kool-aid over this, though. Don Surber points out
...this plan offers nothing to the 98% of Americans who do not get six-figure salaries. ... This is as hypocritical as it gets.
Ah, but those 98% of the people are not the ones who give Campaign Contributions Of Unusual Size, so they aren't first in the hearts of their incoming Solons (or perhaps impending Gracchi would be a better description). Republican Congressleeches may fawn upon and cater to the corporate executives who patronizingly invite them to mix with their betters at the country clubs, but the new Demokakic legisloons only see the ordinary working people who vote for them at rallies, while lending their ears instead to the fat check writers that get into the earlier closed receptions, where the hors d'oeuvres are notably low on the salt of the earth.

Is it too soon to bellow "We told you so"? If the new bosses really wanted to cement their rule, they would instead be pushing for tax cuts from the bottom up. They might keep committee chairs for a generation if, instead of this payoff for well-heeled apple-polishers, they proposed raising the personal deduction by a very large amount for everyone. The Repubs would be scared to vote against it once the bill got to the floor, and even Our Noble Lame Duck would fear to veto it. Ordinary Americans would celebrate and bring their children up to vote for the donkeys henceforward out of gratitude.

No, I'm not worried the Pelosis and Reids will steal my idea: they are too tone deaf to people not wearing expensive suits to consider the interests of those little people. They will ratchet down even more fiscal irresponsibility, without even scoring political gains from it. It's their usual electoral hari-kari on the installment plan. Thank you, Max and Charlie and Steny. The government in exile welcomes your failure to seize this opportunity.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Disregard my previous post, "How The Democrats Stole The Election". That was set up to go out automatically NEXT Wednesday, following the anticipated Democratic victory. Please ignore the software glitch which sent it out today instead, and pretend you never read that. Let it be a surprise next week.


Bob and Todd, why have you forsaken us?

We had counted on you Urosevich brothers to deliver the votes for us and save us from the subpoenas to come. You failed. Democrats won both houses of Congress yesterday because the two of you left a door unlocked in the software.

Of course, you had no reason to worry that those Democratic anti-technology advocates of returning to pre-industrial subsistence communes to be "in touch with Nature" would have the faintest idea what to do about suicidal programs that alter votes and then vanish into the ether. You were right; they didn't.

Here's the scoop on who overturned your plan for our victory: it was the Libertarians. No, not the Libertarian Party, those nose-excising face-spiting blind free-marketers who voted last year to take all the substance out of their own platform so that it wouldn't scare any voters away. Those fools are still in their cloud-castle ivory tower. I mean the small-letter-"L" libertarians. Again, no, not the Bush supporters who claim to be libertarian, like Glen, as an excuse to support the war they want and the repressions needed to prop it up at home, while not drinking the theocratic kool-aid and losing their invitation to sit with the cool kids at lunch.

The counter-coup was staged by the small-mouthed variety of libertarian technogeeks, drowning in caffeine in the IT Department, with their diplomas from MIT and Berkeley on the walls, who were finally turned against the Bush administration, not by war (they wouldn't be physically fit to draft, even if we had one), or by Katrina (they don't even know any black or poor people), but by revelations of massive database mining and web search retrieval. The illegality didn't bother them. They just didn't want the NSA going to their bosses (or worse yet, their moms) and showing all their time spent looking for, well, physically stimulating images on the internet.

Their revenge was simple. Bob and Todd, your stuff worked as designed, then erased itself. That's when the equally self-dissolving software patches of the libertarian saboteurs kicked in. When the machines, or in some cases just the data cards from them, were linked into the big counters, they transmitted revised figures, and since there was no paper trail of the original votes, or even of your first revision, there was no way to prove these final figures weren't correct. They weren't too greedy, and the Democratic majority they arranged was only 320 in the House and 60 in the Senate, but the damage was done. I blame you for not forseeing and blocking that.

Now I understand you are refusing to join in our angry demands for full-scale investigations, obviously because you are concerned that this would uncover not only the libertarian rigging of the votes, but your own earlier and invalidated one. Too bad, losers! You had your assignment and you failed, and if we have to take you down to keep power (or just hold them to the bare-bones majority they may have won anyway without all the vote-changing), then you'd better get ready for a long stretch up the river. We don't need you, so you are going to be sacrificed to the mob.

And by the way, if they do prevail and send up the rest of us along with you, don't bend over in the showers. There'll be some folks there who do bear grudges.

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