Paying Higher Taxes Saves You Money

Paying Higher Taxes Saves You Money
by
David Schlecht

This subject used to be taught in elementary and middle schools back in the days when America taught history and civics. What an awful thing to lose.

But, here’s the long and the short of it.

Paying more in taxes typically translates to paying less for other things. In the simple case, say everyone in America bought a $10 widget every month. If we all buy our widgets individually, we are at the mercy of the greedy free market. Eventually one widget maker will buy another who will buy another until there is only one widget maker left and he can charge what he wants.

If we all pooled our money and bought our widgets in bulk, we would not only have a substantial volume discount, but the widget maker would be able to make widgets for less because of the large volume, bringing the price of our widgets down even more.

Now, if we decide to unite as in “We The People” and pay $10 in taxes to pool our purchases, we now have tremendous bargaining power and if we want, we can even start creating our own widgets and getting them at cost.

So, in the end, we’re paying $6 in taxes and saving $10 on a widget, saving $4. That’s not just $4 but a whopping 40%.

But, of course, we don’t want our government making our widgets. But we sure don’t want a greedy insurance company deciding if we get the cancer treatment we need or not. This is a simple example of saving a whole lot of money by paying our tax dollars for our medical and taking the greed out of it entirely. In this case, we save a whole lot more than 40% but have better health care. You know? More Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The only people who don’t make out better when we pay higher taxes are the billionaires because they have their own police forces and their own fire services and they can put in a new sewer system whenever they need one. So paying taxes for everyone services costs them more. So, they hate the idea of higher taxes.

Oh, and yes, the widget makers don’t much like making less profit, either. 🙂

 

Saving Money on Medicare to Help Fund Obamacare

Saving Money on Medicare to Help Fund Obamacare
by
David Schlecht

You have probably already seen countless negative political ads informing the voters that one candidate or another voted to take money away from Medicare, some ads even say they stole money from Medicare.

And, where did this stolen money go? According to the ads, it went to pay for Obamacare which no one wants.

You were all warned that this was coming. The lies are coming so fast and furious that they can’t even be debunked fast enough.

No one voted to take money out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. In fact, if you still have a few brain cells left, you will remember that we all wanted to fix our broken health care system. Well, now it’s on the path to being fixed and the ads are all telling us that no one wanted this.

Say what? Are they really expecting all of us to be so gosh-darned ignorant that we won’t remember what a mess Obamacare is cleaning up? Do they really believe that we want the old broken health care system back? They’re flat out wrong. We remember and we’re glad for the benefits that Obamacare brings and we’re not stupid.

So, where does this lie come from?

Obama did, in fact, save seven hundred billion dollars in Medicare by cutting the middle man, for profit corporations, out of the system. Obama also cut deals with the health care providers to help reduce costs.

So, there is no loss incurred by Medicare, only a savings. And that savings is being used to help cover other people who wouldn’t otherwise have insurance.

In other words, we’re getting more in return for our investment.

Got that? We’re saving money and the Republicans are lying trying to make it look like someone voted to take money away from Medicare services.

The Republican Lie Machine is just getting geared up. Get ready.

And, when you’re sick and tired of these ads expecting you to be stupid enough to believe them, then consider donating a couple bucks to the candidate that is being lied about.

Why Presidents Missing From RNC?

Why Presidents Missing From RNC?

Dave Speck

Alright, I admit, by now, everyone is probably painfully aware that the RNC didn’t have a single former Republican president speak. Does anyone wonder why?

It seems pretty obvious. Bringing out the former Republican presidents just reminds America what a mess the Republican leave behind when they get in power. There’s no point in shedding light on your weak suit, right? So, let’s hide anyone that might remind the people what we Republicans are really about.

This infographic from ThinkProgress just about tells it all.

Clinton Arithmetic, DNC

Union Membership Closely Tracks Income

Union Membership Closely Tracks Income

Matthew K.

The following two graphs tell us a world of information. First, the stronger the unions are in America, the better off America is. This means the middle class is better off. Remember, a middle class can only exist in a country where the government (We the People) protects and supports the unions. Look at how your pay has gone down as the unions have declined in America. What country are you leaving for your children?

Union membership versus Income

This next graph show in shocking detail where all the money has gone that is being taken from America’s workers. As the middle class income has fallen over the decades, America’s ultra wealthy have taken all of the money. This is just a sickness. And now these people want to run our country. Look at how your income has gone down while the billionaires income has gone up. There is a wealth redistribution going on and you and I are getting the shaft.

The top 1% are not sharing the money you and I are making for them.

Get Ready For The Ads

Get Ready For The Ads
by
David Schlecht

Thanks to the Supreme Court and their insane Citizens United ruling, billionaires and international corporations can now spend unlimited amounts of money to drown out your first amendment right of Free Speech.This means that this is the first time in our lifetimes that anonymous donations of hundreds of millions of dollars or even billions of dollars can be spent on blatant lies.

And it’s coming.

In the next month you’ll start seeing a nauseating amount of negative ads, outright lies coming out of your TV and your radio on every billboard and in every advertising platform you can imagine.

Why is this possible? How can billionaires and international corporations defecate on our electoral process? How can they wipe themselves with our first amendment?

Because the Republicans on the Supreme Court (and yes, it was only the Republicans) think that people sick with money should run our country.

You will get sick of the negative ads. And every time you see a negative ad, and it’s brought to you by some corrupt corporation like Americans for Prosperity or Americans for a Better ______, or Concerned Citizens for a Better ___, know that their name is as deceitful as their message.

Once you’ve had enough of these crooks spewing sewage our our democracy, get mad. Donate what money you can to the Democratic candidate that they are slandering. And get mad enough to be sure to get out there and vote against the Republican machine that is trying to give our democracy to billionaires and multinational corporations.

It’s coming, so get ready, and get mad and get rid of those who have brought this crap to America.

I’m Tired of Both Parties Lying

I’m Tired of Both Parties Lying
Dave Speck

I heard a friend say, today, that, “I’m Tired of Both Parties Lying.”

He knows that the Republican party is lying at breathtaking levels right now. But the Republican voters think the Democrats are doing it too.

Well, as always, the media tries to paint a false equivalence but there just isn’t one. The Republican party is festered with deceit. Sure, you might find an exaggeration or two and even maybe a lie from some lone, unheard of Democrat. But it’s not polluting the Democratic party like it’s killing the Republican party.

There is no equivalence. Lying is the only way the Republicans can win. Their platform is against almost everything the majority of Americans want and need. So they can’t run on their programs and ideas, which means they have to run on their lies.

The Democratic party, on the other hand, supports positions that are in keeping with the vast majority of Americans.

  1. Does America want higher taxes for the middle class and no taxes for the Romney Rich? No, but the Republican party does.
  2. Does America want our medical industry disaster fixed? Of course they do. What do the Republicans want? Kill Obamacare. Oh, and they’ll replace it with something some day but they don’t know what and quit asking them.
  3. Does America want poisonous stinking polluting industries regulated? Of course they do. Do the Republicans? Well, no.
  4. Does America want the Free Trade agreements stopped? Do we want to start protecting our industries again? Of course we do and the Democrats have passed bills that would do just that but the Republicans have filibustered them to prevent them from even coming up for a vote.

It’s pretty obvious the Democrats don’t need to lie to get elected and it’s plain as the wart on Romney’s nose that he has to lie to hide his great plans for America

Are We Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

Are We Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?
Dave Speck

I know we’ve all heard the Republican party saying we’re so much worse off with Obama and the Republican voters conveniently forget that we were on the brink of another depression thanks to Bush. But, here are the headlines from just four short years ago. You know, the Republican era. My how things have changed!

STOCK SHOCK FELT ROUND THE WORLD. Gets ‘nasty’ as Lehman tanks, Merrill vanishes, AIG wobbles [New York Daily News, September 16, 2008]

Depression Coming? Boil Some Beans; Ladies Who Quilt Give Tips On Surviving Tough Times [Albuquerque Journal, September 21, 2008]

One day on the brink On Wednesday, it seemed U.S. economy might collapse [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 2008]

‘Great Depression’ closer than U.S. admits, report finds [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2008]

Will Bush become the new Hoover? [Politico, September 19, 2008]

Developers bend under housing meltdown [Colorado Springs Gazette, September 27, 2008]

Depression seen possible [Florida News-Press, September 27, 2008]

Wall Street Meltdown Continues [CNN, September 17, 2008]

Is It Really the Next ‘Great Depression’? [NPR, September 19, 2008]

Behind Closed Doors, Warnings of Calamity [The New York Times, September 20, 2008]