Someone explain this to me

Why would someone living on government assistance write something like this? If your family’s livelihood, and more important your scatterbrained blogging, depended on your monthly disability check, would you be agitating for fewer taxes?
I like to run on soft surfaces and in the woods whenever possible. If there were a movement afoot to greatly increase federal funding for rail trails and greenways, would you think I were jogging a little to close to the bus exhaust if I started screaming holy hell about how wrong such a measure would be?
To my understanding, only people whose adjusted gross income exceeds $250,000 stand to be adversely affected by the proposed tax legislation. These people would see all of their income over $250,000 subject to a 40% tax, rather than the 35% they pay across the board now. Someone earning $300,000 and currently forks over $105,000 to Uncle Sam would fork over an extra $2,500 per annum. Someone pulling in a million a year would be required to pay an extra $37,500. If these folks want to complain, I don’t blame them. Expecting only those high earners to contribute to balancing the budget would not make for a good long-term economic strategy, although right now the average schmuck’s back would be broken by a tax hike. And none of this addresses issues such as effective and marginal tax rates, not that I understand them.
But that’s not the point here. The point is that I would bet that roughly 99 of the teabagger crowd on Wednesday stand to benefit if Obama gets his way. Yet not only are they moaning about it, they’re organizing rallies in public spaces. And at precisely this moment, by sheer coincidence, I am watching Countdown on delay and seeing Janeane Garofalo explain to Keith Olbermann that the teabagger phenomenon is about straight-up racism. Oh, look–a clip:

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Gribbit has shown a strong bigoted streak in the past. Garofalo is probably right for the most part. But I do think that a lot of people are simply clueless about the Obama tax plan. They think that somehow, they will be soaked. Even people who have no jobs. There are scores of racists afoot, but looking at the bigger picture, the average U.S. citizen is profoundly ignorant in most practical ways. There are millions of people in this country being played for utter fools. They don’t seem to grok that Obama is prepared to give them a tax break. But maybe they do, and they simply don’t give a shit because they’re looking for any reason to hate the darky.
Regardless of the weighting of the various factors in this sad mullet-riddled sideshow, they’ve bought into the Neocon bullshit machine with all their hearts. Say what you will about the ongoing collapse of the Republican Party, but it may never lose is flair for taking advantage of the squint-eyed and the slack-jawed. Hopefully, however, it will lose its need.

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  1. #1 by mgordon on April 17, 2009 - 3:20 am

    Sorry, I lost interest after this:
    “This government is guilty of forcefully requiring the American taxpayer to submit personal and corporate financial history and using this as a basis to determine how much they will take from the American taxpayer, and having no authority to do so, except the authority granted by the American taxpayer. They are guilty of garnishing the hard earned wages of individuals who fail to submit to their tyranny and placing citizens who do not abide by these rules under economic duress.”
    — Gribbit
    Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Gribtard complaining that the gubmint requires us to pay taxes according to our income and they have the authority to do so because the citizens of the United State (“We the People” as he put it) granted them that authority through our democratically elected representation? And that if we break the law we will be fined? What a fucking idiot. In similar news, I shit on the court house steps and got a ticket where do I sign up for the revolution cuz I aint payin that mother fucker.

  2. #2 by Jay on April 17, 2009 - 7:26 am

    He’s got links referred from this site auto-banned/blocked, by the way. Niiiiice.

  3. #3 by Coriolis on April 17, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Oh yes of course michael, because predictions based on what people believe the current situation to be always turn out exactly right. The future is perfectly clear to those masters of budgeting. After all, how could financial predictions for 10 years in the future ever be wrong?
    Here’s an idea for you: just because there’s math involved, doesn’t mean there’s science involved, or that the results are trustworthy.

  4. #4 by Rev. BigDumbChimp on April 17, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    I wonder what Nathan Bradfield has to say about this… but his Blog is no longer.
    What happened.

  5. #5 by SouthernFriedSkeptic on April 17, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    I love these assholes protesting taxes on the internet and in public parks- two forums whose existence stems directly from the use of funds from taxes. I say do a real protest. Encourage teabaggers to boycott all aspects of society that are provided by tax funds. Stay off the roads, don’t call the police or fire department, keep your kids out of school, stay off the internet and out of the parks.

  6. #6 by mgordon on April 17, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    The crappy representation also seems to have started when we applied stimulus money to infrastructure projects instead of bailing out wealthy fuck ups.

  7. #7 by hopper3011 on April 21, 2009 - 9:46 am

    Michael;
    I’m no expert, but aren’t you only counting the income from individual tax payers?
    The figures you quote give only a little under half of the total tax revenues collected by the IRS in 2006.
    I agree, the proposed tax changes are somewhat symbolic, but other changes which could happen later, including changes to the Corporation Tax structure, have a much larger potential impact than hitting lower rate taxpayers. Increases to lower rate tax bands are not certain to happen, but I suppose it’s all down to what you want to believe?

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