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View Diary: End the Austerity War Against the People: Mint the Platinum Coin! (52 comments)

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  •  It's so simple (0+ / 0-)

    It's just like those proposing the so-called "flat tax". It sounds so good. Therein lies the demons. It's a simple case of unintended consequences. You don't get something for nothing.

    Go ahead. . .try this haribrain scheme and just watch it blow up in your face: just as the teabaggers trying to limit government are about to see it all blow up in their faces. nearly all of the teabag states recieve more money from the federal government than they pay in.

    You can't get something from nothing: if it looks too good to be true, it's because it is.

    •  Well, look (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand there may be unintended consequences. I've tried to explore some of the likely consequences here. What I think we should do is to take the proposal seriously and try, as best we can, to analyze all the possible consequences good and bad.

      But you're not doing that you're just calling the proposal names and saying I'm afraid of something I don't completely understand. Well, I'm afraid to, but I'm a lot more afraid of the Rs are going to do to SS, Medicare, and Medicaid, if we just keep doing what we've doing before. We need to change the terms of the debate. We need to show people that there's no solvency problem so we can start funding programs to solve our problems. Do you have another solution that would change the climate quickly, that the President alone can implement? If so, I'd like to hear about it.

      •  No majic wand (0+ / 0-)

        There isn't oneL there never will be one. We got in this mess by allowing corporations and the wealthy to shirk their patriotic duties. The President should and could call them out on it.

        The President  should point out that corporations used to contribute over 20% of tax receipts: he should point out that it has fallen to just 6 1/2%.

        The President could also point out that an average tax payer making say 178,000 a year paid more in income taxes last year than GE, ExonMobile and Faux "News" combined. The taxpayers simple sence of fairness would be outraged if they knew those facts.

        This President needs to take his case to the people who elected him: it's high time for LEADERSHIP.

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