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The Taxed Enough Already people were/are deceived, but they can't see it. Why? It's not the fault, as some people would have it, of the corporate (Koch) effort to take these disgusted citizens over. And it's not that the corporate claim to being sympathetic and understanding of the plight of being taxed too much, which the corporations surely aren't. No, the deception lies elsewhere and whether citizens and corporations are taxed too little or too much or just enough is actually entirely beside the point. Because the deception lies in the simple perversion of the truth that, since dollars all originate at the Treasury, like a spring flowing out of an Alpine crag, the spending comes first and the collection of revenue for recycling comes last. What Congress would have the country believe, and aggressivley acts to sustain, is the myth that before Washington can spend, the people must be taxed. And it is this perversion which is being made plain by the 25 states (at last count) rejecting dollars for medical services. They are denying themselves healing because they don't want to be bled, at a time when bleeding is long past its time as a routine surgical procedure.

Was there ever a time when Washington was not the sole source of currency? Indeed, before the Civil War, several of the states and territories issued their own. And before that the Dutch bankers, who had corralled all the gold stolen from the Americas, controlled the age of industrialization and world commerce by issuing notes. So, since the residents of New Amsterdam, at a minimum, had to be aware of this model of private banker control over the currency, the fact that the function of managing the currency of the United States was assigned in the Constitution to an elected body, the Congress, was not a happenstance. Neither was the continuing controversy over a national bank which the establishment of the hybrid Federal Reserve in 1913 was, presumably, designed to resolve -- giving the banks a primary middleman, but not an initiating role. And letting Congress somewhat off the hook. What hook? The sole responsibility for managing the expenditure of the country's assets and resources.

But, a funny thing happened along the way. Congress gave up the overt responsibility, what people could see, even as it continued to disburse the currency in the interest of their own longevity in office. And it is that which the TEA people, and the corps, perceived and sought to halt without realizing that it wasn't the spending, but the rationing and targeted distribution that was at fault.

Sort of reminds me of the old saying that "it's not the sleeping, it's the lying awake" that has the perhaps unanticipated and undesirable results. The TEA people want us all to stop sleeping, when what's needed is that the corrupt diddling be stopped.

"Don't give us any money, so there's none to collect." Does that make sense? No, that's downright perverse.

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  •  Every great river starts as a trickle. (13+ / 0-)

    If people don't know that, it's because "seeing is believing" and they haven't seen it.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:18:12 AM PST

  •  Thanks hannah. It took me two tries before I (5+ / 0-)

    realized the key point here is taxation provides all the revenues for government to do our work for the common good.

    The TEA folks are portraying taxation as if it were an evil ghost, without seeing the connection to supporting road, education, rule of law such as police security of banks, safety of the environment.

    Many Tea Party folks seem to have an 18th utopian fantasy that if we got rid of government they could frolic through the country-side with their guns, shooting an occasional moose, and leaving in freedom and joy.

    In reality, without our social system with health care, roads, a post office, local, state, and national and educated and civilized population life in the wild would be pretty bleak.

    Did I get this right.  Speaking of "sleeping" I need a cup of coffee.  I may have gotten up too early.  Maybe we need a rating system here for intellectual posts that require concentration.  

    Thanks for this thought provoking vignette.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:49:30 AM PST

  •  I love the admissions of the legislators (4+ / 0-)
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    salmo, a2nite, hannah, oopsaDaisy

    but, but we had no idea this would happen, sadly I believe them; bunch of useful idiots

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:15:32 AM PST

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:37:19 AM PST

  •  and Gerrymandering will insure these TEA idiots (1+ / 0-)
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    a longer than needed presence in the national political landscape.

    As redstate congressional districts continue to look like mutated spiders with snaking legs reaching out to the most extreme voters.  The idiots they elect will only lose when even a hint of compromise can be leveled their way.

    So begins the slow descent into the hell of a laughable republican mediocrity on a national level.

    Should we tell them...fuck'em!

    "I'd like to thank spiritplumber and LieparDestin for fixing oopsaDaisy's computer who can tip, recc, and hotlist now. I tried but couldn't do it despite her constantly foulmouthing me, so thanks U two." -God

    by oopsaDaisy on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:02:01 AM PST

  •  Yes, tea-folk are deluded. (1+ / 0-)
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    For all of the Paulist "true tea" ranting about money, taxes, federal reserve, etc.", the bulk of the tea party is just the same old goppers, i.e. the religious right.
    That's why they're deluded. They insist on being deluded.
    Their panderers are Delusioneers.

    "Taxed enough already" is just their new gimmick to oppose Dems,, oppose Obama, oppose public education, oppose reproductive rights, etc.

    The prototype was Bob McDonnell, who was a rock-ribbed fundamentalist neo-confederate who downplayed his religious fanaticism and ran as a "fiscal conservative". Scott Walker is another one from the earlier anti-abortion battles.

    The wave of 2010 brought in the "tea party" en masse, and the main consequence was the eviscerating of public education and reproductive rights in all of those states.

    Most of them have no idea what they're talking about when they spout "tea party" or Paulist fiscal and monetary ideas. They just know every working stiff out there hates signing his 1040.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:11:00 AM PST

    •  There's a whole bunch who don't even file. (1+ / 0-)
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      Every year, there are a million people due refunds they don't get because they don't file a return.
      If some of those people can be tempted to sign up for the ACA those dollars will support some of the subsidy instead of just sitting idle waiting for Congress to dispose of them in their inimitable fashion.

      by hannah on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:49:19 AM PST

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      •  If we get the gop out for a while we can get rid (1+ / 0-)
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        of the carried interest loophole and some other gimmicks and "de-complicate" the tax system, and when the average joe realizes that he'll be a lot happier about paying taxes.
        Comprehensive immigration reform would help too, if it's done right.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 07:22:04 AM PST

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