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The failure to include the abolition of the IRS

A Fair Tax proposal has garnered significant support. Nearly half of Americans favor replacing the payroll tax with a consumption tax on new purchases. It’s the only just, reasonable, and viable option for tax reform.

Rep John Linder holding the 133 page Fair Tax Act he proposed in 1999 in contrast to the U.S. tax code.

Rep John Linder holding the 133 page Fair Tax Act he proposed in 1999 in contrast to the U.S. tax code.

Republican candidates Herman Cain and Rick Perry have offered their proposals for tax reform. Cain proposes his 9-9-9 and Perry his 20% flat tax proposal. However, neither plan is fair or viable nor does it abolish the IRS. A national consumption tax as described in the Fair Tax Act, first introduced in 1999 and is a major contender in the tax reform debate, is a better option.

If legislated, the Fair Tax Act would replace the federal income tax. It would eliminate payroll income taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), the alternative minimum tax, corporate income taxes, capital gains taxes, gift taxes, and estate taxes with a national retail sales tax. As the legislation is phased-in, the Internal Revenue Service eventually would be phased-out and would become history. But, of course, to do that the Sixteenth Amendment would need to be repealed.

In addition to abolishing the IRS, Fair Tax legislation would …

Read article here: The Regrettable Omission in the Candidates’ Tax Reform Plans

 

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A chronically homeless individual inhabiting a bus shelter in Porter Square

A chronically homeless individual inhabiting a bus shelter in Porter Square

Republicans and the like-minded consider homeless people as something that can be discarded. They say poor people don’t create jobs, rich people do, and so they uncompassionatly judge homeless people as worthless. It’s America’s black mark.

America’s homeless are worthless. That’s the attitude of people like those in the Republican Party who view anyone other than the upper crust in society “are of less worth than others, or less necessary to the common good.” Homelessness is stereotypically associated with alcoholism, laziness, and drug abuse. It invokes an image of an American that waits for the government to bail them out. The people with this republican mindset demand that before welfare recipients receive food stamps they should be required to take a drug test. America became great, they exclaim, because its citizens possessed self-reliance, accepted personal responsibility, were industriousness and had a passion for freedom. Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says “… if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”

These types believe that everyone can achieve success …

Read entire article here: Homelessness: Does America Really Care
America’s attitude and the de facto criminalization of homelessness is unacceptable 

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General Lee lies on its side aftrer surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. The Stryker was recovered and protected its Soldiers on more missions until another bomb finally put it out of action. It happened on April 15, 2007, while conducting operations just south of the Shiek Hamed village in Iraq, the Stryker was hit by a deeply buried improvised explosive device.

General Lee lies on its side aftrer surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. The Stryker was recovered and protected its Soldiers on more missions until another bomb finally put it out of action. It happened on April 15, 2007, while conducting operations just south of the Shiek Hamed village in Iraq, the Stryker was hit by a deeply buried improvised explosive device.

Obama guardedly said, In Iraq, we’ve succeeded in our strategy to end the war. However, in American treasure and in American and Iraqi blood, the Iraq War has been a dismal failure.

From March 19 through May 1, 2003, the United States accompanied by a small coalition of other countries invaded Iraq, toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein. On May 1 President Bush declared, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”

On October 21, 2011, President Obama announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Iraq by December 31, 2011 effectively ending almost nine years of war. However, whether we prevail over the long run, history will have the final word.

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough said, “The security agreement negotiated [a status of forces agreement which establishes that the United States would withdraw all U.S. forces by December 31, 2011] and signed by the Bush administration in 2008 stipulated this date as the end of the military presence that has been in law or in force now for several years.”

However, Obama …

Read entire article here: Will Be A Great Day – Our Only Success Is the Troops Are Coming Home

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Reconstruction of the entire system, a revolution of values

Wednesday, Day 12, September 28 and New York's financial district Wall Street remains barricaded to the public and tourists alike. Occupy Wall Street has effectively shut down the main strip of the financial district. Photos from Zuccotti Park, September 28 2011.

Our National leaders need to appreciate that we are as necessary to the common good as are corporations and wealthy Americans. There seems to be no other way, a reconstruction of the entire system and a revolution of values is way overdue.

After years of gaming the system, avaricious capitalist took this country, the poor and working class for a ride down the road to catastrophe, while those on Wall Street were not affected. Those folks continue to prosper when perhaps jail time for fraud would have been more appropriate. However, ordinary Americans have lost their retirement savings. They have lost their jobs, and mid-life careers have been cut short. Many older Americans will never see a paycheck again. They continue to lose their homes forcing many and their families to live on the street. At the same time essentials like healthcare, food, and the cost of heating oil and gasoline continue to rise. They see government bailout Wall Street — the very folks who have profited on the backs of hard-working people and responsible for their downfall — yet not lend a helping hand to ordinary Americans. Ordinary Americans are told that they “are of less worth than others, or less necessary to the common good.” At least that’s the message of the Republican Party and their presidential candidates.

So it’s understandable why ordinary Americans are frustrated and fuming. It’s very clear …

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Herman Cain at the Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa.

Herman Cain at the Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa.

It should be possible to talk about Herman Cain without resorting to racial pejoratives. The political race card ought to be by now nothing but an ugly memory. Something no decent voter, activist, or candidate would dream of brandishing.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, beat frontrunner Texas Governor Rick Perry with 37 percent of the vote in Florida’s straw poll. The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby in his column The left, the race card, and Herman Cain, calls Cain’s win a “dazzling victory,” and Cain “a GOP rock star.”

However, it’s really a stretch for Jacoby to label Cain a “rock star” based on a straw poll, which at the end of the day doesn’t really mean very much. The voting takes place by delegates who have paid a registration fee for their right to vote. There is no oversight and a candidate could plausibly purchase tickets for others in order to influence the results. That certainly does not sound like a reliable system on which to hang your hat.

Jacoby opines that “surging Republican support for a proud black entrepreneur — an up-from-segregation business star … potentially the GOP’s first charismatic, credible black presidential candidate” should require …

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In the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Elizabeth Warren is vying for Senator Brown’s seat. Her class warfare message is the essential message, not only for Massachusetts, but for America’s voters as well.

In a historic turnaround in liberal Massachusetts, Republican State Senator Scott Brown, carried by a wave of voter fury against Democrats in 2010, won the seat once held by the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. In the 2012 election cycle, Democrat Elizabeth Warren is vying for Senator Brown’s seat.

First-time candidate Warren, who is a distinguished Harvard scholar on contract law, bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer advocate, has taken a stand against the “class warfare” issue. A republican generated metaphor created in response to President Obama’s “millionaire’s tax” proposal, a part of his Jobs Plan.

However, the metaphor is more appropriately literal meaning for “class conflict”; a term that defines a class by its relationship to the means of production, wherein the social control of labor and production is a contest between classes, and the division of these resources produces conflict. It’s essentially the reason labor unions were formed.

No one expresses the labor side of that conflict any better than Warren does. Her economic message exemplifies the stark differences between a Democrat and a Republican.

On the campaign trail …

Read full article here: What Is The Overriding Issue of the 2012 Elections?

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James Madison engraving From "A History of The United States"

James Madison engraving From "A History of The United States"

We have not given government carte blanch to dismantle entitlements. The Founding Fathers avoided a democratic form of government. Madison’s large and small government had different meanings and would be appalled at our broken and stalled government.

William Bennett, former Bush 43’s Education Secretary and Drug Czar, writing, “It’s good news that government is stalled” from his source, “The System Works” by Charles Krauthammer, agrees with Krauthammer that our government is not broken. “The system is working entirely as intended – bumps, bruises, and all.”

Bennett says, “The nature of our Constitution requires that the American people decide the direction of this country, not Washington. And until the American people decide, there will be arguments, division and gridlock.”

Well, Mr. Bennett, the American people have decided time and time again, that’s what elections are all about. The problem is how politicians, you and narrow-minded ideological folks like you of any political persuasion, interpret the meaning of America’s vote.

You and republicans have interpreted that America wants …

Read full article here: Bennett and Krauthammer: The System Works

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