For archivists and 23rd century historians, Trump before becoming President in 2016 and dictator in 2017 was a television clown. Trump was assassinated by his wife in 2019, resurrected in 2127 from cryogenics after the asteroid struck. The revived Trump, now 181 years of age, was promptly arrested, tried for boorishness, a capital offense in the 22nd Century and was exiled naked to a tiny island in the Arctic, which after global warming remains at a brisk but survivable 67 defrees fahrenheit.
For the rest of us, still mired in the 21st century, this week Donald Trump unveiled his tax plan. Oh how I long for the days when the Right labelled Obama’s half-assed effort at single payer as the edicts of a dictator. Trump will build a wall, an amazing wall, and he’ll kick out all the illegals-he has a plan-and he’ll go and take the oil from the Middle east, oh and Merry Hanachristmakwuanzkican, its gonna rain cash! He is going to change the tax code by executive commandment.
The Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, who pretends to be an economist rather than a propagandist for corporate greed, loves the tiered delusion of Trump’s so-called plan. Moore feels that it is even an improvement to Rand Paul’s 10% flat tax giveaway to the rich. EARTH TO TRUMP AND MOORE: We already have both a tiered income tax and a flat tax. The current system looks like a bump, with the poor rightly paying little income tax, just fees and consumption taxes, with hits on soda, cigarettes, another one on soda, a county sales tax, a local sales tax…With monumental burdens on the middle. As for a flat tax; the wealthy and corporations after subsidies, LLC dodges and deductions pay a flat tax of ZERO!
“We the People” was a mistake. It was the founding father’s human shield against insurrection by a populace armed from a decade of battling the British. In truth the constitution was written to codify and give legitimacy to a ruling class. There were no poor people in congress. Now it is stocked almost unanimously with millionaires. But constructing a new domestic monarchy would have led to civil war and mass insurrection. It was activists, activism and yes even violence that enforced “We the People…”
The founding fathers, like John Adams argued for Washington and every president to be referred to as “your highness”, and to serve a lifetime. Adams would have had dissidents and critics sanctioned and imprisoned. And so beholden to slavery were many of the founding fathers that despite a burdened conscience they opted to leave it up to some future enlightenment. Indeed, when that enlightened future arrived and the 13 amendment was ratified to end slavery, it didn’t really end slavery:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within the United States…”
And under segregation and Jim Crow, the denial of the GI Bill to Blacks after the Second World War, systemic disenfranchisement and economic apartheid, they were able to ensure the imprisonment of generations of Blacks, and then point to the collapse of the family as the fault of Black folks. Blacks account for 40% of the prison population in America. So helping Black people rise up means about the same as all those lovely blankets we gave the Indians. They’ll keep you warm against the small pox chills.
So forgive me for being a little dubious of the tax plan of a wealthy ego-driven carnival barker who claims a plan to help the middle class and poor. Crunching the numbers he’ll see hundreds of thousands in savings personally, while savings to the middle class and poor amounts to a couple of monthly bus passes a year. If you make $300K a year you can buy a brand new Prius annually for cash or fly you and the wife first class to Hong Kong and stay for week in a luxury hotel, and still afford postcards.
rump revealed that he would simplify the code, like Paul does, by eliminating a lot of deductions. He’d keep the home interest deduction, and surprise, the charitable deduction. Rich and poor alike love charity, they just have different names for it. The rich call it charity, of course, while the poor call it…RENT! And GROCERIES!
Truth of it is, since the Lincoln administration politicians have talked about helping the poor and working folks. Throughout the last 150 years the government and their agents have killed working people asserting basic rights and justice by the scores. There are full scale massacres of workers curiously left out of the history books, like the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, 1927 Columbine Mine Massacre, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Haymarket and Herrin massacre, the Colfax Massacre of more than 150 blacks, 300 striking sugar cane workers slaughtered November 22nd 1887, and 150 killed by police and soldiers in a crackdown during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, and the Battle of Blair Mountain in which an estimated 100 coal miners were killed.
Working and poor people have seen year over year in wages, healthcare and quality of life amid administration after administration proclaiming help for the working people. But just when they are about to poor into the streets and rise up there is a scare of terrorism, a new war or the price of cable TV drops again. The children of the working class and poor were then tricked into indenturing themselves for the rest of their lives through student loans for educations they were told would earn them better jobs that never materialized.
So forgive me Donald, and Marco and Hillary and all the rest for not buying the pandering. We’ve heard it before. When tariffs appear on US corporations overseas, when bankers are perp-walked for what they’ve done, when the country forgives the crime of massive student loan debt, which was intended to eliminate competition for the kids of the wealthy and powerful, I might believe again. Until then America is a scam not a country, and Donald Trump is merely the latest and slickest salesman.