We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Under fascism, they arrest you, then work you to death.
Under communism, they arrest you - then shoot you. Under socialism, they arrest you - then, maybe they shoot you, maybe they send you to the gulag where you work to death.
Under democratic socialism, they arrest you, then everyone else has to pay for you to sleep in a cell, get regular meals, and watch TV.
In one of Burnie's speeches he said we should "ask" the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. And then a couple minutes later he was talking about how parents and students were "forced" to pay exhorbinant interest on student loans.
Unsurprsingly - we don't ask people to pay taxes- we force them.
We don't force people to take out student loans - that's a choice. But we do ask them to pay it back - there is no force involved.
Apparently under democratic socialism - if you're in the top 20% of earners your fair share is more than 68.8% of all taxes collected - but if you're in the bottom 20%, then paying 0.1% is way too much.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. We had a constitutional Republic. Stacking the Supreme Court with far left liberals will take away the important constitutional protections (not to mention find some that aren't there). Perhaps it was always just a matter of time and for what it's worth we had a good run, 235 years more or less.
Bastardized constitutional republic, rotting from regulatory agencies, entitlement programs, welfare and byzantine tax codes, perhaps. Otherwise, your non sequitor is very pretty. I like how it matches the pattern of the prior true statements, and stands out as an egregious falsehood at the same time.
devilof76: Bastardized constitutional republic, rotting from regulatory agencies, entitlement programs, welfare and byzantine tax codes, perhaps.
Actually, we were thinking of the U.S. in 1794 when President George Washington subdued a tax insurrection, the Whiskey Rebellion, the only time a sitting U.S. president led military troops in the field.
I guess the idea is, if it's OK for a government to levy any taxes at all for any commonly agreed public functions at all, then why not go whole hog and take everything? That kind of all-or-nothing thinking is primitive and oblivious to facts, but it has the advantage of being easy to grasp, especially if you have no faith at all in the ability of individuals to work together other than under compulsion.
You're trying hard, but the only one drawing false analogies is you. The Whiskey Rebellion is not an example of a political philosophy of appropriation and redistribution. If anything, it was a misapplication of a new way of governance. By contrast, using the citizenry as the central power's personal piggy bank (justified by myriad, varied, altruistic lines of horseshit) is a well traveled ideal and takes remarkably little imagination to affect a logically consistent application.