Tax Day History Lesson From Thom Hartman
It is a testament to the power of Fox News propaganda that in spite of the fact that a New York Times poll that revealed Teabaggers to be generally more educated than the general public, they are also hopelessly lost in a world where facts and reality don’t meet. This, of course, is by design of the economic royalists who turn them into useful idiots aggressively rallying to the “causes” that make the American Dream impossible.
As laughable as it is to liberals, Teabaggers describe President Obama as “very liberal.” They also believe that his policies favor “blacks over whites” – which basically means that the Republicans have been very successful with activating their inherent racism.
By design of Faux News, Teabaggers are also upset about “spending” – an outrage conveniently absent during the time Bush squatted in the White House and turned record surpluses into trillions in debt. Of course, he was just practicing Jude Wanniski’s Two Santa Clause theory… you know… spend and bankrupt government while in power and scream about deficits while out of power… its all in the Republican playbook to bankrupt government so they can privatize everything and turn the “Land of the Free” into “The United States of Serfs and Lords” Read more about that here.
If you read this site regularly, you are aware that the true agenda of the Republican Party, “free market” sociopaths and their Teabagging dupes is to transform America into a Neo-Feudal state – where a small, wealthy, ruling elite run government and own everything, a small mercantile class acts as the “middle class” and an EXTREMELY large pool of working poor are free to be exploited unfettered by the pesky government. The Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit model is the Republican worldview.
Republicans HATE an Empowered Middle Class
Republicans believe that an empowered middle class is… plain and simple… dangerous. An empowered middle class says, “Hell no, we won’t go” to their stinking corporate oil wars. An empowered middle class knows it has can demand safe working conditions and a living wage. They won’t settle for the crumbs that fall off the tables of their “masters” because they are aware of their value to making the economic wheels turn. An empowered middle class has a seat at the table. This is chaos to Republicans, who can’t abide their mastery of the universe interfered with by the dumb plebeians whose desire to live, grow old, and enjoy some creature comforts gets in the way of unbridled profit. In truth, Republicans hate the poor and middle class… which is why they treat them so disrespectfully by bombarding them with lies and manipulating them to support policies that will, at best, serve to diminish the quality of their life, at worst, literally kill them.
The Corporate Banksters, the Republican propaganda outlets and their Republican operatives in government have built their Teabagging Frankenstein Monsters on revisionist history, fear and lies; safe in the knowledge that they will never turn on their masters – hoping their masters will one day meet them for a beer.
Think about it. This is a TAX “revolt,” sponsored by some of the wealthiest people in the country, that has no idea that their taxes went down under the current administration. They have no idea that the top marginal tax rate in this country was once 91% under that Socialist Eisenhower – the very time the “American Dream” was the zeitgeist of the age.
So, knowing that Teabaggers are ignorant, Thom Hartman gave them a history lesson.
Not surprisingly, the “movement” that gets its name from the Boston Tea Party has absolutely no idea that the Colonist’s committed the famous act in protest of the fact that the East India Company – the world’s first transnational corporation – DID NOT pay taxes.
Most of the members of the British government and were stockholders in the East India Company, so it passed laws granting the Company monopoly on tea sold in the colonies, which exempted it from tea taxes and put local business out of business – much like Walmart does today.
Tragically, for all their supposed education, Teabaggers have the story completely upside-down and believe the revolt was about GOVERNMENT TAXATION when it was actually a revolt against lack thereof.
Thom Hartmann explains it all here.
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