The ultimate full (3 card) monte

January 26, 2007 at 8:00 am 1 comment

I read that our decider in chief has a new plan to help us, I’m already grabbing my ankles. He has this plan, you see, to give tax breaks to help us normal, non-CEO type people pay for medical insurance, great idea huh? The problem is that this does nothing to stop the obscene profiteering cashflow that the insurance and pharm industry reap every day, it only reroutes the cash directly from the U.S. budget, instead of you and me. And where does that money come from? Yup, taxes paid by you ‘n me, assuming that you’re not part of the “haves” or the “have mores” that make up the Bush base, and more or less get a pass on taxation.

I suppose that the large donations that were made by the above corporations might have contributed (no pun intended) to this plan, but under it all is the ongoing uber-conservative drive to bankrupt the economy so that whatever few dollars that might still be left in the Social Security bank account can be sucked out, causing it to fail and keeping the debtor class intact as a way of life for all, until death shall they part (with their money). This has been on the right’s agenda for years, and so it’s yet one more win-win deal for them and a enlarged boning for us.

Here’s the logic trail for those that didn’t get it:

Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies take in a lot of money….
Some people can’t afford it or don’t qualify….
Government pays it for them….
People (one way or another, including subsequent generations) pay the government….
Go back to step one……

Pass me the Astrolube on your way out will ya!

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  • 1. Jed Snole  |  February 25, 2007 at 2:08 am

    Several years ago, New York state (where I live) instituted the STAR system. (I don’t remember the full acronym but it included the words “Tax” and “Relief.”) This was a program whereby, if your house was your primary residence, then the state would pay up to 20 percent of your school taxes. The whole plan was rolled out with a lot of hoopla about all the money homeowners would be saving on their taxes. The year that this went into effect, our school system pushed through a new budget that wiped out the STAR savings, so we still ended up with a net increase in school taxes. We were supposed to be grateful that our school taxes went up only five percent that year instead of the double digit increases that were the norm. Of course, no one coupld speak out against these budget increases. “What, you’re opposed to education?” “Why do you hate children so much?”

    If you get a tax break for your health insurance, be assured that the rates will go up by at least the amount of the tax break, and probably more. Further, the people who are being hurt the most by the high cost of health insurance are those who are so poor they probably pay no tax in the first place. This is almost as good as the Bush administration’s earlier benefit for people in the military services, giving them a break on their capital gains taxes. How many soldiers, in their third tour of duty in Iraq, have capital gains to worry about?


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