POSTCARD: America’s Original Joke

The colonists thought they beat the world’s largest corporation when they threw tea in the bay and started drinking coffee.

When will we stop forgetting corporatists are not now and have never been patriots?


POSTCARD: Taxes, Greed and Patriots

Let me start by saying that I believe paying taxes is patriotic and that I am happy to pay my fair share.

I paid more in taxes than almost half the households in America earned last year. That makes me angry, not because I paid too much, but because American labor is undervalued, because American jobs are scarce, and because this has come about by design.

Add to my anger equation the recent refusal of the lobby-controlled Congress to remove designer tax breaks and subsidies for big oil, the snarky defense of the top-tier that their money is special so should not be taxed like our not-special money, the blatant spin campaign to make us feel dirty if we question the greed at the top, and this red blooded American tax payer screams ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Most of that big corporate money does not consider itself American money, it sees itself as global money. The creepy people who lobby for its celebrity status don’t care what their success costs my family, friends or neighbors, let alone America herself.

When will we admit corporatists are not “Americans”, let alone patriots, and stop treating them like royalty?



POSTCARD: Moms, Gas Prices, and Tax Loopholes

Graphic by Paul Smalley

Norquist Pledge signer Michele Bachmann, criticized the president today for gasoline prices, saying that because of him women would pay an additional $2000 this year at the pump, yet, she seems fine with oil companies having paid no taxes and even receiving corporate welfare. Last I checked, a good private school cost more than $2000 per year, and if the oil companies actually paid their taxes, my public school would be in fine shape.

Thanks for your concern, “working mom”.

POSTCARD: Pink Slime and Jobs

I heard the pleading from Iowa governor Branstad that a couple of hundred jobs have been lost in his state because the public won’t tolerate pink slime in their beef. Add to this the recent USDA hinting concern, after decades of credible evidence, that routine use of antibiotics in livestock (made necessary by inhumane treatment that guarantees illness) causes harm to the down stream consumers, and the J-word it out again.

On Up With Chris Hayes this morning, Mark Bittman pointed to the obvious: when employment declines in an industry in favor, it’s a jobs issue, despite the fact that our ever-changing world will always make jobs go away. My mind raced to buggy whips.

Yet, when the Norquist Pledgers demand that the top tax-tier rates remain “cut”, and preserve designer loop holes for some corporations that keep them from paying taxes all together, the resulting  hundreds of thousands of job losses for public servants (conveniently dubbed “government”) like special ed teachers, librarians, school janitors, animal control, public health nurses, fire investigators, crime detectives, and those guys that fill in pot holes to name a few, is NOT a jobs issue, it  is an economic freedom issue.

Who really believes that?

POSTCARD: Let’s Talk About War

When “mega corporate persons” decided there was profit in saying “Happy Holidays” (holy days), some declared there was a war on Christmas. They screamed about “winter break” or lack of a manger on county courthouse lawns (ours has a Christmas tree). The right to private religious practice seems inadequate to them.

There are even religious and political organizations that now challenge the long held stand for the separation of church and state in America,  boasting they will take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. But first they are taking their case to the people’s courts: the pulpit and Fnews.

These are pretty much the same people who say there is no war on women: that the hundreds of laws across this nation and in our Congress, throwing equal access to medical science back over 50 years for over half the population is not an attack; that the fact that some of us will actually die because of these laws does not make this combat; and that imposing their religious beliefs on different-believers is not un-American.

Now, just who has a war on their hands?