Months ago, a former friend of The Pink Flamingo accused me of going all Charles Johnson, and abandoning the conservative movement. I guess I have. I still retain my values. I’m still the same person. I still believe in the same things. It has dawned on me, though, that what I believe is no longer considered conservative. That is what is so strange about this. I haven’t changed, at least I don’t think I have.
Take that back, there is one way in which I have changed. My eyes are wide open, and I don’t like what I see. I don’t think I’ve watched FOX Tabloid News in nearly a year. I have turned off the far right talking heads, and have reached the point where I find the far right punditry to be a total and complete joke.
This week, I’ve had the opportunity of observing, first hand, the effects of the far right propaganda machine’s brainwashing of the Republican voter. It is sickening, disgusting, and disturbing. I’ve witnessed the lack of interest in any other opinion. You can’t communicate with the brainwashed. They refuse to even consider there is a different point of view. At first I thought a certain patronizing attitude was limited to Romney Bot trolls on Twitter, but I’m learning that it is endemic among those who have decided to surrender their minds to FOX and the talking heads. They are rude, patronizing, snide, condescending, and far superior, knowing all.
At first, I allowed this to bother me. Then, I realized, wait, I’m not the one with the problem, they are. I have very good friends who have turned their back on me, simply because I will not buy into the far right lies and insanity.
I reserve the right to think for myself.
I’m tired of the paradigm that requires one to shop at certain places, believe in the War on Christmas, think that all liberals are evil, demonize George Soros, and drink the anti-Obama Koolaid. It has become so bad, the far right is disintegrating into nothing more than a petty, vicious little cult, with activities that are so predictable, it is almost laughable.
Case in point is the ever bubbly, ever vicious, always racist Michelle Malkin. Right on target, she has a piece demonizing Wal-Mart workers. Malkin makes a good $2500 a pop when she appears on FOX to spread her special little brand of hate. Evidently it is wrong for people to want to make a living wage. She ignores the fact that Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the US, underpays its workers to the point where the American Taxpayer is picking up the tab for conservative corporate greed. More Wal-Mart employees are on food stamps and Medicade than any other employer, by far.
“...It’s hard to blame middle class families for making that decision — not a lot of people have the extra cash to make a political statement out of where they buy paper towels and diapers. But it’s led to cycle of impoverishment, where big box stores have brought down wages at smaller competitors desperate to compete, taking money out of the hands of workers, and sending back up the corporate food chain to shareholders. That’s put a burden back on tax payers: research has suggested that Wal-Mart workers are disproportionately reliant on safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same goes for Target and Best Buy employees. …”
The Pink Flamingo finds it rather ironic that the far right punditry and talking heads wax poetic about mega corporations like Wal-Mart as the perfect American conservative success story, just like other mega business. The problem is that we are literally subsidizing Wal-Mart’s low wage insanity with federal subsidies. I have long said the the far right has become so idiotically conservative that they are becoming liberal. I think this is proof. In order to prop up their flawed theory about keeping the little people down and worshiping mega success, they are allowing Wal-Mart to screw the American taxpayer. It is nothing but corporate welfare.
“…2. Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than us.In a world listing compiled by a reputable research team (which nevertheless prompted double-checking), the U.S. has greater wealth inequality than every measured country in the world except for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Denmark, and Switzerland.
3. An amount equal to ONE-HALF the GDP is held untaxed overseas by rich Americans.The Tax Justice Network estimated that between $21 and $32 trillion is hidden offshore, untaxed. With Americans making up 40% of the world’s Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, that’s $8 to $12 trillion in U.S. money stashed in far-off hiding places. Based on a historical stock market return of 6%, up to $750 billion of income is lost to the U.S. every year, resulting in a tax loss of about $260 billion.
4. Corporations stopped paying HALF OF THEIR TAXES after the recession. After paying an average of 22.5% from 1987 to 2008, corporations have paid an annual rate of 10% since. This represents a sudden $250 billion annual loss in taxes. U.S. corporations have shown a pattern of tax reluctance for more than 50 years, despite building their businesses with American research and infrastructure. They’ve passed the responsibility on to their workers. For every dollar of workers’ payroll tax paid in the 1950s, corporations paid three dollars. Now it’s 22 cents.
5. Just TEN Americans made a total of FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS in one year. That’s enough to pay the salaries of over a million nurses or teachers or emergency responders. That’s enough, according to 2008 estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN’s World Food Program, to feed the 870 million people in the world who are lacking sufficient food.For the free-market advocates who say “they’ve earned it”: Point #1 above makes it clear how the wealthy make their money.
6. Tax deductions for the rich could pay off 100 PERCENT of the deficit. Another stat that required a double-check. Based on research by the Tax Policy Center, tax deferrals and deductions and other forms of tax expenditures (tax subsidies from special deductions, exemptions, exclusions, credits, capital gains, and loopholes), which largely benefit the rich, are worth about 7.4% of the GDP, or about $1.1 trillion.
Other sources have estimated that about two-thirds of the annual $850 billion in tax expenditures goes to the top quintile of taxpayers….”
It’s getting old. I no longer want to be a part of the propaganda and the lies. This is insane. Let’s be honest here. The right is not interested in cutting spending or making this a better world. They’re only interested in their own power.