So let me get this straight:
We have Democrats asking for the tax code to tax the rich more, help the poor and relieve the strain of taxation on the middle class. We then have the Republicans saying we want to lower taxes on businesses in order to grow the economy and provide jobs for people. And in the middle, we have the American people living in fear of the IRS, which we now know is used as a political weapon by both sides trying to understand the oncoming train that is Obamacare.
Both sides say they want to reform the tax code and make it fairer and simpler but scream bloody murder if any programs are cut by even two percent (remember sequestration?).
Yet leadership on both sides ignore The Fair Tax Act (HR25) which does everything both sides want, does not cut funding to any programs, empowers the people in terms of taxation, and is the only bill that gets rid of the IRS. Why do we bother with either party anymore? What do they do for us as individuals?
-- Tony Leach
Livin' On Trashy Time
I moved to Tulsa almost five years ago and have been wondering for a long while why the highly social areas of Brookside & Cherry Street have no trash receptacles anywhere in sight.
I see trash on the side streets in Brookside when I'm out for an early morning walk. Is this something that's up to each merchant? Or the city? Is it too expensive to provide/maintain these?
Starbuck's in Brookside used to have one, but it was removed, and I was told it was because they were tired of everyone else throwing their trash in it. Good point in favor right there.
Even in the area strip malls, there aren't any, and downtown only has them in the more centralized areas. I think this is pretty sad for a city that is trying to be progressive.
-- Debbie Tucker, via urbantulsa.com
Wreck a Different Train, Then
(re: Medicaid Madness, Sept. 12)
Despite the "already ruled Constitutionality" of this disaster legislation, the ideal would be to repeal and start over with some real and meaningful (and bi-partisan) reform without all the hidden taxes, restrictions, loopholes and pork. Abortion has been ruled constitutional, but that doesn't mean that murdering unborn babies is a good thing or emotionally healthy for those who opt to do it.
The Affordable Care Act is, as has been described by its primary author, a "train wreck," and should be reconsidered instead of doggedly trying to move forward with an unworkable and economically disastrous bill. It was ill-conceived behind closed doors, and dishonestly presented to the public AFTER it was passed. (Interesting to note that it was not presented in full on the internet for public scrutiny at least a week before presidential signature as promised in Obama's campaign.) That in itself is evidence to any sane person that there was something terribly wrong with it in the first place.
-- Chris Fiesel, via urbantulsa.com
The Good Book Says So
The war on the poor is not new. They have always been with us (Genesis 6:5). These soulless people have had many names across time. In the time of Isaiah, they were called Churls (Isaiah 32:5-8). They will always hate the liberals loved by God.
In the time of Jesus, they were called Pharisees. They now are known as conservatives with many labels -- all working for the minority economic slavers like the Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdock [sic](a foreigner). They all use greed, hate, racism. They use false, non-benevolent religions who steal the tithes for the poor, massive misinformation systems, and corrupt corporations both domestic and foreign to impoverish the majority.
Refer to Exodus 23:3 & 6, Deuteronomy 15:7, and 116 others commandments to help the poor. Jesus said there is no salvation for those against the poor (Luke 18:19-25).
We know that prosperity, like love, must be spread around to do the good God created for us. There are no conservative Christians or Bible literalists. They are all hypocrites, lairs, and thieves.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 tells us that no one is to tell about Him. He will write it on their hearts. Random acts of kindness are a clue to those God has written on their hearts. Conservatives have no kindness. They are heartless. Be done with them all. They are the greatest enemy of America, democracy, and human rights given by God for us all.
-- J. Ray Hunt
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