Day: April 15, 2010

The Truth About Taxes: They Must Go Up, Especially On The Wealthy!

A study by the NY Times demonstrates that tax rates have fallen for the wealthy in the past thirty years by a far greater amount than for middle income taxpayers, while their incomes have soared.

At the same time, the incomes of most workers have grown only slightly, and their taxes have only gone down a bit.

The rich have become much richer, a with a greater share of income concentrated at the top, and they are taxed less than they once were on every dollar.

But the study shows that if taxes are not raised on the wealthy, the only alternative is to raise taxes on everyone else a lot more than would occur otherwise,or there will have to be deep cuts in Medicare, Social Security, military spending, and other large spending programs.

It is clear that affluent families have the ability and means to hide much of their income, and are therefore putting the burden of taxation on the middle class. There is no sense of responsibility or patriotism that their being more fortunate requires that they willingly pay more taxes as they used to, without complaint, since it is the American system that allowed them the opportunity to achieve more success, and they owe support to the country that gave them that chance.

No one “enjoys” paying taxes, but it is a responsibility of citizenship. It has become a mark of greed and selfishness that those on the top do everything they can to avoid taxes and put the burden on those less fortunate and less able to pay higher taxes.

Future increases in taxation, in any case, is inevitable, whether one likes it or not!

This is a sobering thought on Income Tax Day, April 15!

The Growing Threat Of Military Disloyalty To The Commander In Chief

An alarming rise of military disloyalty to their oath to back the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States, no matter their personal feelings toward him, has been noticed lately.

First, there is Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin, an 18 year Army veteran who is chief of primary care and flight surgeon for the Pentagon’s DiLorenzo Health Clinic. Last month, he declared his belief in the “Birther” idea, that Barack Obama was born overseas and is not eligible to be President. He stated in a You Tube video that he would refuse orders to deploy for a second tour in Afghanistan until the President produces his birth certificate!

The Patriot Foundation, a group backing the “Birther” movement, says Lakin is a “martyr’ for the cause of the movement, and Lakin will be court martialed because of his open advocacy of defiance of military orders.

Additionally, there is an Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots movement, headed by Sergeant Gary Stein of the US Marines, who has served in the military for seven years, including service in Iraq, and who has spoken of the political rights of active duty servicemen, and the group apparently has at least 400 members. He has written and spoken of “tyrannical government”, and said that soldiers do not have to obey unconstitutional orders.

After Talking Points Memo revealed the group’s existence, Gary Stein said that his group accepted the authority of President Obama as Commander in Chief, and that they were not supportive of a military uprising against the President. The name has now been changed to Armed Force Tea Party.

One wonders, however, whether Stein’s activism, and his group under whatever name, is not skirting the limits of appropriate activities by people in the military. One can be sure we have not heard the last of this political activism in the military, which is highly unusual, and still something to be concerned about! 🙁