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ProfessorPlum

(11,289 posts)
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 10:55 AM Feb 2019

Americans are told almost constantly to eat shit. Of course the whining of billionaire assholes

is ignored.

From stagnant wages, to shitty expensive health insurance, from polluted air and water, to work with no paid vacation, the American worker is told to be tough, work harder, belt-tighten, get sick and die quickly and quietly.

And for the most part, like Boxer in Animal Farm, American workers do just that. Make do. Scrape by. Survive. Keep working. Die quietly.

And now, along come Howard Schultz and Mike Bloomberg to complain about possibly having to pay a couple more bucks in taxes. Not surprisingly, no one has time for their shit. Because, if the extent of hardship in your life is paying a bit more for income over $10 million a year, you already have enough bread that you aren't tasting the shit in the shit sandwich that is American life. A few more bucks in taxes is effectively nothing to them - they'll still have all of the money they could possibly need, and they will never miss it. The rest of us could make good use of that extra tax income, though, to make life slightly less awful.

No wonder Schultz's approval rating is 4%.

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Americans are told almost constantly to eat shit. Of course the whining of billionaire assholes (Original Post) ProfessorPlum Feb 2019 OP
And that's exactly what we do...eat shit. Constantly. DontBooVote Feb 2019 #1
To hear Republicans talk Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2019 #20
If the richest people in the country had to pay more in taxes, CrispyQ Feb 2019 #2
In 107 years of income tax, 50 of them had top marginal rates of 70%... JHB Feb 2019 #3
_and_ they got to live in a much nicer society for everyone ProfessorPlum Feb 2019 #4
During those years we had the Interstate Highway system built LiberalArkie Feb 2019 #15
It's a mystery! Wait, correction... JHB Feb 2019 #18
I wold like to point out that since there are no more turn back funds, the cities, counties and LiberalArkie Feb 2019 #22
Exactly!!! PatSeg Feb 2019 #21
We need to turn the clock back - to BEFORE Ronald Reagan! FakeNoose Feb 2019 #5
Kick for truth. BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2019 #6
Thank You Professor McKim Feb 2019 #7
Excellent post. Thank you. Delmette2.0 Feb 2019 #8
K & R mountain grammy Feb 2019 #9
Old saying from the '70's still true today Runningdawg Feb 2019 #10
Well stated. Even dumb, toothless republicans can understand that. pangaia Feb 2019 #11
K&R geardaddy Feb 2019 #12
I'm getting pretty sick of the flavor.. 2naSalit Feb 2019 #13
I predict:In 2100 billionaires will be like slave owners from 1800s -- gone leaving a painful memory Dorn Feb 2019 #14
I always thought that your taxes should not be based on how much you earn, world wide wally Feb 2019 #16
4% - and he's peaking right there. dchill Feb 2019 #17
Ya, 4%. Just enough to give the election to Trump louis c Feb 2019 #19
It is OK. We middle-class tax payers can afford to pay thousands more in taxes this year... debsy Feb 2019 #23
I don't understand why people in this country are so complacent. smirkymonkey Feb 2019 #24
The biggest problem we people have is that the people we elect never have to choose between Autumn Feb 2019 #25
yes, they would ProfessorPlum Feb 2019 #26
K&R ck4829 Feb 2019 #27
Retrumplican would eat a yard of billionaire shit, just to see where it came from maxrandb Feb 2019 #28

Proud Liberal Dem

(24,517 posts)
20. To hear Republicans talk
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:03 PM
Feb 2019

it's as though we've all been living life high on the hog and that we've had things too good for too long and now it's time for (the rest of) us to "be responsible" and "tighten our belts".

CrispyQ

(36,768 posts)
2. If the richest people in the country had to pay more in taxes,
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:19 AM
Feb 2019

they would still be the richest people in the country.

JHB

(37,181 posts)
3. In 107 years of income tax, 50 of them had top marginal rates of 70%...
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:36 AM
Feb 2019

...or higher.

We still had rich people the entire time, they just had to fatten their accounts slower.

LiberalArkie

(15,764 posts)
15. During those years we had the Interstate Highway system built
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:27 PM
Feb 2019

public hospitals built, polio etc vaccines developed, men sent to the moon, federal turn back funds for city water systems and sewer system, public radio and television.

But for some reason we can not do those big things any more. No on knows why.


Edit to add: and a lot of those years the Democratic Party controlled the congress, executive and judicial branches.


Historical tax rates.: https://files.taxfoundation.org/legacy/docs/fed_individual_rate_history_nominal.pdf

LiberalArkie

(15,764 posts)
22. I wold like to point out that since there are no more turn back funds, the cities, counties and
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:52 PM
Feb 2019

states have to make up the money. They do that by taxing the extreme poor with fines, sales taxes and other fees that the more wealthy never have to encounter.

Most republicans do not understand that. They see taxes as what they have to pay on the gasoline, and food and medicine. I do not make enough on social security to pay federal or state taxes.. But the sales taxes hit hard.

PatSeg

(48,354 posts)
21. Exactly!!!
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:15 PM
Feb 2019

How rich do these assholes have to be??? The problem with greed is there is never enough. It is a disease or a psychological disorder, one that hurts our entire society. Our society not only encourages greed, it rewards it, so the problem really goes deeper and needs to addressed early ideally through education.

FakeNoose

(33,374 posts)
5. We need to turn the clock back - to BEFORE Ronald Reagan!
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 12:26 PM
Feb 2019

By taxing the one-per-centers, it will take the middle class another 50 years to get caught up financially to 1980 - where we were before Reagan. The longer we wait the harder it's going to be.

McKim

(2,412 posts)
7. Thank You Professor
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 12:34 PM
Feb 2019

Thank you professor. You walk straight to workers. We need your ideas, frames and style. Our Democratic Party needs you!

Runningdawg

(4,533 posts)
10. Old saying from the '70's still true today
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 12:49 PM
Feb 2019

Life is a shit sandwich. The more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat.

pangaia

(24,324 posts)
11. Well stated. Even dumb, toothless republicans can understand that.
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 12:50 PM
Feb 2019


Now they will know why they are toothless.

2naSalit

(87,669 posts)
13. I'm getting pretty sick of the flavor..
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:00 PM
Feb 2019

milky white, I'm not only lactose intolerant, I'm dying from almost 40 years of shit-poisoning.

world wide wally

(21,762 posts)
16. I always thought that your taxes should not be based on how much you earn,
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:30 PM
Feb 2019

But on how much you have left at the end of the year.

dchill

(38,723 posts)
17. 4% - and he's peaking right there.
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 01:31 PM
Feb 2019

Howard Schultz is just another rich guy whose magic mirror is lying to him.

debsy

(532 posts)
23. It is OK. We middle-class tax payers can afford to pay thousands more in taxes this year...
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 08:12 PM
Feb 2019

... to support the whiney baby mega rich and their luxurious life styles. They needed that $1.5(+) trillion tax cut so they could buy back their stock! WTF do we need money for?

 

smirkymonkey

(63,221 posts)
24. I don't understand why people in this country are so complacent.
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 09:10 PM
Feb 2019

We are a nation of sheep. What is it? The various forms of media that keeps us numb and entertained so that we don't have to face the reality of what is really going on in this country? Our poor educational system that doesn't teach us how to think critically? The ready availability of so many substances and activities to feed our addictions?

I'm not sure, but I know one thing. We are not awake. Some of us are, like us here on DU. But there are just too many people who bury their heads in the sand and don't want to face the truth about what is going on here.

Autumn

(45,145 posts)
25. The biggest problem we people have is that the people we elect never have to choose between
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 09:22 PM
Feb 2019

food or medicine. They don't have to worry about taking off work to care for a sick child or parent. They don't have to worry if when they have a car problem, do they pay rent or do they fix their car. Do they pay for an unplanned expense or their utilities. They never have to worry about co pays and deductibles on their health care. They never have to make a choice. They take very good care of their needs while giving lip service to ours.

If politicians had to live like most Americans have to live, things would be vastly different.

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