"A society devoid of compromise is totalitarian. If I had to define a free and open society in one word, the word would be compromise." - Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.Compromise is back in the news cycle again. And once again a Republican Tea Party Extremist hath decreed Compromise to be Do as I Say!
"What I’ve said about compromise and bipartisanship is I hope to build a conservative majority in the United States Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans..." Richard "Howling Mad" Mourdock, Totalitarian Republican candidate for Senate.
But, it's far worse than just that "Howling Mad" Mourdock is another asshole Republican who also invoked the "I am the 53%" tax nonsense.
"I am here to suggest to you that we are in a house divided. You know this past April, when our federal taxes were paid, 47 percent — 47 percent — of all American households paid no income tax. In fact, half of that 47 percent almost, actually got tax money back from the government that they never paid -– because a few years ago we revised the welfare program to make it part of the tax code. When 47 percent are paying no income taxes — they do pay Social Security — but they are not paying income taxes, and 53 percent are carrying the load, we are a house divided." - Richard MourdockI've already written and demolished this Republican Reverse Robin Hood Scheme about how Republicans supposedly the Party of lower taxes simply wants to raise taxes on the Poor while cutting funding to government programs that aid the sick and poor so the Rich can enjoy more Tax Payer Welfare [See My Post: Why would any poor person vote for a Republican?]
All of a sudden the profligate spending Republicans couldn't squeeze the Poorest Americans to pay for their mooching Corporate Welfare ways because the Poor were not paying their fair share of taxes! Talk about your Class Warfare. Republicans began a blitz of propaganda that, depending upon which Republican you were listening to, 45% or 47% or 49% or 51% or whatever number they found convenient to demagogue about, weren't paying any taxes!But, beyond the Class Warfare plans of Mourdock and Mitt Romney (whose tax Plan raises taxes on the poor while lowering them on the super rich), what Richard Mourdock is really calling for is a New Civil War.
But, wow it really highlights the Republican Class Warfare. After 30 years of Piss Down Your Back and Tell You It's Raining Reaganomics and the Effects of the Bush Republican Recession hard-working people are too poor to pay Federal Income Taxes but, as Len Burman pointed out, 82 percent of them pay more payroll tax than income tax. They also pay federal excise taxes on gasoline, beer, wine, liquor, tires, and cigarettes. As well as, state and local taxes. But the Poor are, as the Wall Street Journal once branded them, the "Lucky Duckies". According to Timothy Noah,A new report by Citizens For Tax Justice, a labor-funded nonprofit with a reputation for dispassionate economic analysis, lays this out. When you factor in all state and local taxes, the bottom fifth (i.e. people earning, on average, about $13,000) pays on average an effective tax rate of about 17 percent. When you do the same for the top one percent (i.e. people earning, on average, about $1.4 million) the average effective tax rate is 29 percent.
We are a House Divided... Mourdock either is as violently stupid as Sharon "Second Amendment Remedies" Angle or as actively ignorant as Christine "I'm a Witch" O'Donnell. There can be no other way to interpret the use of Lincoln's speech, Mourdock intends to use the power of the Federal Government to bring the Poor to heel. To shackle the Poor, Sick and Old with onerous new taxes, to slash their benefits and to trap them in Wage Slavery and Corporate Bondage to the Plutocracy which he so reverently serves.
This Speech by Mourdock is the Call for Conseravtives to begin a New Civil War. Conservativism is Terrorism.