America’s Right-Wing Fringe (Tea Party and Far Right Wing): Part 1
by Skip Conover (Twitter: @skip_conover) Copyright 2010 Donald L. Conover
It is silly season in American politics, so we have to hear endless harangues by America’s right-wingers about their unsupportable claims about practically everything. This is because our TV networks feel somehow compelled to give them equal time to speak, even though they don’t speak for all that many Americans.
The Tea Party Movement is a prime example. They believe in the 10 main points of the so-called “Contract from America.” Notice the subtle use of the word “from” rather than “for” or “with,” since the citizens with lesser incomes are exactly the people their policies will be “from.”
Here is my commentary on their 10 points:
1. They want a “single rate tax system.” That would be something like Social Security in the United States, I suppose. Americans pay 6.2% of their taxable income to Social Security up to $106,800, and their employers pay a matching sum. Who does this benefit? Well, let’s see: If I earn less than the $106,800, I pay 6.2%. If I earned much more, let’s say $250,000, I would be paying 2.64% , of my income. If I earned $1 million for the year, I would be paying 0.6 % of my income in taxes. That’s fair, isn’t it! Let’s make the very wealthy pay almost nothing in taxes, while the rest of us have to pay 6.2%. This is a movement I could join, if I earned over $106,800, which I don’t, thanks to the venal and corrupt behaviors of the Wall Street fat cats, who paid themselves $100 million bonuses, rather than leave that money for their stockholders! Who needs that much money for income? How many yachts can you buy, or at least use?
It’s the rich folks and the American right wing who keep telling us that we won’t have enough to cover Social Security when we get older, because of the post-World War II “Baby Boom,” but that is ridiculous. First of all, when the “Baby Boom” came along, the population of the United States was 150.7 million, according the the U.S. Census 1950. It was 280.4 million in the 2000 U.S. Census. Everyone believes it is approaching 310 million for the 2010 U.S. Census, which is not yet published. The point of this is that, while there were a lot of people born during that “Baby Boom” generation, there are the Social Security taxes of almost twice as many people to cover these “strains” on Social Security in the out years.
I want to know who these opinion leaders are, who are using smoke and mirrors to convince those of us with incomes under $106,800 that they should not be taxed. One article I read said if we raised the tax up to the first $150,000, 60% of the problem would be solved. What if we made it on all of one’s income? That wouldn’t hurt anyone with incomes under $106,800, but it would be a mosquito bite to the fat cats! They’ve gotten the Democrats in the Senate totally off balance, because they have lower income Americans thinking its their taxes that will be raised, when the fact is that it’s the rich folks, who had the tax cut that caused a 3X increase in our national debt during the Bush years, who are actually going to be affected.
It turns out that I have more to say about this than I thought, and I’m only on point #1 of 10, and that’s just in the “Contract from America.” I’m going to call this Part 1, and give the people who are convinced of this ideology a chance to talk in the comments below. Bring it on!