9-9-9??? "Occupy Wall Street"! "Tea Party"! Shocking Wealth Distribution Numbers! Anybody Got Any Jobs Ideas? And Our Next President Will Be?
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I'm assuming that most (if not all) of you have heard of this, right? If you watched the Republican debates this past Tuesday, you know that "9-9-9" was brought up a lot.
It is the brainchild of Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain. Or is it the brainchild of the people who invented a popular video game from a few years ago? I never thought we'd see the day when something like a "9-9-9" political gimmick would be controversial in the sense that it's (possibly) not as original an idea as we're being led to believe it is. Is this another example of "The Devil's in the Details" kind of deal? Like the announcer once said, "Stay tuned!"
Because of what appears to be the simplicity of "9-9-9", Herman Cain's proposal has hit a positive nerve with Republican voters. HOW positive? As of early Friday morning, October 14, positive enough to (in some polls) making him the Republican LEADING candidate. As we all know, that can quickly change for any number of reasons, but right now, Herman Cain has a lot of people talking about him and his proposal which has prompted a lot of other people to do some "examining" of "9-9-9" as it "appears to be". And yes, Herman Cain might soon tell us some things we don't know about his "9-9-9" proposal, but until that happens, here are a few observations from ME!
No one, but no one is more in favor of a "flat tax" than I am. And yes, when it comes to taxes, I prefer simplicity which is something we don't have now. In fact, what we do have now is something that overwhelmingly benefits the "haves" as opposed to the "have-nots".
We are told by Cain that his "9-9-9" proposal will be further explained as time goes on, but right now, here's what we know; If his proposal was approved by Congress, there would be a 9% corporate tax, a 9% federal tax and a 9% national sales tax.
On the surface, that sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
As Cain has said, he'll give us the full explanation of his proposal sometime in the near future. Meanwhile, some other "experts" are telling us that "on the surface" Cain's proposal would benefit rich folks a hell of a lot more than it would most folks and those of us in the "middle" and "below" would get financially whacked by this proposal.
AND THAT CAUSES ME TO BRING UP THE "OCCUPY WALL STREET" and "TEA PARTY" crowd:
Yes, these two protesting groups of American citizens have different things they're pissed off about, but one of the things they have in common is what they see as the overall way they're being screwed, wealth wise.
They have come to the conclusion that things like the so-called "Laffer Curve" and "Trickle-down" theories are theories that have benefitted only one class of people. And it ain't you and me, folks. David Stockman, the guy who sold Ronald Reagan on his "trickle-down" nonsense is now admitting that he was wrong.
But what I'm about to show you is a set of numbers that will let you better understand why there's a growing amount of people, people like you and me, who are quietly "mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore", but who are also (quietly) thinking and speaking "revolution thoughts". None of us were around when the Civil War was fought in our country, but this "mad as hell" talk I'm hearing is what makes me wonder if this was the kind of stuff that was taking place before Americans turned on each while wearing "blue" and "gray" many years ago.
Okay. Here come those numbers I was referring to.
A "Ratio of Pay Chart" has been released and like with all "charts" it can change, but as of the last sets of numbers tallied, here's the difference between what average workers were paid compared to what the people at the top (CEO's etc.) of the income chart got.
Needless to say, the big numbers represent those at the top.
Italy and Canada, 20-1
South Africa, 21-1
United States, 475-1
As my friend Don King likes to say, "Only in America!"
Jobs! Foreclosures! Two biggest problems we need to have solved. Did you hear ANY substantial talk about those subjects during Tuesday's Republican debates? I didn't.
Wait a minute. Am I the only one who thinks that "Drill baby, drill!" has a nice ring to it and could be a great step forward for all of us during these terrible economic times? If this drilling would cause the demise of a small fish or bug, etc., would you care? Hey, dinosaurs got eliminated, didn't they? In the final analysis, didn't that turn out to be something that helped the world move forward and prosper?
During those Republican debates this past Tuesday, it was Governor Perry who brought up the "drill baby, drill" proposal. I don't think I would want him to be our next President of the United States, but I DO like his "drill" proposal.
We hear a lot of talk from these candidates about cutting our spending, etc., etc.
Have you heard ANY of these candidates talk about all the "off the books" billions on top of billions we're spending on these stupid wars we're involved in?
I mean, just THINK of the money that could be used HERE to help America get out of the economic ditch we're in if we would quit being the "Policeman of the WORLD!"
Damn it, AMERICA FIRST!
And how about all those billions on top of billions we give to other countries who then turn around and vote against us 67 to over 80% of the time at United Nations' meetings?
Think about all the money we could have to spend HERE if we weren't giving all that BRIBE money to other countries who not only don't like us, but who won't EVEN honor a BRIBE!
I mean, if we're going to get into the gutter with these countries and they STILL screw us, isn't it time to let these ungrateful bastards know that, "Your free bank has been CLOSED!"???
If you could vote now, your choice in the next presidential election would be....???
Because of the baseball playoffs, I didn't see as many of the TV shows that I usually see or watch or as many of the new films I sometimes see.
"The Ides of March": I liked this film a lot! And maybe I liked it because I'm a political junkie who has had the privilege of seeing some behind the scenes rough and tumble stuff the likes of which are portrayed in this film. But this ain't just a political film, folks. There are some very serious other twists and turns that will keep you interested. George Clooney produced, directed and starred in this film, but when all is said and done, this is a Ryan Gosling and Evan Rachel Wood film that puts the George Clooney character stuck in the middle. There are four other outstanding actors in this all star cast; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright. A hundred million dollars worth of talent in a film that cost only12-million to make. I can't guarantee that you'll like it, but I CAN guarantee that you won't be bored.
Television? Another sensational episode of "Parenthood", Tuesday nights on NBC.
I'm tellin' ya, gang...."Revenge", Wednesday nights on ABC is a "killer" in more ways than one.
Same deal with "The Good Wife", Sunday nights on CBS.
New season of "Dexter" began this past Sunday on Showtime. Yay!
"Harry's Law", Wednesday nights on NBC is a show I've liked from the first day it was aired. After another very good episode this past Wednesday, the final few minutes were devoted to an "original series regular" who was/is leaving the show. That would be the "Jenna" character and the way this was written and portrayed caused tears to flow unless you tend to be an unemotional kind of person.
Two shows that were recommended to me are shows that I'm glad I was tipped off to; "Person of Interest", Thursday nights on CBS and the show "Homeland", Sunday nights on Showtime.
"Homeland" knocked my socks off. So far, I am absolutely LOVING this show!!!
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THE NEXT BLOG? Welll...I was a day late with this one, but hopefully, the next blog will be written and posted late Thursday night, October 20 or very early Friday morning, October 21.
Meanwhile, I hope that all of you have a terrific weekend.