They’re All The Same

There is very little difference between the Republican and Democratic version of socialism. H. L. Mencken said it best:

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule–and both commonly succeed, and are right.

Republicans and Democrats are the same. During his State of the Union speech, the President proudly committed our money to hydrogen cars, educating our kids, and curing AIDS in Africa. The AIDS project will cost 15 billion dollars. He clearly thinks government knows how to spend our money better than we do. If you believe this money will do anything other than enrich some favored company, industry, or tin-horn dictator consider this.

Taxpayers are forced to subsidize tobacco farmers on the one hand, so government can then sue the pants off companies like Phillip Morris, give the loot to states so they can subsidize sick smokers, and then subsidize overseas advertising for these same companies. I couldn’t make something this silly up. Tobacco is a bipartisan cash cow. Between 1986 and 1996 Richard Gephardt was the 4th largest recipient of tobacco money. In 1998 he swore off tobacco money, but still voted against killing the 48 million dollar subsidy.

In her new book “The Case Against Lawyers,” Catherine Crier provides example after example of how lawyer politicians and bureaucrats from–both–parties move back and forth between government service and lobbying. Lobbyist used to have allegiance to one party or the other. Today these firms follow the money and play both sides of the fence. Crier says what we have today is a two-party system that has but one client and it is not the American people. It is the organization, company, or industry that donates the most political money. Our political leaders have prostituted their values for cash and power. Think this is too harsh?

Why must taxpayers subsidize sugar, ethanol, peanuts, and milk? Brach’s and U.S. Sugar are moving more and more candy production outside the U.S. because sugar is cheaper elsewhere. American jobs disappear and the public pays for unemployment benefits. Where does the foolishness stop?

Why do McDonalds, Campbell Soup and Ralston Purina need our money to advertise products overseas? Why do corporations pay taxes on net income instead of total income? If individuals were taxed the same way corporations are, we would only owe taxes on income above and beyond our expenses. Is your family profitable?

It’s time for a change in America. A sophisticated bi-polar criminal class is in charge of our legal system and treasury. They deserve tar and feathers; not more of our polite disrespect.