An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 2 April 2012
by Bob Livingston
Television pundits, political hacks, progressives in higher education, brainwashed educators and the elite rulers in the halls of the Washington, D.C., cesspool love to call America a democracy. Most of the people believe it. After all, it is what is they were taught in school. But it is not so. America is a totalitarian society.
When envisioning a totalitarian regime, most American people imagine concentration camps, soldiers roaming the streets demanding “papers” and people disappearing in the dead of night. Totalitarianism American-style is more subtle. It has had to be, because the ancestors of today’s Americans believed in freedom and were willing to fight and die to preserve it.
Totalitarianism American-style has grown slowly and imperceptibly over many years. This is gradualism.
Much like watching your child grow if you see him every day, there is no perceptible difference until one day you realize the boy you saw yesterday is now a man. American totalitarianism has suddenly become a man.
The signs are all around for those who choose to see. You no longer have to search for them. Thanks to the Internet, which somehow remains out of government’s control, the signs are now appearing in plain sight, even if still only a minority realizes what the signs mean.
Why does this not surprise me? Educators are suppose to educate, not push their political views. Yet, teachers unions are pushing their views on our kids. Charter schools! Home schooling! Our kids are not learning to think or reason, they are being indoctrinated with views that are, in many cases, completely opposite of what we teach them at home. They have an agenda, and it’s isn’t educating!
The United Auto Workers union has begun passing out cards to employees of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga to determine whether there is enough support to hold a union representation election.
But the cards are not the official instruments the union would have to collect from at least 30 percent of the plant’s hourly workers to force a union vote, said Gary Casteel, director of the UAW’s District 8, which includes Tennessee.
“We have not started an official organizing campaign,” he said, refuting some national media reports.
“What got some people up in arms is that we passed out some cards, but they were never about setting up an election,” Casteel said. “The cards were just gauging the level of support.”
Hasn’t the UAW done enough damage to the car industry in Michigan? Do they want to turn Chattanooga into Detroit?
Tennessee has enough problems to deal with, and we are making progress. Well, except for Memphis, where libs have run that city into the ground as well. Hopefully, very soon, that area will have new representation! We really don’t need unions coming in and trashing our cities and state. If these Volkswagon employees want to keep their jobs, I’d suggest they tell the UAW to shove it where the sun don’t shine!
The Highest Taxes in the World
There aren’t many American-owned companies more iconic than Anheuser-Busch, the famous producer of Budweiser beer based in St. Louis, Missouri. That was true up until 2008, when the Brazilian-Belgian company InBev executed a hostile takeover of the historic brewer, leading to layoffs of more than 1,800 workers. Unfortunately, conditions in the United States are growing ripe for even more takeovers like these to occur, especially now that the nation’s corporate tax rate is officially the highest in the world.
As of yesterday, the U.S. corporate tax rate of 39.2 percent claimed the world’s top spot, edging out Japan which recently lowered its rate from 39.5 percent to 36.8 percent. (The U.S. rate includes the 35 percent federal rate plus the average rate the states add on.) That’s well above the 25 percent average of other developed nations. Heritage’s Curtis Dubay explains the impact on companies based in the United States:
This gaping disparity means every other country that we compete with for new investment is better situated to land that new investment and the jobs that come with it, because the after-tax return from that investment promises to be higher in those lower-taxed nations.