Tuesday, 9/13/11, Public Square


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  1. 102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes

    So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.

    1. Do not use Medicare.
    2. Do not use Social Security
    3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
    4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
    5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
    6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
    7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
    8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
    9. Do not use public restrooms.
    10. Do not send your kids to public schools.
    11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
    12. Do not live in areas with clean air.
    13. Do not drink clean water.
    14. Do not visit National Parks.
    15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
    16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
    17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
    18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
    19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
    20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
    21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
    22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
    23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
    24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
    25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
    26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
    27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
    28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
    29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
    30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
    31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
    32. Do not apply for federal housing.
    33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
    34. Do not swim in clean rivers.
    35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
    36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
    37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
    38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
    39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
    40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
    41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
    42. Do not apply to win a government contract.
    43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
    44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.
    45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
    46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
    47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
    48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
    49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
    50. Do not live in homes that are built to code.
    51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
    52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
    53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
    54. Do not use public libraries.
    55. Do not use the US Postal Service.
    56. Do not visit the National Archives.
    57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
    58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
    59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
    60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
    61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm.
    62. Do not take walks in National Forests.
    63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
    64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
    65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
    66. Do not use Medicaid.
    67. Do not use WIC.
    68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
    69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
    70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
    71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
    72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
    73. Do not visit historic landmarks.
    74. Do not visit fisheries.
    75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
    76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
    77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
    78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
    79. Do not use public transportation.
    80. Do not drink water from public water fountains.
    81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
    82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
    83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
    84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
    85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
    86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
    87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
    88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
    89.Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
    90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
    91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
    92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
    93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
    94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
    95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
    96. Do not attend a state university.
    97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
    98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
    99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
    100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
    101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
    102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.

    The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th. The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life. So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind…

    “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

    • indypendent

      3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.

      May I add one thing to #3?

      Do not expect the US military to protect you and/or your company if you’re working overseas.

      I am so tired of these Republican-loving corporations demonizing the government on one hand and then turning around and expecting our US soldiers to provide the security of their private contractors while they are bilking the US taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

      The Iraq War brought this issue out into the spotlight – didn’t it?

      It always made me so furious to know that our soldiers were being paid alot less money than those private contractors but yet when the rubber hit the road – it was our soldiers that protected the wealth and profit of those private contractors.

      So the demonized ‘evil’ government got the shaft on all those deals – didn’t it? We had to pay for them and protect their sorry butts.

  2. Look at this fair and balanced NOT! poll by FoxNews —

    You Decide
    Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?

    Published September 12, 2011


    Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry has referred to Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” — a fraud — and “a monstrous lie.” Do you agree with Perry?

    Share your thoughts, answer our question then click “Leave a Comment.”

    Is social security a Ponzi scheme?

    0 I’m not sure. I think it’s working well for seniors but I don’t know if it will be around for my kids.

    0 Yes. Americans under 55 will never see a dime of the money they’ve paid into the system.

    0 No. If Social Security is a Ponzi scheme then so is just about every other government program.

    0 Other (post a comment).

    • indypendent

      I would be happy to let the government pay me back ALL the money I have contributed to Social Security with interest.

      The day Rick Perry offers that – I will take him up on that deal.

      But I suspect Rickie is not talking about actually letting people opt out of Social Security. I suspect he just wants to make it legal for Wall Street to get their hands on the younger Americans’ money so they can ‘invest’ it in all their Ponzi schemes.

  3. A map showing where states are in complying with The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges.

    State Action Towards Creating a Health Insurance Exchange, as of August 2, 2011

  4. Concerns About the Religious Right Are Not Overblown

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    “…What Miller doesn’t acknowledge is that “the left” need not prove that the danger of fundamentalist religion in politics is a potential problem, because the danger has already manifested itself by draining virtually every drop of reason from American public policy discussions and moving the entire center of gravity far to the right. The American political landscape is not just in danger, but rather it has already been decimated, a landscape barren of rational dialogue at the hands of three decades of Religious Right firebombing. And Miller tells us to relax.

    Unfortunately, for secular Americans relaxing isn’t so easy nowadays. I’m sorry, but I want to know if candidates think the world is only a few thousand years old, and I want to know if candidates participate in exorcisms and/or look forward to the Rapture happening in our lifetime…”