Cantor, Lord of the House Republicans, sipped his tea at the "Values Voters Summit" and sighed.
That mob is discommoding my friends on Wall Street," he snapped a finger at a passing waiter. "Do be a good lad, and give that rabble our order that they disperse."
"Sorry, m'lord," was the reply. "Some of them are my cousins. Mostly they are looking for work and a chance at a decent lifestyle. Could you not authorize the Treasury to spend money repairing the damage from the hurricane in your district, and so forth?"
"Nonsense!" Cantors eyes flashed with rage. "That would require returning our tax rates to the era of Lord Reagan. We may revere his name, but his tax rates were positively socialist and his willingness to talk things over with this political opponents is out of fashion. Men, take that communist away and throw him onto the streets!"
The servants hesitated. The oldest asked, hesitantly, "But, my lord, what will his family do? How can any family live when our jobs are exported and most of the wealth of the nation is in the hands of the 400?"
Lord Cantor stood enraged. "Let them eat Koch!" he commanded, "Obey Us, or We shall bring America's economy to a halt. Don't think that We won't! Your pensions and the health care of your children shall go first!"
There was a pause, as the servants conferred among themselves. Should they obey Lord Cantor, or were they loyal to the 99 per cent of America from whom they had sprung?
Truly it was a hard choice; to obey and earn a temporary security, or to hazard their livelihoods, their meager fortune, and their sacred Honor in a quest to bring back an America free from the Aristocracy of Wealth. Truly it was a time to come together and to talk it over.
What came next?
Friday, October 07, 2011
at 7:17 AM
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Sunday, October 02, 2011
|Shed optimized for bikes|
So far, this has worked! Putting the bikes up front and the tools in the back (and getting rid of a lot of junk) enabled me casually to bicycle places I would otherwise have walked or driven. It's not even that inconvenient for using the tools; it's just not that hard to lean over a bike and grab the shovel. Certainly that's easier than moving all my tools or trying to lift my bike over them!
One example of this working is today. Today The Lovely Wife was canning tomatoes, which is a really great thing to do, but it was displacing our dinner preparations. We decided on the spur of the moment that I would go get takeout. I washed up from gardening, and instead of hopping in my car, rolled my bike from the shed.
|Kris and part of our crop!|
This fit in week's Change the World Wednesday Challenge:
This week replace at least one car trip with a bicycle or walking trip.If you find yourself not biking as much as you'd like, consider whether part of the problem has to do with how you park your bike. If it's just as easy to grab your bike as your car keys, you may be on your way!
You pay sales tax on stuff you need, but Wall Street doesn't pay sales tax on stocks.
A 1% sales tax on stocks, derivatives and so forth would eliminate our budget deficits AND reduce market volatility. People who hold stock for retirement would not be affected since over the course of 20 or 30 years, 1% of the stocks initial value is nothing.
Lots of politicians have talked about replacing the income tax with a national sales tax -well fine, extend it to stock sales and it's a deal!