Upon arrival with their “carpet bags,” a common form of luggage; the term carpetbaggers was used to describe the Republican political appointees who came south, after the civil war. It was used as a derogatory term, suggesting opportunism and exploitation by the outsiders.
They are said to have politically manipulated and controlled former Confederate states for their own financial and power gains. In sum, carpetbaggers were seen as insidious Northern outsiders with questionable objectives meddling in local politics, buying up plantations at fire-sale prices and taking advantage of Southerners. Today, the term carpetbagger has been replaced with career politicians and fire sale replaced with mineral rights to oil companies.
The most recent Romney damning quote or better known as the republican view points: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That, that’s an entitlement,. ….and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
Mitt Romney’s comments should not surprise anyone from a man that bought a $55,000 elevator for one of his cars in one of his houses. Representative Akins’s Pro Life position should not surprise anyone. A poll by the CU political victory fund and conducted by Wenzel Strategies, shows Akin ahead by almost 5 points. Mitt Romney leads the President in same poll. Religious right positions that a person can pray themselves straight and be forgiven for being gay should not surprise people.
The surprise, shock and awe of any election is a union member or a senior citizen in the donut hole voting for anyone that wants to eliminate National Health or a 52 year old gay union worker for Republicans, always surprises me. Surprise, shock and awe is when I meet someone that still believes drilling more oil will reduce our energy cost when it has never made a difference for 50 years.
In the U.S. 40% of the population owns less than 1% of the wealth and pay no taxes. 1% of the population owns 37% of the U.S. wealth. It is unknown if the 1% has 47% of their wealth in offshore accounts. A majority of the 1% paid less percentage of taxes than 99% of the people that work and pay payroll taxes. Out of 535 members of congress (57) eleven percent of congress is listed as being in the top 1% income earners in America. How is it possible that a majority of congress, 89% vote against raising taxes and closing loop holes on the 1% of the population that owns 37% of the wealth in this country?
One possibility is 51% of carpetbaggers elected receive campaign contributions from the 1%. In August 2012, a Gallup poll reported that Congress’s approval rating amongst Americans was at 10%, matching a 38 year low reached in November 2011. Few things in life are more predictable than the chances of an incumbent member of the U.S. House of Representatives winning reelection. Senate races still overwhelmingly favor the incumbent, but not by as reliable a margin as House races. With wide name recognition, and usually an insurmountable advantage in campaign cash, congressional incumbents typically have little trouble holding onto their seats.
Politics= Campaign contributions, tax breaks and rebates for oil companies. Welfare= the unemployed, the old on social security, the handicap and mental disturbed. At what point is it illegal to take kickbacks for writing or supporting tax loop holes? Government approved crime and sins only. Lock people up for smoking pot, but support your state lottery and casinos.
Like 47% of the freeloaders in America, GE paid no taxes (Zero, zip, nada, none, zilch) for 2010 while continuing to move jobs overseas. Congressional members that write tax laws to eliminate tax obligations of a major corporation after receiving campaign contributions is called politics. That is no more illegal than insider trading by members of congress as shown on 60 minutes. Are the tax breaks and loop holes for GE called government welfare, inside trading or taking a bribe?
Once every 4 years casting your vote for President can be on one or many issues. North Carolina is ranked 5th in water pollution, without the addition of fracking or nuclear accidents. H.R. 909 is an energy bill in denial of global warming that puts peddle to the metal, accelerating off shore drilling, fracking and the keystone pipeline and diminishing renewable energies. Your vote for clean air, clean water and energy independence should be based on science and technology, not false promises filling the pockets of politicians and oil companies but never reduces your cost for fuel.The original Alaskan pipeline was supposed to provide all the oil the U.S. would need for my lifetime and some.
We need tax reform. We need a law, without a budget a congressional representative is not eligible for reelection. We need term limits. We need to search out and vote out every carpetbagger in congress.
With 10% approval rating and 90% reelection rate the American people have the government we vote for.
$15 Billion hole in the ground
G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether