Monday, August 3, 2009

More Q&A

Q: Tex, a Montana rancher writes:

Charlie - You continue to frustrate me with your “Mozartian” all-or-nothing insistence upon a full symphony, instead of taking meritable movements one at a time. Why do you rush Americans to adopt enormous changes to the status quo? Obama is taking the same road, with an unacceptable Socialist agenda, and is running into tremendous opposition, even from his own conservative Democrats. Can’t you break down your “Jeffersonian Revolution” into more manageable chunks? Why can’t we do it one step at a time? You expect too much from your Constitutional countrymen, and I’m afraid that your “renewal” themes will be buried.

A. Tex, I wish it were possible to dissect my solution for America. Unfortunately, I have neither the time (I’m 73, and Wolfgang Amadeus died at 35), nor do I have the inclination to dissect my 21st Century “American Symphony” into bits and pieces, no more than we Colonial rebels would have ceded the cotton-rich South to the Brits for a 3-month war, instead of the 8 years it took. Nor would Czech composer Anton Dvorak have dissected his Symphony #5 From the New World, which today tells us everything we need to know about our Post-Jeffersonian American “Wild West” heritage, or Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite a century later, which tells us everything we need to know about our Southwestern miracle of the second ice age.

We now have to pay the piper, and a 10% daily tax bite beats the hell out of a yearly traumatic experience, and I refuse to leave my progenitors with an overwhelming tax burden. You and I are responsible for resolving our country’s debts, from Chinese T-bonds to Social Security T-bonds. It’s just us boys, so don’t look elsewhere, because there is no elsewhere, elsewhere.

Next, there is no way for towns and counties to take over health care, social services, and infrastructure without the lion’s share of tax revenues, which must be in aggregate 50% more than today. And, we cannot ask Joe Taxpayer to carry this burden without giving clear, visible bangs for the buck.

Next, we can’t reduce the high cost of medical care without a revolution in preventive medicine to nip illness in the bud within our homes. Especially seniors, who cost a lot more than kids to keep out of 3 grand per day hospitals. This means at least enormously increasing the number of house-calling G.P.s, which means new tuition-free medical schools, and a lot of them—clearly a gigantic job tailor-made for Uncle Sam, in terms of sheer numbers and standards for training. Ergo, 52 new National Universities (converted state colleges) with med schools and campus hospitals for internship. Same deal for future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Tex, free medical services is an outright winner, along with unemployment work for 25 grand; disability pay of 25 grand; free prep schools (converted community colleges); free parking; toll-free roads, bridges, and tunnels; tax-free real property; tax-free business and investment profits, and so forth, all which justify the 50% aggregate tax hike from the “10% on everything” consumption/asset purchase tax bite—all $3.6 trillion per year, and $10 billion per day of it. And yes, those folks who have $400/hour tax advisors are screwed, but not you and me—we’re tired of being screwed - we're mad as hell, and won't take it any more!

Next, the 25 grand minimum wage (and $2,500 T-bond employer contribution) means a half-mil pension fund for retirement years, after 50 years or more of hard work. And, a promotion to “middle class” for 50 million Americans, who will gobble up every modest house and condo on the market today, while paying “income” taxes for the first time in their working lives; but in easy daily doses, like the European VAT, but without VAT’s self-defeating accounting complexities, which are enough to cross a Rabbi’s eyes (14% for bread and pasta, and 40% for jewelry and Alfa Romeos—another form of unacceptable social engineering).

My “concerto” movements are so financially intertwined and dependent upon town administration that they cannot be adopted without a return to States’ Rights and local rule. In my scenario, Uncle Sam would be hopelessly lost, as indeed he has been of late, trying to get "Joe the Plumber" fully employed, with community bank backing from people who have lost half their bank capital, and Joe half his business and 401(k) pension plan, like you and me.

The “D.C. Mafia” needs to stick to what we hired them for in 1787—protect us against foreign enemies like Iran and North Korea (yes you, Hillary); give us a working bank system (yes you, Bernanke); give up your not-too-subtle plan for American Socialism (yes you, Pelosi); and fuggedaboud Socialist “Big Brother” (yes you, President Obama).

Your "stimulus package" spending solution can never replace across-the-board tax reduction as supreme creator of national wealth - you have learned nothing since January, much to our collective national detriment. And if you ever again bow to a foreign potentate, I’ll show you just how nasty I can get in my writings - you ain’t seen nothin' yet!

What would George, John Adams, Tom, Monroe, Andy, Abe, Teddy, Franklin, Harry, and Ronnie say if they saw your “Munich Appeasement” approach to our 21st century American manifest destiny? Have you no shame?

Haven’t you realized yet that you pretend to rule over 350 million of the most independent-minded sonsabitches who ever roamed this small planet? We will always fight, and with rare exception, we will always win, no matter what the odds or the cost. So trade in your basketball for boxing gloves, Mister President, and start training for the heavyweight fight of your political life in the 2010 Bye-Elections, which we senior constitutionalist patriots will win, come hell or high water.