Yes, sadly it is true, the only genuinely honest politicians are dead politicians. All of the rest, and yes, that is entirely without exception, (even your favorite politician) are liars. The art of politics is like learning to juggle. It’s an incredibly complex constantly moving form of compromise. Humanity as a whole simply is not a monolithic group. We never ever 100 percent agree on anything. It is the job, the task of the politician to obtain something approaching a consensus. Nobody ever gets 100 percent of what they want, but, that really isn’t the goal of a politician. The politicians goal is to give everybody something.
It doesn’t always work out that way, simply because, well, to be honest, some people are smarter than others, some more aggressive/ruthless, some are stronger, some more attractive, and some more patient. Some get more of what they want and others less. In the end, one thing remains true. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Nobody ever became a politician against their will. Those who become politicians, this includes every single politician who has ever lived (yes, even your personal favorite politician), did so for the purpose of obtaining and amassing power.
The reasons, the personal moral and ethical justification vary from politician to politician. They are after all, merely human. Some become politicians because they are basically sociopaths and politics represents the best way to amass massive power wealth and influence. Others because they want to effect a change in society. Some for purely personal profit, others with a genuinely benevolent intent. At the end of the day though, it still comes down to, an intentional accumulation of power, wealth and influence.
posted at 8:31 am on April 27, 2013 by Jazz Shaw
The Marketplace Fairness Act (which we’ve been talking about here since 2011) has passed another hurdle in Congress, but the debate continues. As we’ve covered at length, the idea involves the “T-word” so people immediately get up on their hind legs about it on the conservative side of the aisle. But does it violate the elected officials’ oath for “no new taxes” if they support it? The National Governors Association says no.
The National Governors Association has a message for Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform: The online sales tax bill on the Senate floor does not violate ATR’s no-tax pledge.
The NGA, which backs the sales tax bill, noted in a Thursday statement that the Congressional Budget Office had ruled that the Marketplace Fairness Act had no impact on federal revenues.
The group also said that the anti-tax pledge that the ATR administers – and the vast majority of congressional Republicans have signed – calls on lawmakers to oppose marginal rate increases or the net reduction of tax credits and deductions.
“Marketplace Fairness does neither. It is not a new tax or a tax increase,” the NGA said in its statement. “It clearly does not violate the pledge. In fact, the American for Tax Reform themselves admitted to leadership of the National Governors Association that this was not a violation. To say anything else is disingenuous.
As I’ve said in the past, I’ve been on the fence on this one since the beginning, but I’ve never signed on with the knee-jerk reaction that simply because the proposal involves taxation it’s a bad thing by default. Nobody likes taxes… that’s a given. But this still strikes me as an adjustment of something that’s already part of the fabric of extant society. States have to raise money to accomplish the basic services which voters actually expect and are entitled to, right down to infrastructure demands. The entire idea of not taxing internet sales was always intended as a temporary shield which would allow the emerging (and widely distrusted) idea of online commerce to take hold.
Personally I like Jazz Shaw, but let’s be honest, he really isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. I believe that Jazz tries to be honest and he tries to be fair. But, sadly, Jazz still lives in denial about who and what he is. Understand ,Jazz isn’t a bad guy, just not all that bright (he is funny as hell though, in a very good way). He doesn’t seem to understand or be able to admit, that at the end of the day, he is a socialist. Yes, socialist lite, typical American Public Education victim. Indoctrinated to be a socialist while being lied to about what he was indoctrinated to believe.
Politicians lie, because that’s how they negotiate, they make promises that they know that they either have no possibility to deliver on, or that the possibility is very slim. They do this as a method of bringing different groups together who otherwise would basically be fighting each other. Politicians live in a very difficult world, they always always always are surrounded by multitudes of people who are trying to get them to do something. That something for group, or individual a) is always at the expense of group or individual b).
Politicians have three basic tools to work with, a) a monopoly of violence (that would be the governments ability to employ physical force to compel individuals or groups to do things) b) Taxation, (the ability to redistribute the individuals personal wealth and property) and c) Deception.
Sorry Jazz, but The Marketplace Fairness Act is a new tax, period, end of story. The United States Federal Government and the several States Governments do not NEED one single more penny of tax money. They are like heroin addicts, they simply cannot be trusted. They have already proven beyond any possibility of doubt that they cannot be be honest or responsible with the revenue that they already collect. They utterly and completely refuse to be held accountable. They have in reality become tyrants. When you add up all of the taxes, fee’s, regulatory costs, fines levee’s at the state local and federal levels, the United States is in the pocket of the average American for over 65% of the average American’s personal earning.
To say that this is unconscionable is a understatement on equal footing to comparing a Black Cat firecracker with the Tsar Bomba. The Black Cat firecracker might take the tip of your finger off if you are foolish enough to be holding it when it goes off, whereas the Tsar Bomba would kill every man, woman and child in a city the size of Los Angeles (population 11 million).
For those unaware, the American Revolution was fought over taxation without representation, the rate of taxation that caused the American Revolution? It was 1/2 of 1 percent. Make absolutely no mistake about this what so ever. If the Founding Father’s of America were to return today, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison and all of the other founding father would be in complete and total agreement that the United States Constitution had been violated to the point of abomination and that it was time for a second American Revolution to remove a tyrannical, oppressive and utterly corrupt and unresponsive government.
But but but, Jazz sputters… the Congressional Budget Office had ruled that the Marketplace Fairness Act had no impact on federal revenues… Yea… Sorry, not good enough, that’s the exact same CBO that said that The Affordable Healthcare Act would not increase taxation and would reduce medical and health insurance costs. In others words, their claim isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Worth less in my personal opinion than a sheet of fecal covered used toilet paper.