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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Cody News Special Edition: The Death of the
Two Party Political System is Nigh!

Timber Becomes Tool in Effort to Cut Estate Tax

Published June 21, 2006

WASHINGTON, June 20 — In a new attempt to permanently reduce the estate tax on inherited wealth, House Republican leaders moved on Tuesday to win over crucial Democrats with a tax sweetener for timber companies.

Let me try count the ways that this upsets me:

1. Why are we subsidizing timber companies at all?

2. And are they serious about paying each other off like this in public -- vote for this bill, and we'll hook you up with a bunch of money for your croni, er biggest donors?

2. Why is the Democratic party, which pretends that they aren't as sold out to corporate America every bit as badly as the Republican party is, willing to be so upfront about this crony-ized horror?

3. Shouldn't the folks like, uh, Democrat big head, John Kerry who try to create alarms about things 40 years in the future to redistribute our wealth to their corporate cronies who benefit from that alarm be all over the timber companies for supposedly screwing up our environment instead of throwing nearly a billion frickin' dollars at them?

4. Why do I feel like I'm the only person who freaks out about how utterly criminalized the Dems and the Repubs -- each and every one who's willing to run under one of those parties -- appear when I read this stuff? Self-introspectively-speaking here for a moment, I always feel so isolated and confused around election time. Why do you vote for Republicans if you hate this type of stuff too? Why do you vote for Democrats if you hate this type of stuff too?

I know what you're going to say. Something about how it's always been this way and that you're voting for the lesser of two evils. But doesn't that mean that you're voting for evil? I don't want to vote for evil. I want to fight evil, don't you? So shouldn't we be fighting these evil-doing politicians in the Republican and Democratic parties instead of embracing them in any way shape or form?

Isn't the best way to do that to stop voting for them, and if you're an honest politician (naively or not, I do believe they exist, at least until they sell out to one of these parties) shouldn't you get out of these parties?

Does the Internet and the fact that I can write this and you can read this and then we can discuss this freely and, most importantly in regards to the change, EASILY in the comments change everything? I do believe it does! The death of the two-party political system is nigh!

Ah, long live democracy. Finally.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, that'd be so awesome if that came true.

How in the world are we suppose to get anything done as a country when every member of the gov't is out for their own political gain?

Sickening.... so I hope you're right someday.

6/21/2006 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen L. McKay said...

As one self proclaimed "song and dance man" once said in a piece; "The Times They Are A-Changin", but in this case, and much to our mutual chagrin, not fast enough! I'm afraid you are right about many who are complacent and who accept the status quo, and don't forget those who benifit and profit from it and don't want things to change.

I used to live in Chicago (for 12 years), and I can tell you that all the stories you have heard about corruption in the windy city are or were true! I say were becasuse today you would be arrested for trying to hand a cop a fifty dollar bill along with your driver license, but for fifty or sixty years it was an accepted practice and no one thought to do much about it. A recent documentary on A&E described the halls within the Cook County Criminal Courts building back in the 70's as resembling a trading pit, with all the buying and selling of judges and verdicts going on out in the open, but that is no longer the case. Here in N.Y., where I now live, the five families controlled all sorts of commerce and held the strong arm of violence over inocent business people in order to extort their hard earned money. This also was tolerated and accepted even by the FBI for a time! I am 46, and when I was a kid you could smoke in department stores! I remember men waiting for their wives to try on clothes sitting in the crowded dress department smoking away (the stores were full of ashtrays for the customers convenience)! Look how long it has taken for women to chip away at the sheet of glass so firmly placed above their heads, and how long it has taken the mainstreem to accept that we need to take care of this planet because, believe it or not, forty years comes around pretty fast! That was not meant as a shot, just a reality.

My point that change of the type that we would both like to see will come. There is not one shred of doubt in my mind, but it will take both time and effort, and I mean relentless effort and a lot of time. The thing is, there is a percentage who will never change, and so we have to accept that with this group patience is the only strategy, and attrition is the only solution. At the same time we need to be proactive and educate those who are young enough to see the light, so to speak, and who can make a difference in the future, and to do that we need to speak about these issues as often as we can and to anyone who will listen!

Thanks for a great post cody, and keep up the good work! One day, I promise you there will be no backroom deals in Washington that benefit a select few at the expense of the tax payer anymore than there are ashtrays outside of womens dressing rooms today!

Figure out how to bug Ritholz a little more! It's pretty funny!

6/22/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Blogger RDS said...

Cody- Right on cody. The dem/repub oligarchy is all about protecting corporate boardrooms at the expense of everything else. Corporate cronism indeed.

On multiple levels, the dem/repub complex is pushing the US toward 3rd world status (debt, dollar, corrupution, disease outbreaks due to lack of border control, public school detterioration due to ......)

Recommendation- term limits for congress and elections at tax time.

6/22/2006 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous WoosterOhio said...

Hey Cody,
I don't necessarily vote along party lines - and I realize that cronyism, corporate pandering, lobbying, etc. continue to thrive.

My focus is on a candidate's stand on what I consider a truly dire issue of our time: abortion.

People look back on the holocaust and wonder why "someone" didn't do something to stop the slaughter.

Today people look at places like Darfur and wonder why it is allowed to continue.

Anyone who has watched on an ultrasound a fetus at only four weeks, realizes that it is a perfectly formed and complete human being.

I love free enterprise and democracy. I'm like you Cody, I've never taken a dime from the system and never intend to. I will always do my part to make this country great.

But until the slaughter of innocent human babies in America is stopped - my vote will remain for politicians who are Pro Life.

Keep up your good work!

6/22/2006 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Wow, great discussion, thanks. Wes, isnt' it amazing how much wealth, value, innovation and assets we in the private sector can create despite these parties and their cronies siphoning off of us every step of the way?

Stephen -- The times, they are a changin' indeed, and that change is accelerating, as some of your examples underscore. Love it.

RDS -- I completely disagree that things are getting worse.

By item: the debt? I'd rather they stop spending, but not because I have any problems with debt itself. Debt cuts both ways and when the eocnomy booms as it has been for decades, the debt helps propel is further and longer.

Corruption -- yes fully agree, that's the one I think we can fix.

Diseases because of lack of border control? I thought this was supposed to be a free country. Why do we want to keep anyone who wants to come here out? The more the merrier, it's not a zero sum game. The more people in our system, the better the system gets. And besides, the government hasa no constitutional right to keep tabs on us anyway.

WoosterOhio -- I fully embrace your approach of voting based on a principle that is important to you. But there are non-mainstream politicians who agree with you. Don't sell out to these Democrat and Republican evil-doers and cronies by voting for them!

6/22/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger RDS said...

Cody- Agreed, - cut debt with spending cuts, especially spending directed toward the 10% of mexico that's living here in the states.

BTW, forget bird flu, TB is migrating northward. Let's make sure that new immigrants are disease free.

6/22/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Make sure of what? This immigrant disease nonsense is just another justification of, well, bigots who are scared of a free market. Open up the borders! This is supposed to be a free country.

6/22/2006 01:08:00 PM  

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