How About Some Changes….

I guess I am still fixated on the post from yesterday about how so many very sparsely populated States in the U.S. now have so much power. It seems that our country is quite out of balance right now as a result of past decisions.  Maybe it is time to revisit some of that stuff.  Being that I am the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread I will take a stab at this. If you want to call this the Walters’ Doctrine go ahead. I will take the blame for all of it. Here is my list of things that need to change:

  • Corporations are not people — I know the Supreme Court recently decided otherwise but it just doesn’t make any more sense than deciding that trees are now people.
  • My Vote should count for who becomes President — Since I am a progressive living in a solidly red state my vote seldom counts when it comes to electing our president.  The President should be elected by the people not by geographical areas.  I know the electoral college was necessary in the horse and buggy days but in the age of the Internet it is totally senseless.
  • Everyone should be allowed to vote — My mother, God rest her soul, was not able to vote in 2008. The reason for that is that she no longer had a driver’s license and the State of Indiana as a result pulled her name from the polling list. Since most of the people who don’t have driver’s licenses are elderly or low on the economic scale it excludes them to the advantage of the Republican candidates. Yes, my mother could have stood in an hour-long line to get her “license” and poor people who can’t afford a car could take a day off without pay to do the same but there needs to be a better way to do this.
  • We should not be able to get into another war until we have paid for the last one  —  I have to admit that I am “borrowing” this one from my hero Will Rogers. If Mr. Bush had paid for his two wars we would not be in nearly as much trouble as we are now. Since most issues that get attention now days are “pocketbook” issues let’s make war one of them.
  • Eliminate the Filibuster — allowing less than half the people to stop basically all legislation is just not right.  If, like in the past, it were used on a very rare basis that would be one thing. But to allow it to be used more in three years than in the last one hundred means that it is being severely abused.  That needs to end.
  • Stop all the foolishness about “death taxes” — One of the bedrocks of our country has been to prevent a U.S. aristocracy. We did that by imposing a significant inheritance tax on those who are absurdly wealthy.  Up until recently the inheritance tax has been a major source of income for the country. As a matter of fact before income taxes it , along with import/export taxes, was the main source of income.  People like Mr. Romney don’t need to give each of his five kids a $50 million tax free head start. $25 million should ruin them just as easily. If nothing else restrict the inheritance taxes collected to pay off the deficit. We would probably be amazed at how quickly our debt would disappear.

I’m way over my self-imposed five hundred word limit for posts so I will just stop here. Besides with all this brainy stuff spewing off the top of my head I need to stop and let it cool off……

5 thoughts on “How About Some Changes….

  • I agree with all except the “death taxes”. They were changed because the family farm was being sold because the land was “worth so much”. As a result many farms were being bought by the Japanese (at the time) and the products were never used in the States. There has to be a way to protect family farms and family companies . Maybe inheritance up to a million dollars That amount would not cover my son in law’s 1858 family farm- outside of Kan City-which will be farmed by four families. The developers would love to get that piece of land instead of putting it into corn and cattle. Much more important to have more box houses there?
    You may not have much- but my parents’ generation built up farms and businesses not to be auctioned off to the lowest bidder….
    I totally agree on the voter id laws are not good for the elderly. The problem with your story is, why didn’t YOU go and help get your mom a State ID card? That is what my father got the day he gave up his license. Kansas is setting up temporary ID stations all across the state to try to rectify the problem here.

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  • Thanks for the comments Janette. The total exemption for inheritance taxes is $5 million so your $1million example is more than covered. As a matter of fact it exempts about 97% of all inheritance cases (and I imagine at least a corresponding amount of farms). What it doesn’t cover are instances such as Mr. Romney who wants to pass $50 million + to each of his sons without any taxes.

    As to my mom she was bed ridden and planned to vote absentee. The license branch insists on having a picture taken for the card in order to vote. Mom bristled at this and refused to do it. Sometimes she was as ornery as me (or the other way around). I agree that if we had a national ID card and corresponding verification system it would solve many of our problems. The current solution established in mostly Republican States is not equitable and needs to change.

    But I am glad to hear that you agree with all the other things I cite. Maybe you can talk to some of your Republican friends to ask them to tell their representative to make them happen.

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  • F.Y.I ….Currently, the inheritance tax is 35 percent with a $5 million exemption per estate. On January 1, 2013 the rate jumps to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption, among the highest rates in the world. That is just unfair.
    Voter ID would likely create more problems and expense than it would solve. I’m not sure that voter fraud is really that rampant or if it’s just an issue drummed up for political fodder. I don’t know who to believe.
    I am still speechless as to the Supreme Court ruling on corporations…it was just dumfbounding.
    Filibustering is a last resort way to stop an opponent and does not serve the good of the people. They need to do their jobs, talk, compromise, legislate….not pander to their interest groups.

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    • Thanks for setting me straight Jane. I didn’t know that Obama was able to get the higher exemption for only two years and that it would revert back to the Bush years rate after that. For the farmers and other small businesses lets hope the Republicans don’t filibuster a continuation of the higher exemption. The 55 percent rate is the max so but I don’t know what the min an forward rate is currently.

      But for me personally, no one in my family would be affected by even the $1million number. My folks left exactly $0.00 after the lawyer’s fees and such and I am leaving all my riches (ha) to tax free charities. So, I really don’t follow this much.

      Instead of adding loophole after loophole we really need to look at all of the revenue sources necessary to run our government . Let’s hope that some degree of sanity can return to our political process to allow that to happen. No way it can be done in today’s environment.

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  • Why not leave your money (ha) to the government?
    A million does not cover the family farm (land). It will be messy.
    Where did you pull the 50 million per kid from for Romney?

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