You're still not going to get shit with the flat 10% income tax. It's not going to be enough to keep this place afloat, especially with all the fraud associated wih it. I say eliminate the income taxx altogether and make a flat 15% sales tax on everything. People can always lie about thier income, but you need to pay a sales tax on what you buy. This way, our money only gets taxed once (as it lawfully should).
The whole idea about stop being the world's policemen sounds good on paper, but in reality, will lead to civilization's demise rather quickly. So much, that we won't be able to do anything about it almost immediately. You guys need to understand our role on this plant. Whether people like it or not, we are the world's manager. That's why we're so despised. There is no way that the thought of this is even a hypothetical. I wish it wasn't the case. Hell, I love waking up with my family just like the next guy, but I know that what I do will ultimately aid towards another "peaceful" day... as peaceful as it gets. My children don't think about the terror and evil of this world. They don't worry themselves to sleep at night. They blindly believe that they'll be sheltered and fed without any incident. I'm sure the same goes for all of your children. And you know what? It's their right to do so. That's what they should be doing. They only need to worry about little chores, what to wear, which of the multiple food options they're going to choose for their one of three or four meals a day, who they are going to play with outside, etc... It's not a matter of whether they have money or not. We can all make enough money to support a family. I'm talking about maintaining a society stable enough to have these luxuries. I have a 12 year old son, a two year old daughter, and a 5 month old son. I have three healthy, loved children that I enjoy watching grow up to be moral, God-fearing contributors to society. What I have in a 3rd world country is a second year soldier, a young prostitute, and leverage for a month's supply of food at the market. How fucked up does that sound?!?! Do you know how many fucking kids are out there, younger than my son, on their own- defending themselves, working as either slaves or prostitues for food, or God knows what? You take America out of the "world policing business," and I give it less than a fiscal quarter to signs of that society growing here (even more than it is). I'll be damned... I'll be GOD DAMNED if I stand by and sit idle while there are efforts being made to keep what we have together. The best way to do that is go straight to the source and fuck it up it's God-damned ass with the biggest, bluntest object we can find. Starting with this terrorism bullshit and this ethnic cleansing crap.
While I'm up on this soap box (gpamp, get the fuck back), fuck ANYONE who opposes ANY effort to better this world. You all need to be fucking ashamed of this place we call earth. It's a failure for all of us to own. Our efforts do more good in one day than the rest of the world does combined in a year. Prove me wrong. Go ask anyone that was pulled from Viet Nam, anyone that witnessed the Korean War from a South Korean's point of view, any European or Jew that lived through WWII, anyone from the Balkens that were under Serbian threat, any of the Kurdish and 90% of the Iraqi people now that Saddam is gone, any Kuwaiti for that matter. I can go on. Ask any of them. Ask them if what America does as "world police" isn't necessary. Ask them if UN intervention would suffice.
Our worst critic of our efforts is ourselves. You know why? Because we got it so damned good. We don't know what a threat is like. Sure, most of us opened our eyes for about, what, a week in mid-September of 2001? Try living that way EVERY FUCKING DAY somewhere else; knowing that you'll NEVER get the support you need to handle those evil threats. I know we're not going to stop it from happening all over the world. No one ever said we could or would. But when we put as much effort as we reasonably can where the sources of the prolems are, we can keep MOST of it way from our children... MY children.
Another thing, I hope the problem never grows to the point that we need another draft (I currently don't see that happening anyway) because I don't want anyone part of this effort that doesn't want to be here. You can fucking keep those bastards and have a Democratic National Convention or something while the difference makers do something about it. If Barak Obama gets elected, do you understand the drop in morale that everyone will have over here? How many of our finest Liberty-keepers, do you think, will want to work under him as their Commander in Chief?!?! Could you see him come talk to the troops on a base in Iraq and get the undivided attention that W or McCain HAVE (note: both have been out here several times in support) received? I think he'd have to worry more about the troops than the insurgents out here. He doesn't think we need to be here. He thinks our efforts are going to waste. He thinks our efforts are giving this country a bad name to the rest of the world. Well, fuck him. Fuck his wife. Fuck his supporters. Fuck the people who vote for him. Fuck them all. The only reason they're able to bitch about our efforts is because we ARE maintaining a society that enables them to do so! You wouldn't believe the win we'll give our biggest enemies the day he takes his oath for office.
Now, don't get me wrong. I know not every one of us needs to be out here and I'm glad for that. We need most at the homefront and maintain our society from there and help our children enjoy what we have. I even took a break from it to enjoy it with my family for a short while too. Not needing everyone out here shows that we have "somewhat" of a control on what goes on, thank God. We also have TONS of support from those who stay at home (and bless every one of you). Without support from the homefront, we might as well put the nooses around our necks. Without people living their lives worry-free, we see no reason to even be where we are. We need to see people having fun, care-free time with their families. We need to have people taking care of our loved ones while we're gone. We need people trying to contact us, wondering if we're OK. We need people getting mad at others who oppose our efforts. We need people voting to put the right people in office to maintain these efforts. I'm directing most of this post to those who do their armchair war commentating from their living room, in front of CNN. Those people can eat shit, for all I care. Enjoy what you have. I enjoy listening to you bitch from 12,000 miles from this war zone. I bet you don't even know how heavy Kevlar gear is, let alone how to put it on. Aren't you glad you don't know?
I forgot how bad a Kevlar vest breaks my back out. Do you hear anyone out in Iraq or where ever get on a public message board and say: I hate this heat. I hate this sandstrom for the third day in a row. I hate sand in my asscrack! I hate the smell of these locals. I hate not seeing my kids every day. I hate loud booms and sitting in a bunker for one or two of my four hours I have to sleep. I hate not getting alcohol or getting laid. I hate not driving my Cobra. I hate not being albe to reach out and shake gpamp like an infant. I hate seeing people mock us at our fallen brothers' funerals once their bodies hit the States. I haven't heard much, if any bitching from the people (troops OR civilians) that are working out here. Let me take this post to speak for them because these people out here are the last people you'll be hearing bitching from. They deal with their issues themselves.
MY main bitch is that we're not doing enough, as opposed to too much. We need a full-frontal assault on the criminals in Iraq and Afghanistan (OBL included). We need to terminate any possible threat that Iran has with "nuclear" in it. At this point, we shouldn't care what their intentions are. They created our perception of them. They can live (or not) with it. We need to wipe out East Africa, period. I know it sounds shitty, but most of the population is either corrupt, hostile, stubborn, or plain ignorant to the point it's not correctable. Why fight the 85-90% just to have to TRY to save the 10% or so that MIGHT turn out to create a civilized society. We need to put China, Russia, and N. Korea in check. With their backs against the wall and our hands around their neck, we should be able to come to some sort of an agreement (diplomatically, of course) on why their muscle flexing to smaller countries around them really isn't necessary. We need to take the name "Chavez" out of the word "Venezuela." People like him just don't need to be alive. Once we get to this point, maybe, just maybe, we can start backing off of our "world policing." As of right now, no one else will step up. Granted, we do have allies who come to support us, but there will be no effort without America leading the way.
Back to my original point, though. If we stop this effort of policing the world, I give society, as we know it, less than a year to exist the way it does.
Healthcare? Ya, I've been known to bitch about that too... until I see the rest of the world again, first person. Go ahead and take my $300 a month and all my co-pays. Thank you health care system for keeping my family healthy. I could never see America turning to a government controlled, national heath care system. Look at what it's done to our public school system. Look what it's done to public health systems like UK and Canada. Most of the people leave the country to get "quality" work done. I think our current set-up is fine. I believe holding the insurance, medical and pharmacutical companies accountable and fully responsible for regulating a decent compensation for their products and services. Lobbyists have no business being anywhere around our lawmakers and bill passers, so put them in the same boat as Barak Obama and co.
Energy prices? Same story. Tell OPEC to get in Barak's "fuck off" boat. Pump more of ours (with still some overseas coming in) and anyone profitting from it has to pay a certain percentage towards efforts of finding/refining alternative energy sources and products. Big awards to those who make industry-changing break throughs. It'll work itself out eventually.
This isn't rocket science, people. I'm no where NEAR above average on anyone's intelligence level. Simple God-given common sense and decentcy can get most of this done in record time. We just need to get someone into office that can put it on a piece of paper to get the appropriate signatures for. Present it to the people and elected officials with heart, care and simplicity so that no one has an excuse to deny it (or put them on the USS Fuck Off Barack Obama as well). Build a supporting staff that's reliable, capable and trustworthy enough to handle their assignments. Accountable for his and their actions from cradle to grave and is open to CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. And finally, able to tackle any other incidents or crisis that may arise during these correcting years.