Five years ago, I penned these words in my printed newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required), in a column titled Ignorance of Reality:
The system and its controlled masses are hostile toward reality. They want no discomfort of thought. They are at peace with regimentation although not aware. The system is pabulum for lazy people. The first wake-up call is to come to know that there is a system.
All around, it seems there is an awakening, particularly among those of the masses who call themselves “Republicans.” The fiscal cliff deal may prove to be the first true wake-up call for the masses.
Senate Republicans joined with Democrats and voted overwhelmingly to raise taxes on 77 percent of Americans. House Republicans split on the vote, but enough joined the Democrats to pass the bill which was conceived by Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. The bill reportedly “solved” the artificially created fiscal cliff crisis. The political class on both “sides” of the spectrum claim to hate the bill for what is and what is not in it. That is all for show.
President Barack Obama and his minions have for months vowed to raise taxes only on “the rich” who were not paying their “fair share.” He promised that those who aren’t “rich” would not see a dime of tax increases. Yet thanks to the fiscal cliff bill, American workers saw the tax on their paychecks rise from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent because a payroll tax cut passed in 2011 and 2012 was not renewed.
This means workers earning $20,000 to $30,000 will take home $300 less per year. Workers earning $50,000 to $70,000 will see their paychecks drop by about $1,000 per year. Workers earning about $100,000 per year will lose about $2,000 per year in take-home pay. And those in the $500,000 to $1 million range will pay about $15,000 in additional taxes.
The meme out of the cesspool that is Washington, D.C., is that our benevolent leaders saved us from doom once again by sparing us a tax increase and dreaded “cuts” to government services. But workers will see that their paychecks are smaller and will wonder why.
They may also come to wonder why the legislation contained $76 billion in tax favors for large corporations like General Electric, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and DIAGEO and why Hollywood and green energy companies received special favors. These are favors the White House insisted the bill contain, and Democrat and Republican lawmakers concurred.
This transfer of wealth cannot be hidden and cannot go unnoticed. Even the ever-sleeping, beer-swilling, “Monday Night Football”-“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”-“American Idol”-watching crowd will notice their paychecks are smaller and begin to inquire as to why.
To conclude the above-mentioned column, I wrote:
People with system blinders on cannot see the axiom that, “things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.” If there are two politicians each under different party labels but upon objective analysis they have the same philosophy and the approximate voting record, they are the same in reality. An inconsistent mind knows not the difference in system-taught altruism and the sour odor of fraud upon the people and himself. Emperors upon the thrones of the earth know they created it.
There must be an awakening before there is change. Americans must learn that their taxes do not run a government that can print money to infinity. Taxes — and its sister tax, inflation — are simply a transfer of wealth to fund the fascist system that is American democracy.