From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12;48) Quoted by Marco Rubio in his introduction of Mitt Romney, Republican nominee for the office of President of the United States of America
The crass brazenness of quoting this from the Christian Bible to apply it to a member of the church of Latter Day Saints who has much and protects it in tax havens around the world makes me shake my head in absolute disgust. The Republican party wants us, the tax payers, to pay the salary of a person who runs away from paying taxes in the very country that he wants to lead. If it were not that I know that the IRS will still do its job, I would not pay a dime of income tax in the country if he gets elected.
What I want to know is why the American people would even consider giving their hard earned money to the guy.
Not only will he off-shore his earnings, he has already begun rattling the country's sabers in preparation of being able to create jobs for Republican cronies Halliburton, Kellog, Xe et al by putting more of the people we love in harm's way and wasting the very money that he himself runs away from paying to the coffers. His idea of diplomacy is to kick ass first and ask questions later...much later. But, he also does not intend to raise the money to pay for his G.I. Joe fun and games.
That's not all. The platform that he is running on does not provide for any significant income to the coffers. Of course, we don't need income in his vision because he will reduce spending in the public sector. So, he will continue to increase his wealth, taking money from Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Telecomm, Big Finance, Big Agri, Big Fuel, big everything and conveniently padding his offshore bank accounts. All to the tune of taking his salary out of our pocket.
He will strive to poke holes in every square in of the continent, on shore and off-shore in order to find more oil. The environment means nothing to this guy. Fossil fuels are his dream. The money that he will realize from Big Oil will keep him happy for all four years of the term that he might get.
You've noticed that they talk a lot about religious freedom? That means that you can do what your religion tells you to do as long as you don't expect us to distribute the wealth derived from your taxes. It means that we will protect life in your womb, but the hell with the rest. Once you're born and up and about, you're on your own. School teachers will lose their jobs, police too maybe, fire fighters maybe, regulatory systems to protect the air and so many other things. So, people, be free, but don't expect any help. Have a good life. Hope you enjoy Iran and Syria. We know that you and your employers are going to fund Medicare and Social Security, but we'll take care of you the way we see fit when the time comes. (This attitude, by the way, is not a monopoly of the Republican party.)
Bottom line. Romney and Ryan come from religious backgrounds where the sharing of wealth in favor of the less fortunate is a key virtue. Ryan was publicly denounced by a leading Catholic University for his views on social justice. Romney says that he tithes but he protects himself from funding the US government, so just because he wasn't denounced by Brigham Young Uni, that's OK. Consider him denounced from here. So, we're being promised religious freedom by two buffoons who can't even spell the word!
So, y'all, have fun. Tune in again next week. It'll be Obama and Biden time.