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A. A woman, with two small children, separated from an abusive husband. He has just started violating a no-contact order, and is making threats over the upcoming divorce.
B. A father of three boys, married, lives in rural area. Owns 97 acres of woods. Has a two mile driveway. Then fifteen miles of one lane road to the nearest major highway, whose junction is 38 miles from the nearest police station.
C. A 15 year old urban dropout, who was jumped and beaten up badly when he was twelve in an act of random violence; he was in the wrong place when they were looking for something to do, allegedly to “teach him a lesson”; the reality? There was no reason for it.
D. A thirty year old man, who was raped over 100 times while a child by a neighbor, and that neighbor now is politically well connected, who boasts on talk radio of how big his arsenal is….
E. A bright, attractive professional woman of twenty five, who has a high powered job, lives alone out of necessity and convenience, lives on an international schedule, enters and exits often between midnight and 6 am.
F. A 43 year old mother, who at 18 became state’s witness and testified against her acquaintance and he, is being freed tomorrow, sentence done….
G. A 62 year old pill popping DJ, who excels at conservative talk radio, by stirring up hate, spinning lies into truth, and coining derogative names to be recycled by bitter old white me, like “femminazi’s”….
H. Pastor Washington, who has taken the calling of walking around the inner city on very cold nights, and persuade homeless people to swallow their pride and come inside to a warm shelter…
I. One day, you?
It began as an answer to a question. Why do economies crash when taxes are cut, and grow when taxes are raised?
The historical evidence is overwhelming. Tax cuts caused the Great Depression. Tax increases caused a bounce back. Tax Cuts caused the second part of the Great Depression in 1937. Tax increases almost up to 100% during WWII gave us the most booming economy in our history.
The 50′s with high taxes, were a boom for America’s business. The boom continued up until Reagan announced a tax cut was part of his platform. A recession followed. As the economy got itself back together, the lowest tax cuts ever in Americas history were enacted in 1988. A huge recession followed. Almost as soon as the Clinton return to a higher tax rate was enacted, the economy bounced back, never stopping until Clinton’s successor, began trumpeting his version of tax cuts. As they were enacted, the economy slumped. It has never recovered, because the Bush Tax Cuts have never been rescinded. One year ago, as it looked probably that the tax cuts would be allowed to expire by the Democratic Congress and President, the economy began roaring back. Then, in November, the Republicans balked in the Senate, and without enough votes, the ice cold water of more tax cuts, put out the economic embers before they could ignite the economy’s flame….
The answer is simple. When you have low taxes, there is great incentive to take money out of the economy and gamble with it….
When you have high taxes, there is great incentive to bury your profits back into the economy by expanding ones business, such as building more manufacturing plants, investing more in research and development, paying more for your employees and their benefits, for the very simple reason that if you have low profits on paper, you have lower taxes…
All that money buried in your own business, is still yours.
America signed on the the Reagan mantra that low taxes would create investment opportunities for businesses to build more plants. Had that been so, then Reaganomics might have worked.
Problem was that corporate profits went instead, to overseas, or, were used to buy existing corporations and joined two companies together, cutting excess jobs. One can see this in Delaware by the elimination of lots of small Delawarean banks that used to dot our landscape.
It seems ironic that countries on the international scale that have the Republican ideal of government, such as low taxes and no regulation whatsoever, are poor like Paraguay. Those on the opposite extreme, with high taxes and lots of rules, have a rather high standard of living for almost all of its citizens… like Norway and Switzerland.
Would you rather live well? or live poorly?
If you chose living well, you should rejoice that now, we are having the idea discussed here in this country, of raising the taxes on the wealthy, just so they choose to invest here in America, in the form of building real jobs, for the very reason they don’t want to pay those higher taxes….
The President, in Wilmington, stood under a rain drenched canopy, and welcomed the crown prince and princess of Sweden….
And from them, the chief executive accepted in “profound gratitude” a monument erected by the Swedish people on the spot where their countrymen first set foot upon the new world…
Rain, falling steadily through the night and day, brought a dreary note to the historic scene, at the junction of the Delaware and Christina Rivers. Decorative flags and buntings sagged.
Although the president’s speech was addressed to “your royal highness”, he paid tribute to the Finns who were represented too, in the 1638 colonization of Delaware.
“Finland, small in size, but mighty in honor, occupies an especially warm place in the American heart.” he said to Finnish foreign minister Rudolf Holsti, without specifically referring to that country’s lone practice, of all European debtor nations, of paying it’s installments to this country, regularly and on time….
Accepting the monument, the president said, “It will typify the close association and continued good will between our two nations”..
“To this spot, came the pioneers, but in succeeding centuries, tens and thousands have come to these shores and added their strength and fine qualities of citizenship to the American nation.”
Americans remember “with grateful hearts”, the chief executive declared, that Sweden was the first neutral European nation to negotiate a “treaty of amity and grace with our young and struggling nation.”
Turning to Delaware’s governor, the President remarked that that official, holds office in offical succession of those governors from New Sweden.
Which reminds me, said the chief executive of a rhyme descriptive of the doughty first governor Johann Printz, who is said to have tipped the scales at over 300 pounds…
“No governor of Del.
Before or since,
Has weighed as much
As Johann Printz.”
Worship in the historic Old Swedes Church, and an afternoon address by the Secretary of State Cordell Hull, followed Mr. Roosevelt’s address and dedication of the monument on the day’s program.