Yes, Romney was the establishment pick for this election year. He represents the financially comfortable class that has controlled the GOP since at least the Grant Administration. These people have a business culture insight on tax policy and economics but view the working middle class with true contempt. I had an uncle who managed to make it good owning a regional trucking company so I no whereof i speak from listening to his contemptuous remarks about the non-country club types of white middle class types. These selfish snobs are happy to be complicit in the destruction of the middle class. That group contains to many people who actually have the temerity to not do what their betters tell them. It is also full of people who attend church for reasons other than socializing for an hour each Sunday. It is also full of people who are ‘stupid’ enough to serve in the armed forces. (My uncle and his family made it clear that ‘smart people don't go to Viet nam (his phrase) while I was on leave before deploying for my first tour there.) The Romney Republicans are very comfortable in exporting the industrial base and replacing the production and manufacturing model of the economy for the consumerism and debt creation version. There are enemies in our own house of that there is no doubt. If we are not to become a banana republic controlled by queers, criminals, banksters , illegals and the Amish then we are going to have to contemplate de facto third party behavior within the shell of the GOP and a willingness to stop being so virtuous and rule obedient as a group.
I personally think Santorum’s idea to eliminate the tax on manufacturing would have been the most effective direct job creator. Mate it with some of the other ideas of the other candidates and we could have a serious economic boom in our future.
You tax the ore when its taken out of the ground, you tax it again when its refined into metal, you tax it again when its machined into a screw, you tax it again when its on a finished part. There are even taxes on the machines that do those jobs and taxes on the energy they used to do it. Depending on what the finished part is you might even catch another tax.
I used to work for a company that made inside door skins for Cadillacs and a few other interior parts. The materials used for each door were valued at under $50 but by the time the finished product was loaded for the trip to Livonia they were valued at better than $600 each. They took a lot of intricate labor intensive assembly which jacked the price up considerably but the taxes added another 30% or so. We weren’t high paid people either. Hell I made under $13 per hour as a paint room foreman.
posted on 07/18/2012 5:17:04 PM PDT
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