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Highway Robbery

Updated on November 19, 2017

American Scheme

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If you look at this graph, does it make you angry?

It does me. And what makes me even angrier is the anger at the president now! From 2000-2008, we have had a steady rise in income at the top levels of our society, while the lowest levels stagnate and the middle falls. It is just incredible that this happened without any of the Tea-Parties or Talking Head degenerates or political operatives who now rail about the deficit and debt!

This tax cut increased our deficit ten-fold. And who did it help? You can see for yourself, it helped the people making over 1 million dollars!

Did it increase jobs?

Did it "stimulate the economy"?

No, it increased the wealth of the wealthiest Americans. This is what we went into debt for.

Now president Obama has come along and done something amazing. He gave me a tax break! Me, a low income earner struggling to make ends meet, saw someone actually care about my situation. Me--the forgotten and ignored American. The American of no value I guess, since for eight years it was all about the Benjamins baby. In fact, president Obama mentioned this in one of his speeches. He called us "the unsung Americans". Yes, the invisible people.

When Obama talks about single moms, or kids in the ghetto, or people with no health insurance, or people who have lost jobs, he is speaking to us: Those of us who weren't included in the prosperity of the last decade.Those of us who have been in a recession, or a depression, for a long time. Was nobody angry then?

Maybe we didn't think to be angry about it...we took it in stride. That's life, you know? Cost of living up, quality of life, down. Wages stuck on neutral or pink-slipped into ignominy. Was there something we should have said then? It was too much about the "war" then...too much in shock and stupor to worry about our personal situation.

But now, when I see these over-fed, over-spoiled, over-dramatic people rail about the deficit and the debt, it makes me want to scream.

Did you not care when it happened to the lowlies? Did you not see where that money went? Are you just now waking up to the fact that we got screwed?

Well I say you are a day late and a dollar short. And now we have a president that has the heart to gives us the time of day, and you are out to destroy him?

My dear Tea-Bagging are in for a big surprise. If you think we are going to lie down and let you ruin it when we finally have a president who doesn't cow-tow to the millionaire crowd...well, let's just paraphrase Bugs Bunny here; "You don't know us vewwy well."

Time for the Obama supporters to let him know how much we appreciate him and what he is trying to do.

You say you want your country back? I say leave mine alone!

**graph from Too Poor To Vote**

The REAL Problem

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David Stockman, Reagans Budget Director

“The destruction of fiscal rectitude under Ronald Reagan—one reason I resigned as his budget chief in 1985—was the greatest of his many dramatic acts,” Stockman writes. “It created a template for the Republicans’ utter abandonment of the balanced-budget policies of Calvin Coolidge and allowed George W. Bush to dive into the deep end, bankrupting the nation through two misbegotten and unfinanced wars, a giant expansion of Medicare and a tax-cutting spree for the wealthy that turned K Street lobbyists into the de facto office of national tax policy. In effect, the G.O.P. embraced Keynesianism—for the wealthy.”

Conservative Politics Are Destroying America

We've been in the clutches of conservative economic orthodoxy since 1980, and this is the result.

April 1, 2013 |

These were compiled by Dave Johnson at Campaign for America's Future:

In each of the charts below look for the year 1981, when Reagan took office.

Conservative policies transformed the United States from the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation in just a few years, and it has only gotten worse since then:

In Parting

The Robber Baron Era is fast returning. And truth be told, America was at it's most prosperous when taxes on the rich were high....

It should be a sign of pride shouldn't it? When one has so much money, even taxes can't dent the wealth? And when one can do so much for the country that provides your platform to excel?

Honestly, I don't know. I'm not in that bracket. But I do know, I feel PROUD when I pay the government. It means I'm helping my fellow Americans out.

E Pluribus Unum

Why Can't We Live Together?


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    • lovemychris profile image

      Yes Dear 3 days ago from Cape Cod, USA

      BREAKING: 82 million middle class households with a tax increase in the GOP plan.

      Source: Non-Partisan Tax Policy Center.

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      Yes Dear 5 days ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Trump's tax cuts are the biggest wealth grab in modern history."

      Remember George Carlin? "They're coming for your social security"....

      That day has arrived.

      How's that for "economic anxiety"? And you can pretend you didn't know, but c' daft must anyone be to NOT know that a rich money grubber would not really help you?

      But don't worry...they'll criminalize abortion, lock millions up for pot, and stop black people from I geuss you won.

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      Yes Dear 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Remember. the dossier says trump and page were promised 19% of rosneft if they got sanctions lifted.....

      cypress bank hides money for the richistans. Wilbur ross involved in it.

      know who else has good greek connects"

      George Papadopoulous.

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      Yes Dear 4 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Under trump, made in america is losing out to russian steel"

      And dontt forget that ivankas stuff is made in china.

      Did u forget? Or does he just get to say anything and you dont care?

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      Yes Dear 5 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Oh my. "Trumps benghazi"

      Niger was a russian military op

      Russia just made deal with niger....

      Goodness! Will we have hearings more than 9/11 like hillary????

      Repubs in charge....its only wrong if dems do it. Silly

      And will you rightwingers be remembering these 4 men forever?

      Oh pullleazzze. Different prez in charge....we dont speak of those things anymore

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      Yes Dear 7 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Vp mike pence will be keynote speaker for the koch brothers policy and political stategy retreat.


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      Yes Dear 2 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Call me middle of the road....i think the worst kind of corruption is taking money from a hostile foreign nation to sell out your country.

      This happened. Not just trump, a lot of gop.

      McConnell killed the news about putin hacking when he knew way back in summer 16.

      Ryan took vlad $$. As did others.

      And yet, this truth keeps getting scoffed at, excused, ignored, obfuscated to something about rotten hillary and terrible obama.

      I am telling the truth when i say i am flabbergasted.

      Stunned by the refusals to see and stunnned even more now for the years of being called an america hater by these same people.

      Numb might be a better word. And the daily inhumanity is shocking.

      This experiment is being tested. And even though the majority is showing its face, the small extreme keeps ignoring.

      This needs to be fixed. What arcane bullsheite allows for the majority of a country to be oppressed?

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      Yes Dear 3 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "America isnt broke, were being robbed. In 1950, corporations paid $3 in tax for every $1 paid by workers. Now .25 cents."

      And guess what? Trump and repubs want to give them more.

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      Yes Dear 9 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      where is trump going to put these people hes locking up until trial?

      FEMA camps, or as keith olbermann says, camps with concentration.

      keep saying you havent seen this before.

      and we'll keep saying, dont ask how it could happen...its here.

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      Yes Dear 11 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      i guess while people r so busy wanting to drain the gubmint swamp, they ignore the global ocean.

      who is it that are the globalists? american workers? uhuh. corporations and big biz are the globalists.

      just watched one on tv. head of estee lauder. he said being a global competitor, usa needs to lower corporate tax rates.

      this reason companys leave. do cheaper business elsewhere, more profit for them.

      how is that care for the american worker?

      only if they are shareholders or own stock in company.

      so plz tell me who cares for american worker?

      heres my idea of good leader: "good jobs at good wages, or we dont need you"

      pipe dream.

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      Yes Dear 17 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Dump Trump is not a liberal movement, but a conservative one.

      Funny how Trump supporters always point at liberals.

      Bernie Sanders is demanding that dem primaries include indies and non registered.....

      No! Work to build up your own dam party instead of trying to hijack the Democratic one!

      Tea party dems and tea party Repubs. Just who do you think you are?

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      Yes Dear 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Wow. The latest "religious freedom" bill says business can refuse to serve you if you've had an extra marital affair.

      First of all, how would they know...Scarlet letter?

      Second, "First they came for the gays" out.

      Fascistas in the midst.

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      Yes Dear 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Btw, I notice a lot of people jumping on that Hillary picture with Bernie in the background on her statement about healthcare reform. Oh yes, you used it to cream her. Well she is right. Sanders did not support her initiative, because he wanted Universal Healthcare. Hillarys proposal didn't go far enough for him. She needed every dem vote to get that passed, and with his no vote, Sanders did help it fail.

      So, lets stop the knee-jerk Hillary bashing, look at the truth.

      And really, how many of you voted for Nader? I have my integrity credentials. Perhaps i see something in Hillary that you dont. Or perhaps im saying no repub 4 fecta again, evah.

      But quit acting like Hillary supporters don't know the deal.

      Aren't liberal enough.

      Are stupid, brainwashed corporatists....

      Anyone alive knows the deal. And as my dad used to say, there's more than one way to skin a cat.

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      Yes Dear 22 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Interesting...even Has interview w Ron Paul. Says Trump is authoritarian. "Im going to tell you what to do and youll do it"

      Your god is like that too, huh?

      And you dont think were in phallic age, eh,?

      Who in right mind wants to be told what to do?

      Also intersting....Cruz went to Harvard, Princeton, wife works for Goldman one asks if he eats arugula.

      He plays aw shucks real good.

      Just like Trump plays "you matter"real good.

      Its all an illusion.

      Ask Italy or Germany....dont fall for bravado. It usually means "mommy issues"

      Dr lmc knows

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      Yes Dear 23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The real problem with Cruz is he's not born here! Where the F are the Birthers??? He's 100% ineligible, and why is no one saying it?

      Nevermind.....Grayson says if Cruz gets the nomination: he's suing. This is farsical, given Cruz supporters still push the Obama Birther thing. THEIR candidate was born in Canada!

      Separate America......the stupid and double standards BURNNNNNN

      I want away from these ret&^%ded Goons.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Liz Walker speaking on tax code at National Press Club.

      What the Republicans in Congress are proposing is "the same rigged game"

      Is anyone surprised?

      Donald Trump told you that....did you forget? Or did he? "I'm a businessman I look at taxes as an expense. I have lawyers, accountants...and MEMBERS OF GOVERMNET that help me NOT pay!"

      So, if biz doesn't pay, who does? You don't know??? Come on. It's not poor people! It's the middle class...just why do you think it has disappeared?

      And I have a has a name, but I cant think of it.

      Take the good jobs away....make the cost of living high....make people so desperate they will work for nothing just to stay on the sidelines....Now they can offer ANY increase in wage and it will seem like a miracle for those living on the east of eden...."$10.00 an hour, I'll take it! Thank you God!"

      Meanwhile, according to Liz Walker, if wages had kept up with cost of living, minimum wage would be $22.oo an hour.

      So, you see? They squeezed us so dry, we'll take anything and think it's a blessing.

      3 card monty? Dirty pool?

      Those Dirty B*st*rds.

      Meanwhile----all the Money goes where? To the Tippety Top. Ka Ching!

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      This s what i mean about can get banned for speaking out against Israel, but it's OK if you call for the United States president to be shot....on numerous occasions.

      This is why I think it's a hasbara site.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "2/10ths of 1% of us made more money selling stocks and bonds in 1999 [the latest year available] than all other taxpayers put together; corporate taxes as a share of Federal revenues fell from 35% in 1945 to 7.4% in 2003; the country's top tax bracket fell from 91% after World War II to 35% after the Bush tax cuts; the top 5% of wealth holders in America own 70% of stocks, bonds, and private businesses."


      Guess you don't need a King to have feudal Lords....EH?

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Oh Dana Rorbacher....GOOD question

      "Are these banks were helping to bail out private banks?"

      answer: hem/, theyre publically held

      "Thats not exactly true........"

      "Not like in2010, when they were private banks"

      20% of Greek debt is in private banks.

      2010 all the bail out money went to private, profit making banks.....

      Go get em Dana!!!

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Hey, Holier-than-Thou's.......

      instead of hearings on Benghizzy, how about you look into this:

      Mitt Romney's Big-Money Man to Lead Group Digging Up Dirt on Hillary

      GAWD, it's sickening!

      But, of course, R's are doing it, so it MUST be ok.


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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Taking money from working Americans, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to subsidize the exports of large corporations is the most indefensible form of redistribution. Yet many who criticize welfare for the poor on moral and constitutional grounds do not raise any objections to welfare for the rich."

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      No wonder Putin is angry we ALL should be!

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Some of the most important inventions of the past 100 years, that are the backbone of today’s economy, have been supported by government-funded research. The cellular phone, computers, the Internet, and GPS are but a few of the most important inventions that have come about in large part due to research performed by U.S. taxpayer-funded scientists and engineers. Corporate America’s fiercest foreign competition significantly benefits from foreign government-sponsored research and development. A good example of this is Airbus, which is a consortium of French, British, German, and Spanish aerospace companies, that have received very heavy investment from their respective governments. As a result of all of the R&D; and other investment European taxpayers made into Airbus, that company has now surpassed Boeing as the world’s largest supplier of commercial airliners and has provided an incredible amount of high tech jobs to those countries. Perhaps the most important idea I learned in studying economics is the fact that more than anything else, new technology drives economic growth. Many if not most of the jobs lost during the Great Recession are not coming back. The way to get America back on its feet is to develop the technologies that will be the backbone of the future economy. We have plenty of tough competition. Europe, China, and India all invest a significant amount of money in research and development in support of their key industries. If America wants to lead in and reap the benefits of the future global economy, we must ensure we invest money into today’s research that will be tomorrow’s must-have technology. I cannot think of a better use of my tax dollars." this welfare?

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      From my fuel company yesterday:

      "Recently, Middle East tensions ignited another rampant increase in energy prices."


      Catching on yet?

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Q:"Where is the money the rich have but are keeping out of the economy?"

      A: "A new report finds that around the world the extremely wealthy have accumulated at least $21 trillion in secretive offshore accounts.

      Henry calculates that some 92,000 people, a thousandth of a percent of the world’s population, control $9.8 trillion, and that if all the $21 trillion that has been offshored earned 3% a year and were taxed at 30%, it would raise $188 billion in revenues, more than rich countries spend on aid to the developing world every year."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "As details emerge about IMF loan, new sequester plan by the Ukrainian Finance Ministry looks to include plan to cut pensions by 50%."


      Start a revolution, take over: Rob the peeps blind......

      Nice goin Robber Barons!

      Don't even bother to show a lil restraint anymore....must be desperate.

      Time coming to an end?

      "Time....keeps flowing like a the the sea......til it's gone forever. Gone forever. Goner forever more......."

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      Yes Dear 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Pope Francis:

      "The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger--nothing ever comes out for the poor."

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      Yes Dear 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA


      Personal income rose 1.1% last month, but not for typical Americans. It jumped mainly because of 11.9% increase in dividend income.

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      Yes Dear 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Banned in America!!! "No channel in the United States will carry his broadcasts" @georgegalloway & @maxkeiser on economics, London

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      Yes Dear 7 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Hope you heal soon too jason. You're in serious need of something. Like a discerning mind, not a reactionary right-wing one.

      True man...that is not "my" graph, it is the truth of what happened under Bush. Cheney was always harping...."they elected us, this is their due." Along with the Christian Right...who also got a lot in return.

      Sorry for both of you that others in this country get heard and paid attentiont to's long overdue.

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      jason 7 years ago

      Wow - great comment Truman! Most over the top Obama supporters at this point are pro socialist, racist, anti-american types anyway. The hub itself sounds like crazy rantings from a poor, welfare for life entitled liberal. Hope November elections start the healing process.

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      true man 7 years ago

      Excuse me, but it looks like your graph shows a 2% or 3% tax cut for EACH group shown, except the under $20k per year group which might get less. I say "might" since annual incomes below $20,000 already pay almost no federal income tax anyway? The majority of tax paid is based on % of earned income. The effort put behind making that ridiculous chart only proves that the dems are misdirecting and tricking the uneducated, lower income masses.

      I see reason to be mad at manipulative political leaders like Pelosi and Obama, but not business owners and conservative supporters? I mean what do you think is going to happen to you and your income if Obama manages to legalize all the poor Arizona type illegals into USA voters? They will work for MUCH LESS THAN YOU and YOUR income level and buying power will DROP MUCH further. You will probably end up being far more victimized than rich Republican private job building types that you seem to hate so much.

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      Yes Dear 7 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Thank you voice....Happy Easter.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      great hub well done thnaks

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      Yes Dear 7 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes most definately both parties are to blame...but why is it that it seems these tea-baggers want the republicans back?

      Or worse...a tea-bagger candidate.(libertarian without the label)

      And they were singularly silent when it was really going down under Bush! They were silent except to harangue anyone who dared speak out against the great leader....

      I just say we need to give Obama a chance....and I mean a real chance..that is what we voted for. Like it or not to those who didn't.

      But thanks for the civil exchange!!

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It's a ploy by both parties in general to placate those in each party when it's their turn in power.The republican middleclass are the millionaires when you consider that the value of our money has decreased over the years.The truely wealthy republicans are the billionaires,who don't much need tax breaks.They hire tax lawyers who get paid to get around paying taxes.The democratic poor voters are the ones Obama and the democrats are placating now.You have to admit the deficit is rather out of control despite what you think of the tea party movement and both parties are to blame.