Sacrifice More, You Louts!

Contributed by Michael Gass

In The State newspaper, we get a hint at how the state legislature defines “sacrifice” in this article:

The proposal now is in a House subcommittee. If it makes it to the House floor for a vote, Republicans, who control that body, are expected to support it. They have made its passage a priority.

At issue here is the lowering of property taxes. However, far from lowering property taxes for struggling families, the change being debated will really only help one segment of South Carolina – the rich and corporations.

Supporters say the change is needed because potential buyers are walking away from real estate deals once they learn they will pay significantly higher property tax bills after closing, particularly for second homes and for commercial and rental property, excluded from favored tax treatment by the 2006 law.”

In other words, if you are rich enough to be able to afford a second home, a corporation looking to buy commercial property, or you simply have enough money to purchase rental property, you simply need even lower property taxes. How’s that for being asked to sacrifice when the state is in dire financial straights and slashing the budget. On the other hand, if you aren’t rich you are asked to “suck it up” when your wages are cut, your job is cut, and/or your benefits slashed. But, read that again; “..excluded from favored tax treatment by the 2006 law.”

In other words, the law already gives some properties special tax treatment, but, these people want even more special treatment. This is the class warfare that the GOP messaging machine is now deriding as some paranoid delusional fantasy, except, it is all too real.

Budget cuts made by the state legislature due to lack of revenue are very specific – health care, education and corrections – and are expected to cost even more South Carolina workers their jobs. These formally working citizens will now be without an income in a state that already has high unemployment. And, when these citizens need food, for themselves or for their children, guess what the GOP thinks about them;

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals,” Bauer said during a town hall meeting, as the Greenville News reported over the weekend. “You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”

That’s right. You’re just a stray animal. You simply didn’t plan ahead. Unlike the rich and corporations that are crying for even more special treatment and more tax breaks, it is you that is simply a burden on government. Don’t look for help, however, from the same politicians you voted for in election after election. Remember, the above tax change proposal is for the rich and corporations and is being given priority. The help for everyone else? Well, not only is it not a priority, when asked how legislator’s will address budget cuts that could close two prisons in South Carolina, here is what one lawmaker had to say; “I don’t have any satisfactory answers,” said Cooper, R-Anderson.

Right. Not only is it not a priority, but, there just aren’t any satisfactory answers to the dilemma. You see, lawmakers are just too busy working to give the rich even more special treatment to figure out how to fix the mess they’ve made of the budget. Forget the fact that lowering these taxes even more only makes the budget problems worse.

But, you can rest assured that people will continue to vote for Republicans in South Carolina election after election even as these politicians work to give the rich even more special treatment while balancing the budget on the backs of the working class.

Don’t worry, though, it’s not class warfare. Even though Republican’s are giving the rich priority and working to lessen their taxes even more it is all just a nutty conspiracy theory perpetuated by those gay-loving, America-hating, terrorist-sympathizing, Godless liberals.

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6 Comments to “Sacrifice More, You Louts!”

  1. Michael, I thoroughly disagree with your opinion of the current state of business/rental/investment property taxes in SC. You couldn’t be more wrong about this.

  2. Michael, Would you agree with this statement? “What has happened is that we’ve allowed the vast majority of our cash to be concentrated in the hands of just a few people (the rich)…. We’ve allowed them to take that, but that money is not theirs. (Their money) is a national rescouce, and we should all have it and benefit from (it).” ~ Michael Moore

    • iplan,

      That the riches money is a national resource? No.

      The rich DO continually get more and more tax cuts/breaks, however. Corporations DO continually get more and more tax cuts/breaks. Republicans continually give these two classes breaks while cutting jobs, wages and benefits on workers.

      When was the last time you saw Republican’s try and balance a deficit on the backs of the rich or corporations?

  3. A rising tide lifts “ALL BOATS”

    • Really? Is that why unemployment is still high? Is that why benefits, wages AND jobs are still getting cut? Because the boon for the rich and corporations has risen everyone’s boat?

      In what universe?

  4. Michael,
    I guess you are a “Workers of the World Unite” kind of guy?

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