6 Possible Hurdles For The GOP Tax Plan http://n.pr/2zY0noO
Hi. I’m not a journalist, not any kind of ‘expert’. I’m a blue-collar, working-class, tax-paying white American male, a “Purple Republican” Ohioan, a Moderate/Centrist.
Often thought of myself as a “Conservative” back in the 1990’s, especially diring my 6-year stint in th Army.
No, I’m not running for any office. In the “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness” vein, I’m happy being a workaday “Cog” in the socioeconomic machine propelling the Pax Americana.
I don’t understand today’s “Conservatism.” And considering the fine human beings I grew up with and served with, have no place for Racism or Sexism.
I’m for the use of Capitalism, as long as it is Checked & Balanced in a Free & Fair way, to capture our gains, sustain civilization, continually lay the tracks for growth, of the Pax Americana and Human Civilization as a whole.
I very pro-business. But, given Human Nature and this country’s history, am leary of giving too much leeway to Corporations or business.
Compromise, to me, means means People coming together to do the hard work solving common problems or working towards common goals that will ultimately benefit all, often while coming from radically difderent origins and perspectives.
It’s something to think about: How much the Europeans, during the age of Colonization, hated the “you’re either the hammer or your the anvil” rigid socioeconomic hierarchies, yet when the got here, they tried to establish rigid socioeconomic hierarchies of their own. Often taking God in vain to do so, to justify “hammering” other human being into place beneath them.
I have this pseudo-scientific cosmological belief system I’ve developed over the decades….. [and since this zone is where I can roam free–]
I am a Deist, influenced by Jesus.
God exists, God is All, God is Creator and Created, God is all of Existence.
Celestial Mechanics: all of Matter, Energy, Time & Space. Reality, all dimensions of it. The Celestial Machine, the Body of God. Yet, the Matter, Energy, Time & Space is of such Design & Construction that it could follow its Cause-Effect processes without any further guidance operation of the Designer itself. The Celestial Machine itself is unthinking, disimpassioned. Matter, Energy, Time & Space.
Life: the Soul of God. It weaves itself within the Machine. The Machine being harsh environment, Soul of God seeks to survive within its Machine. The systems it creates over the Macines processes results in the systems of Nature. Ecosystems.
Life seeks to perpetuate itself. It turns what it can of the Machine into things it can use, Resources, when it can, to the extent it can, as efficiently as it can. It seeks to survive. It survives by Growth. It survives by Procreation. It survives by cyclical Birth/Life/Death. Seeks to pass on knowledge, memory, of Life to Life, as it goes. Evolve. Seek Enlightenment, grow even as it continues to seek survival.
Humanity: part of God, part of God’s Nature. Trying to Evolve, subject to the laws of Nature and to the workings of the Machine. Currently bound physically to this little spinning mudball, Earth, as it spins on its axis, in its orbit around the sun, as the solar system grinds its way thru the multiverse as part of the Celestial Machine.
I believe in the process, the system, of Evolution, because it is part of God’s Nature.
Humanity: we’ve evolved up thru the cold survival calculationsof the reptilian-brain, up thru the emotional pecking-order drives pf the ape-brain, into our current human-brains, and all its conceptions of Love, Compassion, Justince, Truth, Fairness, et cetera. We still have a ways to go. Enlightenment is always the goal.
Our limitations may reside in our animal natures and existence as individual units, but being part of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, Enlightment is something to strive for as an individual. No matter what may become of every individual, the whole of God will benefit, feed it back into life.
As long as we can kick certain “bad habits”, dismantle detrimental algorythims when we can, make way and re-use resources in a more Enlightened manner.
“Conservatism.” One the one hand, seeks to “capture/preserve gains”. On the other, often locks us into Unjust systems out of some perceived efficiency, often because the benefits are so beneficial to a relative few, that those few — often finding themselves in a very advantageous position in the Human hierarchy — conflate thier own successes as the Public Good, and refuse to see any detrimental effects than can cause stagnation, or even a “back-slide”, a de-Evolution.
What’s that got to do with Taxes? Pro-business and pro-growth, unchecked, unbalanced, feed ape-brain autocratic impulses of a few, can lead to Injustice and stagnation.
Look at the effects the socioeconomic system of Slavery has had on the country, historically, spiritually. Rigid socioeconomic hierarchies we’re still trying to dismantle and disentangle from, that enriched and benefitted a few. A significant, sizable population subjugated, stripped of even the acknowledgement of thier Humanity, in the economic interests of the few. A large portionof the population inbetween the few Slaveholders and the Slaves did benefit from that system, in a ‘trickle-down’ way, and with the Slavers and Slaveholders manipulation, convinced themselves such Injustice and Evil, was Right and Good, perpetuating it, with laws and policies that benefitted the few Slavers and Slaveholders, in hopes they — a large, middle-/working-class — could benefit without losing their freedom, without becoming Slaves themselves.
And I see this pattern of human behavior repeating itself. Using the tax code a government of the People, elected by the People, and allegedly for the People, seems to be giving up on the broader applications of Checks & Balances, undercutting the Rule of Law while it uses Law to hand “power” to large corporations.
A relative few gain more power, in the hopes they use it wisely, while mechanism to check and balance against abuse of that power are eroded. Again in the hopes all will benefit, in the short-, medium-, and long-term.
If history is any guide, they will shore up thier own advantages, keep some upper-middle players strung-out one some small incentives to keep them “loyal” and working in thier favor, the larger systems as a whole will stagnate, likely regress, and we slide backwards toward destructive socioeconomic conflicts.
A few will benefit, secure wealth and resources for themselves, while systems and “infrastructure” of every kind with continue to crumble. The only “infrastructure” that might see a bump is only what strictly benfits them, thier control of resources. Innovation, kowledeg can plateau. Feed stagnation. Or de-Evolution.
(“Homo Economicus”? As pie-in-the-sky unworkable as Communism and Anarcho-Capitalism. All seem to think that the Human-Brain can work without the influences of the Ape-Brain and the Reptile-Brain, do so without causing problems on its own, thereby working itself into problematic situations where it may have deprived itself of its own tools it needs to get itself out of a situation it put itself in. Out of balance enough to pit itself into a death-spiral….)