••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


GRAY COURT, S.C.-Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has released an economic plan full of long-held conservative goals, including personal accounts for Social Security, an optional flat tax, major spending cuts and a series of tax cuts.

The plan would dramatically reduce taxes, particularly on wealthy Americans and corporations. It would reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, eliminate taxes on dividends and many capital gains and essentially cap individual tax rates at 20 percent.

Perry argues these tax cuts will spur economic growth by creating a more favorable environment for wealthy individuals and corporations to start or expand their businesses. But without significant spending reductions, the tax cuts could drastically increase the federal budget deficit.

“Taxes will be cut across all income groups in America, and the net benefit will be more money in Americans’ pockets with greater investment in the private economy,” Perry said to an audience of more than 200 inside the factory at ISO Poly Films, Inc. in this South Carolina town.

The “Cut, Balance and Grow” plan, which Perry first unveiled Tuesday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, puts Perry firmly to the political right of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in terms of economic policy.

As he releases the tax plan, Perry seems determined to re-energize his campaign and reassert himself as a candidate after weeks of struggles. In an interview with John Harwood, a reporter with CNBC and the New York Times, the Texas governor cast Romney--the GOP frontrunner--as a “fat cat”. He said he likes mentioning conservative falsehoods about President Obama’s birth because “It’s fun to poke him a little bit.”

Perry is clearly looking to woo tea party conservatives who have been reluctant to back Romney. In almost every way, he presents policies that are slightly more conservative than those of the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney has called for capping federal government spending at 20 percent of GDP, for example; the Texas governor proposes capping at 18 percent. (This year, under President Obama, spending is at 24 percent of GDP). Romney has proposed raising the retirement age to reform Social Security; Perry adopts an idea even more beloved by conservatives and hated by liberals: allowing young people to put their money into private savings accounts outside the traditional retirement system.

Romney would cut corporate taxes to 25 percent; Perry, 20. Although Romney has said one of his goals is a “flatter” American tax code, under Perry’s plan, Americans could either choose to pay taxes under the current system, or pay a 20 percent national flat tax. [more]

whoa! we'd be able to "choose to pay taxes under the current system"? he's not going to junk the current tax code? so that means everybody would still have to compute their taxes the old way to see which way they'd pay less, and if the CPAs of the super-rich can find enough loopholes for their clients to pay even less than 20%, they will, just like they do now!

'scuze me while i lie down on the floor and roll around laughing and crying at the same time. (i think that's ROTFLACATST.)

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