death and no taxes: it’s black and white

A few days ago when I suggested that Bush would respond to Hurricane Katrina not by helping the vicitims, but by further cutting taxes on the wealthy, I thought that I was making a joke. Apparently not, however. As unbelievable and distasteful as it may sound, word is that the Republicans plan to push through the permanent repeal of the Tax on Inherited Wealth as early as tomorrow, perhaps fearing that if they hold off, people might begin to wonder just why it is we’re talking about cutting taxes on the wealtiest Americans in a time of unprecedented hardship in here at home. Howard Dean had the following to say in a press release:

“Countless thousands of our fellow Americans throughout the Gulf Coast region continue to suffer in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. While some have begun the painful task of rebuilding their lives and coping with the unfathomable loss, so many still await help. And the cost of this disaster in human and material terms remains unknown.

“It’s simply irresponsible for Senator Frist and Ken Mehlman to even think about spending our tax dollars on breaks for millionaires at a time when our top priority must be to ensure we have the resources needed to address the long and short term costs associated with rescue, recovery, and rebuilding in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Not to mention the vital lesson we learned this week about the deadly cost of diverting funds at the expense of the safety of the American people. These costs also come at a time when our nation faces a massive deficit, and mounting costs in the ongoing war in Iraq.

“There is also a question of values, priorities and choices. Tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have literally lost everything; we have a responsibility to put their needs first. Senator Frist should join Democrats in Congress who understand that our priority as a nation must be to focus our energy and resources on determining how we help the victims begin to rebuild their lives and addressing the long term issues we face as a nation in the aftermath of Katrina…

Enough is enough. This is absolutely unconscionable. How can we as a country allow for these conservative radicals to continue the widening of the gap between rich and poor in our country? How can we, especially given what we’ve all just seen transpire in New Orleans this past week (the poor being “left behind,” while the rich get in their vehicles and head for higher ground), just sit by as the Republicans continue cutting services for the poor, while allowing the rich to better protect their un-earned, inherited wealth? I fear for the future of not just New Orleans, but our entire country if something is not done soon. If things continue on the course they’re presently on, I fear another bloody revolution may be in our future.

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  1. Teddy Glass
    Posted September 6, 2005 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Speaking of “Left Behind,” I’m sure that there are people out there who believe what happened in New Orleans is exactly what will happen all over the earth once the rapture comes.

    This was like a dry run.

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