CJ Werleman's just published Atheists Can't Be Republicans.
That atheists are secularists is one reason why atheists can’t be member of today’s Republican Party.
The Grand Old Party (GOP) is ... a theocratic sponsor,...
Atheists can’t be Republicans because the economic and social policies of the Republican Party have been proven abjectly false and dangerous. Much in the same way religion is false and dangerous. In other words, atheists who cling onto modern U.S. conservative ideology are hanging onto ideas that have either been proven mythical at worse or remain unproven at best. If atheists applied the same litmus test to their political ideology as they do to theology, then clearly an atheist cannot be a Republican.
Atheists are the fastest growing minority in the country. We now have the critical mass to shape elections and policy. Were atheists able to establish a monolithic political demographic, one that is based on proven economic and social policies, then our potential political power would translate into saving this country from the clutches of the American Taliban and Wall Street.
On the other hand, the author also says,
... I have come in contact with as many idiot atheists as I have with idiot Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
The main impetus for jobs going overseas has been profit—using lower paid foreign workers increases profits. American workers cannot compete since the cost of living is so much higher here.
Otherwise it is likely to be most cost effective to have so many goods manufactured overseas.
You're right, Michael; in some Asian countries there is no minimum wage, few or no taxes on manufacturers, no health insurance laws, and few or no regulations.
Before America's brief progressive era in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the near slave-labor conditions you favor existed here. Working people in those Asian nations will fight for and win what working people in America fought for and won.
You seem unaware that America's predatory capitalism is now slowly but inevitably effecting its demise here.
You also seem unaware that political democracy has in some countries replaced, and in other countries is replacing, political tyranny.
Similarly, economic democracy has in some countries replaced, and in other countries is replacing, economic tyranny.
Michael, you seem unaware of so much, including that the economic Libertarianism you admire occupies history's trash can.
Michael, I'm a combat veteran of one of America's wars. I'm also retired from the computer industry.
Have you done anything to earn the freedoms you have -- the freedoms you would deny others?
Tom, as usual, you state it clearly, concretely, precisely and wisely.
Michael, If you want manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and eliminate minimum wage, and reduce or eliminate taxes on manufacturers, and eliminate health insurance laws, and have as few regulations as possible, you will have a country of exploited workers who do not share in the profits from producing the goods and services that U.S. consumers want.
You will have a working class who is unable to afford the products they make.
Unsafe working conditions put workers at unnecessary risks, such as the The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, March 25, 1911.
Because there are more workers than there are jobs, wages are forced down. Legislation is necessary to insure a living wage for workers, especially when workers produce great profits for owners. With production jobs going to parts of the world with excess workers, U.S. owners can hire workers for far less money than U.S. workers receive, with fewer safety regulations, fewer benefits, and fewer health regulations on the products.
If profits are taxed at a lower rate than payroll taxes, owners of profitable businesses do not share in the taxes necessary to maintain the national defense, investments in infrastructure, on education, in addition to interest on the debt. Payroll taxes as a whole are regressive: they collect a higher percentage of total earnings from lower-income workers than higher-income ones.
The sources of federal tax revenue are individual income taxes, payroll taxes, and corporate income taxes; other sources of tax revenue include excise taxes, the estate tax, and other taxes and fees. Wealth is much easier to hide than wages, and capital is taxed at a lower rate than labor.
Of course, profit and money are not evil! What is evil, unjust, unfair, immoral, corrupt, and destructive is the role of money in buying access to political power. A republic requires representatives who represent the people. What USA has become is a republic with representatives who represent money interests.
Joan, thanks for the pics. The second one stirs a question: do you think it best if taxes are hidden?
I ask, not because I have any sympathy for conservative positions, but because taxes on business income are added to the retail prices of the goods and services these businesses, including corporations, sell.
I agree with Michael Moore that corporations are sociopaths and the law should treat them as such, but customers of businesses big and small, incorporated or not, pay these taxes at the cash register. Few know they are doing so.
Taxes are necessary; I don't want them hidden from the people who pay them.