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What Dreams The Radical Right May Sometimes Dream – - Of Profits Everywhere On Every Wind That May Ever Blow:
My friend Jimmy and I were having breakfast together this morning and talking about all the crap going on in the world and the subject finally drifted around to “Taxes” and government. You know how it is when two old fogies who have nothing better to do start talking politics, don’t you? We tend to talk either about our physical ailments or politics. Nothing unusual there!
So Jimmy mentioned how Prohibition ( of alcohol) came and went in the 1920s or whenever it was. I think some of us can remember those old black and white movies about gangsters in fast cars shooting their Thompson machine guns at each other over some big criminal’s penchant for boozing it up.
Well, it seems that the “evils of demon alcohol” that some of the tight-assed evangelical types were screaming about back in the day were,somehow, stronger than the Public’s Will to do without their booze so Prohibition got repealed.
But wait! There’s more!
The minute Prohibition was crap canned, the Gubmint (government) started collecting millions, yea perhaps even billions of dollars in taxes on legalized booze.
Does the light yet begin to shine?
Money wins the day again,right?
And so along comes the iconic Reagan Era with the prez talking about a “drug war.”
Everybody, it seems, was doing their “joints” and their hipster high of choice and it apparently was becoming some kind of a pain in the super-religious-moralist radical right wing tush or something because the great “Drug War” was announced and the millions of government dollars needed to address this threat to civilization ( a few kids on college campuses getting ‘stoned’ once in a while) were focused in the battle to clean America up and to defeat the demon of drugs forever.
So now, the over-crowded American Judiciary and all the local jails and prisons started experiencing difficulties in keeping up with the demand for their specialized services as barely adult youngsters found themselves being incarcerated for lengthy terms for such heinous crimes as “possession of an ounce.” ( Or some other such idiotic conceptualization of an idea that might have had merit if it hadn’t been so over-done. That is my opinion of course and nothing more.)
So guess what is happening now?
It seems that someone who can actually think has come up with the idea that perhaps some of these heretofore illegal substances should probably be legalized because it appears that Law Enforcement cannot grow big enough fast enough to take care of the problem sufficiently – - and . . . imagine the millions, yea billions of dollars that can be taken in by cash-strapped local and state governments ( Not to mention the Fed) if only the damned stuff were legalized and taxes could be placed on the sale and consumption of them. Wow! Stroke of friggin’ genius, right? I will bet ( but the bet is only symbolic) we can credit some radical rightie for that brain fart – - whadda ya say about that?
O.K. , so as these scenes drifted through our heads at the breakfast table, I was struck with one particularly intriguing “Aha!” moment:
There are a lot of moralist religious types running all over the country spouting off about how we have to make abortion illegal in every corner of the country and how we ought to get Rowe vs Wade overturned and all the rest of it – - right?
Item number one: It probably won’t happen in our lifetime.
Item number two: And this is the biggie, folks . . . suppose everybody calmed down about criminalizing abortion and suppose they got their heads screwed on a little straighter and remembered the exponential potential for raking in billions and billions of dollars if only the Gubmint (government) – - local, state and Federal – - got the bright idea to slam a really hefty tax onto the abortion procedure itself, the clinics that perform them, the doctors in the clinics who perform them, the insurance companies that would be covering them, etc., etc., ( you get the drift, don’t you?) – - imagine how many extra billions of dollars could be made available for the radical righties to grab and convert into more and better tax breaks for their millionaire/billionaire friends and associates! My God! The potential for making more billionaires is limitless!
This could turn out to be a real Right Wing idyllic dream after all, couldn’t it?
I am betting – - but only symbolically – - (no money is wagered)this morning that when morality meets money, money is going to win every time!
Posted by John at 7:19;15 AM