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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Feast On Skull Island: "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!"

 Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack

We seniors in Michigan now face having pensions taxed. Social Security is not... yet, but other private and public pensions are. I am in the group that would face taxes on any amounts over $40,000 per year; my brother is in the wonderful 100% group, having been born after 1952.

One of the reasons given is that old folks' money is a good way to get JOBS! and keep 'em...
This conveniently ignores the fact that we once had enough jobs to choke a mule, and let them drizzle through our fingers like toxic sands in the hourglass of Unkind Fate.

I actually heard this on the radio on Tax Day, April 15. Governor Snyder and his ilk think that taking money from old folks and giving corporations tax breaks will wave the old magic JOBS wand.

Maybe he's right. It worked for Robin Hood, although in a slightly different spirit and manner. It is sort of like King John Lackland robbing from the poor and giving to the rich.

Republicans chant "Jobs! Jobs!" like extras in a Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack film with no other lines.
It is uncomfortable to watch, and definitely is self-defeating, because "King Jobs" always runs amok and ends up in New York.


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