I’ve long thought that the end game of the Bush/Cheney regime is not really world domination, or creating some sort of religious theocracy. At nearly every step of the way, this administration has really only been consistent at one thing – allowing, or enabling, catastrophic disaster, and then taking advantage by enriching themselves and their corporate cronies.
It happened in Iraq . It happened in the Gulf Coast. It happened with nearly every piece of legislation supported by the President and passed by the current Republican Congress, from “No Child Left Behind” to the prescription drug bill. It has always been about accumulating wealth, whenever possible, at the expense of the middle-class taxpayer.
This is why I believe that the real end game is to repeal the estate tax, so that they can guarantee that the wealth they have accumulated while in power can remain in their families for future generations. Along with several other issues designed to rally the GOP base, Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn, will soon be pushing a Senate vote on the estate tax. Basically, it is nothing more that the ugliest, most extreme, form of predatory capitalism in which the ultra-wealthy try to force the poor and middle class “out of business,” just because they can!
They try to twist it around by calling it a “death tax,” but at a time when many families are being forced to pay the ultimate “death tax” as they lose their children to an unnecessary and poorly planned war that is now costing an unbelievable $10 Billion a month, we cannot allow the Republicans to push the estate tax issue forward even the slightest bit.
Fortunately, it seems that many are starting to see through the cynical rhetoric of estate tax opponents, many of whom, like Frist himself, have seen their estates grow significantly under their own “leadership”. Nevertheless, if there were ever an issue that the Democrats should be willing to stop by any means, this is it. Because if the Republicans win on this one, it’s checkmate!