Now that healthcare reform bill has been signed into law, and we are NOT holding our breath to see when changes can really be carried out, probably years, and by then, I’d probably be dead from holding my breath especially since I can in all honesty hold my breath for only 10 seconds under normal circumstances… It’s amazing I know for someone with such a loud mouth and loud voice, my lung capacity is pathetically puny… what with the lawsuits filed by several states, the continual protests from the GOP and the Tea Don’t-Call-Me-Baggers Party members, something else on the horizon for the Republicans to wage a new battle:

The proposed VAT.

Actually, it was not even proposed in the congress. People started ASKING QUESTIONS about VAT because economist, former Federal Reserve Chairman, current White House advisor, Paul Volcker on April 6 answered a question at a New York Historical Society event, saying that VAT is not as toxic an idea as people may think. Oh, he also said, “If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes.”

Ooops. They (The Dems) did it again! Sound the alarm!

I have been trying to read upon various opinion pieces to draw my own conclusion. But the fact is: NOBODY has officially proposed it yet except John McCain, the Maverick. He alone proposed an anti-VAT amendment preemptively.  Like anybody else I would like to be able to keep as much of my hard-earned money as possible. I was surprised therefore by my annoyance when I received an email from my Congressman, taking a survey, with a simple question: “Should Congress impose a new VAT tax?”

With NO information whatsoever on the background and origin of the recent brouhaha over VAT.



Most likely I simply needed a good dose of rage to distract me from life itself. Nothing, NOTHING, gives a good slap to wake me up from my self-pitying stupor like a good invitation for raging psychotic foaming. I immediately saw this email, perhaps wrongly, as an incendiary, biased missive disguised as an innocent, neutral survey. A fear monger. So I fired off this email, perhaps a bit pigheadedly. It felt good, I have to admit.  I don’t really care that he will not read it.


Dear Congressman Kirk,

I feel the email survey on the proposed VAT you have sent out via email is misleading, if not disingenuous. When you send out an email with a brief question “The Congress decided to add more tax. Do you think they should levy more tax?” I am going to take a wild guess that most of the respondents will say “H to the ELL NO WAY!” I am going to take another wild guess that you and your staff will then show the survey results, perhaps even call a news conference, with the “stunning” result of the majority surveyed having chosen “NO”.

If a doctor goes to a patient and says, “Would you like to have toxic chemicals injected into your body, with the potential risk of killing the cells in your bone marrow, losing all your hair, and in general feeling weak and like cr*p all the time?” I am going to take a wild guess that the patient is going to say, “NO.” But if the doctor provides the patient with the facts and the reasons behind his/her recommendation, the patient will be empowered to make an informed decision.

Yes. You can argue that people who want more information can always go online. After all, google is just one click away. But let’s be honest with ourselves: The topic of TAXES has always been extremely personal to people especially those who are blessed enough to be in the high-income bracket, and lately it has been turned into an emotional subject as well. in your wildest guess, what will be the % of the people who after receiving this email wondered about the facts behind the VAT proposal instead of getting some gut / visceral reactions to the short question you posted?

Frankly I am disappointed. For the very least you could have included a link in your email to a fact-based, neutral information page. Granted very low % of the recipients are expected to bother to click on that link, but to those who care to learn more and to make their decisions based on facts and not based on a base human desire for self-preservation and an all-too-human “They can eat cake” mentality, such a skin-deep effort on your part would have helped prevent this bad taste in my mouth I am experiencing.



I only bring up my degree when I write complain letters...


secret agent woman April 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Doesn’t it just make you tired? It does me.
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Mary Lee April 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm

A classic!

Psychotic foaming? No way!

Unknown Mami April 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I’m glad you exist.
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Velva April 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

As always, you rock!!!
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Linda at Bar Mitzvahzilla April 23, 2010 at 12:18 am

Great letter. You’ll probably get the same response I get everytime I call my (Republican) Senators on the days of critical votes. Polite silence, or, in your case since you wrote, a form letter response! They’ve got their agenda, after all, dictated from much higher up in the party, and they’re all goose-stepping to the beat.
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Diane Laney Fitzpatrick April 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I am drinking so can’t get into a political discussion. However, I will say: THEY are the ones who first called themselves Tea Baggers. They can’t just distance themselves from that by saying Tea Partiers over and over again. They’ll always be Tea Baggers to me. It’s too humorous to ignore. >clink<

Naptimewriting April 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

I have said for years: Republicans are so much better at the word game. Need to demonize the other side? Find an issue people assume they would support, and come out against it before it’s actually even proposed. Loudly. Complain and yell and refuse to be a part of their nonsense! Before they’ve even thought of the nonsense.
It’s all P.R. And they are MASTERS. How did the Dems fail so miserably to ever have a progressive version of Karl Rove? Find an issue and make it an issue, a huge issue, before the GOP thinks to.
Nope. We’ll be over here simpering and cowering in our majority and doing almost nothing because we don’t want to step on toes.

TheKitchenWitch April 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

You little rabblerouser, you!
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Chris April 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

I had no idea what a VAT was so I just researched it and while I don’t understand how it works (I was an English major for obvious reasons) it appears to me that while it may cost the consumer more to buy something, it also seems to benefit business–big AND small. Aren’t small businesses in particular the group that the Republicans were so concerned about, that they’d go bankrupt with the healthcare reform? So to my mind, which admittedly isn’t the mind of financial geniuses John McCain or Sarah Palin or your Congressman, it seems that this would be a tax they’d be ok with. Oh, I just crack myself up sometimes

pattypunker April 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

dear dr subwow, way to let him have it! i can taste the pellets of earthworm in my mouth too. gah!
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Wicked Shawn April 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

I do so love your sarcastic bitchy self!!!
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