About Ercille I. Christmas
Ercille I. Christmas was born in the tiny Caribbean island
of St. Kitts, the "Gibraltar of the Caribbean." She is thrilled to be an
American citizen, living in "the land of the free and the home of the
brave." Formerly a supervisor in the insurance industry, her life changed on
September 11, 2001, and she has devoted every minute since then, to speaking
and writing about the threat that Islamic terrorism and internal
anti-American behavior pose to our country. Her book, "Thoughts
of a Proud American," can be bought on Amazon.com, and she also blogs at
New Year, American Taxpayers
Christmas ‘Roasting on an Open Fire’
Score: God, 6000+ Points...Eco-Zealots, 0
2009: A Bridge to December 7, 1941
& A Couple of IEDs
Return My Christmas Present, Please?
Came Early This Year
An Apology to Third World Dictators & Robber
Obama Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize
This Is Not
the Country of the Founding Fathers
There Yet?...Reason v. Racism
Side of Glory: The Other Victims of 9/11/01
Never Let a
'Serious Crisis Go to Waste'...
Everywhere Have to Be Free
Self & Mauling by Wolves
Good...and "People Are Crazy"
2009: Hold the Fireworks?
Liberty & the Pursuit of Death
Meet the Denizens
Flanders Field”: Memorial Day 2009
The Airplane Photo-Op Smacks into 9/11 Territory
George Washington...Still "First In Our Hearts?”
America: Land That I (Will Always) Love!
Eureka! I’ve Found It!
If Only I Were a Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse
Eric Holder’s Correct...But Not in the Way He Thinks
Greed Is King...Now Its Kingdom Is on Life Support
Honor the King
Beneficiaries & Their Day of Reckoning
Seeking an Attitude Adjustor
There’s A New "Plague” In Town...”Debt-itis”
Whither Now, America?
A Solomonesque Dilemma...Saw the U.S. in Half?
Bridge to Somewhere: My Wish List for a President
A Business Plan for '09...Without Fleecing Grandma
2008...Day of Patriots
The Lip-Synching Olympics...
John Edwards Was Right...There Are Two Americas
Who Is An American?
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Entitlements
In Iraq, Al-Qaeda’s Surge-Protector Malfunctions
Happy Birthday to the USA: 'Whippersnapper Nation!'
How Did We Come To This?
Ercille I. Christmas
Happy New Year, American TaxpayersJanuary 4, 2010
Are we there yet? Yes, we are now in the year 2010, which I dubbed, the "year
and a half,” in anticipation of more political monstrosities (healthcare
reform?). As the old year with all of its trials and tribulations, went
screaming into the night, I was left with a case that presented itself to me.
Unqualified scientist that I am becoming, I will rise to the challenge. I
promise not to dump the data, as was reported in that situation having to do
with global "warming.”
I previously categorized cowardly men, who go around killing and maiming Homo
sapiens as "homo terroriticus.” As if to bolster my case, almost on cue, on
Christmas Day, an alleged candidate showed up on a flight from the Netherlands,
complete with an undetonated bomb in his underwear. Next time, the "bomb
implanters” should insert the bomb in his head, in the space where a brain
normally would be lodged. Nature abhors a vacuum. Another few inches, and that
"religious fanatic, bomber boy, with semi-exploding weapon in underwear,” could
have conceivably gone to meet those famous 72 virgins, minus the "equipment,’
needed to "service” them! This "man-made disaster” thing is really just a game
of inches, isn’t it? Don’t cry for him, though. He is receiving great medical
care for the injury to his leg, thanks to the largesse of another group that I
am about to identify. He is also all "lawyered up,” again thanks to that same
The group which may soon have to be placed on the endangered species list, in
order to preserve it? Hint: When a country needs rescuing, money for the rescue,
is confiscated, I mean raised, from that group. When a US politician comes up
with a cockamamie idea that needs conscription of funds, I mean raising of
funds, all eyes turn to that group. Yep, your guess is correct. The group is
made up of American taxpayers.
When I see a member of that group, it is like looking into a mirror. As a matter
of fact, take my name and replace it with one of theirs, or tweak the numbers on
our social security cards, and we could be interchangeable! What makes us so
much like peas in the same financial pod, regardless of "insignificant”
characteristics such as race, creed and color? It is the taxes, stupid! Superman
has his "S” on his cape. We have letter "T” on our foreheads! It should be more
like a letter "V,” but that is another story for another day.
We are faceless, nameless, working everymen who contribute and contribute, and
are essentially told: "Shut up and pay your taxes!” How did it all go so wrong?
When did this taxing of citizens to death and beyond scheme begin? Will it ever
end? Why are politicians, already in a protected status, living larger and
larger, at our expense? "Too big to fail,” became a rallying cry for bailing out
big business. Is the US political structure "too corrupt” to be allowed to
"How did it all go so wrong”? Name the ways. The ways are like the legs of an
octopus, or the heads of a hydra. Walk with me through the history books. The
"Scheme” of taxing citizens, beyond the usual excise tax, began with the
voluntary income tax, and the "taxers” have never looked back. The nation was
already existing, without taxing the income of its citizens, when subsequent
politicians began wrestling with the idea of living beyond the means of the
nation, by taxing the wages of its citizens. Finally in 1913 by adding an
amendment to the Constitution, the tax on income was here to stay. By 1943,
someone came up with the idea of taking out the government’s share of citizens
earnings, before the citizens even got to hold those wages in their "grubby
little hands,” with the introduction of the "withholding” tax. Why don’t we just
do away with the pretense of "gross” wages? The only thing "gross” is that it is
a misleading term, designed to fool us into thinking that we are making more
money than we actually receive.
Citizens, when you hear the word "progressive,” used in relation to taxes,
prepare for your wallets to voluntarily go on life support. In the 1860s the
average tax rate was 3%. How much will it have "progressed” to in 2010? The
Founding Fathers and their fellow citizens went to war over the issue of
"taxation without representation”? We now have "representation” pouring out of
every hamlet and glen, seemingly proportional to the number of taxes! Now,
apparently the tax cuts that were put in place by President GW Bush are about to
be allowed to expire. Don’t you try to expire from this news, though. There are
taxes to be paid, you working stiffs! On second thoughts, you can go ahead and
expire. Your estates will take care of the tax thing. You are covered, even unto
death. Lucky you.
What was another question that was posed? Oh yes. Is the US
political structure too corrupted to be allowed to exist? Maybe the following
examples could be a case for the prosecution, although the conveyance of funds
is apparently legal. As I have already stated, I am an untrained scientist, not
a lawyer. Per Senator Landrieu from Louisiana, she was able to secure
$300,000,000 for her state, as part of the negotiations for the healthcare
reform bill. Her critics are insisting on calling her take the "The Louisiana
Purchase,” reportedly heftier than the real Louisiana Purchase. "The Cornhusker
Kickback” is the fond moniker given to the deal that Senator Nelson from
Nebraska got for his state. Some in the other 49 states are incensed. They need
to heed the sage advice of the Senate Leader who stated:
If they don’t have something in it important to them then it doesn’t speak well
of them." Translation? "If you (other senators in states who did not collect
payola, I mean incentives), were stupid enough to not get your share of the pork
for your state, you do not deserve a place in this august body!” Maybe I
stretched the truth a bit with the "august body” reference.
Some are outraged at "Dem” are words of wisdom. But, those blunt "tough love”
words prove acumen in wheeling and dealing in this new political reality, where
words mean different things to different audiences, and there is an atmosphere
where bills may be passed, and the public is not allowed to know the details of
those bills. You go Senator Reid! Those are words to live by, and to remain part
of a legacy! You are creating quite a legacy.
Speaking of legacy, someone e-mailed information about President Harry Truman,
detailing his refusal to slather himself in the lard of earmarks and perks. This
has apparently been making the rounds. I knew about some of the quotes, but
being a wannabe sleuth, I researched and found the e-mail to be factually
correct. I am in shock. He did not set himself up in the presidency to have a
fabulous house in which to retire, at the expense of the "T” class? His only
asset was his wife’s house that she inherited from her parents? He was living on
his annual Army pension of $13,507.72, paying for his own stamps...and licking
them to boot? He drove himself and his wife back to their house after he left
office, and there were no droves of Secret Service accompanying him? He declared
that the office of the President "doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the
American people and it’s not for sale”? He refused the Medal of Honor? As
president, he paid for his own travel expenses, and his food? What was he
I am puzzled. Was he for real? I will not even try to list
all of the perks that being in present day politics, bring with it. It is far
easier to detail items that are not perks. Tellingly, the health care being
foisted on the peons is not a perk that has been chosen by the "perksters.” Some
people fear that "reform" could wipe out more of the elderly than any sex-crazed
religious fanatic ever could. The "perksters” should return to the drawing
board, get their priorities straight, and wipe out the terrorists instead of the
elderly. Even a simpleton can understand that.
I guess President Truman’s legacy is going to be that of a true, selfless,
frugal American, something like they used to make them. He is not going to be
among the pantheon of politicians we are currently stuck with. Politicians who
after a couple years in office, get Secret Service and other protection, every
other building named after them, offices paid for, medals coming out of their
noses, various and all types of transportations, prodigious pensions, and
interns and pages to satisfy their every whim. Scratch that last part. The
interns and pages are perks while they are in office. Too bad President
Harry is no longer here to "give them hell!”
Sad to say, when I see many of our current political leaders, I see visuals of
bloated pigs, with the money collected from taxpayers hanging out of their
snouts. Coincidentally, the visual I see of taxpayers, is one where we are
herded into groups, with gargantuan herds of pigs pushing their snouts in our
pockets. We are desperately trying to let the herds know that the pockets are
bare, but they keep feeding! Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around – that
humans feed on pigs? Whoever came up with the naming of "earmarks,” for the pork
inserted in bills by politicians, is a genius! It fits in perfectly with the
porker theme. From now on, every time I see some of those politicians on
television, my eyes are going to be like the x-ray machines that are being
hurried into use at airports. Through their Armani duds, I am going to see
nothing but a pig talking through a teleprompter, quoting words written by
This American political process has left me feeling as if my innocence and
naivety have been forcibly stripped from me. For a long time, I held onto an
admittedly idealistic notion of US politicians, as somehow being a breed apart.
Maybe I held that vision because of the history of how the country was founded,
where politicians selflessly gave of their lives, fortunes and families, all in
the cause of freedom. Well, the veil has been stripped away.
I now have more respect for third world dictators. They are who they are, and
they make no pretense. I no longer want to hear American taxpayers addressed as
"My fellow Americans.” The use of this salutation has become cynical,
hypocritical and conjures up the image of Americans about to be politically
screwed – yet again. My back is hurting from assuming the position! Just address
"fellow Americans” by the social security #, or whatever identifier is used for
tax purposes, and stop the games.
I don’t get the impression that God is going to greet some of
these amoral and immoral politicians with the salutation "well done, thou good
and faithful servant.” Anyway, instead of wishing that they rot in hell, I will
simply say, as is said in the South, "bless their hearts.”
President Truman was right on
target when he declared:
"My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a
politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.” I would
advise whorehouses not to hire some of these current politicians. The whores and
the piano would end up missing, even if nailed down!