Archive for August 2012
How can tax cuts bring prosperity and jobs, when the Bush tax cuts brought us the great recession? Answer me!
Then when a flat-tax is proposed, it is incredibly unfair. If a CEO makes $100 million and s/he had to pay 10% s/he would still have $90 million. If s/he had to pay 90% s/he would still have $10 million. If someone made $22,000 and was taxed 10%, that person would have only $19,800 to live on. That income is just too much to die from and not enough to live on. We have had a regressive tax system designed to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
When the rich do not pay taxes then the government has to borrow the money from them in the debt and then the government starts paying the rich by having to pay the interest on the debt that it owes them. If this is the case then the government pays interest to the rich, while the poor and middle class pay taxes. Now it is necessary to analyze whom the government is indebted to in order to determine the veracity of this claim. Of course, our government could be beholden to China and it could be that our government is paying China for its debt service.
Back to the Bush tax cuts: were they really used in the stock market speculation, which created a bubble after which trillions of dollars was lost in our common-wealth?
It may well be provable that tax increases improve businesses and the economy, just like pruning trees takes away wild growth and makes the trees bear more fruit.
Another German Love Poem from the Time of Medieval Chivalry
Late Last Night, I Stood…
That One from Kürenberg
“Late last night,
as I stood upon a battlement,
I heard a knight,
from the riding regiment
He sang Kűrenberg ayres of love affairs
He must clear out of my territory
or I will have him brought to me
to enjoy his sighs Kűrenberg wise,
as he lies with me.”
“Right quickly, bring to me
my charger and my iron armor!
From her territory I’ll flee.
I must leave this lady’s land
or her lover she’ll make me be,
completely in her hand.
So I’m clearing out and not returning,
so forever she’ll be
without the love from me
Translated August 9, 2012 and corrected December 18, 2013
Here is the poem in Middle High German. I would be grateful for any correction or help.
Especially, for the modern German translation. It s a work in progress:
Spät in der Letzten Nacht Stellte ich Mich….
„In der letzten Nacht stellte ich mich spät / an einer Zinne,
Dort hörte ich einen Ritter / sehr schön singen,
in Kurenbergs Weise /ein Ritter aus ’ne ganze Menge,
Entweder muss er das Land räumen / odor will ich mich an ihm erfreuen.“
„Nun, bring mir her blitz-schnelle /
meinen Ross und meinen Eisengewand,
denn wegen einer Frau / muss ich das Land räumen.
Sie will mich zwingen / dass ich ihr Liebe sei.
Sie muss für meine Liebe / immer notdürftig sein.
Der Von Kürenberc
Ich stuont mir nehtint spâte …
„Ich stuont mir nehtint spâte / an einer zinne,
dô hôrt ich einen ritter / vil wol singen
in Kurenberges wîse / al ûz der menigîn,
er muoz mir diu lant rûmen / ald ich geniete mich sîn.”
Nu brinc mir her vil balde / mîn ros, mîn îsengwant,
wan ich muoz einer frouwen / rûmen diu lant:
diu wil mich des betwingen / daz ich ir holt sî.
si muoz der mîner minne / iemer darbende sîn.
From the Heath Anthology of German Poetry, p. 76.
For more German love poems from this period, click here.
Also, check out “Were this Whole World Mine.”
And for a real favorite with over 19,000 hits, see “Du Bist Mein, ich Bin Dein”