Dr. Deepak Chopra vs. Sarah Palin (?!)

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This has to be the best interpretation and explanation of who Pallin is and what she means to this country I have come across yet and pleasantly void of vitriol. Just the interpretive facts, Ma’am. ~ Erika Hohn.

Obama and The Palin Effect

From: Deepak Chopra | Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2008

Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
        
She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.)
        
I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.
        
Look at what she stands for:
        
~ Small town values — a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
        
~ Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.
        
~ Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be heeded.
        
~ Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
        
~ Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war.
        
~ “Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.
        
~ Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of “I’m all right, Jack,” and “Why change? Everything’s OK as it is.” The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.
        
Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.

by Deepak Chopra, for The Huffington Post, which we like to read everyday (particularly HuffPost Green and Living!)

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28 Responses to “Dr. Deepak Chopra vs. Sarah Palin (?!)”

  1. admin says:

    Deepak vs. Palin, it’s like a Godzilla movie!

  2. admin says:

    ear MomsRising.org member,

    The nomination of Gov. Palin, a self-proclaimed hockey mom, has set off a firestorm of media commentary across the political spectrum and in the mom world. We want your help making sure that this commentary focuses on the issues.

    The media commentary shouldn’t be about Gov. Palin’s children, which is essentially unchecked gender bias, it should be about the issues–and where she stands on them. After all, we’ve had fathers in the White House for a couple hundred of years and their parental roles have yet to be an election issue.

    Last week we asked our members to sign on to a letter to Gov. Palin asking her where she stands on key issues that mothers care about and deal with each and every day–and so many of you clicked the link at the same time that our website crashed. We fixed it, and now have over 10,000 signatures. Let’s double that number and get to 20,000 by next week when we’ll deliver the letter to Gov. Palin’s office!

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    http://www.momsrising.org/WhereDoesSheStand

    So far Gov. Palin has been silent on the issues which are important to mothers. We want to hear about how she and Sen. McCain will deal with the fact that over 40 million people in our nation don’t have healthcare; about how they’ll address the fact that too few parents have access to affordable early learning/child care for their children. We want to know what they are going to do to make sure mothers stop getting paid less for the same work as men just because they have children.

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  3. C. Neiman says:

    In going after Obama as a community organizer, it’s clearly the McCain campaign’s strategy to hit him on yet another of his STRENGTHS. The Rove playbook.

  4. Ben says:

    I keep going back and forth on Mr. Chopra. There’s the Chopra who I see here in this article, and then we have the Chopra who I see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-FaXD_igv4

    Not to bring an ad-hominem into it, but I think that the merits of what he is saying are much greater than the gravitas he himself brings to what he says.

  5. Shawn Collins says:

    Just posted this on Twitter…and passed it on to Rick Sanchez (CNN newscaster who follows twitter channels)

  6. [...] politics as a measuring stick… this is from a post by dr. deepak chopra on the nomination of sarah palin posted via boulder-based elephant journal: [...]

  7. rosy says:

    Everyone needs to ask one question:

    If the 70+ year old McCain becomes president and dies in office, would Palin make an adequate (note I don’t say good) substitute as the President of this country? Can you see her among Gordon, Merkel and Sarkozy?

    It would make the US a bigger laughing stock than Bush has done so far.

  8. I believe who she will best be uncovered by pointing out that she is running with a man who won’t take money from the wealthy and save this nation, thus revealing that her populist views are insincere at best. Williams Jenning Bryant, who shared her beliefs, was against big business. The question is whether people are educated enough to understand this. Our schools have been doing their best to make sure they aren’t.

  9. Don says:

    “They won’t take money from the wealthy and save this nation?” Is that what you think will save this nation….the Robin Hook effect? Sounds like communism to me. When you take from the rich (who have worked hard to obtain their wealth) and give it to someone else, it’s only a matter of time before the rich stop producing or just go elsewhere with their money. Here is an example (an education that should be taught in our schools) of the stupidity of your idea of taking from the rich:
    TAX System Explained In Simple Terms.

    Sometimes politicians, journalists and others exclaim; “It’s just a taxcut for the rich!” and it is just accepted to be fact. But what does that really mean?Just in case you are not completely clear on this issue, I hope the following will help. Please read it carefully.Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill for allten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go somethinglike this:

    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
    The fifth would pay $1.
    The sixth would pay $3.
    The seventh would pay $7.
    The eighth would pay $12.
    The ninth would pay $18.
    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

    So, that’s what they decided to do.The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.”Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reducethe cost of your daily meal by $20.”Dinner for the ten now cost just $80.

    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers?How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his’fair share?’

    They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to eat their meal. So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
    And so:
    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
    The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings)
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continuedto eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
    “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”
    “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar,too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than me!”
    “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 backwhen I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
    “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison.”We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
    And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how ourtax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.
    Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

    David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D Professor of Economics University of Georgia

    I am not a rich man, but have worked very hard for what I have. And if more people would work and not wait to see what the government is going to do for them next, this nation can be saved. But if we keep the mindset of Mr. Chopra and the democratic party we will never find the peace and prosperity to save this nation. Don

  10. na says:

    Thanks, Don, for the tax breakdown.

    However, it is a major misconception that all people who are poor do not work hard, and all those who are wealthy do.

    Because of a little thing called History, not everyone is born on a level playing field. I have complete admiration for those who have been able to work themselves out of poverty (like my grandfather) and live the kind of life they dream about, but this seems to be a rare occurrence. And the state of our public schools, especially in poor communities, do not necessarily give children a leg-up.

    “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Enlightened society means a world in which everyone can live with dignity and compassion. Whether rich or poor, we all have a responsibility to let others achieve their potential, and heavy taxes to the poor are a burden that will only result in increased poverty, and the increased crime levels that come along with that.

  11. Don says:

    I agree that not all people who are poor do not work hard, and all those who are wealthy do. And I will also go so far as to say that we all have a responsibility to help the poor who are not capable of working and caring for themselves. And as you said we all “need a let others achieve their potential.” The key word is to “Let” them, not provide for them (I mean those that are able to work, but choose not to as long as other will do it for them). We do need to provide for those that cannot provide for themselves. That being said, it is not the governments job to take from one class to give to another. This is the wealthiest and most generous country in the world. And whenever and wherever their are a disasters or other need, we give and give generously. But the government does not have the right to take it from people just because they are wealthy. The problem with our government is that they take too much, and spend and waste too much of what they take. If we reduce the size and waste of government, we can tax less on the poor and the rich. Right now the poor do not pay taxes in this country, and taxing the rich more will not solve a thing other than drive the rich elsewhere and give less incentive for others to strive for financial success. Like they say, “if you want more of something encourage it, and if you want less of something penalize it.” Let’s not penalize those who have achieved, let’s let them give freely to the charity of their choice. And if they choose not to give or share, let them answer to God, not Uncle Sam. (see parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16: 20-31)

  12. christine says:

    Great post on taxes. Too bad the democrats just can’t grasp this logic.

  13. Han says:

    Please consider the validity of this parable:

    http://www.snopes.com/business/taxes/howtaxes.asp

  14. Don says:

    Yes, so sad that not only the democrats, but so many in America just don’t get it. What I also find interesting is how few people know how much they pay in taxes. I often ask people how much they paid in federal income taxes last year. And the response I get 99% of the time is how much their refund was. They have absolutely no idea how much they actually paid. Uncle Sam has devised a great system of forcing the employer to automatically deduct the tax directly from the employee paycheck and send it to the IRS. Most people over pay and the IRS will refund that amount when they file their tax return. They are simply giving you some of your money back after they held it all year with no interest and people think this is a great system. If people had to write a check each year like I do (and almost all business owners do) they could tell you exactly how much they paid. Most people are oblivious to what they pay, only to how much the IRS refunds. And Uncle Sam loves it that way. Talk about robbers and thieves……Uncle Sam is the biggest and best. As far as the snoops validity of the parable is concerned, who cares who wrote it, just open your eyes and understand the concept. The facts are true even if the authorship is unknown. Don

  15. H.M. Johnson says:

    Wrong, the poor do pay taxes. They may not pay as much on income tax, but they do pay state taxes and a lot of sales taxes. The businesses in their communities charge a higher price for the same items they could purchase in the middle-class/rich community if they could afford to get there. Large cities charge more for public transportation which impacts the elderly poor, who have worked for 30 to 40 years and get very little from SS or not get SS due to the jobs they have had and the employers didn't contribute to SS.

  16. VP says:

    Deepak Chopra, a man that has made millions off of ancient Indian Vedic-Hindu wisdom yet never shows his gratitude to India. Deepak Chopra, a man that has become famous by selling that which is freely available to any sincere seeker. Deepak Chopra, a man that equates the dedication of Hindu activists to the murderous campaigns of terrorists now praises Obama as some kind of savior.

    Deepak Chopra never mentions a word as his fellow Hindus are massacred as they worship yet pours out a stream of nonsense regarding US Republican VP candidate Palin?!! Have no doubt this is not a message in support of Palin but rather a message questioning Deepak Chopra’s support for Obama. Something is wrong with this picture.

    I have met Deepak and for someone who has made millions off of basic Hindu granny wisdom yet never gives Hinduism credit he is one to talk about integrity and higher ideals. The fact that he supports Obama based on mere words, never stands up for Hindus as they are murdered by Jihadi and Marxist terrorists makes me wonder.

    Any progressive person should question Obama’s candidacy. The mere fact that the same mainstream media that traumatizes humanity in so many ways, is the very foundation of the corporate agenda and the voice of chaos yet glorifies Obama should make any sane person think twice.

    Why is the mainstream corporate media not afraid of Obama? Think about it! When a candidate is an authentic threat to the status quo they are demonized, ostracized or ignored as in the case of Ron Paul. Yet Obama’s devotees are blind to this reality!

    Why are people like Deepak on the same page as George Soros regarding Obama? When the basis of Obama’s rise to power is in the support of a ruthless man like Soros, how could an alleged wise man like Deepak Chopra support him? This proves that Deepak is either not the deep thinker he claims or he is part of the conspiracy. I personally do not agree with many of the Republican party’s platform but Chopra’s abuse of his position on behalf of Obama is a travesty and it must be addressed.

    Deepak Claims:
    . Small town values — a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.

    Deepak is clueless. Small town values all over the world refer to sensible people that havent been awestruck by cheap sellouts like Hollywood stars, Obama and Deepak. Basically small town Americans can see through the sham presented by people like Chopra and Obama. Chopra and Obama are too airy-fairy. Small town folks are down-to-earth. Rather than respect such integrity Chopra belittles it.

    Deepak Claims:
    . Ignorance of world affairs; a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.

    The damaged image has been artificially contrived thus when US bombs Serbia (US under Clinton dropped more bombs in 82 days than all the bombs dropped during WWII) on behalf of Islamic extremists and the UN, serves NATO’s interest in conquering Afghanistan, no one including Deepak cares. Yet the unauthorized attempt to conquer Iraq is targeted as the greatest travesty in history. In other words if a gang member attempts to branch out on their own that crime is highlighted while the multiple criminal acts of the Big Bosses ie the UN, EU, NATO and a compliant US etc are not only ignored but justified.

    Deepak Claims:
    . Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be heeded.

    Deepak is again clueless. Family values means not using abortion as a form of birth control, marriage between a man and a woman, encouraging marriage rather than divorce and recognizing family as the basic building block of human civilization. In other words Family Values means welcoming every new baby as a potential Einstein, Mother Mary, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Galileo, Tecumseh, Gandhi, Prabhupada, St Francis, Joan of Arc, Akbar or Mother Teresa.

    Deepak Claims:
    . Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.

    The right to bear arms allows citizens the freedom to protect themselves. Thus we see in Nepal and countless other countries like Mexico etc the people are helpless as Maoists terrorists and kidnap-gangs murder, kidnap and loot at will. As for abortion let’s see the facts. Obama as an Illionis State Senator and Chairman on issues related to Health and Hospitals votes down the Born Alive Protection Act 5 times. Despite claims that it is about A women’s right to choose the fact is the woman made her choice and once that baby is aborted if it is STILL ALIVE! it must be given medical treatment and be given a chance to survive. Nurse Jill Stanik discovered a hospital utility closet where Born Alive aborted babies were found left to die. She cradled a half dead baby she found for nearly an hour until it died helpless. As a true Christian, unlike Obama, her heart was moved to act. She thus began a campaign to give protection to those helpless babies that had been left to die. When the bill came up she told her tale directly to Deepak’s hero Obama. Obama sat stony faced and unmoved. Despite being in a position to protect the most vulnerable he left them to die. So if Deepak wants to talk about a scornful rejection of issues he needs to look at Obama’s rigid and heartless stance. There was no negotiating with Obama on the issue. Despite the fact that it was not abortion at stake but the lives of babies that survived the abortion, Obama failed to use his authority to protect the most helpless citizens.

    Deepak Claims:
    . Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war.

    True Patriotism simply means keeping one’s own house in order and having a sense of healthy pride in one’s own. Globalists like Obama and Deepak consider the Nation State to be the greatest enemy of their agenda. Forgetting that it is the Nation state that allows for diversity and protection from Tyranny they espouse a doctrine that requires absolute dependence on non-representative governance of the masses by a hidden elite on a global scale. Globalists always claim that Patriotism is about Hate rather than Love. It is like claiming that one’s love for their own family automatically translates into hate for the family of another.

    Also the failed war tripe is ridiculous. Though the Iraq war is a travesty, somehow Afghanistan and Serbia are acceptable to the Obama and Deepak types. That being said conquest of a major nation like Iraq with only 4,000 dead and the establishment of massive bases, embassies and the establishment of a massive Western corporate presence is far from a failed war. Sad to say, unjust as it is, the war is no failure. The media that supports death and violence in Serbia and Afghanistan is obviously controlled by a rival power structure and feels resentment towards the American Imperial effort. Lets not support one evil and excuse another! NATO=EU Imperialism is correct in their eyes but Yankee Imperialism is a NO-NO. Interestingly Obama as the Chairman of European Affairs in the US Senate refuses to give any US Governmental Oversight and has yet to call for a meeting regarding NATO=EU or anything regarding Europe. It is obvious Obama is the EU candidate propped up to be the frontman for the EU’s ongoing hostile takeover of America. Sadly Deepak is being used to do his part in the EU’s war against America. Boeing’s recent loss to the EU’s Airbus in regards to the contracts with the US Airforce are another example of the EU’s assault on the USA and the sellout by US leaders.

    Deepak Claims:
    . “Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.

    Whatever Deepak. So in your view one’s ideology trumps cleaning out corruption and saving taxpayer’s money. OK buddy. It is mere logic. Why don’t you try running your empire with a hostile staff that is committed to your failure? Best to Stick to your phony showmanship and continued theft of ancient Vedic-Hindu wisdom that you pass off as your own. At least you can make some money off of it.

    Deepak Claims:
    PATRIOTISM IS INCEST

    I should not be a surprised at Deepak Chopra’s odd support for Obama and attacks on patriotism. In his July 2003 speech at the Global Dharma conference held in New Jersey, Deepak Chopra claimed that Patriotism is a form of incest. It was a ridiculous statement. Such a stance belies a complete lack of an understanding of history and the natural diversity that is at the basis of civilization. The attempts to homogenize religions, cultures, nations and people are an ongoing effort to whitewash the very soul of humanity. The Divine inheritance that belongs to all humanity is built upon an understanding of unity amongst our diversity. Patriotism and Nationalism are the framework for a spontaneous celebration of the differences that are a natural compliment to life itself.

    Just as a Man and Woman create life, just as diverse foods combined are the essence of cuisine, just as colors combined create ever more and beautiful colors, Nations and Identities are the foundation of human civilization. Without a foundation based on diversity and an honest recognition of our differences that are in truth the actual basis of harmony there can be no civilization.

    God came to all Humanity according to their individual and diverse understandings. We all have unique traditions, diverse cultures, heritage, languages and outlooks. The key is to honor all these diverse outlooks while recognizing the uniqueness that makes us who we are on both the individual and National level. True Patriotism is that which allows us a healthy sense of pride in our uniqueness as a people and a Nation. The very differences that we have are actually the very building blocks of what makes us human. God made us different in order to enhance our mutual experiences and sense of pleasure in a harmonious yet riotous celebration of life itself. It is the differences of woman that inspire excitement in a man. It is the differences in our national identities that should inspire the world. God made us different because He&She are one yet different and They are waiting for that time when we unite as one. This is done all the while we maintain our differences and individuality. Thus the ancient attempts to enforce a pseudo oneness that rejects individuality on either the individual or National level are a sign of the dysfunctional and irrational mind.

    In the Vedic schools of Dwaita and Adwaita we find that a term negating Dwaita was developed. Obviously the original concept was Dwaita or dualism based on a sense of unique individuality. Why else would a term of negation ie. Adwaita be applied unless it was a response to that which preceded it? Deepak Chopra’s impersonal use of ancient Hindu-Vedic wisdom and obvious lack of appreciation for the source of his teachings speak of a man lacking in gratitude and any sense of patriotism. Based on an Impersonal outlook Chopra promotes artificial homogeniety.

    In conclusion it is obvious that Deepak Chopra is promoting a warped form of Adwaitism or artificially oneness that rejects healthy individualism on both the mundane and spiritual level. On the philosophical level one can go back and forth in this regard. However his application of this Adwaita concept to the National interest and Patriotism is obviously dysfunctional. He ignores the fact that Patriotism is the foundation of any functioning organism. Amongst the animal world patriotism is represented in a healthy and balanced way. We see this in the function of the whales, wolves, dolphins and literally all species. The millions of dollars poured into Deepak Chopra’s bank account are based on a form of patriotism of his followers and students. It is the faith, interest, gratitude and loyalty that he has invoked that is at the foundation of his success. It is the faith, interest, gratitude and loyalty of a people that is at the heart of True Patriotism. It is that same patriotism that is the building block of the Nation and in its diverse form it is the foundation of all Human civilization.

    Jill Stanik explains Barack Obama’s Nonnegotiable stance and subsequent influence in the live birth decision in Illinois. Why does Deepak Chopra ignore this and use his influence to present Obama as some kind of being of light and hope?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIdbYjmbFzo&eurl=http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/2008/08/17/obamessiah-has-nowhere-to-hide-on-this-one-the-walls-are-closing-in/
    See the article at http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/2008/08/17/obamessiah-has-nowhere-to-hide-on-this-one-the-walls-are-closing-in/

  17. jo w says:

    I think that Palen would set back the women’s movement by 50 years. I would love to see a women in this position, but not Mrs. Palen. I have worked all my life, would not have liked to have had an abortion, but if my daughter, or my grandaughters were raped or got pregnant at at young age I would not want that option off the table. We all know that globle warming is man made and that we should have searched for additional fuel sources rather than gas after the gas shortage in the 70′s. We need a woman, but we need the right woman, not one picked by the good old boys.

  18. Liz says:

    I think that’s quite a poor parable as it assumes that all citizens sit down and “eat the same meal.” This is simply not the case.

    Moreover, there are so many loopholes & overseas accounts it’s much easier for the ultra rich to avoid paying taxes than it is for middle-income citizens. The middle class seem to wind up bearing the burden.

    Raise taxes too high and people will find tricks to avoid paying, keep them too low and there is not enough revenue to attend to national infrastructure & the affairs of state properly.

    Personally I see very little difference in the lazy sod who abuses social welfare programs and the greedy executive who wheels and deals and finds sneaky loopholes to avoid paying his or her fair share. The principle is the same.

    There will always be abuses of the system but frankly I’d rather live in a country that provides good infrastructure and quality public services than one that provides little or none. And if that means paying taxes that’s fine with me.

    For me it’s simple. I took a look at the world and there’s not a country on this earth where people don’t pay taxes that I feel like visiting or living in. Taxes are a necessary evil. How responsible the government is with our money is another question entirely…

  19. Christohper says:

    Mr. Chopra’s critique of Gov. Palin is mind boggling. Certainly, Mr. Chopra is aware of shadow projection as articulated by C.G. Jung in his Collected Works and anyone who reads Chopra has long known that his model is the regurgiated writing of the late Swiss phychiatrist. Then why does Mr. Chopra allow himself to be caught in this web? The answer, we are all caught in the web of biased politics and Mr. Chopra is not alone, I too am guilty. Please remember that we do not consciously project, this mechanism is unconscious and not governed by the ego. Jung was often asked at the end of his life, “will we make it?” and his answer was, only if enough people will do their innerwork. Innerwork is a far cry from participating in this mindless game of biased politics. Mr. Chopra, in all respect, sir, you have allowed the public to see the shadow side of your personality, however, I believe that is a good thing and perhaps could be instrumental for allowing all of us (including our esteemed spiritual advisors), to examine our inner lives. I was curious as to why Gov. Palin got all the credit for an animus possessed state and Sen. Clinton did not even receive honorable mention. Is that a mindful question or a silly one? You decide.

    Christopher

  20. [...] (for now) to a woman who (nearly) made me ashamed of America. And good riddance to the lipsticked attack dog who proclaimed that Obama palled around [...]

  21. Shirley says:

    Don,
    Who are you talking to about how much tax they pay? I know no one who thinks their refund is the amount of their tax! It seems to me that you have a very low opinion of Americans. They (we) are much smarter than you give us credit.

  22. Don says:

    Shirley, I did not say that people think their refund is the amount of tax they pay. What I said was is that people don’t know how much they pay in taxes, they only know what the government gave them back in a refund. The only people who have ever been able to tell me how much they paid in taxes are the people who write a quarterly check to the IRS (self employed). Most people (employees) have the taxes taken from their pay check and then when they file their tax return they only look at what their refund is, and rarely pay attention to how much they actually paid in taxes. Just try asking a friend how much they paid in taxes last year and you will see that most people cannot tell you without pulling out their tax return and looking up the number. They can usually tell you how much their refund was without looking at the return, but not how much they actually paid. It is the greatest scheme the government has to automatically take it before you get it and then give you some of it back and people are so excited they are getting a refund that they rarely notice how much they actually paid. Get my point now? Do you know off the top of your head how much the of you paycheck the government kept last year?

  23. durgaxx says:

    I find it unfortunate that Deepak Chopra would be so judgmental against Sarah Palin. I do like what Deepak teaches and I respect him. However, I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, but she has a voice on certain subjects and although one doesn't agree with certain positions, I find it short-sighted and uncivil to personally attack her and totally disregard her position and everyone that subscribes or supports her position. What is most disappointing is that now when someone disagree there are personal attacks and total disrespect. We have reached the height of intolerance, by the people who claim to be so tolerant. However, they are only tolerant if one supports their position. I see this on both sides of the political spectrum. I though that Mr. Chopra who teaches "love" and "acceptance" and "I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view" would take such an intolerant and unloving stance against a fellow human being. The way he denigrates her accomplishments you would think that she is on the lowest rung in the caste system rather than recognizing how difficult it is for a woman to make it in a man's world and particularly in politics.

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