Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate veteransI love those rednecks... they sure choose to stick by their lost causes and keep to their anti-social ways.
The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them.
Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has "Heart of Dixie" on its license plates, officials never stopped collecting a property tax that once funded the Alabama Confederate Soldiers' Home, which closed 72 years ago. The tax now pays for Confederate Memorial Park, which sits on the same 102-acre tract where elderly veterans used to stroll.
The tax once brought in millions for Confederate pensions, but lawmakers sliced up the levy and sent money elsewhere as the men and their wives died. No one has seriously challenged the continued use of the money for a memorial to the "Lost Cause," in part because few realize it exists; one long-serving black legislator who thought the tax had been done away with said he wants to eliminate state funding for the park.
These days, 150 years after the Civil War started, officials say the old tax typically brings in more than $400,000 annually for the park, where Confederate flags flapped on a recent steamy afternoon.
If they win with this debt ceiling fight, America can be "downsized", broken up by corporate raiders, and government services sold off to real entrepreneurs who live overseas. That's the future the Republican party is fighting for. I just want to see the Chinese entrepreneur who buys the rights to the Social Security system and to Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" pledge.
Let's hear a Rebel yell for the politicians from Alabama!