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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Happy holidays (if you are rich)

The true spirit of a Compassionate Conservative Christmas was on display in the U.S. House yesterday: doling out a $56 billion Christmas present to their friends and cronies just days after slashing funds for Medicaid, food stamps and student loans.

Of course, the GOP zealots were in full demagogue mode:

"The Democrats want to take away the paychecks of [my constituents], replace them with welfare checks and call that compassion," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.). Maybe he snarled instead of said?

If Jeb's constituents are the Enron boys, he may have a point.

And of course the tax timebomb set to explode on families, particularly those with kids, continues to tick away. Our honorable GOP lawmakers have yet to make a serious move to deal with the alternative minimum tax. Could it be because the AMT eliminates things like deductions for high state and local taxes, something more common in blue states?

And leave it to the GOP "leaders" rail against Democrats who want to raise taxes.

"If you vote yes for the Democratic substitute, you are increasing taxes over five years by $40 billion," Representative Bill Thomas of California, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said. "That is the single largest tax increase since they were in the majority in 1993."
Of course the fact there are staggering deficits as far as the eyes can see to pay for Bush's Iraq Follies is sound fiscal policy.

How stupid do they think we are? Never mind. I think I know the answer.


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