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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

There they go again

Congressional Tea Partiers have a message for Americans this holiday season: let them eat cake.

Doing their best impression of Marie Antoinette, House Republicans loaded down a bill to cut payroll taxes and extend long-term unemployment benefits for the 99 percent by adding a Christmas tree of ideological special interest goodies for the 1 percent they know will doom the measure.

What exactly will the Keystone XL pipeline or dirtier air do to help people struggling to work their way out of the Bush Recession?

At the root of the problem, as always, is the GOP's insistence that tax cuts for the 99 percent be paid for, unlike those they rammed through Congress during the Bush years. Why? Because the Democrats propose a surtax on the 1 percent, those making $1 million a year.

House Speaker John Boehner undoubtedly prompted some of his members to use their congressional health insurance coverage to pay to repair their twisted arms -- getting members who opposes the very idea of a payroll tax cut to vote for the goodies grab bag. That's what passes for compromise in today's GOP.

To do that, the Boehner grab bag would reduce the maximum number of weeks of jobless benefits that a worker could receive; block certain air pollution rules for industrial boilers and incinerators; freeze the pay of many federal employees through 2013; increase Medicare premiums for affluent beneficiaries while preventing a deep cut in Medicare payments to doctors; and eliminate more than $20 billion of spending planned under the health care law.

In other words, the rich get richer and the sick get sicker.

Ho, ho, no.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I'm not currently in the 1% I support the Republican reluctance to just go along with the Democrat solution to increase taxes. Just increase the taxes on the 1%, that will solve things. When that doesn't, then you'll say just increase it on the top 10% things will be OK. etc

December 14, 2011 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Ty said...

Last I cheeked most Dems were lined up for 3:1 spending cuts vs revenue increased before the Teaparty blew everything up.

So yeah, don't let facts get in your way.

Then we have the presidential candidates saying 10:1 is socialism.

December 14, 2011 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Anonymous, the tax increase is to offset the money that would be lost do to the payroll tax cut for the rest of us. It is not supposed to fix anything. It would affect less than 1% of the people in the country. For the past 40 years the top 0.1% of the people grew their wealth by over 385% while the bottom 90% grew their wealth by -0.1%, thus actually losing wealth.

In the end, if people want services, like Medicare and Social Security, then we need to pay for these things through taxes. Since a plurality of people want these services, then the taxes should be adjusted appropriately, take away loopholes, make sure companies are paying taxes, etc. The government also needs to cut programs that do not work, remove waste from the system and be given the freedom to negotiate deals, such as drug prices.

The American economy is heavily dependent on consumerism. The problem is that the 90% cannot consume because they do to not have the money. The reason they do not have the money is due to business moving overseas and is competing with countries with very low wages for their workers. America should really try to protect their businesses and manufacturing, thus creating jobs in America and consuming. It has nothing to do with the 35% tax rate for businesses, which virtually no one pays. T

December 14, 2011 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thing all of you should do is buy made in the USA products. Vote now with your pocketbooks. If you confiscate all the income of those making more than 10 million you reduce the debt by 2 percent. Reduce the waste now and no one will complain. Immediate freeze on all federal employees pay raises, it happens in the private sector. No pensions for any retiring congressman or president.
Brian I understand how the economy works, I'm just tired of paying for the waste, and I bet I've been paying for it longer than you have (37 yrs next month).

December 15, 2011 5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remembered one thing that galls me (and all the guys I work with), free cell phones for welfare people. We're tired of paying for it. Cut that out I'll go along with a 1% tax increase on the rich.

December 15, 2011 5:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw where the House passed funding for the nation's welfare program, of course it's contingent on the states closing current loopholes in some of the current state systems. Recipients will no longer be able to access their benefits in strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. We're getting closer to approving tax increases on the rich by closing these loopholes.

December 16, 2011 7:53 AM  

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