Red staters, many of you are barely scraping by and the GOP declares they are only concerned for their fellow fat cats.
It shows their heartlessness that the GOP is forcing unemployment benefits to expire while demanding tax cuts for the rich. The GOP argues that unemployment benefits cause debt while tax cuts for the rich won’t. How can GOP argue that tax cuts for the rich won’t cause debt? Average Republicans don’t even support debt exploding tax cut for the rich, only their cruel masters do.
It is disgusting how overtly crass and vile that the current GOP crew is!
The article “Senate GOP vows to halt action in lame-duck session until tax deal” illustrates this as it states “Senate Republicans will block controversial legislation during the lame-duck Congress until a deal on tax cuts is worked out, according to a letter signed by every GOP senator.”
As the article states “Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell was asked whether that meant the Senate would have time to tackle all the other issues, like repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” passing the DREAM Act or extending unemployment benefits, McConnell said: “No, I don’t think so.”
They will blithely force US citizens to face a holiday season without cheer as the article states “But McConnell indicated that, if Democrats want to move forward with those other bills, then they might look to act more quickly on taxes.
“The sooner we get done what we need to do … we’ll see how much time is left before the expiration of the 111th Congress,” he said.”
The GOP won’t extend unemployment benefits forcing so many US citizens, who through no fault of their own are unemployed to endure terrible privations while they callously pretend to be concerned for not only those caught in that awful position, but the US economy as a whole. Doesn’t this sound touching? Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee was quoted “My heart goes out to Americans who are hurting because Washington can’t agree on a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits. I voted several times to pass and pay for an extension, but I cannot in good conscience continue voting for bills that aren’t paid for,” Corker said. Actions speak louder than words and the GOP doesn’t care about anything other than giving their donors more cream off the top!
The GOP only won the House so why are they giving ultimatums? They consider their base to be so listless that they don’t understand what the ramifications of the GOP policies. For generations GOP leaders have mumbled a few lies that their constituents lap up even as they are voting against their interests.
How could delaying all legislation until the fat cats get even more be constructive?
We’ve endured this hypocrisy– with little variation for 30 years!
Just because you repeat it often enough doesn’t mean it will come true. The irony is that 43’s father bush 41 labeled it “voodoo economics” when he was campaigning against the GOP cult hero “Teflon Ronnie”. Of course when bush 41 became Reagan’s vice president his disparaging remarks about “Trickle-down”, along with any semblance of honor, disappeared. 43 followed Reagan’s policy without a word of dissent from his father-who knew better.
As the article notes “Trickle-down economics won’t work” “Nicholas Kristof’s column in Sunday’s Las Vegas Sun, “Wealth parity in banana republics better than ours,” and one by Bob Franken in the Nov. 15 issue, “Wealth gap keeps growing,” point out a poison that is eroding our country. Over the past 10 years, but especially during the George W. Bush administration, the wealthy have gotten wealthier rapidly while the middle class has grown poorer.
The middle class is what makes this country great. But there is too much unemployment and underemployment. Republicans are setting up a game of chicken with regard to the Bush tax cuts by insisting that everyone’s cuts should be continued. However, returning the wealthy to the tax rates they were paying before the cuts is one way to begin to return to a fairer balance in this great country.”
Why would it work and why is that red staters buy this stale tripe.
The article states “We are in a recession where trickle-down economics can’t work and never did (that was a term coined during the Ronald Reagan administration to make the poorer among us sit back and wait while the wealthy piled up the money). We need more demand. Everyone knows the poor and middle classes will spend any extra money they get and create demand.
Thus, it is imperative that Congress leave the tax cuts in place but only up to a certain income level.”
The GOP argues that unemployment benefits causes debt, while tax cuts for the rich won’t. How can the GOP argue that tax cuts for the rich won’t cause debt?
The July 15 2010 article– well before the election, called “Redo That Voodoo” states “Republicans are feeling good about the midterms – so good that they’ve started saying what they really think. This week the party’s Senate leadership stopped pretending that it cares about deficits, stating explicitly that while we can’t afford to aid the unemployed or prevent mass layoffs of schoolteachers, cost is literally no object when it comes to tax cuts for the affluent…
But this past Monday Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, was asked the obvious question: if deficits are so worrisome, what about the budgetary cost of extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which the Obama administration wants to let expire but Republicans want to make permanent? What should replace $650 billion or more in lost revenue over the next decade?
His answer was breathtaking: “You do need to offset the cost of increased spending. And that’s what Republicans object to. But you should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans.” So $30 billion in aid to the unemployed is unaffordable, but 20 times that much in tax cuts for the rich doesn’t count.
The next day, Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, confirmed that Mr. Kyl was giving the official party line: “There’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy. So I think what Senator Kyl was expressing was the view of virtually every Republican on that subject.”
Democrats have said that during the W regime our economy suffered and that by returning the tax rates to that what it was during the Clinton presidency-which is all the Democrats are proposing, would help the US as the article states “Now there are many things one could call the Bush economy, an economy that, even before recession struck, was characterized by sluggish job growth and stagnant family incomes; “vibrant” isn’t one of them. But the real news here is the confirmation that Republicans remain committed to deep voodoo, the claim that cutting taxes actually increases revenues.
It’s not true, of course. Ronald Reagan said that his tax cuts would reduce deficits, then presided over a near-tripling of federal debt. When Bill Clinton raised taxes on top incomes, conservatives predicted economic disaster; what actually followed was an economic boom and a remarkable swing from budget deficit to surplus. Then the Bush tax cuts came along, helping turn that surplus into a persistent deficit, even before the crash.
But we’re talking about voodoo economics here, so perhaps it’s not surprising that belief in the magical powers of tax cuts is a zombie doctrine: no matter how many times you kill it with facts, it just keeps coming back. And despite repeated failure in practice, it is, more than ever, the official view of the G.O.P.”
The GOP, whose policies during W’s misguided term will-as Obama has said “will take the country backwards. Will drive us into the ditch.
This economy is solvable,but not be following the group that got us into this mess as the article states “Why should this scare you? On paper, solving America’s long-run fiscal problems is eminently doable: stronger cost control for Medicare plus a moderate rise in taxes would get us most of the way there. And the perception that the deficit is manageable has helped keep U.S. borrowing costs low.
But if politicians who insist that the way to reduce deficits is to cut taxes, not raise them, start winning elections again, how much faith can anyone have that we’ll do what needs to be done? Yes, we can have a fiscal crisis. But if we do, it won’t be because we’ve spent too much trying to create jobs and help the unemployed. It will be because investors have looked at our politics and concluded, with justification, that we’ve turned into a banana republic.”
Just the GOP political leaders want tax cuts for their cronies-not the red state drones.
The article “CBS Poll Finds Only 46 Percent Of Republicans Support GOP’s Stand On Extending Bush Tax Cuts For Rich” states “
A CBS News poll released last night finds that 53 percent of Americans want the Bush-era tax cuts “extended only for households earning less than $250,000 per year,” a position that was advanced by a House vote yesterday. Another 14 percent want to expire all of the Bush tax cuts. Taken together, two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) want to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich. One interesting statistic from the survey indicates that the GOP’s push for giving the richest 2 percent an additional tax cut is not even supported by its own base:
Only ten percent of Democrats and one in four independents back the GOP proposal to extend the tax cuts for all. Even among Republicans, support for extending all the cuts is less than half at 46 percent.”
Why is Obama so threatened by the GOP’s demands? The article states “Nevertheless, the White House is indicating to the GOP leadership in private negotiations that it is willing to acquiesce on its views and temporarily extend the tax cuts for the rich.”
The rich has been the grossest pigs at the troughs since 43’s days. Why should the bottom 99% suffer-they have seen their lot in life deteriorate due to W.
The article “Who should sacrifice, toilers or tycoons?” states “With each passing day, our wage-earning majority takes more hits.
Typical Americans haven’t endured such exploitation since the Gilded Age, when robber barons sucked our immigrant forebears’ lifeblood like the parasites they most assuredly
To hide the excessive greed, absent oversight, and outright thievery of corporate monopolies and the U.S. financial sector, right-wingers are again shifting attention from the real culprits.
Let’s wise up, unite, and force predatory plutocrats to give America’s workers appropriate pay and sufficient benefits.
Let’s make whining, “Oh, please pity me!” billionaires pay their fair share of taxes and use that revenue for crucial social services, including safety-net programs so essential to our hard-pressed multitudes….
The wealthy could easily give up a bit without appreciably affecting their great privilege or plush lifestyles. Why should ordinary people be forced to unfairly compensate for the greedy malfeasance of those who tanked international capitalism?”
GOP foreign policy features destructive wars that profit the industrial/military fat cats. We see US soldiers and Iraqi and Afghan civilians dying gruesome deaths. Their single domestic policy-it really is only tax cuts for the rich solely for all situations, causes less blatant deaths, but fatalities none the less. We know that US citizens die daily due to the GOP’s stance against health care reform, income redistribution and improvements to the US social safety net.