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Thursday, October 27, 2016

House GOP Lays Out Its True Beliefs For All To See

In one tidy package, the Republican leadership in Congress has presented their priorities to the American people: Protect millionaires, industrial polluters, gouging doctors and fossil-fuel refiners, while sacrificing the interests of federal workers and the long-term unemployed. Those were the highlights of the Republican-controlled House plan that passed Tuesday to salvage the payroll tax holiday.

Congressional Republicans say it’s a crime against all that is sacred (read Grover Norquist) to ask millionaires to pay one bit more in taxes, but they were reluctant to extend a payroll tax holiday that would add about $1,000 to the average working family’s pay next year. House Speaker John Boehner had to lard up the extension of the payroll tax cut with what has been called “ideological candy” to line up his party’s stalwarts.

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  • freethinker

    So once you taxed the millionaires and billionaires and discovered that revenue didn’t even begin to cover Democrat proposed largess, deficit spending, or the debt itself, then who would you tax next? Obama has proposed a delay in decision (surprise) on the rerouted pipeline for what reason? Maybe for keeping the environmentalists in tow for the election before he approves the pipeline and points to the new jobs he just created? If you think doctors order more tests in doctor owned hospitals, have you done any research into how many tests are ordered under Medicare payment? By starving Social Security of funds (the payroll tax cut), are you really doing future seniors a favor? Since Democrat policies clearly have not helped the economy while perpetuating and promoting unemployment, aren’t you shedding crocodile tears about unemployment compensation? Aren’t you just concerned about keeping people in government serfdom?

  • don.e.wilson

    As I read the above article, and the below comment; it only made sense to share point or two in this season of giving. On the XL Pipeline issue, the clear reason I find the State Department wants to cover some final issues before the president gives the green light, are these: If clean water from several states becomes undrinkable due to the construction aspect or any form of leaks, now or in the future, it will be far worst than the southern coastal clean-up. Yes jobs are important, but health and well being should be first; always based on past history. Next, I am in the 1M plus earning group and 1.9% tax is nothing on the radar screen to help fix or solve some real problems in America right now. I didn’t get this income on my own, so it only makes sense to be good stewart with it, if not now when, you sure can’t take any of this with you!. As for who do we tax next, it seems to be the same people we normally do, the middle class, their an easy target. Perhaps those who have never needed to collect unemployment compensation, don’t understand how those limited dollars make the difference in getting to Job interview or sending several more resumes out, or even keeping phone on to get the call to say “come in”, we’d like to talk with you can’t relate. Its important and its your money anyway. Our government is their to bridge problems when we need little help, that’s all. I’m capitalist with common sense. Keep the payroll tax cut in place until the economy gets healthy once more, people spent when its there, which in turn, allows for more goods & services to used and purchased. Let’s all apply some common sense, which seems to be in short supply these days in Washington and around the country.

  • valszy

    In the preamble there are six reasons given for the writing of the Constitution, the fifth reason given is promote the general Welfare (with Welfare capitalized). Nowhere in the Constitution is capitalism mentioned, nor putting pledges to a lobbyist above the oath of office to uphold the constitution. Those who serve Grover Norquist are not serving their country.

  • TimTaylor

    First of all you didn’t really ask any questions, did you? You seem to have all the answers. I love how the deficit can be used as both a pretext for “urgently cutting spending,” while it’s pointless to raise taxes on the rich and close tax loop holes, because it won’t make a big enough dent in the deficit… Maybe that’s why the President, and the majority of Americans, want a balanced approach of spending cuts AND tax increases.
    And the XL pipeline is all about “keeping environmentalists in tow.” Couldn’t possibly be about clean drinking water…
    The medical industry taking advantage of Medicare isn’t new – It needs to be dealt with, not made to seem OK, by encouraging more bad behavior.

    The rest of your comment reads like an Ayn Rand rant, and we’re not buying it. Take a look at both the GDP and unemployment numbers for the past 3 years. GDP up. Unemployment down. Nobody ever said we could dig out of a near depression overnight!—the-poor-s-free-ride-is-over

  • wpperrine

    Oh yes, unemployment compensation is meant to keep those people from NOT working, AS IF they COULD find a job! Open your eyes sir! We have some 10 million or so unemployed because they CAN’T find a job! And your millionaire friends can’t afford to pay another 1.9% in taxes, while the unemployed CAN pay another $1000 in taxes. Wake up, you greedy jerk!

  • Rich66

    Many small auto repair shops are owned by car mechanics and many small cafes are owned by cooks but for some reason they think it is a bad idea for doctors to own clinics or hospitals. I guess all doctors are just evil rich people that want to suck every last dime out of your pocket.

    The rest of the points made in this article are so ridiculoulsy biased it is laughable. How can anyone take this for actual journalism?
    All republicans want to poisin the air and the water and don’t give a damn.
    Oh I just remembered, republicans don’t breath or drink water. They don’t have grand kids to care about so it is perfectly OK to poison the earth we live on.
    Give me a break.
    Why can’t a news service just report what happened with out all this slandering of the other side? It just makes the writers appear like they just escaped from a mental hospital.

  • John Steinsvold

    If the people knew about it, they would demand it.

    Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: “There is no alternative”.
    She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

    I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?” which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

    John Steinsvold

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
    ~ Albert Einstein