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Sunday, September 25, 2016

What if I told you about a $1.3 trillion disaster passed mostly under a contortion of the Senate rules known as “reconciliation” and signed into law by a new, untested president whose legitimacy was questioned by millions?

What if I told you this big government giveaway would destroy years of hard-won fiscal responsibility, resulting in a “lost decade for jobs” as we fought two wars and expanded the government in unprecedented, unfunded ways? And after this $1.3 trillion boondoggle fueled skyrocketing inequality and blasted a gaping hole in the budget we would be left with a once-in-a-half-century financial crisis that would leave America borrowing more than a trillion dollars a year?

You might say, “Boycott the Bush tax cuts!”

But Republicans would call you a crazy, un-American, ACORN-suckling, Sharia trial lawyer, communistic, socialistic, fascistic, Maoistic, son-of-a-Saul Alinsky. Who would turn down a tax break? That’s our money, libtard. GIVE IT BACK.

But that’s the magic of President Obama. He can turn Republicans against tax breaks or subsidies for the poor and the middle class, if they were ever for them in the first place.

On October 1, up to 26 million Americans will begin to find out that they are eligible for subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. Many, if not most, Americans have no idea that these tax credits are heading to all legal residents who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level, up to $45,960 a year for a family of one.

This is why the wary proponents of health care reform get optimistic when they see a state like New York, California and Maryland release rates for its health insurance exchange that are lower than experts expected. These already discounted rates don’t even factor in the subsidies that, in Maryland, for instance, an estimated 75 percent of state residents will get.

In order to stomp on this good news before it begins to spread, conservatives are actually arguing that middle- class Americans should reject these tax breaks.

Reuters’ David Morgan explains:

FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, a conservative issue group financed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, known for funding conservative causes, are planning separate media and grassroots campaigns aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s – the very people Obama needs to have sign up for healthcare coverage in new online insurance exchanges if his reforms are to succeed.

“We’re trying to make it socially acceptable to skip the exchange,” said Dean Clancy, vice president for public policy at FreedomWorks, which boasts 6 million supporters. The group is designing a symbolic “Obamacare card” that college students can burn during campus protests.

This is just the latest (and most hilarious) step in a multi-prong sabotage campaign against Obamacare that congressional scholar Norm Ornstein recently called “unprecedented” and “contemptible” in the National Journal.

  • charleo1

    Suppose I’m nothing inside but a self centered, mean spirited jerk. That cares for no one but myself. That every time I see anyone receive anything, even a paycheck. I think, that should have been mine. In fact, it was mine before they stole it. Or figured out a way to cheat me out of it! If my entire way of looking at the world is, there is only one pie. It never increases in size. There aren’t enough pieces to go around. And it rightfully belongs to me. Which political Party most closely mirrors my perception of the world? What will I think of President Obama? I will think he represents all those too weak, lazy, non productive, and stupid, to ever get a piece of my pie. Unless, they use the IRS, and other powers of the Government, to take my pie away from me, and cut it up into all these itsy bitsy pieces, in an evil plot to redistribute my pie out, in exchange for votes from the lazy, irresponsible rabble, that wants my pie! That’s what! But, truth be told, and I’ll never tell it. I never really intend to give them much of my pie anyway. Because, as I said, it’s not my nature.

    • Sand_Cat

      Are you Montana Bill posing as charleo1?

      • charleo1

        I am the pie monster!!!!

  • docb

    The dead-ender repub baggers have NEVER been for Tax Breaks for any but the Wealthy and Corporations. The poor and middle class have always paid taxes..sales, property, school, State and City, Licenses, etc..It is the wealthy that are doing tax avoidance..with the average being 12.7%…and corporations at 12% or less..many in the F 500 pay NO tax at ALL!

    • Lynda Groom

      Indeed those southern GOPers from the dependent states keep voting against their own self-interest. They been sold a bill-of-goods for decades that keeps them in the dark and unable to see the screwing they’ve been receiving at the hands of the GOP. They are enablers of the 1% and they continue to fight for the privileged class and other moneyed interest. It would be amusing if not so tragic.

  • FredAppell

    This is lunacy, do they even have a stated goal besides just standing in the way of progress? Are they really willing to throw millions of hard working Americans under the bus all for a narrow minded ideal? It’s hard enough to survive out there right now without the added burden of medical costs and now millions of people already relying on this system may find themselves back where they started.

    I can’t let the government get their hands on my healthcare is one of the most illogical
    and unintelligible arguments that I keep hearing. How is this law going to effect anyone who already has their own insurance? My advice to those who do already have their own insurance is, don’t worry about it. Of course we all know that the obstructionists keep claiming how this is going to hurt economic growth and expand the deficit but there is no evidence of that, only the usual platitudes.

  • Mark Forsyth

    Considering their dedication to convoluted thinking,their refusal to act in their best interest much less that of the middle class,and their disgust of logic and reason,one might wonder if it were possible to talk them into putting a gun to their collective head and pulling the trigger. All in favor—

  • Dominick Vila

    Why does the GOP oppose tax breaks for the middle class after claiming that more money in our pockets is the key to economic growth and success? Because they know that those cuts will harm the economic recovery and make it more difficult for them to justify more tax breaks for the elite.

  • roguerunners

    “Why is the GOP opposing tax breaks for the middle class?”

    The answer to that question is really very simple…the majority of the middle class doesn’t support them. And that majority is getting larger and larger.

  • highpckts

    They don’t need a reason! What does reason have to do with it! If it thwarts the President then it’s all good!