By Joe Conason

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

October 14, 2011 4:00 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 6 Comments A+ / A-

From the Tea Parties to the corporate boardrooms to the presidential debate platforms, we hear a familiar droning whine about taxes — except the angry message is no longer simply that taxes are too high. Today, conservative politicians and pundits complain instead that some people, namely those too poor to owe federal income taxes, aren’t paying enough. So what if those people can scarcely sustain their families, like the millions of middle-class families doing slightly better but struggling as well?

This is the Democratic “fairness” argument turned upside down, which may prove to have limited appeal. What will appeal to most Americans even less are the proposed Republican solutions, like a national sales tax. And what might surprise them is that the first president to expand tax relief for the working poor was that almighty Republican icon, Ronald Reagan, whose name is constantly invoked by politicians unworthy of his legacy.

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  • Roscoe K Regornik

    We need politicians who support prudent expenditures for necessary public functions and analysis of future public liabilities, long beyond the election cycles.
    The current public debate needs to focus on taxes (whether as sales/income/property/pump/etc.) which are simple, efficiently administered, fair, and above board with a minimum of subsidies.

  • kurt.lorentzen

    Roscoe K Regornik: Sorry, that makes far too much sense to ever be accepted by the bureaucratic governing body that thinks more rules and regulations are the solution. I work in the fiber optic networking business – a fairly complex infrastructure. The three cardinal axioms in maintaining efficiency and reliability are “simplify, simplify and simplify” (not necessarily in that order :). Experience shows that the tax code is far too complicated. Where “999″ is an over-simplification, it’s a great base from which to create a small, concise, understandable tax code that is easily administered and enforced.

  • Roscoe K Regornik

    If we don’t demand change for the better, it will be more Business As Usual while politicians continue pandering to those making campaign contributions and to the mindless Boobgoise.

    We collectively foot the bills for politicians, public servants, and the business community. The politics of confrontation, division, and entitlement takes us further down the socio-economic hole. Investment performance is diminished by the current economic and political climate. The American Dream has been slowly unravelling, beginning with the repetitive oil shocks of the 1970s.

    Business As Usual is not serving us well.

  • Kenneth Kurpeski

    The rich have the voice,they can afford it, T V Radio, it is time ! time we hear from the other side !!! Government needs to formulate a way to hear from the working people, surveys, polls, news programs, Not Government as usual, behind closed doors,with special interest groups, with their foot in the door. Workers that produce a Good or a Service should be better rewarded. Those who use other peoples money to make themselves filthy rich should be made illegal.

  • Zorros Shadow

    As the wealthy commit themselves more and more to the ravishment of the working poor and middle class, they would do well to remember the circumstances of France in history. We will only take this kind of abuse for so long. When the class war begins in earnest, no amount of police force will protect them from the angry and starving…

  • hjasen

    Cain is very wealthy. Paul Ryan is not. You lose credibility when you don’t check your facts. Otherwise, I am very much in agreement with you.

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