How many generation people have to hear “Tax and spend Democrats”? The GOP will keep on using it if it appeals to enough poor lost souls who can’t be bothered to know the political platform of the parties until the week before the election. Sadly the GOP is really a one-trick pony with raping the bottom 98% for the benefit of their cronies being their entire platform as it has been for generations.The GOP will fall back on their tried campaign tactic of slandering the Democrats. If they have to they will advance their platform only as a last resort. They know that any platform has to make choices and that you lose votes when you have to make tough decisions. That is why with only a month and a half before the election as the article “McConnell Still Doesn’t Want To ‘Scoop’ Himself On Details Of The GOP’s Agenda” portrays a political party so ashamed of itself it can’t reveal its platform. How can you respect the GOP or its constituents?
There should be a U.N. peace keeping mission to require the GOP to list their political platform for the upcoming election. Since there are just 6 weeks left every voter must pass a verbal or written test regarding platforms of both parties to prove they have not been intimidated into voting for a party. Any voter who doesn’t know that Obama is a Christian American automatically has to take test again.
The article states “For the past two years, the Republican party – suffering from a lack of any actual ideas – has generally been obstructing anything the President and Democrats in Congress want to pass. Even the “The Party of No’s” own members have noted that they lack any solutions to the problems facing the country.”
The GOP will scream they want to raise your taxes and not explain that Democrats will not raise anyone’s taxes who don’t make above $250,000 per couple-2 % of the US. They will keep on screaming that these taxes will hurt small businesses even though only 3% of small businesses make $250,000. They will keep on screaming that the Democrats don’t care about the deficit even though this lapsing of tax breaks for 2 % of the US will save$700 billion dollars for the next 10 years which is roughly 41% of the deficit. If Obama can actually get the US out Afghanistan as well as Iraq then our deficit would be so small that it wouldn’t hurt our economy-as it is now thanks to W!
The ultimate goal of the GOP is to make revenues so small that only the defense and homeland security apparatus get funding.
They’d like to starve out the social service network of the US as the article “Reagan: Media Myth and Reality” states “As NBC ‘s John Hockenberry put it (6/5/04), “The Reagan revolution imagined the unimaginable. When poverty and welfare were at crisis levels in the 1980s, Reagan declared war on government and turned his back on the welfare state.” The long-term impact of cuts in social spending, gutted environmental protections and other casualties of Reagan’s “war on government” were relegated to passing mentions.”
The GOP doesn’t care about you. The article “GOP says no deal on tax cuts” described that House Republican Leader John A. Boehner temporarily fought against stupidity. He must have thought that maintaining the GOP line of letting all tax cuts expire if the top 2% doesn’t keep on stealing from us, would rub 98% of the people the wrong way. His cronies talked him into to keeping the company line though. They all march in lock-step.
The article states “Republican leaders in Congress on Monday backed away from a possible compromise with the Obama administration over extending expiring Bush-era tax cuts, committing both sides to an election-year battle with huge stakes for the economy.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and others distanced themselves from a statement Sunday by House Republican Leader John A. Boehner that he might agree to let tax relief for the wealthiest Americans expire, as President Obama wants, if that’s politically necessary to save middle-class tax cuts.
By the end of the day Monday, Boehner issued a statement dropping his suggestion.”
I’ve heard this propaganda since the days of Reagan. Remember that Bush 41 labeled Reagan’s economic policies of supply side-influenced plans for massive tax cuts as “voodoo economics”?
The article continues “Obama is pushing for a permanent middle-class tax cut, but only if Bush-era cuts for top earners are eliminated. Republicans, in turn, want permanent tax relief for all levels….
Democrats are using it to portray themselves both as champions of the middle class and as deficit hawks, because, they say, GOP proposals would depress government revenues. ..
Economists generally agree the United States faces a strong possibility of a renewed recession should lawmakers do nothing and let all of the cuts die.
Given the lackluster recovery – with the critical housing and job markets still ailing – an expiration of all tax cuts, worth $300 billion a year, would be a huge hit to the economy, equivalent to 2 percent of the nation’s output. The potential economic fallout is less clear if tax rates rise only for high earners.”
Rove taught them to use a group’s strong point as source to attack. The vile GOP continues this tactic as the article continues “As Congress returned from a five-week recess, McConnell proposed legislation to make the Bush-era cuts permanent, saying Democrats had enlarged government over the last two years and “now they want the tax hike to pay for it all.”
Usually progressives just cower, but as the article continues “Democrats have a card to play as well. Should Congress fail to act, the reductions will expire for everyone, opening Republicans up to accusations that they killed a tax cut because it did not benefit the wealthiest Americans.
Obama on Monday told a backyard town hall in Fairfax, Va., that a permanent middle-class cut could pass Congress now – except that “we’re still in this wrestling match with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell about the last 2 to 3 percent” of taxpayers. …
Obama administration officials insist that letting the tax cut expire for wealthy earners won’t hurt job creation. They say it will be good for the economy because it will bring down the deficit.”
The GOP will just permit 98% of us squirm as the article concludes “Regardless, there’s little incentive for Republicans to help Democrats pass anything before the midterms.
“If the tax question is settled before the November election, one of the main things the Republicans have as a rationale for their races is taken away,” said Jim Kessler, an analyst for Third Way, a centrist think tank.
The article “10 Republican Lies for Tax Day” describes how the GOP calmly lies!
It lists this misinformation that we will be hearing from now until the election:
1. President Obama will raise taxes on small businesses.
2. The estate tax devastates small businesses and family farms.
3. 40% of Americans pay no taxes
4. Tax cuts always increase revenue.
5. The GOP is the party of fiscal discipline.
6. Ronald Reagan was the greatest tax cutter of all time.
7. FDR caused the Great Depression, or at least made it worse.
8. Obama’s cap-and-trade plan will cost each American family $3,100 a year.
9. Obama’s tax proposals will undermine charitable giving.
10. The rich pay too much in taxes already.
One that these creeps always use is #4. The article states “Lie #4: Tax cuts always increase revenue.
Thanks to supply-side snake oil salesman Arthur Laffer and his magical Laffer Curve, conservatives have been peddling this myth since the age of Reagan. Tax cuts, which GOP doctrine now claims is the universal cure-all for surpluses and deficits, male pattern baldness and erectile dysfunction, are at the center of every Republican economic program. As John McCain put it during the campaign, “tax cuts, starting with Kennedy, as we all know, increase revenues.” And in February, Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison offered the purest statement of Arthur Laffer’s fantasy:
“Every major tax cut we’ve had in history has created more revenue.”
As it turns out, not so much. The claim, as ThinkProgress neatly summed it up, is empirically and historically false:
The notion that cutting taxes somehow – magically – increases government revenues is a myth that won’t die. “The claim that tax cuts pay for themselves…is contradicted by the historical record,” reported the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which showed that revenues grew twice as fast in the 1990s, when taxes were raised, than in the 1980s, when taxes were cut. FactCheck.org called a claim like Hutchison’s “highly misleading” and stated the obvious fact that “we can’t have both lower taxes and fatter government coffers.”
The GOP is bellowing about the deficit. The article “To deal with the deficit, let the tax cuts expire” clearly describes that “The “Bush tax cuts,” passed in 2001 and 2003, remain the single largest cause of America’s structural deficit — that is, the deficit not caused by the collapse in tax revenue when the economy goes into recession. The Bush administration inherited budget surpluses from the Clinton administration. What turned these into deficits, even before the recession? There were three fundamental new costs: the tax cuts, the Medicare prescription-drug bill and post-9/11 security spending (including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). Of these the tax cuts were by far the largest, adding up to $2.3 trillion over 10 years. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly half the cost of all legislation enacted from 2001 to 2007 can be attributed to the tax cuts.”
With the pillar of their platform being tax cuts for the richest that will hurt our economy, hurt those in need of a thriving social service network and making our deficits grow, the GOP depends on appealing to the baser instincts of our electorate.
Our masses are apathetic! They are Orwellian proles who the GOP exploit!
President Obama’s policies pulled the US economy from a depression and he pulled our combat troops from a failed war in Iraq. These items alone are the match of any other US President.
The Tea Party lie that he has no accomplishments. He has made his achievements while fighting the party of no every step of the way. The GOP has filibustered over 300 bills in the Senate. The Tea Party lie that Obama has not done enough for the economy. He has, but the GOP is sitting on the legislation.
What can we expect from the GOP?
Immediately it is the most vile form of the “politics of personal destruction” imaginable.
The article “The GOP Masterplan: Obstruct, smear, lie, repeat” describes their grim plans.
The article states “Last Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the estimated impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a.–Obama’s $787 billion fiscal stimulus) The report provides conclusive evidence that the stimulus did exactly what it was designed to do and helped to avert another Great Depression.”
What was the GOP’s response? The article continues “Naturally, the GOP is up-in-arms over the report’s findings. In fact, House minority leader John Boehner launched a counterattack claiming that the stimulus “has gotten us nowhere” and that it was a sign of “government run amok.”
Boehner’s “talking points” are part of a larger political strategy to mislead the public about the effects of the stimulus while assuming the mantle of fiscal conservatives….
By the time the Republicans were swept from office in 2008, the economy was in freefall. Unemployment was rising at 750,000 per month, and all of the main economic indicators were plunging faster rate than after the Crash of ’29. The only thing that kept the country from sliding into a full-blown depression, was massive doses of monetary and fiscal stimulus. And, while the hugely unpopular TARP handout merely distributed public funds to crooked banksters, Obama’s fiscal stimulus did what it was designed to do.”
Our politicians have to work together. We are in tough times, but as the article continues “Here’s Boehner again: “We will not solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending and have real economic growth….But we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing ‘stimulus’ policies.”
The party of no’s only goal is to get votes and to do so they want Obama to fail. Limbaugh admitted to that almost immediately. The article continues “Economists know how to get the economy up-and-running, but the Republicans are blocking the path. More stimulus means more growth, higher employment, and greater prosperity. Why would they want that? That doesn’t help them to privatize public assets, crush the labor movement, weaken the state, or “strangle the beast”. That’s not in their interests at all. Besides, Republicans figure the only way they can regain power is by making sure that Obama fails. And that’s their top priority.”
What can we expect from the GOP in the long term? If they win the House it is clear what will happen. The article “Republicans plan McCarthyite persecutions” describes another GOP attack.
The article states “In June, I warned in my column in The Hill that if the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives, there would be a wave McCarthyite abuses of Congressional committees through abuse of subpoenas and abuse of the Congressional investigative process.
There are now growing public reports of the threats and abuses I warned about in June, including a new story in Politico today….
This is the arrogance of power by those who do not have power, who are so consumed by the politics of persecution and character assassination and so dependent on the support of extremist political forces that they are bragging about the abuses of power they will pursue if they get said power.
The Republican plan is to abuse the power of multiple Congressional committees, abuse the power and the process of subpoena, by hiring a fleet of partisan Republican lawyers and partisan Republican staff at taxpayer expense to pursue a politics of vendetta and persecution.
Remember the abuses of power of Republicans in Congress when they launched bogus attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency, culminating in a de facto attempted coup d’etat through an abuse of process that culminated in an attempt to impeach President Clinton while he was creating jobs and balancing the budget?
Make no mistake, the party of Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy is planning a new era of Nixonian and McCarthyite abuses to repeat the politics of persecution it attempted against the Clintons when Republicans had control of Congress.”
The GOP is simply rotten to the core as the article continues “This is a Republican Party that is dangerously dependent on extremist factions that view America as a place where opponents are demonized, where even Democratic war heroes have their patriotism attacked by those who never served in the military, and where opponents are not treated as patriotic Americans with differing views but as enemies of the state.”
Remember on October 18, 2008 Rep. Bachmann’s plea for the media to probe members of Congress to determine who held “anti-American” views. It should come as no surprise then when on July 23, 2010 she says that “all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another.”
So from now until the elections how knows what Orwellian tactics the GOP will utilize to appeal to their right-wing extremist base?
This should be a time of discussing legitimate differences in helping the economy.
And that is a relatively simple procedure to analyze. Everyone has to prepare a household budget. If you have expenses you need revenue or you will owe money to your creditors. The GOP wants to keep on spending, but they want to give their top 2% cronies a tax break-reducing revenue. That is why we have deficits.
Reagan dreamed of reducing revenue so far that social service network would be reduced. That theory has lived on with 43’s attempts to privatize Social Security and put Medicare on a voucher program being examples.
It isn’t only his policies that Obama has to be concerned with. We need to win elections and Obama is a skilled politician.
Recently, Obama seems to have borrowed a page from Reagan, quipping that you put a car in D to go forward and R to go back. Linking the prospect of a Republican Congress to George W. Bush’s economic ideas in this way is a promising approach: Our recent poll found that voters approved of a hypothetical candidate who supported Obama’s economic policies by 15 points over one who wanted to go back to Bush’s economic policies.
Let’s hope that the upcoming political campaigns can focus on issues not the most egregious version of the “politics of personal destruction” that Bachmann et al can imagine.