Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Those Damn Republicans!

Last December the Republicans held unemployment benefits hostage for extending tax breaks for the rich (then the Republican state legislators reneged on that deal).

Then beginning last month the Republicans held the debt ceiling hostage for promised cuts in Medicare and Social Security.

Now the Republicans are holding American jobs hostage to make Obama look bad for the economy, just to get Republicans elected next year.

The Republican's only concern is NOT the American people, but obtaining the political and financial control of this country, so as to give the wealthy and large corporations free reign over us.

The Republicans say that cutting taxes for the rich and large corporations will create jobs. There were 40 million jobs created BEFORE the Bush tax cuts from 1980 to 2000. But since then (and during the Great Recession) we lost over 10 million jobs WITH the Bush tax cuts! Tax cuts for drug kingpins, Goldman Sachs, arms dealers, professional athletes, movie stars, celebrity heiresses, and hedge fund managers don't create jobs - - - only millions of average folks with money in their pockets to spend will create jobs.

The Republicans say that half of all Americans don't pay any taxes at all, but they don't tell you that half are stay-at-homes moms, college students, juvenile children, and retired elderly people - or that they earned less than I did last year. I earned $14,000 last year (mostly from from unemployment benefits) and I still paid federal income taxes. The Republicans must want you to think that half the people in this country that HAVE JOBS earned less money than I did - - - they would have you believe that 50% of the participating workforce earned almost or below poverty wages. They think that you are that stupid! That's what the Republicans (and Rick Perry) are thinking now. But then again, we always knew that the Republicans and the Governor of Texas were full of bull manure.

Fox News asks, "Just because Warren Buffett wants to pay more taxes, does that mean that you should too?" Fox News knows VERY WELL that Warren Buffett isn't proposing taxes on you, just on the uber-wealthy, who should pay THE SAME tax rate as you do. Fox News says that anyone can pay more taxes if they want too, but Fox News also knows very well that if Warren Buffett voluntarily chooses to pay more, it doesn't necessarily mean everyone else will. I'm quite sure the Koch brothers wouldn't. And it will take everyone earning over a million dollars a year to pay the same tax rate as we do to make any difference at all in the tax revenues being collected. But we all know how Fox News likes to spin their stories on behalf of corporate interests.

(Below) President Obama sets out from St. Paul, Minnesota on a three-day bus tour that will give him a chance to hear directly from the public on ways to grow the economy. I suppose that after 2 and a half years, he's finally given up on all the wealthy and under-taxed "job creators". Maybe the Republican members of the House will have a real jobs proposal when they get back from their very long and over-paid vacations. Many 99ers have already been on a very long 3 year un-paid vacation. Mister Boehner, where are the jobs? Isn't that what all the Republicans promised us last November to get themselves elected? We're still waiting for that "cut-more-taxes-for-the-rich" jobs bill.

Come on Mister President, don't just say "some members of congress". Say "those damn Republicans!"

“The principal power in Washington is no longer the government of the people it represents. It is the Money Power. Under the deceptive cloak of campaign contributions, access and influence, votes and amendments are bought and sold. Money established priorities of action, holds down federal revenues, revises federal legislation, shifts income from the middle class to the very rich. Money restrains the enforcement of laws written to protect the country from abuses of wealth—laws that mandate environmental protection, antitrust laws, laws to protect the consumer against fraud, laws that safeguard the securities markets, and many more.” - Richard N. Goodwin, adviser and speechwriter for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and for Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

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