Monday June 11, 2012, 10:56 am
If you are not familiar with the term, Taxmageddon refers to January 1, 2013 when several tax related laws sunset in such a way that could have a severe impact on most American families. Republicans are blaming Democrats, of course, claiming that Democrats want to raise your takes. As usual, the Republicans are lying. They are up to their old tricks, committing economic terrorism through blackmail. They are holding what the 99% need hostage for what the 1% want.
Raise them darn taxes, on all but those below the poverty line, and close the loopholes that apply to only about 5% of the nation. Each of us has a stake in the functioning of the government, that means taxation. Republicans need to get over their bad selves and come to reality.
Keep in mind:
The federal workforce is the lowest in decades, when measured as a ratio of federal employees to a thousand American citizens. Under Ronald Reagan, the number of federal workers per thousand citizens went from 12.49 to 12.62. Reagan not only expanded the federal budget and deficits, but also increased the total number of federal workers by a quarter million, to more 3,114,000 by 1989.
The single biggest federal government employment month was in 1990 under George H.W. Bush when the US had over 3,435,000 (including temporary Census workers). This is 300,000 more federal employees than the height of World War Two.
Since 1989 the US population has grown by 61,926,308 new citizens or 25%, but over the same time the ratio of federal workers continues to decrease.
Under George W. Bush the ratio went from 9.75 employees per thousand Americans down to 9.18, and now under Barack Obama the number has reached a new low of 9.12 per thousand Americans.
Not only has the ratio decreased by 27% from Reagan to Obama, but the total number of federal workers has also gone down by 297,000 employees from a high of 3,114,000 employees under the Reagan Administration in 1989.
For the record: according to the Office of Management and Budget, the highest ratio of federal workers per thousand citizens was under Richard Nixon (14.4). Barack Obama’s ratio is the lowest since 1962 (9.12). The total number of federal workers reached its maximum under President George H. W. Bush.
Compared with Ronald Reagan, the Obama Administration is serving 25% more Americans with 9% fewer federal workers, and spending proportionally less money to do it: when comparing the percentage of U.S. GDP represented by various areas of federal government operations, from the Reagan Administration to the Obama Administration, various categories of spending have dropped by anywhere from 12% (Defense) to 75% (Agriculture).
The only budget areas where government spending has increased as a percentage of GDP are the contribution-based retirement programs (Medicare and Social Security) and Medicaid.
Conclusion: The United States under the Obama Administration has fewer federal workers, and spends a smaller portion of our operational budget, than we did under Ronald Reagan.
Monday June 11, 2012, 6:06 pm
Some of our care2care folk used so many words to say republicans need to tax themselves heaviest & first because they left us in the cold while insulating themselves much too heavily.
Monday June 11, 2012, 6:34 pm
Thanks for the article, Tom. Great info Kit, couldn't send you a star.
It's just unbelievable that the Republicans simply INSIST on ONLY helping the 1%. It just boggles the mind that they don't want to help the low income and poor groups. I just don't get it. How do they sleep at night? Oh wait, I just remembered, They hide from sunlight and don't sleep in the dark.
Monday June 11, 2012, 7:05 pm
Let's see...for the last decade plus...life in this once prosperous country has sucked! What has happened and changed....Oh...BushCo and...Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy. Cause and effect. DUH!
Monday June 11, 2012, 9:43 pm
From the article: "If Congress does nothing, income tax rates would go up, estate taxes and investment taxes would increase and the alternative minimum tax would hit millions of middle-income people."
Nothing is the ONLY thing Congress does! In this case, however, the Republicans will be doing something: they'll be doing everything in their power to ensure that the tax cuts ARE extended for the top 10%. They may be useless to the majority of the population, but they serve their masters well.
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 2:24 am
1% wants ≠ 99% needs
Economic terrorism Republican/Teabagger style! I know Mr Obama tends to be a collegial person, and that is one of the reasons I like him, but I think he is wrong to cede ground to the Republican/Teabaggers in this case. The GOP now think that in this election year, they have him by the 'short and curlies' and see themselves in a position of strength, control. Pure blackmail! Economic terrorism!!!
The American people MUST see this for what it is! But the low-effort thinking addicted to Faux Noise will eat the political pabulum they are fed and scream loud denouncing Mr Obama for not being a team player, for costing them money through losing their payroll tax cuts. In actual fact, it will be the Republican/Teabagger economic terrorists that will be responsible because they consider the wants of the 1% more imporant than tha needs of the 99%.
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 4:52 am
Thanks TC -It's all rhetoric and that's from boith poles. Until we erach a non-polar representation in Congress this ridiculous and hurtful "government" will continue until a much different armageddon happens. Thanks to Kit for a fine analysis.
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 12:58 pm
Thanks, Tom. Once again...if the Fascists' are animated they are lying. If they are breathing, they're lying. I really would like to send them all to a deserted island ..... like an atol.....like an atol that was used for nuclear testing....then they can all lie to eachother and see how long they last. They make me sick.