Thursday November 29, 2012, 8:06 am
Republicans have suggested a willingness to put revenue on the table, but except for some mumbling about eliminating deductions for the rich, a plan shown ineffectual during the campaign, without having the middle class carry the majority of the burden, they won’t say what they mean. They claim they want to protect the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, but refuse to extend them without bonus tax cuts for the rich. If their only reason is not to protect millionaires and billionaires, why not are they holding 98% of Americans hostage?
Thursday November 29, 2012, 8:45 am
Excellent economic analyses TomCat that conforms to the actual data and facts and busts the propaganda myths we've heard so much about in the elections of 2010 and recently. I also like your chosen article title that reminds us all of our patriotic duty to our country remains no matter what our political preferences have been in recent years.
I do it, do you? I call, write, email, twitter, write letters to all newspapers in the DFW area. Because for a long time I sent back any and all actual mail to force this issue of not using paper or franking privileges. I do get emails from them now..."do not reply" -- and the name of the Senator or Congressman. Sure, from the republicans - Texas republicans I get the same standard letter about how wrong I am. So I do it all again, and again. Support the president, you are supporting yourself.
Great graph TomCat. I should think by now most of us do understand, should there still be any doubts - check out the graph, or the many government or non-biased sites that all are in unison with the issue of increasing revenue.
Why is Warren Buffet and some others in top 1% supportive of this idea? Because they realize that first they are Americans, we all benefit from the government programs.
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:22 am
It's time to "knock it out of the park" now, Mr. President!
Of course ... we're just hearing more of the usual mindless greedy "GOP stupid-speak" ... the "uh-oh--how did this happen--some curtains are pulled back and a few floodlights are on--better scramble" versions. It's still the same ole' stinken-rotten songs ... a few switched-up key words and phrases ... same sad-sorry-tired routine [if you're a senior you've heard them over and over ad infinitum-ad nauseum by now ... if boredom could kill ... GOP antics would do the trick] The GOP can't effect any genuine change--because their brains are not on live feeds--it's all memorex and they only have a few dopey song selections to play. Oh, yes ... they alter tempos, pitch and key ... and rearrange some lyrics ... re-mixes is the apt descriptor. New rotations and DJ's get thown in ... but make no mistake ... it is the same agenda and always will be. If they were serious about "spending cuts and balanced budgets" ... here's the more than obvious kick-start ... get the blood sucking private contractor international criminal culprits -- KBR, Halliburton, Black WaterXeAcademi [there's that constant re-branding again] et al buddies list -- off the people's payroll! That will save us billions instantly and trillions over the next decade. And... will provide the extra perk of a big boost in foreign relations arenas ... not to mention military morale and training. Oh, yes... and NO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS after the corrupt cohorts get dumped either --NONE-- they broke all rules AND budgets. In fact let's have them pay-back all those dollars wasted ... along with intensely supervised life-time work-release assignments cleaning up the community and environmental messes they made/make ... we'll be seeing black in no time ...
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:10 am
I do the same thing, Kit. I bet ol' Cornyn and Hutchinson know me by name by now ROFL. Brady doesn't even respond anymore, don't matter, I keep sending letters and emails over and over and over. Ya know....they gotta hate that. Heh heh heh
I support this president, he may not do everything we want and he may does things we damn sure don't want but for the most part, he IS for the little guys and gals, us.
Thursday November 29, 2012, 1:10 pm
Ah, ha! Even REAGAN advisors know that we were safe, secure, & Happy in the 1990's – not AT ALL so in the Bu$h League era.. all RepubliCONs (and Democrats!) should get the message NOW – we're not as stupid as FAUX News would have them believe!;)
"Former Reagan advisor Bruce Bartlett points out that people just don’t buy that argument. “Even without looking up government statistics, they know that the 1990s were a time when the economy boomed, while the 2000s were a period of economic stagnation,” he wrote."
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:40 pm
Thanks Tom for posting another good one. Great graph and video segment. Wednesday I went to Rep. Bill Johnson's local office and personally hand delivered a letter and talked to the office manager regarding his and the GOP's stonewalling on the budget. I expressed, politely but emphatically, my displeasure on Mr Johnson's record, his stance on a fair budget and his non-committal email and written replies that I have received. Not sure if it will do any good regarding the budget but it did me a world of good to express my feeling on the matter in person. Read viewed and noted.
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:55 pm
"Keeping the tax cuts for the middle class gives them more money to spend, and that creates jobs. Raising taxes for the rich gives government money to decrease the debt and stimulate the economy. That creates more jobs. That also increases tax revenue, which can then be used to reduce the debt."
I've said much of this many times. What is so difficult to understand? Are people, especially Republican/Teabagger leaning people so caught up in their ideology that they cannot see the forest for the trees, and vice versa? I call that "idiotology"! Idiotology = cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. Idiotology and bullshitology are mandatory course completions before becoming a Republican/Teabagger.
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:42 pm
I keep contacting my Republican senators, to no avail. They never agree with me. Mitch McConnell's office addresses their replies to Rev. Edith B., I have corrected this numerous times, so we can see how much attention they pay to what we who disagree with them have to say. I plan to keep on keeping on, though.
Friday November 30, 2012, 1:40 am
Hooray - I managed to send some stars today! (To Edith and Lynn, and John and Terrie - but the others didn't get past the computer....sorry!). I do so agree with you all - and I love the thought of you being Rev. Edith, Edith!
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:01 pm
Let's be realistic. Obama has not a clue in order to help this economy. His administration spent 4 years riding on Bush's policies. Last week, he had Romney over to the White House for a "lunch" to discuss the economy. Obama has stated that he invited Romney over ,being a successful businessman, he was willing to hear what Romney had to say.
Sorry, but I just see this as not an attempt to "reach across political bounds:; it's about a President and an administration that doesn't have a clue.
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:01 pm
Thanks, Tom. Well, my Rep. (Barber) sent me an e.mail response stating he will allow tax cuts for the wealthy to end and press for continued middle-income tax cuts. I wouldn't expect any less from a Dem, though. On the other hand, Kyl & McShame are singing their same old, tired songs. McShame's been all over FuxNoise looking like a crazy old man who belongs in a nursing home. I keep sending letters...Kyl's NEVER once responded. Usually I get some drivel back from McShame, but have surprisingly not received anything on him regarding this.
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:26 pm
Thanks Tom. Our Rep is Miller, so we've got no worries with him, he is one of the best around. The majority of the Republican Reps are still in lock-step to take us off the cliff. There are a handful who appear to be ready to compromise and they are probably aware that if they let this happen the Republican party will self-implode. Obama stated today in PA that he has pens with him and that the WH also has many pens ready for signing. Agent Orange is still trying to please the base of tea baggers who are so mis-informed it is almost laughable.
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:39 pm
I don't expect anything from Nebraska's Senators and Representatives other than toeing the party line. As little respect as I had for Ben Nelson, I have a feeling we're looking at worse, since Bob Kerrey lost his bid for Nelson's seat.
I can't even bring myself to type her name. Sad, isn't it?