A vote for cynicism

Senate finally passes a bill -- for all the wrong reasons

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They haven’t completed a federal budget in three years. But Democrats in the U.S. Senate found the time to make a purely political statement this past week.

“Something amazing happened yesterday: The Senate passed a piece of legislation,” wrote The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.

Of course, we disagree with Mr. Klein as to his next claim that it was “an important piece of legislation.”

It was sheer theater.

Democrats approved a bill 51-48 to increase tax rates on families earning more than $250,000 a year – and extending the so-called Bush tax cuts for those below.

The reasons it was all a political show: 1) such measures, by the Constitution, must originate in the House; 2) Democrats know full well it won’t pass in the House; 3) raising taxes on upper-income Americans would produce enough revenue to run the government for about eight days.

So why would a Senate that can’t even fulfill its constitutional duty and moral obligation to approve a budget press on with a meaningless bill? To try to look good for voters by continuing to wage class warfare.

It’s a fool’s game.

First of all, McClatchy newspapers reported recently that “a majority of Americans want the Bush tax cuts extended for everyone ... including the tax cuts for incomes above $250,000 ...”

In addition, it’s what makes sense. Even President Obama said a few years ago, “The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession.”

Leaving aside the hair-splitting of whether we’re technically in a recession or just a horribly anemic low-growth economy, Senate Democrats just voted to do what their president said is “The last thing you want to do.”

But this is an election year, and even the president has turned on himself and touted higher taxes for those earning more than $250,000. He thinks it looks good to voters, many of whom are all-too-happy to have the government confiscate other people’s wealth.

Mr. Klein argues the tax increase would help avoid the nation’s “fiscal cliff.” Really? By slowing our arrival there by eight days?

Arguably, putting more fuel into a car that is careening for a cliff would only tend to accelerate matters. In this case, more money would only help officials in Washington continue in their delusion that they don’t desperately need to cut spending.

One other obvious question is, how would raiding the “rich” aid the economy, or your particular family’s situation? It would not. The greater likelihood is that it would actually hurt rather than help, by siphoning money out of the private sector at the very time it is most needed to create jobs and momentum for the economy.

But somehow, Democrats in Washington have managed to convince their followers that the federal bureaucracy is the same thing as the national economy – that feeding the bureaucratic monster in Washington with higher taxes will be the same as fueling the economy.

It will be interesting to see how many Americans buy that hokum in November.

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dade30906
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dade30906 07/30/12 - 02:18 am
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President Obama has a tax

President Obama has a tax plan to provide much - needed relief struggling families. All Congress has to do is extend the middle - class tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year. The GOP's priorities are just wrong. They're more concerned with protecting the interest of the top 2% of earners and corporations that outsource our jobs than helping middle - class families and seniors. This is one more example of how extreme Republicans are willing to sacrifice the needs of the vast majority just to protect their narrow, misguided ideology. Extending this important legislation will save typical family of four about $ 2,220 a year. We shouldn't hold up an important tax cut for the middle - class because the GOP wants to protect the top 2% of wage earners. If politics weren't taking over the agenda, we would be able to pass this common sense measure tomorrow, with broad bipartisan support. Now is the time to speak up against the Republican agenda, before it starts defining the laws and policies that govern our nation.There's no time to lose.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 07/30/12 - 03:34 am
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So what you're saying is

that voters should choose the path of extending the burden of middle- and working-class families to pay for historically low tax rates upon the wealthiest Americans, as well as a promised war with Iran and its resultant high energy prices? Surely you don't expect such a scenario to improve your circulation numbers, or advertising revenues from small businesses.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/30/12 - 05:37 am
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The hard truth of the matter

The hard truth of the matter for Democrates is that Obama has produced trillion dollar deficits every year he has been in office. Democrates in the Senate have not produced or passed a budget in three years. Cost of food and goods are going up. A tax on "those" earning $250,000 or more a year is a tax on every small business that files taxes as an individual and produces more than $250,000/year. Whith high unemployemnt, a stagnant economy, record deficits the Democrats have only three bullets in their gun, the race card, wealth envy, and lies. The lies about Romney haven't worked, dispite Obama repeating them, so we shall see wealth envy and the race card ad nauseum!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/30/12 - 05:44 am
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Jon Lester, those

Jon Lester, those historically low tax rates you talk about are the reason so many millionaires are leaving America and denouncing their citizenship, to include Denise Rich( Dnise got a pardon through Eric Holder from Bill Cliton when her tax dodging gun running ex husband was under investigation by the justice department for tax evasion, hadn't even been charged yet. How do you pardon and innocent man?) , and the cofounder of Face Book? Truth of the matter is we have the highest corperate tax rate in the world and our capital gains tax is very high also! http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/10/29/idUS238560+29-Oct-2008+PRN2008...

carcraft
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carcraft 07/30/12 - 05:53 am
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Besides this tax rate

Besides this tax rate increase will fund America for maybe eight days and we will still have trillion dollar deficits. This is like the Dutch Boy sticking his finger in the hole in the Titanic!

Techfan
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Techfan 07/30/12 - 06:28 am
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Your source is a press

Your source is a press release, in other words, an advertisement from the American Council for Capital Formation, a right wing think tank that lobbies for big business.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/30/12 - 06:30 am
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Amazing how the AC only

Amazing how the AC only mentioned the one poll that says Americans don't want to increase taxes on the wealthy. "A new McClatchy-Marist poll showing the majority of Americans want the Bush-era tax cuts to be extended for everyone conflicts with other polls, and probably is erroneous because the wording confused voters". PRNewswire.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/30/12 - 06:59 am
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AMAZING
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First of all, Obama NOW has a plan to help middle class families? Where was this great plan to help them when he took office? No, it conveniently comes into view just months before the election. Obama is no "hope and change." He's the SOS we've had from every other politician...do anything to get power, and anything to stay in power. And if he isn't bad enough, there's millions who play into his class warfare rhetoric and want to punish the wealthy, who already pay the bulk of taxes in this country. AMAZING!

avidreader
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avidreader 07/30/12 - 07:01 am
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Real Change!

Real change in the political arena will NEVER come about until term limits are set in place, and we all know this will not happen. Our tax system is a travesty, no matter which of the two controling parties are in power. What's really sad is that there are many true statesmen (stateswomen) in our country who could actually run this nation like a business, but are discarded as kooks by the mainstream population. As long as MONEY is the only catalyst for becoming elected, we, the citizens, will have no voice.

Career politicians are contributing immensely to the demise of our nation. We know it, but there's not much we can do to stop it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/12 - 07:21 am
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Read The Amateur by Edward

Read The Amateur by Edward Klein. NY Times, number one. Bill Clinton is the one who called Obama the amateur when he did a poll to see if Hillary should try to get the nomination from Obama this year. Obama views himself as a "transitional president" who will redistribute wealth in America to promote social justice. The choice is clear this election, run the Democrats out of town.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/30/12 - 07:35 am
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If it's from Regnery

If it's from Regnery Publishing, you know it's good. From the John Birchers to Chuck Norris, they have all of the literary greats.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/30/12 - 07:40 am
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Darn, I left out Ted Nugent,

Darn, I left out Ted Nugent, author. While, there be sure to pick up your book on surviving Y2K (yes, it's still available).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/12 - 07:52 am
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TechFan, Totally Wrong on This One

Edward Klein is the former editor-in-chief of that most liberal The New York Times Magazine from 1977 to 1987 and foreign editor of Newsweek. He has written biographies about the Kennedys and Hillary Clinton. He frequently contributes to Vanity Fair and Parade; he has a column in Parade. Many of his books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Jane18
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Jane18 07/30/12 - 08:09 am
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Plan? What Plan?

I'm sorry, Dade30906, the only plan Obama has ever had, was, and is, to take down America. And guess what? He is doing a darn good job of it!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/12 - 08:19 am
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It's Us Against Them

If you don't think the wink to the Russians and the whispered, "wait until after the election" meant anything you would be mistaken.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/30/12 - 08:20 am
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T-SPLOST

Techfan wrote:

A new McClatchy-Marist poll . . . probably is erroneous because the wording confused voters.

If you think that poll was bad, you ought to see how the wording of Georgia's TSPLOST referendum was downright sneaky.

DMPerryJr
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DMPerryJr 07/30/12 - 08:36 am
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Love The Sarcasm

from Techfan. (I am a Tech Fan too.) Love the book snobbery....I am a total book snob!

The REAL TRUTH of the matter is that none of these politicians is going to do anything for anyone but themselves and their cronies.

And term limits? That is wishful thinking. That ain't EVER gonna happen. I mean, if you had a place at the top, would you fire yourself?

I get a kick out of the plethora of LTEs and columns endorsing political candidates. Every time I see " Vote For So-And-So! He's an HONEST man who will change things in Atlanta/Washington!" I just have to fight off the urge to vomit. I mean, to me, it sounds as silly as a thirty year old person telling me that they really do believe in the Easter Bunny. "Politician" and "honest" are totally mutually exclusive terms. He/she may be honest before getting into office, but it takes only a short period of time to corrupt the most principled person once they have entered the environs of Washington or other centers of political power.

Sounds cynical, right? I'm not cynical. I'm actually happy and have a great zest for life. I simply see Washington, DC for what it is - Hollywood for ugly people.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/12 - 08:52 am
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If Bill Clinton Is Worried About Obama

Bill Clinton is worried about Obama being too liberal and you want the rest of us to rest easy? Heh.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/30/12 - 10:32 am
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Obama's wonderful record
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Obama will run on his wonderful record. He'll start with reducing the deficit. No...wait...moving on. Oh, how about reducing the unemployment rate below 8%. Oh, wait...moving on. I know, how about transparency in his administration. Wait...can't use that one either. I know, improving our nation's finances and establishing confidence in the USA's ability to handle our finances. Oh...wait...not that one either. You know, I'll have to get back to you. Hey, wait, I know...HE GOT ELECTED! There ya go, Obama backers, there's your campaign slogan for 2012!

TParty
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TParty 07/30/12 - 10:51 am
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Liberals always want the tax

Liberals always want the tax rate that we had under Clinton. But they never ask to have the same spending rate under Clinton, do they?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/30/12 - 12:02 pm
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DMPerryjr

You are on a roll, my friend.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/30/12 - 12:28 pm
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Techfan-Why don't you refute

Techfan-Why don't you refute the data? Oh I know it is easier to shot the messenger!

DMPerryJr
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DMPerryJr 07/30/12 - 12:57 pm
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Mr Duvall

Good afternoon to you, Sir. Hope you are having a swell day.

allhans
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allhans 07/30/12 - 01:19 pm
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Agreed, Mr Duval.

Agreed, Mr Duval.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/30/12 - 08:04 pm
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They, sane rational Americans
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and me, call lefties communists because lefties are communists. lefties, cuba, venezuala and argentina need more citizens. Have a wonderful move.

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