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Friday, June 23, 2006

Republican Priorities

We all know that the Republicans don't care about Joe Normal and every other non-rich family in America. But does the "average" person know about the Republican priorites? The good-puppy press reports that our "great leader" and his cronies have our best interests at heart, but do they really? Here are two recent issues that show where the heart of conservatives really lie.

Comforting the Comfortable

"Two weeks ago, the Senate killed an effort to repeal the federal estate tax on multimillion-dollar fortunes. The "no" votes were a stand for budget sanity and basic fairness. But the pro-repeal camp doesn't want to take no for an answer."

"In an attempt to rally support, House lawmakers have included in the bill another, totally unrelated, tax cut — for timber companies, worth $900 million over the next three years. The measure, based on the theory that American timber companies are at a disadvantage in the global marketplace, is essentially a special-interest giveaway that would encourage every business with international competitors to demand its own tax break. There is much to reform on the competitiveness front, but it should be done comprehensively, not on the basis of who has the senators best positioned to carve out a special deal."

"All this effort for a bill that would put $760 billion in new debt on the backs of Americans in the name of making a handful of extremely rich people even richer. Congressional leaders may know how to count votes, but otherwise their math is pathetic."

Afflicting the Afflicted

"At the same time that Republicans are fighting to exempt the richest estates from taxes, they are blocking a raise for the nation's poorest workers."

"Senate Democrats tried unsuccessfully this week to raise the federal minimum wage, which stands at just $5.15 an hour. It has not been increased in nearly a decade, and at its current stingy level, the rate flies in the face of Americans' belief that those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded. A minimum-wage worker earns just $10,700 a year, nearly $6,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. Since the minimum wage was first adopted, there has been a long tradition of bipartisan support for regular raises."

"Just 23 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll. These dismal ratings are no surprise when Congress's highest economic priority is handing out tax cuts to millionaires and oil companies, and its one point of fiscal restraint is protecting employers from having to pay a decent wage to factory workers and waiters."

2 comments:

tetrasaure said...

Looks like to me that the entire tax system is a sham, and the population of the United States are being taken for a ride. Sure it makes a minority of people very happy but the rest are stuck in the grind of trying to make a buck and keep it. I personally think our country is now based on a perception and is not a tangible entity and this perception can be changed at anytime with no real affect to actuality. The main problem is that actual people live and die for this perception but those who maintain the perception which they create will always continue to do what they do best. What they do best is to heard the masses, and get what they want when they want. Why I say this is you have to understand how the dollar actually works. How it works is not off of gold, oil, or some other tangible object of value. The dollar is based off of really nothing because the dollar is actually a Federal Reserve note and the Federal Reserve is not a government agency but a bank or union of banking systems. The only real value of the dollar is what people feel it is worth to them or what it is worth to others. The paper costs more than what the actual dollar is actually worth. The other side is what is reported how much is actually taken in and what is spent by the federal government from taxation. This is just not income taxes and is no where near the total revenue the federal government takes in. I think tax breaks are good but should be for all tax payers for all services, as well as subsidies are wrong in general because they hinder real economics of business. HAHAHAH but what is real anymore. Not much if you ask me other than what is real is death and taxes.

tetrasaure said...

Here are some priorities

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8810949184378664013&q=nsa