On my drive home from work yesterday, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Cut taxes, secure our borders” and went on to mention other right-wing propaganda. I had to laugh. We cannot cut our taxes anymore. We are at the lowest point since the 1950’s. Taxes are lower now than they were during Ronald Reagan and still, the right carries on with their bumper sticker politics. Part of our debt comes because we cut taxes in 2001 and 2003 and never made spending cuts to offset it. The only thing the Republicans, Tea Partiers and the right-wing are good at is spending misleading and sometimes outright lies about our economy. Apparently, not enough of us took enough economics classes to understand the problem in order to find a solution.
If Obama signs off on a plan that makes huge cuts to Social Security and Medicare and does not include a tax raise, it will be a huge mistake. Pay attention. The “Taxed Enough Already” Partiers do not know what trouble they’re causing. Paying taxes is how we maintain our schools, our secure borders. We pay taxes to pay our military. If the tax revenue does not go up – our military cannot get a raise, did you think of that?
Tax breaks handed over to the rich, who benefit most from our capitalistic society, does NOT create jobs. Jobs are created by consumption – no consumption = no jobs.
Corporations are making their highest profits in years and they aren’t hiring because they are not compelled to do so.
Let’s start finding some real solutions to our nation’s problems and leave the half-baked signs and bumper stickers at home.