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Tax Cuts & Unemployment

Paul Ryan and the Republican Party want you to believe that a huge tax cut for the rich and corporations (that are run by the rich and for the rich) will lead to low unemployment.

I’m here to tell you that it just isn’t true.

Paul Ryan’s plan makes an assumption that by cutting the upper tier from 35% to 25% will result in an unemployment rate of 2.8%. Maybe, India and China will have that low of unemployment, but not here.

Despite what CBS’s show, “Undercover Boss”, will lead you to believe – rich people do not give a rat’s ass about the rest of us. They will take their tax cuts earned on the working man’s back and run. Oh, sure there are exceptions to this, but they’re few and far between. Don’t believe for one moment that allowing the rich to keep more money in their pockets will result in huge hirings.

IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN.

Do you know when our lowest unemployment in the last twenty years was?

It wasn’t after the last tax cuts for the rich went into effect – 2003. Those were supposed to help and, yet, unemployment remained in the 6% range.

Our lowest unemployment in twenty years was Oct. 2006 – 3.6% (not adjusted for seasonal). This was back when taxes were higher.

The Bush tax cuts never made the unemployment rate even get close to that.

And, now, the Republicans are touting a change to the tax code, taking away deductions for us middle class people – which essentially is a tax raise for us – to give a huge 10% tax cut to the all ready wealthy. And, they’re lying to us, saying this will create jobs.

Contact your representative and let them know that tax cuts for the weathy are bad for the rest of us.

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Paul Ryan & Republican Tax Cuts

Tax cuts sound like a good thing, don’t they? More money in your pocket. Except Paul Ryan and the Republican Party have finally shown their hand. They don’t plan on cutting taxes for me or for you. They’re sticking to their bread and butter: rich people and corporations.

They’re going to remove a great many of our cherished deductions. And, somehow, all of this will be good for America.

No, no it won’t.

The tax plan revealed today is nothing more than Ryan’s own Roadmap for America. In there, Ryan outlined a plan to remove the mortgage deduction. How much money did you think it’ll cost you in taxes without that deduction?

I can tell you what it will cost me… With my mortgage deduction, I paid $8,577 in federal income taxes last year. Without the deduction, I will have to pay $9,404. I did the math.

Now, I remember Ryan’s Roadmap plan, another item he had in there was single people would be taxed @ 25% if they made more than $50,000 per year.

Guess where I’m going to fall?

If that goes through, I’ll be paying $17, 851 in federal income taxes.

Guess what plan I’m against?

All of us single people should start rising up and demanding better goverment. I haven’t received enough goverment support to warrant paying 25% of my money in fed taxes. I’m not a rich fatcat.

Those of us who make the factories run, who write the reports, mop the floors, sell the cars, etc, we’re the ones who deserve a tax break – not the guys who all ready get the biggest piece of the pie.

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Anti-outsourcing bill fails in Senate – Republicans screw things up again

Anti-outsourcing bill fails in Senate.

This bill would have prevented jobs from going overseas.  Go ahead, vote for the Republicans in November and kiss your jobs goodbye.  Those four Democrats that voted with them should be voted out as well.

Lack of Republican Solutions

Did Republican Leader John Boehner really say on Sunday we can’t “begin to talk about potential solutions”?  Honestly?

Why not?

Are we really going to allow the nation to fail for the next two years because the Republicans don’t want Obama to succeed?  How does that work?

High unemployment?  We’re sorry, but if everyone who wants a job had a job, Obama would get the credit.

Is that there answer?

Is anyone paying attention?  Or, are we all drinking tea?

Tax Cuts and the Rich Republicans

Pay attention – the economy is improving.  Things are getting better.  We are on the right track.  But, if we turn the reins back over to the Republicans, all we’ll hear about for the next two years are cut taxes and gay marriage.  This group of Republicans are probably making Ronald Reagan roll over in his grave.

There entire goal is to be re-elected and once re-elected, it will be pro-business, anti-worker as usual.

Case in point, House Minority Leader John Boehner has said that he will back  “President Barack Obama’s proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.” (Quoted from CNN)  But, that’s not good enough for the rest of his party.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell thinks that no one should pay any higher taxes next year.  McConnell, also, believes that the people hardest hit in this recession were those who made more that $250,000 per year.  Seriously?  There were a lot of homes in foreclosure in my neighborhood – not one of those families that lost their homes earned more than $250,000 per year.  The people hardest hit were those in the middle and on the bottom rungs of the ladder, not the fancy quarter of a million dollars a year people.

Eric Cantor – R-Virginia – proves that he’s a stand up guy – for the rich:  “I will do everything in my power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small business people, and investors.”  Nobody said they wanted to raise taxes on working families – just those people earning more than $250,000 per year.  And, think about that — that’s NET not GROSS.  I know small business owners and they don’t make more than $250,000 per year.

According to Obama, extending the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year will cost the government $700 billion – which would go a long way to fund our military, our schools and put Social Security back on the right track.

The bottom line is this:  Bush gave a huge tax break to the wealthy.  The wealthy in turn said thank you very much and began laying off workers.  Even though the economy is improving and business profits are up, the wealthy is still saying, “We’re not hiring.”  Companies, like Harley Davidson, are asking for drastic concessions from their workers and not promising a thing in return.

Let them pay the higher taxes — they haven’t been hiring with the lower taxes – maybe this’ll give them the swift kick in the rear that they need.

Poorly Written Headline…

I see this twitter post from @dailydish: Paul Ryan, Fraud?: I have to say that Paul Krugman made a very strong case that the young GOPer is still drinking …http://bit.ly/cvjOfy.

Paul Ryan is my congressman.  My first thought is, “Oh, crap! Another political scandal!”  Seriously.  The last thing we need in America is a political scandal.  Since I think Ryan is a good – if sometimes misguided –  Congressman, I certainly don’t want anything to befall his political career.

So,  I click the link.  No fraud – thank goodness.

@dailydish is merely pointing out that Ryan’s road map for America has a pothole in it.

But, I wonder, what if I hadn’t clicked the link?  What if I hadn’t read the article?  I would’ve been very mislead.  Perhaps, we should expect bloggers and journalists to create responsible headlines?  And, should I be saying this?  I’m sure I haven’t always been responsible.

Just a thought.

Wake Up, America!

Here’s what I don’t understand about the upcoming elections.

We elected President Obama because he said he would bring us change.  He promised Universal Healthcare and Wall Street Reform.

He fulfilled his promises.  He said he would do it.  He told Congress to do it.  They did it.  He signed them into law.  He even managed to lower taxes for 95% of the population.  He expanded college loans and he put regulations on credit card companies that, not only, make them more transparent in their fees and rate hikes, but stops the ever moving due date.  (Ever been late because your credit card company changed the due date from the 21 to the 18th?  No?  Well, I have.)

President Obama received a country in complete and total shambles.  We had a president before him (and a one before that one) who took the bite out of banking regulation, which led to the Wall Street meltdown that, in turn, has led to Main Street’s demise.

But what those Tea Partiers keep yelling for is smaller government and less taxes.

Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And, it is a crock of crap.

Really – it is.

The deregulation over the last thirty years has led to one of the worst financial meltdowns since the Great Depression.  The lower taxes on the rich has just made them more greedy and has led to companies moving plants overseas, which has led to job loss.

All caused by Republicans.

And, now, every magazine I read, every blabbermouth on TV keeps telling me that my fellow Americans want to put the Republicans back in power.  Aren’t any of you paying attention?  Don’t you know your history?  Don’t you get it?

The Republicans have been running elections on the idea that if the Democrat fails, they win.  It worked under Clinton.  But, in their 12 years of Congressional power, the nation began it’s free fall.  They have caused the jobs to be lost, the banks to fail and the poor to become poorer.

And, they don’t give a crap about you.

Do you think Sarah “You betcha” Palin in her expensive suits and with that $150,000 shopping spree gives a rat’s butt about those of us in the the bottom 99%?

Heck no.  It’s a load of bunk.  She cares about the 2012 election, when she’s planning on running and God help us all if she actually wins.

Do you think Rush “I’m rich and you’re not” Limbaugh gives a crap about America?  No, he doesn’t.  He’s been wishing failure on Obama’s Presidency since day one.  And, you should really keep this in mind, when the President fails, so does the nation.  Limbaugh, Mr. Draft dodger himself, proclaims to be a Patriot, but when you want the nation to fail, you’re a traitor, not a Patriot.

Do you think Glenn Beck cares about you?  No, he does ads for a gold company that is under investigation for ripping people off, so there’s another one who could give a crap about real, hard working Americans.  Further, the man is against Net Neutrality, which means he is simply a total moron or he seriously doesn’t care.

Do you think House Minority Leader John Boehner cares about you?  Well, he doesn’t – he’s calling to repeal the Wall Street Reform and he wants to raise the retirement age to 70, in order to pay for the War in Afghanistan.  Does that sound like someone who gives a rat’s rear end about you or me?

I love my country.  If I wasn’t a lesbian, I would’ve served in the military.  I believe we’re the greatest nation on earth, but if we send just one of those tea party candidates to Congress, then we have truly become a country of non-thinkers.  And, if we turn Congress over to the Republicans, well, it proves that we have drunk the kool aid.

Disappointing Paul Ryan Response

See the picture?  That’s an untouched copy of an actual email I’ve received from Paul Ryan’s office. (If you click on the image, you can see a larger size.) And, I’m disappointed.  I don’t know if it is a change in staff or what has happened, but his response used to be better than this.  I’m used to receiving a letter from him that at least names the legislation I’ve written about.  I contacted him 3 times in the last week.  Once regarding H.R. 1024 – Uniting American Families Act of 2009, once on a recent vote on extending unemployment (I forget the #) and once on gay marriage. This is the response I get? This is highly unusual for Paul Ryan to not give a detailed response. 

I do realize that I’m not his most important constituent, but I am surprised that his answer didn’t at least name the legislation. 

I’m very disappointed right now.  I truly am.

Do you think he or a member of his staff has read my blog and realized I won’t be voting for him come November?  But, if they did read my blog, you’d think they’d realize I’d blog about his answer.

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