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Gingrich says Sorry to Paul Ryan

This is going to be quick.  Here’s the article.  This is crap.  One of the few things I like about Gingrich is the fact that he usually speaks his mind.  When did we become a nation of “I’m sorry”.  Stop freaking apologizing.  Guess what?  I’m not saying I’m sorry about a political opinion.  Gingrich doesn’t like Ryan’s Medicare plan.  Get over it.

What a bunch of pussies!  Yes, you read that right.  We’re becoming a bunch of political pussies.  If you have an opinion, at least have the freaking balls to stand by it.  If people don’t like it, tough shit.  We whine about how our politicians lie to us.  Well, they do that because we jump down their throats when they tell the truth.  So, they lie and tell us that the check’s in the mail, they love us and they promise not to cum in our mouths and we, excuse the pun, swallow it.  Then, we get mad when the truth of how they really feel comes out.

Good Lord, people!  Get a freaking grip!

 

Tax Cuts Won’t Work

Let me start by saying that I like both Paul Ryan and President Obama.  I’m sure that both men are sincere in their beliefs that their budget plans are good for America.  I believe that Paul Ryan is being misled by the old thinking that raising the upper classes automatically raises the bottom classes.  Thirty years after Reagan’s trickle down theory began, we know this isn’t true.  And, yes, I can state many numbers and statistics to prove it.  President Obama doesn’t want to hurt the lower classes.  He knows that they have been hit the most by this recession.  He knows that the slow recovery is not helping.  He wants to put more money in their pocket.

Both men are wrong.

You cannot pay off debt by lowering your income.  It just doesn’t work.  You can cut costs, but if you don’t have the money to pay the bills, you’re just going to get into a deeper hole.

Ryan’s budget plan of substidizing insurance to cover medicare may save the government money, but it is only going to hurt the people who can ill afford that hurt.

Obama’s budget plan that makes cuts across the board is more reasonable.

But, if both plans insist on tax cuts, neither plan will work.

Even David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director, has agreed.  President Obama invoked Stockman’s name in his speech.  Stockman spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon (hear complete interview here) and stated the following:  “The problem with the Ryan plan is it is trying to balance the budget on the back of the poor and you can’t do that.  The President’s talking about reducing the deficit entirely on the top 2% of the population and that won’t work neither.  And, neither side is being honest with the middle class and that is that we’re going to have to have tax increases to pay for this huge amount of government we seem to want…”

You should really listen to the whole interview.  David Stockman is the man who said tax cuts without spending cuts would result in the debt we now have.  But, thirty years ago, nobody was listening.

Let’s talk about spending

I’m going to make this quick. The comments I’ve seen on facebook and here regarding my tax cuts blog basically say the samething. We need to cut spending. I agree. We do need to cut spending. I haven’t looked at all of the spending cuts in Paul Ryan’s plan. Although, changing medicare for those under 55 to a subsidized insurance plan will most likely make the insurance companies rich. If we cut spending to the Health care plan and we don’t make sure these companies offer some federally mandated minimums, I think Ryan’s plan will save the government money by shifting costs to the parts of society that can ill afford them.

I found figures that in 2008 we spent $12 billion per month in Iraq and, in 2006, we spent $6 billion per month in Afghanistan. If those figures hold for 2011, that’s a grand total of $216 billion we’re spending somewhere else. Perhaps we could put all of this “tax cutting” talk aside and bring our troops home.

Granted, the national debt grows by 4.07 billion per day, so at the end of the year, we’re at – roughly – $1.4 trillion dollars. $216 billion isn’t going to make that large of a dent, but it would be a start. There’s an old joke I’ve heard: a million here, a million there and pretty soon you’re talking real money.

Anyway…

Does it really make sense to borrow money to fight two wars? I’d, also, like the government to spend a million or two and investigate just where all that money is going. But, that’s taking us in the wrong direction.

Back to the tax cuts: we can’t afford them. We can’t make a law that will add to the burden. You can’t cut your income and expect to pay off debt. It just won’t happen. Quite frankly, at our current tax levels, we’re really hurting. We should make the Bush tax cuts, which were extended by Obama, go away. The little raise won’t hurt any of us.

That said, going back to pre-Bush levels shouldn’t mean new spending, that money should go to paying off the debt and balancing the budget. Republicans love to toot their own horn and erroneously claim that they’re for the working people, the middle class. They aren’t. All of these tax cuts throughout the years have done more harm than good for this country. Reagan’s tax cuts went too far and the tax cut Republicans that have followed him don’t understand that. There are government programs that people actually don’t want touched. Truth is, if you want to keep your Social Security and your medicare, you’re going to have to pay a little more in taxes. It’s just that simple. If you don’t want to keep these programs, then we can cut taxes.

If you want a smaller government, then the only thing we should have the government pay for is defense. No federal money for roads, health care, education, farm subsidies, bailouts, green energy research, bank bailouts, unemployment, NPR, etc. The list goes on and on. If you like these things, then we have to be willing to pay for them. If we, as a nation, decide that we’re not going to pay for them, then we can cut them all, put thousands of Americans out of work and everyone of us will scramble to pay for college without government loans and grants. We will have to find a way to put enough money aside to pay for our own retirement. When we lose a job, well, you better have 8 months of savings set aside because there will be no help coming. And, you can kiss public schools goodbye because the feds give 70% of the support to our local school systems.

But, you can have a hefty tax cut for the rich people who don’t have to worry about any one of those things. They have the cash to do it all. They earned that cash on our backs. It’s our labor that makes them that money.

It’s just something to thing about this morning.

Say No to Tax Cuts

Everyone, but Warren Buffet, thinks that they pay too much in taxes. It just isn’t true. And, if we cut taxes, we won’t be able to pay off our National debt.

Let’s look at some things.

I have a credit card with a very modest balance. If tomorrow I quit my job and took one that paid 10% less, what are they chances the credit card will be paid off anytime soon?

That’s exactly what Paul Ryan and the Republicans are trying to do with the budget plan. They want to lower revenue at a time when the government needs to pay its credit card bill.

Now, I saw someone post a comment on another website about how Social Security doesn’t affect the National Debt.

You would think that we pay in 6% and our employer pays in 6% and the money sits there until we retire. Well, that’s not what has been happening. Like a bank loaning out your savings account, the government has been using Social Security. Unlike a bank, you’re not earning any interest.

The reason Social Security hurts the National Debt is because now the government has to pay the money back. If they don’t, there’s a lot of people who will get hurt. Any budget plan should include a provision that simply states hands off Social Security funds. Further, we should all have to pay on our entire incomes – all of it. The income caps should be removed.

Well, kids, that’s all the time I have for today. I need to return to work.

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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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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.

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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