Republicans Have Really Stepped In It
As one of my favorite people, Ben Stein, says below, how did the Republican Party ever get itself in the "can't win" position it now finds itself? I know why, 1. by subscribing to the insane position personified by Grover Norquist NEVER to raise any taxes, and 2. by having leaders like Boehner and McConnell saying over and over that we will never raise taxes on the wealthy.
Hot Air offers the only sane solution. Republican congressional leaders have to embrace the Simpson-Bowles plan ($3 of cuts for ever $1 of tax increases) and come out for increased taxes on the very wealthy. How can Obama refuse? He appointed the Simpson-Bowles blue-ribbon committee.
Ben Stein December 5, 2012 American Spectator (excerpt)
"I wandered back to my room, which is cheery and airy. I felt happy until I started to think about my Grand Old Party.
How did we ever get into the position of fighting like madmen to keep taxes low on billionaires? How can we possibly win if our position is to sacrifice the welfare of poor and lower middle class people to make sure we keep the taxes of very wealthy people low? Let's see: Obama is for keeping almost all entitlements and raising taxes on the rich (his definition of rich is insane but that's another story). Our GOP position is low taxes on the rich and cut entitlements and medical care for the poor. Hmmm, which is a winning position?
My old boss, Mr. Nixon, used to say, "Honesty may not be the best policy but it's worth trying once in a while."
So, Let's be honest: the ultra-rich do not need ultra-low taxes. The poor have a moral claim on the generosity of the nation if they are genuinely in need. Might we just try to align ourselves with the morally right position for fiscal policy?
Yes, government spends insanely too much. Yes, government is criminally wasteful. But the nation is racing towards bankruptcy. Do we right the course by taking from the very rich -- while searching like Sherlock Holmes for waste to cut? Why not? I'd like to see the party win the next election and being the party of the billionaires does not help us." American Spectator
Labels: Wealth Inequality