Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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


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At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's tax the rich at 99%. That won't solve anything but it will at least eliminate the blow hards out there that think that's the answer to all our fiscal ills.

Now, what do we do with the moochers, parasites, welfare low lifes that pay NO income taxes? They have no skin in the game but their vote counts the same as anyone else.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

This is an example of the stupidity of the people forcing the Republican Party into the ditch.
Point 1. we need to raise taxes on the very wealthy to relieve some of the drastic unfairness.
Point 2. together with large spending cuts, this will help move us toward a balanced budget.

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point 3. Is the person who works for 20-30 years and gets laid off and cannot find a job because the economy is in the tank...and is now on unemployment and food stamps a moocher, a parasite or a lowlife? (This may be an exception in the herd of "regular" lowlifes, but is more common these days)


At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to reality, Russ. You have correctly outlined the income distribution situation as viewed by the man in the street, and its effect on your party. Now, can you loosen the strangle hold that the more rabid conservatives have on the GOP? If not, The Republican party may join the Whigs in history's ash can.


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