† Most of the income taxes are paid by the rich. Well over 50%.†
Funny. They also seem to have the most loopholes. And the shadiest accountants. And defraud FEMA. You tax the rich 'cause they're the ones with the money. This does not change the fact that the burden falls heaviest on anyone in the Middle Class...period.
The lines I said about cutting and running are from† the Senators and the Democratic party chairman, Howard Dean. They did not say cut and run persay, but 'redeploying' is the same thing when they want it now, or on a known time table.
Nixon cut and ran in Vietnam. Reagan cut and ran in Beiruit. Do you also hold them in contempt? Where is the line between acknowledging a failed policy and redeploying, and 'cut and run'?
The tax cuts have helped the economy alot. Look at it. Unemployment is at a nearl,y unheard of low, under 5%. Which has been in the past called 'full employment' That's as good as anything Clinton did in his 2 terms. Plus tax revenue is higher than expected. The lowering of the capital gains has resulted in more people spending their gains and the government getting more money thru the increase of buying and selling. In short, increased economic wealth. Everything is looking up for the economy.
Yeah, right. Two words: deficit spending. Make that three words: massive deficit spending. You're going to be paying this off for a long, long time...and short term gains in the face of long term problems are not good policy. Period. Regardless of who does it.
I don't like the fact that Congress can vote themselves a pay raise. That's wrong in my book.
Well, there we agree...but you might want to have a good, long look at some of the pork-barreling done by your beloved GOP. There's a lot of it this time 'round, and it's pretty disgusting. It would be disgusting no matter who did it.
I'm all for taxing those who can afford the greater burden, but only if it's necessary. I'm also
for keeping the tightest possible overwatch on government spending across the board so that it isn't necessary all the time--pork is just another form of corruption, and the public trust is not a free-for-all buffet! Greater accountability is needed at every level...and if that means we need to borrow the Japanese approach of cutting the CEO's pay when the company does poorly, so be it.
Democrates; they have many answers to problem, but in the last 60 years, how often have they controlled both Houses of Congress and the White House? And has any of their programs ever done what they said it would? The war on poverty? Has not worked. All they seem to be able to do is use race and the wealth card to go after their opponents.
As if the Republicans don't have their own failures, miserable failures, and cheap shots. No Child Left Behind? Faith-based services? Don't get me started on the state of scientific research under current policy. The DHS is, at best, clunky and unmanageable in ways that even the old institutions couldn't manage. They've botched more, and more spectacularly, in the last six years than Clinton and Bush I combined
. That's saying something.
They also ingage more in tearing a person apart than debating facts of issues.
You may not have been paying attention, but this is precisely what the darlings of the Republican Right have been doing all along. This is what the Republicans have done to anyone who dared suggest that certain policies were a bad idea, or (gasp) that warrantless wiretaps may not have been okay, or (double gasp) that the President might not have certain authority. Civil dissent has become demonized, and your beloved Republicans bear much of the blame for this.
They have had several closed door meeting to decide what their core values are and they still have not come up with any that can sell to the public.
The Democrats still won 49% of the popular vote in 2004 in spite of dirty tricks by the Swifties and other Rovean shenanigans. They're selling to almost half the public! And you claim they have nothing? Given that the Republicans might well have lost without dirty tricks and shenanigans (Ohio, anyone?), that says much about their core values...which in any case they have now betrayed most thoroughly.
The old GOP had more integrity than the current incarnation. I hate to say it, but I kind of miss old dinosaurs like Goldwater and Dole right about now.