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Thread #139416   Message #3197712
Posted By: JohnInKansas
29-Jul-11 - 02:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Tea Party- New & Improved Thread...
Subject: RE: BS: The Tea Party- New & Improved Thread...
Removing a benefit needed by people with little resources is exactly the same in effect as raising the taxes on them. They have to pay more, and have less left to live on. The "cuts" demanded by the Republicans are an increase in taxes, but only on the poor.

Refusing to pay a contracted debt is the lowest form of dishonesty, even if you decided you don't like the deal. An honest person makes the payments until a better deal agreeable to both parties is arranged. Congress (not Obama) has totally failed to show any rational control over the contracts Congress has made and now just wants to walk away from the deals "they don't like" that they, themselves have made for us.

If you can't pay the bill, obviously more income is needed while the new deal is negotiated. It is the responsibility of Congress, and ONLY of Congress, to decide what the bills are and how (NOT WHETHER) they will be paid.

The argument that lower taxes will "stimulate employment" rings rather hollw when the RBs got a substantial tax cut fairly recently and employment, in real terms, has fallen steadily since. The only reductions we've seen in unemployment have been from those who "dropped out" so that they're no longer counted. (The Nazis just sent them to jail with the same effect.)

At the rate demonstrated by the reduction in the top incremental tax rate is any indication, one more tax cut for the rich and we'll have no place left for anybody to work (except probably Wall Street). The top rate was by no means "onerous." I paid it for many years myself.

Obama, or any other President, cannot be blamed for our condition. All he can do is take the money Congress gives him and pay the bills that Congress created.

It's time for the Republicans to participate in paying the existing bills and coming up with a plan to quit taking on new ones that are less than necessary. Reducing spending is done by not taking on new bills while paying off the ones you have, for honest people: not by ignoring obligations already assumed. Reducing debt, for the government, is accomplished by equitably taking a little more money from those who have it, if that is necessary.