The CNN headline reads, “Senate GOP pledges to block all bills until tax dispute resolved.”
What it should say is “Republicans to stop government entirely until rich people get tax cuts.”
I have deliberately avoided blogging politics like I used to; it seems that every day the situation gets worse and if I were to start writing about it I would likely have a stroke or three. Still, I am constantly bewildered by the total lack of reason or common sense out there. How the right wing managed to hoodwink people into voting for them is beyond me. Let’s see what they are calling for:
- Reduce the deficit.
Now, this would generally mean that you’ve have to spend less and/or bring in additional revenue, right? I mean, if your household is in debt up to its eyeballs, you’ve got to stop spending so much and get a higher-paying job. So…
- Cut taxes.
This is where it gets weird. No matter how you do the math, there is no way the deficit can be made up by cutting spending alone. This is no different from their strategy the last time they were in power — promise a tax cut to the wealthy. The poor hear “tax cut!” and for some reason assume they are paying too much in taxes. Get real. Meanwhile, cutting taxes would explode the deficit that Republicans say they want to cut.
- Throw a tantrum.
Well, if we don’t get what we want we are going to bring government to a halt. Nyah, nyah.
Meanwhile, all you unemployed victims of the great recession who voted for conservatives this cycle? Enjoy that final unemployment check. Maybe before you lose your home waiting for the magical job creation skills of the incoming Congress, you can write a check to the GOP who blocked the renewal of unemployment benefits.
One more thing: isn’t it funny how American corporations are suddenly making enormous profits while people are out of work? Isn’t it funny how they are doing it without hiring people? Isn’t it funny that the right wing thinks that this is the way to create jobs?