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  •  Douthat is getting GREAT pushback (7+ / 0-)

    in the comments!

    Since when did Republicans have "long term size-of-government concerns?"

    In your or my lifetime, when did a Republican president actually act from those supposed concerns?

    Didn't every GOP president actually increase deficit spending, compared to his Democratic predecessor?

    When GW Bush took over, we actually had surpluses. Then he started listening to conservatives ranting about the evil of taxes, like you are doing now, and then he stuck us with decades of debt.

    When will the GOP admit that they screwed us, and stop trying to do it again?

    It's unclear to me whether this column is misguided or disingenuous. The premise that the payroll tax is so bad because it promotes the illusion that social security is "pay as you go" doesn't mean that we should get rid of the tax, but that we should remove the illusion. Removing the illusion would require removing the cap on the payroll tax, not eliminating the tax, and therefore make social security self-sustaining. What Douthat proposes is sufficiently nonsensical to be a diversion, because he can't very well come out and say "let's get rid of social security" which I think maybe he really would like to say.
    Ah, shifting from worrying about what unmarried ladies do with their sexy parts, Ross now engages in some "concerned trolling" about the FICA payroll tax. I guess I should happy that a conservative has acknowledge that a tax that provides the Federal Government 40% of its revenues is a tax after all, paid mostly by those 47% that conservatives deride so much.

    However, as he hints, cutting this tax and delinking it from Social Security is just a step in the plan to eliminate the programs.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:27:46 AM PST

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