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  •  Repealing the Bush Tax Increases (15+ / 0-)

    Everyone refers to these as "the Bush Tax Cuts," which is frustratingly inaccurate.  Bush and the Republicans passed a bill that lowered taxes temporily;  the same bill INCREASED taxes on all Americans beginning in 2011.  No one but Bush and the Republicans are raising our taxes in 2011.  Therefore the issue before us is what to do about THE BUSH/REPUBLICAN TAX INCREASES!  Everyone from Obama to Kos refers to them as the Bush tax cuts, which is the misnomer that Rove loves to hear.  Why can't we call them what they are:  the Bush Tax Increases?    

    •  Like this a lot! (1+ / 0-)
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      Words matter.

      The President has the right message and words on this issue.

      The Fixit Party must produce JOBS....yesterday.

      by bewareofme on Sat Nov 06, 2010 at 08:19:10 AM PDT

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    •  Good luck pushing that (0+ / 0-)

      And, BTW, they were tax cuts.  And the GOP can easily come back with "They would have be permanent but they had to have an expiration date to get Dem votes". Which, incidentally, is the truth.

      "Let us give this capital back to the people to whom it belongs."-William Jefferson Clinton

      by The High Command on Sat Nov 06, 2010 at 08:41:23 AM PDT

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    •  Excellent point. Congress must act to prevent the (1+ / 0-)
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      Bush/Republican tax increases, which they voted for 10 years ago.

      Instead, Obama is going to end up being blamed for raising everyone's taxes, and a tax increase on people living at the edge already is going to be a huge problem for the economy and any hope of a 'recovery' and will most likely start the overall economy sinking again. All so that the republicans can make sure millionaires and billionaires don't have to contribute more. Paying taxes is "punishment" and rich people paying slightly higher taxes is tyranny!, don't you know. And the republicans in congress are more than willing to hold us hostage, and to go ahead and pull the trigger, if they don't get their way.

      It's maddening that the republican party still somehow claims the mantel of being "fiscal conservatives" who care about government spending and deficits, while they continue to run up the credit card when they are in power, drive the country to the brink of collapse, and now they get away with blaming Democrats for the debt and the state of the economy. It's insane.

    •  Because the R's understand that PR is (0+ / 0-)

      everything, and the D's don't get it.

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