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    puakev

    Its hard to predict how this current Congress will react to any legislation, we've definitely seen our fair share of unexpected bills and votes this session.  However, a payroll tax holiday is something that would seem to have appeal to many Members on both sides of the aisle, and has been shown by economists, including Mr. Bernstein, as an effective policy tool.  At this point, it would be another tool this Congress would be wise to consider.

    •  Thanks for the response (0+ / 0-)

      I wish more of your colleagues were as sensible as you are.

      "I used to try to get things done by saying `please'. That didn't work and now I'm a dynamiter. I dynamite `em out of my path." - Huey Long

      by puakev on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 01:16:16 PM PDT

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    •  cutting taxes is not the answer (1+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle

      U.S. manufacturers are paying low taxes now.  The U.S. needs to invest in wind, solar and other renewable energy and quit sending $'s overseas.  We need to invest in infrastructure and put people to work.  I can't understand why we continue to sell war and destruction while our people struggle, suffer, and die.  Family Values , my ass.  We won't even help our own who are in need.   We have to stop letting the corporate powers profit at the expense of the majority of our people.  

      •  I agree that investment is the best way (0+ / 0-)

        to get the economy going again, but frankly that has no chance at all of passing Congress at this point.  I believe the President and Democrats should keep making the case publicly for such investments.  But that's mostly to present an alternative vision to the Republicans' savage budget-cutting in next year's elections.  In other words,

        As for what this Congress might realistically do to help the economy in the next year and a half, I think a "full-year, full-bore" payroll tax holiday along the lines Bernstein suggested may just fit the bill.

        "I used to try to get things done by saying `please'. That didn't work and now I'm a dynamiter. I dynamite `em out of my path." - Huey Long

        by puakev on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 01:57:52 PM PDT

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