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Republicans driving the deal to preserve Bush tax cuts don't believe or  expect the tax cuts to create jobs or stimulate the economy.

Democrats and progressives need to confront the sad but true fact that the Republican objective in cutting taxes has nothing to do with creating jobs, stimulating the economy or any other publicly stated rationale.  The Republicans driving the tax cut deal and their handlers in the corporate boardrooms and country club bars do not want or expect that tax cuts for rich or any one else will benefit the economy.  The Republican objective is to "starve the beast", that is, to deprive our government of the funds it needs to operate and thereby finally achieve their ultimate objective: destruction of social safety nets relied upon by the middle and working classes - medicare, medicaid, social security etc.  The Republican's constituency, the world's largest and most powerful corporations and the increasingly rich but decreasingly numerous ultra-wealthy individuals at the top of the wealth pyramid will survive and thrive, come what may.  The rest of us will suffer and likely do so without complaint if we are lucky enough to get a job that lets us feed our families.  Don't buy the Republican bullshit that cutting taxes in the current economic environment will create jobs and benefit the economy - the Republicans themselves don't believe it.

Originally posted to AUSADem on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:18 PM PST.

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    •  Starve the beast (3+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, Bob Duck, vahana

      is their long-term method for killing the New Deal. W took it as far as he could, now gop members of the ledge will take it up. No doubt about it in my mind.

      Unfortunately, most of us are the beast, especially if we want so kind of government safety net. For me, it's only Social Security, which I paid into for 50 years.

      What about the single mother making $18K? Single father making $24K? Making a house payment and car payment, commuting to work so they can have a home they can afford? How many jobs does that take, especially considering how hard they are to find??

      Surely, surely this cannot go on!

  •  I don't buy it... (6+ / 0-)

    ...and I don't buy the Republicans claiming that this "compromise" will pass. There's a fight brewing in the Senate between Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell, and they'll happily get into a Screw Obama pissing fight with each other to everyone's detriment, including the "compromise" UI/tax bill.

    I think DeMint would scuttle it to embarass McConnell and Obama simultaneously.

    The tax cuts should be allowed to expire, but the Republicans should not be driving the messaging, nor holding the US hostage.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:25:11 PM PST

  •  Not new - but timely (4+ / 0-)

    The "starve the beast" philosophy is something I have heard of and on for the past 15 years. How do you get rid of welfare/socialist programs? - Make the money source dry up to the point that the government can only provide basic services.
    They lie - we die
    Let us eat cake

    As a side note: beside the flawed economics held by conservatives, is it also possible that the reason the Republicans fight for trickle down - give the top 1% more - is because the Republicans are part of the 1%?

    Yes, Democrats in Washington are also part of the 1%, but the difference seems to be doing things for other vs. doing things for yourself.

    "Let us extend a Laurel and Hardy handshake."

    by stingray1969 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:53:18 PM PST

    •  Grover Norquest's analogy of drowing government (0+ / 0-)

      in the bath tub after it was reduced enough to do so is on the same page..What is with these cruel analogies Republicans come up with?

      This started with Reagan and the notion that government is the problem.He was also full of optimistic rhetoric like Obama."Morning in America" and lots of romantic liberalism.So many people fell for it.Reality didn't quite match his visions.The federal payroll was larger in 1989 than it had been in 1981.His tax cuts left large and growing budget deficits.

      We've all learned to beware of politicians selling glorious visions of the future.I just want a good
      government servant.Unfortunately they are usually too boring to be elected.

      Cynicism leads to Inactivity. Hope leads to Action.

      by Citizenpower on Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 12:19:16 AM PST

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  •  The Rs will insist on keeping the lower SS tax (4+ / 0-)

    But their trump card is the debt ceiling vote, which comes in early 2011. If the new Congress doesn't approve an increase in the debt ceiling, the country can't borrow anything and the government will stop.  That was similar to Gingrich's ploy. But these tea baggers are smarter. They go further; they will roll Obama. They will pass a bill saying that yes, we can raise the debt ceiling, if we also do these great things to reduce the deficit.

    1. Slash social security -for some reason social security is a big symbol for the conservatives. They simply must squash it.
    1. Shrink or eliminate HCR. They can make some plausible arguments about weak financing of HCR- the recent Doc Fix is paid with virtual money, Obama has capitulated in advance (that's his way) on the 1099-small business issue, which is by no means open and shut. However, that capitulation takes serious money away from HCR. Too bad that Obama, Clinton and Cheney 2 (aka L. Summers) didn't think about that before they opened their mouths.
    1. "Reluctantly" shrink unemployment compensation because "it didn't create jobs and it's too costly"

    Obama won't have the guts to veto that deficit reduction bill. Cheney2, Clinton and the Bowles-Simpson commission will be shouting, yes, cut the flab.

    Then they will insist on keeping the lower SS tax rates. They won't even bother with arguing that it makes economic sense. They will say as they do now. You must never raise taxes, especially not in a time of economic disaster.

    Our economic disaster was brought on by Wall Street speculation. The Obama plan will fatten the bloated rich and increase Wall Street speculation.  The estate tax giveaway is outrageous. It’s just wrong. Will the American people ever wise up to  the tax cut meme? Maybe you better buckle your seat belts. This plane may be going down.

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