President Obama had a great riff last night, about the R's and how they view that other R-word: Revenues ...
Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years:
“Have a surplus? Try a tax cut.”
“Deficit too high? Try another.”
“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”
Great description of the Republicans' Tax-phobia there -- and with a very memorable punch-line too.
Got the Tea Party blues?
Take two tax cuts ... and call us in the morning!
Never mind that Revenue-raising is proscribed by the Constitution -- if we actually did everything Republicans wanted about Tax Cuts ... Where would that leave the Country?
In a word, we'd be left in Republican Shambles.
Been there. Done that. No, thank you, Republicans ... Thanks, but No Thanks.
I had a conversation with an Indie friend of mind yesterday, and he brought up the R-word -- the Republicans' idiotic fear of ever, ever Raising Revenues.
For instance, my friend said, IF we actually did everything the Republicans wanted -- cut ALL govt spending, without ever raising a dime of Revenues
-- THAT STILL wouldn't pay off the dreaded Republican Debt Clock. Not in this lifetime.
And without any Revenues in Republican-land, how is the Economy supposed to "grow our way out it" -- with NO Government Services to support all that economic activity, in the meantime?
My Indie friend went on say that the Republicans' prescription for just more, more, Tax Cuts -- without ever even discussing the need to increase Revenues, to pay off our Debts, to support the society and economy we want
-- is just plain Stupid! Because what the Republican are prescribing "Just Doesn't Add Up!"
Arithmetic. Yep Bill Clinton was onto something there. Because it seems most Americans can still Add.