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During all of last nights debate Mitt Romney aggressively tried to prove that he had real plans.  

1.  Tax cuts
2.  Balance the budget
3.  Repeal Obamacare
4.  Strong on education

What was the overriding theme of these topics?  "Send stuff back to the states."

That is what Obama's message, our message needs to become.  Yea, you can send everything back to the states, cut taxes, and cut spending.  What happens if you do that?  The states become the tax hiker.  And who pays for the tax hike?  We do.  Romney insisted that he liked Romneycare because it was for a state...and would work in other states.  Well, the red states aren't going to be instituting Romneycare and if blue states do...taxes will go up.  If you withdraw federal funding from schools state and local govts will have to cover the revenue gap by raising taxes.  Those idiots who think a federal tax cut is great...what happens when their local taxes double or triple?  Many states are already financially strapped or financially fucked.  Many states have idiotic tax laws that make it harder than hell to raise revenue.  If you slash federal spending you put an undue burden on the states to pick up the slack.  At some point the house of cards begins to fall.

Which is what the corporatist wants.  If you slash fed spending, states are crushed in new debt...and then the corporations step in and coo: "We think we can help.  We'll take over the schools and the prisons.  But to make it economically feasible we're going to need to demand massive tax breaks as well as have complete autonomy in the scope of doing business, ie a greenlight to impose levies to bring schools up to modern building codes, the ability to build whatever we need to build without having to go through the normal building and planning process (so, if we want to build a maximum security prison in wetlands that are home to twenty endangered species of bird...we can.)  We also wouldn't mind taking over state and federal highways.  Of course we'll have to charge a fee for each vehicle's use of our highway...and we'll need some tax exemptions and subsidization but it would be a net gain for the state."

States are going to bear the brunt of the Romney budget.  Theoretically he can do what he promises on a federal level...but at some point someone has to pick up the tab for the revenue gap...and it ain't gonna be the 1%.  

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have laid my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – Yeats

    by Bill O Rights on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 04:48:45 AM PDT

  •  BTW (0+ / 0-)

    I stand by my initial reaction last night that while Romney came off as the winner in real time, Obama will be declared the winner after the dust settles and Romney's specific lack of specificity and lies are revealed, parsed, and sewn onto his smirking face.

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have laid my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – Yeats

    by Bill O Rights on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:08:34 AM PDT

  •  The President and the party lost the tax debate (1+ / 0-)
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    Hockeyray

    when they didn't repeal the Bush tax cuts in 2009 and then later extended them in 2010 , We are now fighting over who's tax cuts are better.

    The President came to a gun fight on the economy  last  night armed with the bulets he has loaded in his gun.

    Romney made a couple of point that ring true for a lot of voters. The healthcare bill and the way it was packaged sold and voted on had a direct impact on the 2010 election. IMO, this was a key reason that Scott Brown won in MA in 2010.

    January 2012  is quickly approaching and we are still operating under the Bush tax cuts. The President often states that  "we tried the failed policies of the past and they did not work."  No shit, that is what the 2008 election was about. The only problem is that the failed policies of the past were continued into the present.

    Either tax cuts are the solution, in which case it make no difference who wins or the president needs to make a case that everyone, including the middle class needs to pay a proportionate share of taxes to fund the government and that cuts to the social safety net have to be at the bottom of the spending cuts list.

    •  Bingo! (1+ / 0-)
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      CentralMass

      All these Tax Cuts should have expired on 1/1/11 - period.  The tax cuts on the middle class were so small they would not have even noticed them as they don't notice the tax cuts in the first place.

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