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By not supporting the President's budget that preserves a tax cut on the first $250,000 earned, the Repubican-led House is refusing a tax cut for the Koch Brothers, Bill Gates, Lindsay Lohan, the postal carrier who delivers my mail, me and every other Federal taxpayer in the United States.

Contrary to the way that this conversation is being framed right now in the media, it's really not a case of tax cuts for the middle class versus taxes being raised on the top 2%.

The President's budget includes a tax cut for all on their first $250,000.

John Boehner and his obstructionists in the House want no Americans to receive this universal tax cut, whether you're in the 98% or the top 2%, unless we give a special tax cut to the top 2%--a tax cut that no one else in America gets unless you're in the top 2%--in exchange for cutting earned benefits and tax credits that benefit the middle class.

In other words, the House wants to engage in wage class warfare on 98% of Americans who fall in the middle class, while the President wants to give tax cuts to 100% of taxpayers, regardless of their economic class.

The media conversation is not being framed this way but it should be.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    billmosby, blueoasis, BlackSheep1, bear83

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:50:48 AM PST

  •  I prefer to think about taxes this way: (3+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, VClib, Gooserock

    Back in the 90s, I made around 60 to 65k a year. I noticed at one point near the end of that period that I was paying somewhat over $1k a month in fed taxes, plus FICA, etc. I also noticed that times were good and that I felt good making that level of contribution.

    I would like the government to get what it needs, and it isn't doing so at the moment.

    So as far as I'm concerned, I'm ok with the total Bush tax cut package expiring. Maybe it would give the Administration something to negotiate with on remedying the less good effects of going over the cliff, I mean speed bump.

    I don't mind my tax cut being "held hostage" in this way because I think it's likely to end up catalyzing the process of making things better in the not too distant future.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:06:47 AM PST

    •  I Think Spending Cuts That are Part of the Cliff (2+ / 0-)
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      Nailbanger, blueoasis

      are what'll hurt; obviously we've had those tax rates in place before and the economy was doing just fine.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:33:26 AM PST

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      •  That's why I put in the part about the "catalyst" (0+ / 0-)

        I expect the Republicans will feel more the hostage and will give in to restoring the spending in return for relief for middle class taxpayers. Otherwise they get blamed for a whole bunch of stuff they's rather not be.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 10:53:35 AM PST

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  •  Let the Repulbicans Bloviate (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, FiredUpInCA

    The rest of us can wait until January 2.  By then, the Republican obstructionists will have nothing left to say and may be able to get down to business.    
    Hold your ground, President Obama.  Make them come to your way of thinking.  I've got your back.

  •  The media can't seem to explain $390 per $10,000 (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    above $250,000. That's the tax increase Obama is after.

    I fail to see why an extra $390 in tax for someone making $260,000 is a big problem. But that's what Boehner is crying about.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:01:38 PM PST

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