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If the Bush tax cuts -- all of them, NOT just those on the wealthy -- are allowed to expire, in 2013 (assuming I make the same income that I am this year, which isn't a given since much of my income comes from contract work and self-employment) I will pay an extra...

$345.

With all of the doom-and-gloom talk going around about what will happen if we allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, I looked at that number and immediately thought... wow, that's it?

Can I spare $345 to prevent government programs that benefit the poor and the elderly from being cut?  Yes.

Can I spare $345 to break the fanatical, anti-tax right wing?  Yes.

Hell, I probably spared about $345 this year to help elect Democratic candidates, in large part because I wanted the Bush tax cuts to expire, and because I didn't want government programs to be cut.  There's a certain amount of irony to that: Republicans have been fighting for years to cut taxes and to keep them cut, and I'm spending the money I save under the Bush tax cuts in an effort to get them the hell out of office.

I can spare it.  We all should.

Originally posted to Houston Progressive on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM PST.

Also republished by The Royal Manticoran Rangers.

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