Last week Patriotslog published an article about the new California voting system in which I stated why I believe that the people, not the government are the biggest problem in this country. There has been feedback from readers wondering why I feel this way? If I had to say why the people are the problem in one sentence it would be the old saying that we want to have our cake and eat it too. We want it all, and we want it now. An article titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” makes national headlines as if that statement is a revelation; as if that should shock some people or create a grassroots political movement that demands change. Guess what? Nobody can have it all, no matter who you are. The idea that we think we should, or even that we can at all, is the fundamental root of the problem. Read the rest of this entry
$160 billion. To the government this is spare change, it amounts to roughly a mere 1.1% of the deficit the government has built. To American citizens, $160 billion means an extra $1000 for most families. That is how much money the new pay roll tax cut President Obama and the Congress have been bickering over for the better part of a month will save Americans. Most agree that the cut needs to be extended, though not all believe so. Predictably, the conflict has been over how to pay for the tax cut. Even more predictably, Democrats argue that the tax needs to be paid for by implementing a surtax on those making over $1 million; Republicans abhor this idea, arguing that spending cuts can be implemented to offset the revenue loss. The deadline for the extension is New Year’s Eve, when the current tax cut expires. If no deal is reached the payroll tax will increase 2% to the normal level of 6.2%. This week the Senate, unable to forge a deal to extend the cut into next year, passed a two month extension of the current cuts, giving them time to have a holiday recess and be able to continue the debate when they return, in hopes of passing a real extension for the entire year of 2012. The House voted on the Senate two month extension yesterday, and it was defeated in a partisan vote; Republicans against the short term extension and Democrats for it. This was surprising to many considering the right wing hatred of taxes. It was widely believed, particularly by Democrats, that House Speaker John Boehner (Rep, OH) was intentionally delaying a vote on the two month extension because he was aware that many republicans supported the bill and that a vote would lead to it passing. The House Republicans claim they want to create a long term deal before the deadline and not “kick the can” another 60 days. Read the rest of this entry
The revenue problem: Why Republicans need to agree to higher taxes.
“We have a spending problem, we don’t have a problem because we tax too little.” Those now famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) words bellowed from the mouth of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell have been heard time and again by any American with an interest in the future of our nation. The standoff on Capitol Hill between democrats and republicans over the debt ceiling was an ugly one. The effects of this battle may be felt for years to come, it is yet to be seen. While I saw myself leaning more toward the GOP side of the debate, I still do not feel like a winner. National media has been largely portraying this as a victory for Republicans, and, though I am not Republican, you would expect me to feel satisfaction knowing that, in this instance, the side I happened to agree with more “won.” My one word hiatus from the sense that our congress did something right: taxes. I could not agree more with McConnell; the senator from my home state, that we absolutely have a spending problem. In fact, the break-neck spending started by President Bush has only been accelerated by the Obama administration. However; I could not disagree more with McConnell when he insists that we do not have a revenue problem. The more we spend, the more we must take in: that is simple economics seeming to be ignored by Republicans in Washington. Read the rest of this entry
26 July, 2011
Last night we witnessed a prime time heavyweight bout between the President of the United States of America, and the Speaker of House, played out for the nation and world to see. President Obama was relentless in his attack of the Republican Party; even going as far as making an attempt to paint the image that the massive debt incurred was mostly the fault of the Bush administration, which he inherited; only admitting that his party too was to blame for “some” of the debt. On his blissful canvass of imagination, President Obama left out the storm cloud looming overhead, when he failed to tell Americans that the spending in the first three years of his administration already had nearly surpassed the enormous level reached in the eight years under our nation’s previous top executive. We heard him twist the perception of the citizens of this great nation, whose tax dollars it is that Washington keeps spending, into believing that the republicans were doing nothing, and would do nothing, as America comes dangerously close to defaulting on our debt. Republicans, according to our President, were refusing to work with him, or the house Democrats to find a solution. According to the democrats, the GOP refused to cut military spending, or raise the debt limit– two acts which certainly do need to be accomplished at this time. More times than I care to count, I heard the blame shifted to republicans.
When speaker Boehner took the soapbox, we heard the exact same sad song. The other party was to blame, and the other party was not going to allow a deal to be accomplished. Our Speaker repeatedly criticized our President, and attempted to shift all the blame on him and his constituents. Speaker Boehner even went as far as to say that the President, even in this dangerous situation, only wants a blank check so he can add even more to his record setting national transactions. Read the rest of this entry