How beholden to big government are Democrats in Congress? If you answered “very”, you still don’t even know the half of it. Our deficit towers over our economy like a waiting tidal wave, the economy is barely moving, and the real unemployment rate continues is steady march toward 20 percent. Yet what the Democrats want right now more than anything are tax hikes. And if they can’t get them, they’ll bring the country down around our ears.
To quote Dave Barry, I swear, I am not making this up.
Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.
Emboldened by signs that GOP resistance to new taxes may be weakening, senior Democrats say they are prepared to weather a fiscal event that could plunge the nation back into recession if the new year arrives without an acceptable compromise
Parry Murray (D-WA) is leading this insane charge into a new Great Depression and she is serious. Unless we act as if all the tired and debunked progressive mantras about who pay us what in this country are true, she and her fellow Democrats will destroy even the minuscule economic progress we have made the past couple of years.
“If we can’t get a good deal, a balanced deal that calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, then I will absolutely continue this debate into 2013,” Murray plans to say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to The Washington Post.
If the tax cuts from the George W. Bush era expire and taxes go up for everyone, the debate will be reset, Murray is expected to say. “Every proposal will be a tax-cut proposal,” according to the excerpts, and Republicans would no longer be “boxed in” by their pledge not to raise taxes.
Of course, anyone who studied middle-school math know that “the wealthy” pay far more than their fair share of taxes. In fact, the top twenty percent pays nearly 70 percent of all income taxes and the top one percent pays over 22 percent despite earning far less than those shares of the total wealth.
That aside, Murray’s strategy is — how do I say this kindly and in a moderate non-confrontational tone? — completely bat-spit crazy. Her theory is that Congress should let the “Bush tax cuts”, which cut taxes on every tax bracket, expire so that the Democrats can then propose a few meager tax cuts on the groups they believe should get tax cuts. That way, her fellow progressives can claim to be big-time tax cutters and get the support of the Republicans, who would have to approve the tax cuts because if they don’t, the Democrats will accuse them of being for high taxes on the middle class.
What Murray has proposed, and what her fellow Democrats apparently endorse, is turning the very real economic problems you and I face into a political weapon used to amass more personal and party power. Murray has no concern for how her idea will affect the job market or the investment on which millions of retired Americans rely. It’s very likely she has no earthly idea what her proposal will do to small businesses nor does she know how long it would take the economy to recover from the crash her bizarre plan would cause. She has one goal — to put Democrats back in control of the entire federal government so she can do whatever she wants to you without a worry that you can stop her.
Patty Murray is worse than a budget bandit. Budget banditry is small potatoes compared to what she wants to do to our economy.