published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Democrats endanger payroll tax relief

In a stark display of misguided priorities, Democrats in Congress are holding tax relief for 160 million Americans hostage to their unwavering desire to raise taxes on wealthier Americans.

Republicans in Congress want to extend the current payroll tax relief next year. Without that extension, the average U.S. household would face a tax increase of $1,000. Do you have a spare $1,000 to send to Uncle Sam in this weak economy?

The Republicans want to make up for the short-term loss of revenue from the tax cut extension by cutting spending from the federal budget. After all, with a $15 trillion national debt -- and annual budgets of well over $3 trillion -- it is ridiculous to think Congress can't find a comparatively small $112 billion in spending cuts to pay for the payroll tax cut in the short term.

But Democrats in the Senate will not hear of it. They insist that to fund payroll tax relief, a 3.25 percent "tax surcharge" should be placed on the wealthy -- many of whom run the small businesses that provide most of the jobs in America.

It is unclear how Senate Democrats think they will boost our economy and help to create jobs by seizing more of the income of the very people who employ so many Americans -- and who pay a disproportionately high share of the taxes to begin with.

And why such fierce resistance among Democrats to spending cuts? The kinds of things Republicans want to cut to provide funds to extend payroll tax relief are scarcely essential services such as national defense.

For instance, they are looking at reducing costly farm subsidies and finding savings in federal workers' retirement benefits.

Farm subsidies are not even constitutional! Why should any member of Congress deny the American people needed tax relief in order to protect government agricultural payments -- particularly payments that go to huge corporate farms rather than to family farmers?

Do Democrats in the Senate really believe that every penny of our massive federal budget is so necessary that nothing -- nothing at all -- can be cut in order to ensure that millions of U.S. households are not hit with a $1,000 tax increase?

The New York Times reported that Democrats acknowledged that the "tax surcharge" they want to place on the wealthy "is little more than a stunt" to contrast themselves with Republicans.

But we doubt most Americans think political stunts are appropriate when they face the threat of a major tax increase because of Democrats' unwillingness to cut spending. And it's hard to see why Democrats think such a "contrast" with Republicans will put them in a favorable light.

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conservative said...

Demoncrats are committed Socialists. Taxes and spending are essential elements of an unconstitutional Socialist state and this state can't exist without them. Demoncrats and their leader Obamination must be voted out. It's not complicated.

December 1, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Not all democrats are socialists, just like not all republicans are evil. But given the choice, I would much rather deal with a real democrat than the evil and lies the infiltraiters of the republican party are spewing. There are very few republicans left. The party has been taken over by those that want to see the diminionists socialistic police state. But if you are watching faux, the brainwashing does not include that information.

Go back and look at some of the republicans from 20-30 years ago. They would be democrats today. Today's republican is required to hate and dismantle our constitution. Today's republican says "I", whats in it for me, instead of "we", we the people, united "we" stand.
Republicans used to be for the privacy of an individual to decide for themselves how or what to be. Now they want to police our bedrooms. Republicans used to be for financial stability. History shows the republicans have been far from that for several decades now. The republicans I grew up with would have never allowed the patriot act to stand. So what did these republicans do yesterday? They voted to take away our right to trial. The socialistic police state you describe is being brought to you by the republicans, as well as some republicans dressed as democrats. These infiltraters do not care what brand.
Until we the people can come together, no matter which "brand", we cannot call ourselves the "United" States of America.

December 1, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
conservative said...

Woman--

You wrote,"Not all democrats are socialists."

Name some.

December 1, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.

JOW, we agree again. Both parties are now working toward the same end. They want to be rulers in the new socialist states of america. I don't agree that republicans are solely responsible for the police state. They are both responsible. I see very few differences between them now.

December 1, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Just reel it back in. I am not biting. I could name the world and you would pick them off like you are the authority on socialism. Nope, go play that card somewhere else.

December 1, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
conservative said...

Woman--

It was your statement, I didn't write " not all democrats are socialists". You had to have had at least ONE in mind who wasn't. Did that ONE pretend to be a conservative promising not to raise taxes in a recession, pledged to cut spending, and abide by our Constitution. Do you fear for their safety if you name he/she?

BTW, your " Just reel it back in. I am not biting," was a pretty good line. You finished with "Nope, go play that card somewhere else." I think a better completion of the metaphor would have been, " Nope, go cast that minnow somewhere else!"

December 1, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
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