Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Geniuses at Work

One of the reasons I voted for President Obama in 2008 was his promise to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. At first, he ignored that promise. Later he made a deal and extended them. He's finally changed that, to an extent, and has protected people who've made up to 450K per year. Apparently, those making only 250K, Obama's previous target, cannot pay any more or they will move to Australia.

However, President Obama neglected to extend cuts to the payroll tax, and that effectively cuts the income of working people by 2%, immediately. For me, not having had a raise in four years, that's a tough pill to swallow. Apparently people who actually have to work for a living were not a priority for this President or this Congress.

Even worse for those of us who were devastated by recent flooding, the Congress didn't bother to pass a bill to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. It appears we've been paying insurance for decades only for fun. There isn't enough money to cover us, and those who haven't got enough to lay out can either take loans or go to hell, as far as I can determine.

The GOP's absolute indifference to working people is simply stunning. How those guys can get on Fox News and persuade Americans to vote for them is beyond my comprehension. However, the Democrats are not much better.  Perhaps it's important to protect those who make 450K, but how on earth can you say you did that when you've just raised taxes on every working person in America?

And frankly, what's the point of paying taxes at all if we can't even help Americans after a natural disaster?
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