Jon Kyl's blathering on this subject has to be seen to be believed.Thanks to the way Republican lawmakers shaped the Bush/Cheney tax cuts, some cuts are due to expire at the end of the year. GOP lawmakers, not surprisingly, want Democrats to extend the cuts.
Top Republicans called on Democrats in Congress and the White House to extend all the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year.Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, joined House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in pushing for the extension of a series of taxes set to expire at the end of this year, including a series of cuts for households making more than $250,000 per year.[snip]How does Gregg propose the government pay for those tax cuts? He doesn't -- the cost would just be added to the deficit, the same way they were added to the deficit when Republicans approved these tax breaks in the first place. Indeed, as far as Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is concerned, lawmakers should "never" even try to pay for tax cuts.
Let's be real clear about this. When Democrats propose extending unemployment benefits in the midst of an unemployment crisis, Republicans insist that's out of the question and refuse to allow the Senate to even vote on the idea -- the deficit matters more. When Democrats propose aid to states to prevent hundreds of thousands of additional layoffs, Republicans insist that's out of the question and refuse to allow the Senate to even vote on the idea -- the deficit matters more.
But when tax cuts -- the single biggest cause of the current massive deficit -- are on the line, Republicans effectively say, "Screw the deficit. We believe deficit reduction is more important than economic growth, except when we believe the opposite."
Cons and Conservadems are proud of themselves for playing reverse Robin Hoods: stealing from the poor to gorge the rich. Imagine how quickly that would change if wielding power as a Senator meant being reduced to the financial means of our poorest countrymen. I'd like to see these fucktards living under the freeway, looking for work in this economy, digging dinner out of a trash bin while blithering blowhards tell them they just need to stop being so lazy and get a job, and by the way, we're cutting the pittance in government aid you get because we need to hand fistfuls of cash to these folks over here - oh, no, wait, I'm sorry, I forgot, they're staying over there in their other mansion this week.
Something tells me priorities would be rapidly rearranged. Too bad we can't enforce poverty on these fuckers. I guess we'll just have to settle for taking their current jobs away.