They told me if I voted for John McCain that:
Gitmo would still be open
Patriot Act would still be chugging along
Drone kills of people who have not even been tried in military tribunals let alone Manhattan court houses would increase
We would be surging 30K troops to Afghanistan
The tax cuts that were responsible for ruining our economy would be extended
Guess they were right?
A little more snark, if the tax cuts work and the economy stars rolling again are they now going to be called the Obama Tax Cuts, which are pure and wholesome, written on rainbows with unicorn horns obviously, rather than the dastardly Bush Tax Cuts written with the blood of poor children?
As much as I love seeing the progressives howl about how they were sold out, this is only a small step in the right direction. I hate the fact that conservatives lose the language battle so thoroughly, these were not tax cuts that we just enacted. We prevented an increase in taxes, the mindset that whatever money that Washington let's us keep is a gift from our benevolent, enlightened leaders is the problem here, the fact that professional politicians do not see it as our money.
It is a small step, but a good one. The 13 month extension to unemployment benefits is a joke, but Nancy Pelosi said that is the best way to stimulate the economy. I wish someone would explain to me why an administration being absolutely pilloried over their treatment of jobs and the economy would extend a program that dis-incentivizes people to, you know, look for work? The deferral of the debate for another 2 years is another strategic pants pooping by the Left. In what world is raising taxes a winning issue? What is their argument going to be? "OK, we cut taxes and there was gridlock in Congress so we couldn't pass any other truly destructive bills and the economy started to turn around. Now we should raise them." Or is it going to be "The economy was too bad two years ago to raise taxes and it has gotten worse. Now we REALLY need to raise them." The two year delay puts the debate squarely in the 2012 Presidential election cycle, is that really what they want the debate to be about?
Final thought on taxes, screw Warren Buffet. Screw Hollywood liberals and everyone else clamoring for taxes to be raised. They say that the CAN afford to pay higher taxes and it is the price of living in a functioning society. Well listen Warren, there is a huge difference between "I CAN" and "You MUST." Why do liberals feel the constant need to buy spiritual indulgences with other people's money. The more aggravating part about this is the fact that Warren Buffet, as a massive player in the life insurance industry, is one of the biggest lobbyists in support of maintaining the death tax, while he sets up a massive trust with Bill Gates to get around it. Taxes are for the little people, right Warren?
I think people should practice what they preach, so here is a little incentive to all the bleeding heart liberals out there. Looking at you Krugman with your unhinged rants about how the stimulus was too small, John Kerry with your yacht, Claire MCCaskill with whatever it is you are talking about here, or any of the "tax me more" Bill Gates and Warren Buffet crew. Here is the address to send donations to the government:
Post the receipt and I will match as a % of income the most generous giver. I can put my money where my mouth is, can these other clowns?