Republicans

Taxing the Rich is an Attack on Small Business

Apr
18

Notice how the moment anyone talks about raising taxes on the richest Americans, GOPers attempt to pivot the discussion to 'small businessmen'? Here's Rep. Paul Ryan doing the GOPer pivot on 'Face the Nation' when asked about his plan to lower taxes on those with "top income":

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): "If you have really high tax rates what you end up doing is you penalize small businesses. You have to remember, Bob, most successful small businesses file their taxes as individuals. Most of our jobs come from these small businesses. The President is proposing to raise the top tax rate on these small businesses to 44.8 percent. We don’t think that’s good for jobs. We don't think that's good for economic growth. And when we tax our employers a whole lot more than our foreign competitors tax theirs, we lose, they win and we don't want that."

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'Truth-telling' According to the Chicago Tribune

Apr
07

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The Chicago Tribune's initial reaction to Paul Ryan's Budget Plan is as loathsome as it is predictable:

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No Serious Crisis Left to Waste

Feb
13

Steve Benen quotes this summary of Rep. Ryan's appearance on Fox News Sunday:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended proposed Republican budget cuts to popular domestic programs Sunday as necessary to maintaining fiscal health.

HuffPost also reports on the appearance:

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None for All and All for None

Feb
03

Jack Balkin explains the real motivation behind the GOPer assault on universal health care:

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GOPer War on Reality Explained

Jan
26

Paul Krugman puts it succinctly:

...[W]hy check the facts when you already believe that you have The Truth?

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Jonathan Chait: the Senate Filibuster is Doomed

Jan
20

Jonathan Chait points out what I think is obvious:

I continue to believe that the filibuster will be eliminated or curtailed when Republicans gain simultaneous control of the House, the presidency, and more than 49 but fewer than 60 Senators. Conservatives have invested a lot of energy into defending the supermajority requirement in the Senate, but the ideological basis of that commitment is tissue-thin and will disappear as soon as it's inconvenient.

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On Certainty and Uncertainty GOPer Style

Nov
15

I think people on the Left like Kevin Drum are over-analyzing what uncertainly and certainly really mean to the average GOPer.

It's 'uncertainly' when the agenda isn't GOPer and it's 'certainly' when the GOPers' get their way.

I thought people had figured that out by now. The irony of course is who in their right mind would look at any period of Republican ascendancy in the past 20 years and wax nostalgic over the level of 'certainty' flourishing back then.

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Godwin's Law for Rightwingers

Sep
18

Gingrich at the 'Values [sic] Voter Summit':

"On the one front we have a secular socialist machine led by Obama, Pelosi and Reid, and on the other front we have radical Islamists who would fundamentally change this country into a system none of us in this room would recognize."

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