A few updates on Republicans and their sudden convenient insistence that self executable bills ( deem and pass) are unconstitutional. E.J. Dionne writing back in 2003 found Republicans being badgered by a Democrat ( Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin) trying to funding to improve base housing for military families. Republican had just passed their irresponsible tax cuts, better known as rewarding the wealthy – for being wealthy. They did not want to be seen as undermining what they were telling the public was a great legislative achievement so they used self-executable rules to use an extension of customs fees to finally finance Obey’s housing expenditures.
But then the experiment kicked in: Obey proposed financing the budget increase by reducing Bush’s recent tax cut, but only for the roughly 200,000 Americans who make more than $1 million a year. Under Obey’s amendment, these taxpayers would receive a cut of $83,546 this year — more than most Americans make annually — instead of the $88,326 they are currently scheduled to receive.
This small contribution to the troops was voted down on a party-line vote.
Obey’s fee proposal seemed like something Republicans could live with because it would ‘appear” as though Republican had not raised taxes,
The bill was approved under what’s called a “self-executing rule.” The jargon means that members never had to vote on the bill as such. They just voted for a rule substituting the House’s big tax cut for the Senate bill. And just to confuse everyone, the House then turned around and passed a Democratic motion — entirely nonbinding — instructing House negotiators to give way to most of the Senate provisions. So the House did one thing and then said another.
7. H. Res. 386 (deemed as passed a resolution that tabled the Interior Approps bill so it would not be presented to the President), November 18, 1999 (passed 226-204) – Republican controlled 106thCongress
Ø Boehner – YEA
9. H. Res. 572 (a resolution regarding the immediate termination for the deployment of troops in Iraq was used to “deem” a technical correction to the T-HUD Appropriations Act of 2006 as passed) on November 18, 2005 (passed 210-202) – Republican controlled 109th Congress
Ø Boehner – YEA
Ø Cantor – YEA
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates for the final health care bill are bringing smiles to Democratic faces. Over 10 years, the $940 billion package will cover 32 million more Americans while ending insurance abuses including rescission and the use of pre-existing conditions to deny coverage.
But the ersatz deficit hawks of the Republican Party should be happy, too. For less than half the cost of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, the CBO forecasts the final health care bill will trim the deficit by $130 billion over the first decade and $1.3 trillion over 20 years.
Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives The Top Ten Immediate Benefits You’ll Get When Health Care Reform Passes
* Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
* Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
* Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
* Lower seniors prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
* Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
* Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
* Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
* Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
* Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
* Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.
By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices.
Prior to Boehner’s speech, American Bankers Association President Edward Yingling urged delay in the financial reform effort, because “every day that passes gives more leverage to [Banking Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL)].” In his career, Boehner has received $3.4 million from the financial services industry, which is $1.2 million more than he’s received from any other industry.
Not everyone follows these numbers closely, and Tea Partyers may have been thinking of figures from a few years ago, before the recession when taxes were higher. According to the CBO, the highest figure for all federal taxes since 1970 came in the year 2000, when they reached 20.6% of GDP. As we know, after that George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress cut federal taxes; they fell to 18.5% of GDP in 2007, before the recession hit, and 17.5% in 2008.
Tuesday’s Tea Party crowd, however, thought that federal taxes were almost three times as high as they actually are. The average response was 42% of GDP and the median 40%. The highest figure recorded in all of American history was half those figures: 20.9% at the peak of World War II in 1944.
To follow up, Tea Partyers were asked how much they think a typical family making $50,000 per year pays in federal income taxes. The average response was $12,710, the median $10,000. In percentage terms this means a tax burden of between 20% and 25% of income.
Of course, it’s hard to know what any particular individual or family pays in taxes, but according to IRS tax tables, a single person with $50,000 in taxable income last year would owe $8,694 in federal income taxes, and a married couple filing jointly would owe $6,669.
But these numbers are high because to have a taxable income of $50,000, one’s gross income would be higher by at least the personal exemption, which is $3,650, and the standard deduction, which is $5,700 for single people and $11,400 for married couples. Owning a home or having children would reduce one’s tax burden further.
If its a showdown between Bruce Bartlet’s facts versus what the teabaggers believe. My bet goes on the later. Reality is no match for the tea baggers extraordinary and perverse powers of denial.