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It’s Unanimous! GOP Says No To Unemployment Benefits, Yes To Tax Cuts For The Rich

For weeks, Senate Republicans have filibustered an extension of unemployment benefits on the grounds that Democrats aren’t willing to cut spending or raise taxes to pay for them. At the same time, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire, and Republicans want them to be renewed. For two days, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl has raised eyebrows by insisting that emergency aid to unemployed people — what he called a “necessary evil” — be paid for through either tax hikes or spending cuts, while the tax cuts (which mostly benefit wealthy people) not be offset in any way. Yesterday claimed that this view is shared by “most of the people in my party.”

He was correct.

“That’s been the majority Republican view for some time,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told TPMDC this afternoon after the weekly GOP press conference. “That there’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy. So I think what Senator Kyl was expressing was the view of virtually every Republican on that subject.”

Do not be fooled by that fact based chart. The Right has some powerful mental capacity to deny any reality that interferes with their fantasy filled world view. WHEN AN ENTIRE POLITICAL PARTY MOVES TO BIZARRO WORLD….

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), considered by much of the media as a credible voice on budget issues, is singing from the same ludicrous hymnal. “When you’re spending money, you’re spending money that is — it’s not the same thing because it’s growing the government,” he told Brian. “So I tend to think that tax cuts should not have to be offset.”

Honestly, what’s to be done when an entire political party buys a first class ticket to Bizarro World? It’s one thing when right-wing blogs and Fox News hosts spout such nonsense, but how does our political system function when “virtually every Republican” believes reckless tax cuts for the wealthy that created huge deficits actually “increased revenue”? How can we have an intelligent conversation with those who use the word “vibrancy” when describing the economy in the Bush years?

Republicans aren’t just wrong about this; they’re pathologically confused. The evidence isn’t ambiguous –– Bush’s tax cuts led to massive deficits, and if existing policies are left in place, those tax policies will be the single biggest factor in our budget deficits for many years to come. (emphasis mine)

Maybe that vibrancy was the glowing magical aura that surrounded Bush and when he left office. When millions of American suddenly realized Republican policies were a death spiral for the nation’s economic well being. Invincible Ignorance

And who in their right mind would describe the Bush economy as “vibrant”, anyway? Even during the peak of the housing bubble, it never achieved the kind of job growth that was routine in the Clinton years.

Letting Bush tax cuts for the rich expire will simply return us to pretty much the same tax rates of the Clinton – or Reagan years for that matter. Hard to believe for Republicans in denial or readers too young to remember the Clinton years – about eight years of relative peace and prosperity.

Conservatives Don’t Care About the Deficit

1) There have been two presidents who were members of the modern conservative movement, Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, and they both presided over massive increases in both present and projected deficits.

2) The major deficit reduction packages of the modern era, in 1990 and 1993, were both uniformly opposed by the conservative movement.

3) When the deficit was temporarily eliminated in the late-1990s, the mainstream conservative view was that this showed that the deficit was too low and needed to be increased via large tax cuts.

4) Senator Mitch McConnell(R-KY) says it’s a uniform view in his caucus that tax cuts needn’t be offset by other changes in spending.

Much was made of a recent Obama poll. Well Obama is still ahead of Mitch McConnell who is enjoying a whopping 34% in his own state. Matt is understating his case. Given the power conservatives always run deficits, but more than that they act like sugar addicts in a candy store, buying everything in sight. A few years pass, during which they do their usual kabuki dance about deficits and shrinking government. Than get back into power and start the same irresponsible behavior all over again. Some of them are flat out liars, but many of them truly believe they are fiscally responsible. Which just adds to the bizarro quotient.

A Clarification on the NBPP Case.

The original complaint in the NBPP case alleged that the behavior of the men outside the polling station was part of a larger scheme to disenfranchise white voters (“Prior to the election, Defendant New Black Panther Party For Self-Defense made statements and posted notice that over 300 members of the New Black Panther Party For Self-Defense would be deployed at polling locations during voting on November 4th 2008 throughout the United States”). But there’s no evidence that’s the case — no voters in Philadelphia or elsewhere came forward to say they had been intimidated. One of them actually had a poll watching certificate, and the remarks from the NBPP leader state the obvious — that the NBPP thought they were protecting blacks from being disenfranchised by whites. Basically what you have — to the extent that you have anything — is a conspiracy to wear black clothing outside of polling stations as part of a fringe group, which career attorneys at the Department of Justice weren’t comfortable prosecuting as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

At that time it would have been Bush’s DOJ. Eek! Black Panthers!

DOJ did not pursue allegations that Minutemen intimidated Hispanic voters with a gun in 2006. Perez testified that in 2006, the Justice Department “declined to bring any action for alleged voter intimidation” “when three well-known anti-immigrant advocates affiliated with the Minutemen, one of whom was carrying a gun, allegedly intimidated Latino voters at a polling place by approaching several persons, filming them, and advocating and printing voting materials in Spanish.”

One would think the average person would be more intimidated by a gun than a club. The Right seems to have a very inconsistent threshold on exactly what constitutes intimidation. Media matters profiles the wing-nut conservative that is fueling a lot of this Black Panther paranoia. Three is an awful combination of racism and race baiting in the trumped-up DOJ -Panthers scandal even for the wing-nuts.

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