Government and taxes

This stuff makes me hopping mad:

The United States can’t afford an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, even as he called in a fiery campaign-style speech for tax breaks for middle-class Americans.

The United States can’t really “afford” anything, because it doesn’t actually produce revenue. It confiscates revenue from the working citizens. From his speech:

We are ready, this week, to give tax cuts to every American making $250,000 or less. For any income over this amount, the tax rates would go back to what they were under President Clinton. This isn’t to punish folks who are better off — it’s because we can’t afford the $700 billion price tag.

That’s how the government sees the issue. Letting Americans keep a bit more of their own money is viewed by government as a cost to them. Because they EXPECT that money. It’s theirs. From where they sit, they’re giving you that money, instead of allowing you to keep it. And the problem is that hey’ve decided how much they’re going to spend, regardless of what we are willing, or able, to give.

Our government works ass backward from what every family and business in this country is forced to do; evaluate income FIRST, then spend it as necessary. Try spending wantonly, then telling your boss you can’t afford to not have a pay-raise. See how that works out for you.

Here’s an added hardy-har-har:

We see an America where a growing middle-class is the beating heart of a growing economy. That’s why I kept my campaign promise and gave a middle-class tax cut to 95% of working Americans. That’s why we passed health insurance reform that stops insurance companies from jacking up your premiums at will or denying you coverage just because you get sick.

Yet, they are now jacking up our premiums NOW. RIGHT NOW. How can say this shit with a straight face?

Update:

Of course, we can’t “afford” to allow people to keep more of their money, but the Federal employees are doing SUCH A GOOD JOB, they’re all getting bonus. They call it “a bonus”, I call it “our taxdollars.” Kevin D. Williamson reminds us of this:

Under the Obama administration, the government is doing such a good job that it’s decided to reward itself. Last year, Uncle Sam paid out $408 million in bonuses to 1.3 million federal workers, according to the Asbury Park Press, which obtained the information through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s about $80 million more than the previous year. About one in four federal workers received a bonus, and awards ranged from $25 to, in the case of one lucky State Department worker, $94,500. . . .

Could all this backfire? Williamson:

This is how Obamaism eats itself: Fattening the federal workers who are his natural constituency, Obama has helped to create a lobby for tax breaks for “the rich,” now defined as those who earn about the same income as a married couple consisting of two federal middle managers. Federal workers already receive a big piece of their compensation tax free (through extraordinarily generous benefits that are not taxed as income) and they are not eager to pay the taxes that fund their own inflated salaries and those of their colleagues. Taxes are for you serfs in the private sector, and Rep. Connolly is one Democrat who can be counted on to defend the tax preferences of the new ruling class in the Washington suburbs.

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