Oh, goody. Look what’s invaded my WSJ. An Op-ed by Bernie Sanders.
Synopsis: Evil Republicans are protecting the Millionairs and Billionairs who aren’t paying their fair share.
In April, to avoid the Republican effort to shut down the government, they allowed $38.5 billion in cuts to vitally important programs for working-class and middle-class Americans.
Anyone know anything that’s been cut? In these “vitally important programs for working-class and middle-class Americans.” Of course, it wasn’t $38.5 billion. It was really only a cut of $352 million. Which is a pittance.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the fiscal 2011 spending deal that Congress will vote on Thursday concludes that it would cut spending this year by less than one-tenth of what both Republicans or Democrats have claimed.
A comparison prepared by the CBO shows that the omnibus spending bill, advertised as containing some $38.5 billion in cuts, will only reduce federal outlays by $352 million below 2010 spending rates. The nonpartisan budget agency also projects that total outlays are actually some $3.3 billion more than in 2010, if emergency spending is included in the total.
But, you know. Whatever. Carry on with your distortions Bernie.
The plan by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which calls for $2.4 trillion in cuts over a 10-year period, includes $900 billion in cuts in areas such as education, health care, nutrition, affordable housing, child care and many other programs desperately needed by working families and the most vulnerable.
Of course, no plan to cut any of these programs has been made. Raise your hand if you believe that under Harry Reid’s plan any actual cuts to any of these programs will be made?
While all of this is going on in Washington, the American people have consistently stated, in poll after poll, that they want wealthy individuals and large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. They also want bedrock social programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to be protected. For example, a July 14-17 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 72% of Americans believe that Americans earning more than $250,000 a year should pay more in taxes.
That’s not what the 2010 elections said. I’m confused. Regardless, we need to do away with corporate taxes – their job is to employee people. EOL. And, someone, anyone – whenever these tools talk about the rich paying their fair share, how come they never give a number? What percentage, of income, is their fair share.
I’m going to make that my standard response every time I hear that stupid mantra.
Not to be outdone in the stupid department, we have this from Nancy Pelois:
Nancy Pelosi said the following about Republicans: “They don’t just want to make cuts. They want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the Department of Education. They want to destroy your rights.”
Really? That’s her position? This level of debate and argument, from the former Speaker of the House? It’s like she’s a Kos Kid or something.
And amid all this bullshit, we have a very special annoucement from the White House today. In effort to curb obesity, the clothing makers will start producing clothing in ONLY smaller sizes in 2025.
Specific details are to be revealed Friday, but administration spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that the changes to the sizing standard are expected to save lives and improve our nation’s health while also reducing health care costs. *
This sounds so exciting! I can’t wait until everyone in our nation trims down to a healthy weight!
The new standard would require clothing manufacturers to reduce clothing sizes by 5 percent annually from 2017 through 2025. The obese would need to lose 3.5 percent a year from 2017 to 2021, then by 5 percent through 2025.
This kind of can-do spirit, dictated by the government, gives you that tingly feeling down there, doesn’t it?
*not really. The linked article is discussing the new fuel standards Obama is mandating. Following the “Field of Dreams” methodology of nanny government, if you mandate it, it will happen.