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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:36 PM

The New Republican Class War: State Tax Hikes on the Poor to Fund Tax Cuts for the Rich

The idea of surrender after losing a defining battle is usually the course of wisdom to save the vanquished from annihilation, and one certainly would not expect the losing side to continue hostilities after a defeat and especially when the odds are stacked against them. After Republicans waged a class war against the people on behalf of the wealthy for two years, it seemed likely they would cease attacking the least fortunate Americans after being defeated in the November election, but apparently they decided to continue their class war by engaging the people in a new theatre; in states with Republican governors and legislatures. After the election, Republicans like Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said his party had to appear friendlier to all the people to avoid the appearance of being the party of the one percent, but actions speak louder than a pleasant demeanor, and Republicans are still waging class war against poor Americans to benefit the rich.

The new front in the Republicans class war is just getting underway as Louisiana, Virginia, and Kansas governors are proposing new tax schemes that raise taxes on the poor to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. The idea of making the wealthy richer at the expense of the poor is not new, but instead of just cutting services and giving the savings to the rich as tax cuts, Republicans are following an ALEC-inspired tactic of “broadening the tax base” that is code for taxing the poor to pay the wealthy and corporations. Throughout the past year, Congressional Republicans Mitch McConnell and Eric Cantor suggested taxing those Americans struggling for basic survival and reducing rates for the wealthy, but they had little chance of success in a Democratic Senate or surviving President Obama’s veto pen. However, states with Republican governors and legislatures do not have constraints on their Draconian measures and are moving forward with ALEC’s plan to give the rich and corporations relief from what they label burdensome tax liabilities.


http://www.politicususa.com/republican-class-war-state-tax-hikes-poor-fund-tax-cuts-rich.html

It is at the state level that the Republicans currently have the ability to do the most damage. Shameless.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:00 PM

1. Knowing the poor can't finance the budget, weakens it for privatization and total control.

And people in those states are voting for it.

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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 02:27 PM

2. their agenda in NC is brutal

The new Repub gov and GOP legislature want to eliminate the state income tax and instead increase sales tax on groceries, since "everyone has to buy groceries." They're actually happy that they have a captive population.

They also want to drastically reduce the amount of money the state is receiving from the feds for unemployment benefits, simply because, as one legislator just said, receiving these checks is reducing the unemployed's motivation to look for jobs.

Hurry up and die is their motto. So much for being one of the more progressive states in the South.

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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 03:08 PM

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