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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:50 PM
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More House Dems balking at ending Bush tax cuts for rich (naming names)
Even as President Obama is mounting a strong stand in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire, and even as he's signaling that it will be a major campaign issue, more and more vulnerable House Dems are bolting in the other direction.

Here's a quick rundown of Dems in tough races who are coming out against ending the tax cuts for the rich:

* Rep Jim Himes of Conneticut says he supports a termporary extension, because earning $250,000 annually "does not make you really rich."

* Rep Bobby Bright of Alabama came out against ending the tax cuts, because "a vast majority of my constituents ... don't believe in tax increases on anybody at this point in time."

* Rep Ron Klein of Florida wants a one year extension of the tax cuts, including those for the rich, because "right now, our top economic priority has to be job creation."

* Rep Gerry Connolly of Virginia says the tax cuts should remain because the recovery remains "fragile."

* Rep Gary Peters of Michigan wants the cuts to continue lest we "jeopardize economic recovery."

* Rep Harry Mitchell of Arizona says he "strongly" opposes letting the tax cuts lapse because "we need to encourage investment, not discourage it."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/more...
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:53 PM
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1. Fools
The GOP wants to extend the cuts into 2012.

What happens in 2012?

Sometimes I swear these weak assed Dems want to throw the fight.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:53 PM
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2. My chicken coop has more smarts
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:53 PM
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3. Fat cats protecting fat cats and their kitty litter
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:54 PM
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4. Now we'll separate the wheat from the chaff
Toss these turncoats into the GOP tent where they belong.
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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:55 PM
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5. 10 years of temporary is not enough?
The tax cuts were a temporary 10-year cut. 10 years is not enough? The only reason they passed in the first place is because they had a 10-year expiration. Now we can see, that was a sham, too.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:15 PM
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15. But the cuts have been so effective...
Look at all the jobs that have been created, the factories opened and how those cuts have trickled, neigh, FLOODED down to the workaday American virtually eliminating unemployment, homelessness, and poverty.
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:56 PM
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6. DINOs, one and all.
We need to call these assholes out. They are NOT democrats, they do NOT represent their "base". Fuck them.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:31 PM
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17. +1000
I live in Arkansas and I just don't know what I'll do in November...

never voted for, and will never ever vote for a Repuke









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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 06:08 PM
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27. +1
There's a good reason why that term was invented.

:argh:
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:57 PM
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7. Nauseating... Literally nauseating.
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mike r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 03:59 PM
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8. "This is an impressive crowd, the haves and the have-mores.
Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:00 PM
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9. the rich put these assholes in office
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:20 PM
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22. the rich don't care about party affiliation -- power and loyalty to money is priority #1
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:00 PM
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10. The Republicans already have a majority.
For all intents and purposes.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:00 PM
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:03 PM
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12. Gerry Connolly! Ah, Shit . . .
Ain't gonna be workin' on Maggie's farm no more . . .
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:09 PM
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13. Chicken shits!
Worthless!
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:14 PM
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14. We really DO elect stupid people, don't we?
First of all, don't these idiots realize that it's not anyone whose paycheck totals $250,000/yr, it's TAXABLE INCOME! If you have taxable income of $250,000 or more, buddy, you're making some serious sheckels!

Most people don't realize that, so it's the duty of each Rep & Sen to explain it to their constituents!

BTW, to the dubm "F" who says we need to encourage investment,---what te hell do you THINK higher taxes actuall do? THEY ENOURAGE INVESTMENT! Business people would rather invest in their business than pay the higher taxes and that means expansion & more jobs!
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Cosmocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:47 PM
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19. For the love of christmas ...
"BTW, to the dubm "F" who says we need to encourage investment,---what te hell do you THINK higher taxes actuall do? THEY ENOURAGE INVESTMENT! Business people would rather invest in their business than pay the higher taxes and that means expansion & more jobs!"

The freakshow called the "liberal media" just accepts this whole cut taxes to create jobs nonsense, which is totally counterinuitive AND does not bare out in relation to job growth and the top tax rate ... The more the rate is cut, the worse job growth is for the very reason you note - the less the people with larger sums of money have to worry about taxation, the more the money just floats to the top and does not cycle through the economy at large ... The more they worry about taxes, the more they ACTUALLY INVEST it into BUSINESS to WRITE IT OFF ...

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:50 PM
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20. I would send that info to one of them if livd in their State, but
I don't! No Rep pays any attention to anyone who isn't in their district.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:23 PM
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16. f them
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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 04:37 PM
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18. "right now, our top economic priority has to be job creation." Lame excuse
If they had the tax cuts all this time why didn't they create jobs with them? So what makes them willing to create jobs if the cuts don't expire. I guess out of the goodness of their hearts they will not invest the money but will spend it on things made in America thus creating jobs.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:09 PM
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21. Lying, hypocritical slime.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:23 PM
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23. "right now, our top economic priority has to be job creation."
Er . . . what's been the excuse for NINE YEARS THEN??????

I swear to God if those sons of bitches extend those cuts, it's OVER. I want ONE inch. Just ONE FUCKING INCH. SOMETHING.
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:27 PM
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24. Guys like Krugman have been pointing out for years -- the answer is always "tax cuts"
When we were running a surplus, the answer was "tax cuts!"

Now that we're running a huge deficit, the answer is "tax cuts!"

When the economy was booming, the Rx was "tax cuts!"

Now that we're in our Great Recession, the answer is (wait for it) "tax cuts!"

These people don't have an economic model, they've got a jones for tax cuts that they'll rationalize with whatever is laying around. And it appears that "these people" includes plenty of Dems.

:eyes:
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:32 PM
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25. Truth is more like: "Wealthy people bought me off so I have to support extending
their tax cuts".
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-09-10 05:37 PM
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26. Dems?
Really?

:rofl:
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-10-10 02:15 PM
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28. These guys don't get it...
They think they can latch onto the faux populism that was drummed up by fox and the right wing nutters by supporting the least populist policies imaginable.

Completely retarded.
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