Paul Ryan Promises to Raise Taxes on the Poor and Middle Class

For the past thirty years Republicans have used every argument under the Sun to convince Americans that giving the wealthy more entitlements was the path to prosperity through their absurd trickle-down economics scam. Americans never quite caught on to the theory’s failure, and during the Bush administration, Republicans promised that if the people gave more to the rich and eliminated regulations, prosperity would finally trickle down to the working class. Instead, working Americans got a Great Recession, declining wages, lost jobs, and the wealthiest Americans got richer.

The Republican’s never meant to create wealth that trickled down to the masses because their philosophy is giving everything in America to a few wealthy families, and in the past year they have attempted to make drastic cuts to government that create poverty, homelessness, and kill jobs to make room for more tax cuts for the rich. This week, Eric Cantor revealed a new notion to help the wealthy and it entails increasing taxes on the poor and middle class to give more entitlements to the wealthy.

Most Republicans signed Grover Norquist’s pledge promising to never raise taxes, but apparently they will break their promise if it means more entitlements for the wealthy and if the poor and middle class pick up the tab. Cantor said it is time to “question whether it’s fair” that some Americans do not pay income tax and that “we should broaden the (tax) base in a way that we can lower the rates for everybody that pays taxes.” Cantor also said that to support the operations of government, it is unfair to continue to “milk them (rich) more because government has a duty to preserve their ability to provide the growth engine.” It is the “job creator” meme; only now it is the poor and middle class’s duty to give their money to the wealthy to create jobs even though they have not created one job, and Cantor calls that a fair system.

A majority of Americans believe a fair solution is to  increase the richest Americans’ taxes to help support the government and programs that benefit every American, but Republicans reject any proposal that will not increase wealth at the top. Cantor said he never “believed that you go raise taxes on those that have been successful, taking away from them so that you just hand out and give to someone else,” but it is perfectly acceptable to take money from the poor to “hand out and give to someone else” if they are rich. Cantor’s idea is an Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan philosophy that “takers” are draining resources from the “makers” and it is the impetus for Ryan’s Draconian budget that slashes spending on social safety nets to pay for outrageous tax cuts for the wealthy. It is Republican idea of wealth redistribution that  takes the poor and middle class’s limited wealth and redistributing it to the top one percent.

The wealthy have to start sharing the sacrifice the rest of the population is making for the good of the entire country, but since the start of the 112th Congress Republicans burdened the poor and middle class with all the sacrifices to pay for the wealthy’s entitlements and it is still not enough to satisfy Republicans. For Cantor to claim it is unfair for the rich to go without all the wealth is beyond egregious; it a twisted philosophy that establishes the GOP’s plutocracy.

The middle class, and especially the poor, face drastic cuts to programs in Paul Ryan’s budget and every Republican has given their stamp of approval including Willard Romney who stands to gain immeasurably if his tax rate is reduced. It is the ultimate inequity that while tens-of-millions of Americans are barely putting food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads, Republicans want to take even more to enrich the wealthy. While the rich are getting richer, most Americans struggle to survive from paycheck to paycheck, and if they are not paying income taxes, it is most certainly because they are at or below the poverty level. One has to ponder; what will it take for Republicans to stop stealing from the poor to give to the rich? Apparently, it will take every American handing over everything they own to the wealthy, and then it may not be enough to satisfy the Republicans.

The Republicans who support Ryan’s budget advocate taking healthcare, Medicare, food stamps,  housing assistance, and every other social safety net from the poor, seniors, children and working class, and now Cantor wants to take what little they have left to reward “those that have been successful.” Americans should understand Republicans will say and do anything to reward the wealthy, and if it means taxing Americans who do not earn enough to pay income taxes, they will do it as sure as they will take food off their tables and the roof over their heads. It is an indication of the America Republicans envision if they control the entire government and one that Americans who are not super-wealthy should dread. It is beyond class warfare and if Republicans are successful, it will be a holocaust.

23 Replies to “Paul Ryan Promises to Raise Taxes on the Poor and Middle Class”

  1. Finally beginning to realize that generally-speaking the GOP actually believes whole-heartedly what they are saying day in and day out to the public. Telling them they’re simply wrong won’t make any difference; it could make matters even worse if you look at things from their distorted world view.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that good people, intelligent enlightened people of character, need to collectively treat the radical segment of the GOP as a whole like bugs. Shine a bright light into a room full of bugs and watch as they all run every which way. In this case however, the light we must shine is truth, reason, facts, rational thinking, a passion for what’s right, education.

    It’s going to take a long time, especially given my suspicion that greed is at the heart of 90% of all this madness. How do we mobilize a country so divided? Perhaps the only thing left is to fight fire with fire. The more self-reliant we become, the less power corporate and political leaders have to treat 99% of the population like cattle.

  2. this shows the mentality of the GOP if you have to Make a statement like “question whether it’s fair””.

    A normal person would say what can we do to get more tax money out of the middle class and a normal person would say put them to work. A corporate owner or a wealthy person who is wealthy because of the population would say put them to work so I can become richer. they can say that because they are not the job creators were there is no Increase in orders for products

    Sucking more taxes on the middle class and poor and not putting them to work is a quick means to a quick end to wealth. Even the wealthy are smart enough to understand that when the money dries up Cantor will be coming for them. And that is just how stupid the GOP is.

    And I don’t think they worry about breaking uncle Grover’s rule about raising taxes. Because it achieves making the government small enough to giveaway to the wealthy. And again the GOP doesn’t understand that at that point they will not be in power either. This is a no-win situation for everyone concerned.

  3. Bryan Fisher, idiot non-compare, doesn’t understand that one of the reasons the Constitution was written was because the Articles of Confederation did not allow for taxation to pay for armies or any other governmental services.

    The Constitution solved most of these problems. It provided for a President, a bicameral legislature, representatives and taxation. none of which existed at the time

  4. Ryan and his ilk are the bought and paid for whores for the 1%. Nothing will make them change; their disdain for the majority of Americans is obvious, arrogant and disgusting. They all the south end of a north going h

  5. If the Rs ever managed to eliminate safety net programs, SS and Medicare, cut education funds, etc., my life would get worse as would that of my grandson and g-grandson. I receive SS and about 70% of my check goes to rent and utilities, but we survive on food stamps and Medicaid for my g-gson (my g-son has no health care coverage).

    So, recently, my g-son got a $7.50/hr job in a county where the unemployment rate has run double digits since 2008, which means that without my help, he would never be able to support his child–his budget would be the same as mine is now, a huge chunk out of a paycheck that varies from week to week but imagine no health care, no food stamps, the safety net completely torn to shreds, no more SS pmts or Medicare, either.

    If my 15 yr old car could make it, perhaps he could drive me out to the desert, 2500 miles away, and just let me die? And face the future w/no hope for himself and his child, just a short, brutal life.

    This is what I imagine the future would be if Rs ever got their way, a dog eat dog future with everyone but the wealthy fighting over crumbs they deigned to toss us.

  6. Willard Romney approves of the Ryan “budget,” and he should be linked to it for the remainder of the presidential campaign. Paul Ryan’s eyes are the window to a vacuous, empty, robotic, and heartless soul.

  7. Of course he’s an idiot…we all know that but, isn’t he making gobs and gobs of money as the chief rattle-shaker as head of the Dobson’s “Klan”? (Focus on the Family?). I guess he doesn’t have to pay taxes on THAT income, so it’s OK, spreading the word to “not pay taxes” to the people he and his buds fleece? And yet, he wants nothing but the GOP running the show…it baffles the mind. I suppose this does make sense in that, if Fisher the Phisher and company “tax”, er, ah, I mean, shake people down to “tithe” to the church, then, it’s all gawds will! And all the non-believers die off and Jesus returns…I get it…this isn’t about greed, it’s about gawd!

  8. The whole economic “reform” package smells surprisingly like the “Brick” that the Chicago boys forced on the South American nations through fascist coups, and running up deliberate national debts in order to enforce these “reforms” is another old stunt of theirs. A sign of this has always been a reckless disregard to what the majority wants, and even a deliberate contrariness in the face of it. That is because they regard democracy as “anti-economic”: it gives the “little people” a say out of all proportion to their perceived importance. That’s why the Friedmanists prefer dictatorships. Cavete viperam, nisi te mordet.

  9. Which prompts the question of why any middle class or impoverished person with a functioning brain would vote Republican.

  10. I’m extremely disappointed that this comment is allowed to be posted. I do not condone this type of violent rhetoric.

  11. Wanted to take the time to tell you that i enjoyed your posting. Imagine if for just ten minutes, no one in the usa, bought gas, or went on the computer, or went to the grocery store? I only say that, as you said, it is the only way to get the rich’ at the top attention. I know it is probalby not a workable idea, but would hope that someone else might have a workable idea, it worked with soma, so why not on a larger scale?

  12. The question is, why would you want to punish people for being successful?

    Answer: because punishing people who are unsuccessful seems like piling on.

  13. Duglari, kindly come down where there is some oxygen and breathe it.*

    Unsuccess is its own punishment. Success is not a punishable offense, but ruthlessness and greed should be. Beyond that, people who have benefitted the most from society should be glad to give back a little. Ingratitude is an ugly vice.

    *If you are not a linguistic Turk, please disregard the pun.

  14. Hopefully the new black panther party will transfer George zimmermanns 1,000,000 legitemet, crediblle, “street bounty” on this scumbags head. Bloods crypts and cartels will chop him right up. The streets are watching. Hungry bloods with nothin lose

  15. Looks like tax payers will now need pay for Secret Service Protection for this scab. Hope you catch the ghonasyphaherpeaids. Game over

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