There are myriad cases of people adhering to beliefs with the strong convictions despite superior evidence to the contrary, and they are usually delusional because their beliefs are based on false and incomplete information, dogma, or some perceived reality only they observe. Republicans preaching about the virtue and economic benefits of giving the wealthy more tax breaks gives the impression that they are delusional, but it is more likely they are deceiving voters with gross distortions of the truth and in the case of tax cuts for the wealthy, they are just lying. However, despite superior evidence proving the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich increased the deficit and failed to create jobs, Republicans are gearing up to fight President Obama, Democrats, and the American people to extend the wealthy’s tax cuts before the November general election.
There was talk on Capitol Hill about putting off any legislation regarding tax and spending issues until Spring of 2013 and delaying the automatic spending cuts from last year’s super-committee failure to reach President Obama’s goal of $4 trillion in cuts and revenue increases in a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, but House Republicans intend acting before the election. In fact, Republicans promise to act soon to extend the Bush tax cuts and they criticized Democrats for refusing to “join Republicans to stop the tax hike.” Chairman of the House Ways and Means, Dave Camp (R-MI) said, “That is why House Republicans will act this month to extend low-tax policies originally enacted in 2001 and 2003 and extended with bipartisan support in 2010, while laying the groundwork for comprehensive job-creating tax reform.” Translation, give more entitlements to the wealthy as if doing so will have any different outcomes than Bush-Republican tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. It is also fallacious for Camp to claim the 2010 Bush cuts were a bipartisan effort because Republicans held unemployment benefits and payroll tax reduction hostages unless they got a two-year extension on tax cuts for the rich.
Republicans are still adhering to the deceitful notion that giving more tax breaks to the wealthy will jumpstart the economy and create jobs in spite of overwhelming evidence it did not work in 2001, 2003, or 2010, and it is getting to the point that they are either pathologically deluded or think the American people are stupid. Speaking of the American people, they support tax increases on the wealthy and closing corporate tax loopholes as the best means to reduce the nation’s deficit, and according to a CNN/ORC poll in April, 72% of Americans favor the so-called “Buffett Rule” raising taxes on income over $1 million. In April, Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Buffett Rule and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The president is more interested in misleading people than he is in leading.” McConnell and his Republican cohorts are not delusional, they are liars for misleading the people on the benefits of maintaining tax cuts for the rich. In fact, Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, proposed give businesses a 20 percent tax cut this year that he claims will spur job growth despite overwhelming evidence that what businesses need are consumers with money to spend, not lower tax rates that are guaranteed to increase the deficit. After all, the wealthy and their corporations have enjoyed lower tax rates for eleven years and the only jobs created were from President Obama’s stimulus spending.
According to executive director of the National Employment Law Project, Christine Owens, what Republicans in Congress need to focus on to spur job creation is “more spending on infrastructure, fiscal relief to states and renewal of federal unemployment benefits,” and not more time bickering over extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. President Obama delivered job creation bills to Congress that have languished for nearly a year, and House Republicans dithered away precious time over a transportation bill that would create 3 million jobs repairing the nation’s infrastructure. Now, with only seven weeks left in the 112th Congress, Republican are planning wasting time on a symbolic vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy that are proven to increase the deficit and not create jobs. Owens said “There’s too much at stake for Congress to spend the next four months campaigning, instead of getting serious about putting America back to work,” but she must surely know that putting Americans back to work is not the Republicans’ goal and it has not been for the past three-and-a-half years.
With all the evidence that giving the wealthy more tax cuts does not, has not, and will not spur jobs and the economy, it looks like Republicans are delusional in a pathological sense. President Obama said through a spokesman yesterday that he is committed to ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, and the people are in agreement that it is time for the rich to start paying their fair share they have avoided for the past eleven years. The President has stated his case that the best method for preserving tax cuts for the middle class is letting the millionaire’s and billionaire’s, who have prospered beyond their wildest dreams, tax cuts expire and nearly three-quarters of the American people agree. Still, with a short amount of time left before the general election, Republicans are making extending the wealthy’s tax cuts and repealing the ACA their signature issue as a campaign strategy instead of passing the President’s jobs bills, or expediting the transportation bill to put 3 million Americans to work right away.
It may be true that Republicans suffer from pathological delusions regarding giving the wealthy more tax cuts, but their disorder is not delusion, it is deceit that affects the economic health of the nation and millions of unemployed Americans. It is not clear who they think they are kidding, but after 11 years, Americans are aware that more entitlements for the rich will not create jobs or stimulate economic growth and yet every Republican repeats the mantra that letting the tax cuts for the rich expire kills jobs. It is important to remember that the greatest economic growth in recent memory took place under the Clinton Administration when the wealthy paid 3% more in taxes and environmental regulations were strengthened. The American people, and Democrats, know what works to improve the nation’s economy and put Americans back to work, and they know what has not worked. Conversely, Republicans still appear to think that extending low-tax policies originally enacted in 2001 and 2003 is key to creating jobs despite superior evidence to the contrary, and it proves they are either delusional, or deceitful.
Perhaps Republicans are not delusional, or deceitful, and instead of postulating what their particular dysfunction is, it is best to consult one of the world’s most acclaimed minds. Albert Einstein was not a psychologist, but he summed up the Republicans’ mental disorder with remarkable candor and clarity. He said, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results,” and after 31 years of giving the wealthy tax breaks, Republicans still expect a different result than fewer jobs, greater deficits, and widening income inequality. It is true they are insane, delusional, and deceitful, but more than anything, they have demonstrated that they are hell-bent on destroying the economy, killing jobs, and anything to give the rich all the wealth this country has to offer and if it means a nation of peasants and an economy in distress, they will spend the remainder of the 112th Congress making it happen.
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13 Replies to “Republicans Spin a New Web of Lies About the Bush Tax Cuts”
Camp is the lifelong Congressman for my area, and he refuses to hold town halls here in his hometown, because we no longer fall in line behind his failed ideas. Unfortunately, he has big money behind his sorry butt, and the Dems cannot hope to compete. So the voters keep sending him back to DC (yeah, Einstein was right.)
But I will send another email to him, and get another form letter back.
There is certainly something lacking in the Republicans if they can go before the American people and push the failed Bush Tax Cuts as something positive that needs to be renewed. They’ve had since 2001 to show they work to create jobs and they don’t create jobs.
Of course, they’d will not look working class Americans in the eye and tell them. They rely upon their surrogates in the corporate media and use staffers as a wall to hide from their constituencies, sending out form letters in response, while claiming that the American people are fully in support of the renewal of the Bush Tax Cuts. Sticking one’s fingers in one’s ears while yelling “LALALALALA! Can’t hear you!” is something that belongs on the schoolyard, not in the halls of Congress.
Have the form replies started getting insulting yet?
I no longer bother sending emails to our “nice” conservative Tea Party Republican representatives because I got tired of being insulted. They don’t even consider what we write, or try to be courteous towards the people who don’t support them.
The tax reform and deregulation begun by Presidents Carter and Reagan provided a shot in the arm for the moribund American economy of the 1970’s when first enacted. President Clinton rode the wave and along with sound fiscal policies managed a peacetime economy that created the most “jobs” in history for a 2 term president.
The high wore off when Bush 2 was appointed president by the supreme court. He quickly squandered 20 years of economic growth with economic ideas from the 1920’s that had been soundly discredited but sold to the American people as gospel.
Now we are reaping the whirlwind. I have voted in every presidential election since 1972 as a non-party voter. I see this election coming up as the most important in my lifetime. I will vote for President Obama and I applaud him for his courage in standing up to the republican onslaught of lies, distortions and misinformation.
You will not grow the economy with a $4 million infrastructure project. By the way wasn’t this already supposed to be done in the $863 billion stimulus package from 2009? Where did the money go and why didn’t it work? Can’t be the GOP’s fault Obama had super majorities in Congress. The blame is squarely on Obama and this approach does not grow an economy – just look at FDR. He prolonged the depression in the 1930’s using the same approach.
To grow an economy an infusion of new capital is needed. You’re advocating extracting more tax money from tax payers and disseminating it through a centralized authority. How does discouraging new investment grow an economy?. It doesn’t!! Your concepts are right out of Karl Marx!!! His material is comical at best and has never worked in practice.
The idea of this class warfare or Bourgeois vs. Proletariat is nothing new. This leads to misery for all accept those in Government. Free markets when left alone have provided more innovations than any socialist or communist nation. If not tell me all the innovations that came out of the old Soviet Union, France, or England during the last 100 years.
We have been the leaders in the world because of the free market. So instead of name calling prove me wrong. Name one nation in the last 100 years that’s done more for the world then America. Answer NONE.
Obama has spent $5 trillion what have we got – 14.5% real unemployment (look at the U6 report)!! The country is failing because of his policies. If I’m wrong don’t call names bring the facts!! Why is this debt good for our country unless he’s here to destroy it?
I don’t want you silenced like you do me. I want you to be heard loud and clear.
What? If you would tell the truth no one would be trying to silence you.
“If not tell me all the innovations that came out of the old Soviet Union, France, or England during the last 100 years.”
In the interests of spacetime, I’ll try to make this short.
Let’s give this web site a whorl. http://www.eupedia.com/europe/list_of_inventions_by_country.shtml
Whoops. One of my links didn’t take. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendeleev
You are soooo right!!! When Bush took office….we had surplus!!! Remember what that was like? What was he thinking??? Let’s cut taxes and start not one but two wars!!!!! add a recession to that and look what we have…..trillions in debt!!!!!!!!!! You cannot cut off your means of income and expect to run a country! I would even be willing to let ALL the tax cuts expire….and I am not even middle class! It’s pretty simple….you cannot pay your bills if you don’t have the money to pay them…and no amount of spending cuts are going to make up for those 8 lost years of tax cuts! We could get rid of one more war….that would help!! But we need those taxes back to make this country run!!!!
It is difficult to have discourse when you ask a question, provide the answer, and rant. No-one wants to silence you; that’s a delusion. We have read your talking points in every conservative, teabagger, Heritage Foundation publication ad nauseum. So thank you so much for your input and heartfelt reiteration of Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, Bachmann and Fox News. It means never having to listen to those sycophants again.
“To grow an economy an infusion of new capital is needed.”
That occurs after demand for products has risen. Without demand, “supply” is worthless. Think Edsel.
If there is demand for a product, capital will appear to profit off that demand. You’ve got it backwards.
“Free markets when left alone have provided more innovations than any socialist or communist nation.”
As if monopoly hasn’t always been the result of unfettered capitalism. This person doesn’t seem to have any historical knowledge, and is merely spouting bromides.
“Free markets when left alone have provided more innovations than any socialist or communist nation.”
Sputnik, proves you wrong.
The US is so far from being a socialist nation it isnt even funny. You are right however that the free market of today insists there be as few corporations as possible. That strangles innovation as the fewer corporations must protect themselves
I find it interesting that people whine about socialism. Without the elements of taxation or socialism there would be no roads to drive to the corporations place of work. Corporations would not make roads out of the goodness of their hearts.
People need to get priorities in order and stop the mergers of corporations that lessen competition
I wont even address the communist BS
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