Friday, March 28, 2008

Who's Framing The Bush Tax Cut Debate?

Democrats have been out to lunch when it comes to re framing the issue of the Bush tax cuts.

The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts were written and approved by Republicans and Democrats to expire in 2010. Once the cuts stimulated the economy, they would expire and return to the original rates.

Many of us knew the cuts would have little or no impact on lower and middle class wage earners. And they didn’t. We also knew that the Republicans promised to try and make the Bush tax cuts permanent.

So why at this point are the Democratic candidates for President being accused of wanting to raise taxes? Why are they allowing the Republicans to get away with this fanciful portrayal.

Listen up Democrats, frame the issue like this: The Republicans wrote the law that let the tax cuts expire in 2010. That’s it. They have themselves to blame. How can they logically accuse the Democrats of raising taxes when the law already in place repeals the tax cuts?

We should stop dancing around the elephant in the room, so to speak. Goodbye to one of the biggest Republican myths; they’re not fiscally conservative. It’s a political party of pure ideology.

How could anyone propose more federal tax cuts after the government recently reported that Medicare and Social Security will be experiencing monetary shortfalls that could dramatically harm citizens whose lives depend on these safety nets? Oh, I forgot, we over promised the benefits packages to those American citizens who need our help most.

Only conservative freeloaders would toy with the idea of not paying their bills so the government would be forced to cut social services they themselves would need someday. But hey, that’s sometime way off into the future. They want their "just due" now.

Who else would allow the world’s economic powerhouse to sputter along until another rebate is considered to prop up this failed system and ideology? Yup, Republican freeloaders.

So if the first two tax cuts were so well conceived, let's ask them why we're getting another stimulus bailout?

I hope you don’t mind if I borrow a line from Nova M radio’s Mike Malloy, “God, I hate these people.”

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