For years, the Right has established a meme: raising taxes is not an option. This meme was solidified by many Republicans by signing Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” The gist of the Pledge is that not one cent of revenue will be raised for the government through taxes. Anyone with even the most basic math skills understands that in order for a company, a country, or a household to remain solvent, there has to be a source of income. For the United States, this source of income generally comes in the form of taxes. On the Right, the mere mention of the word sends members of the GOP into hysterics about “class warfare,” “burdening the rich,” and “government intrusion.”
The signing of the Tax Pledge has now begun to cause Republicans angst on two fronts. One, many say they didn’t think the Pledge was a lifetime commitment, and two, at the end of the year the Payroll Tax Cut for working men and women is set to expire. Should the Tax Credit expire, the GOP will effectively be raising taxes. Uh oh!
On the first issue, those like U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler are coming under fire from those they are supposed to represent for falling in line with Norquist instead of being committed to the Constitution which they swore to uphold. Section. 8of said Constitution provides:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence (sic) and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States
This is in direct opposition to the pledge the Republicans have signed. Does that mean Grover Norquist supersedes the Constitution? Aren’t the Republicans the party of The Constitution? Aren’t these the very same people who wrap themselves in the American Flag when it comes to every other issue the country faces?
Ah yes, but that is only when they are whoring themselves out for their cronies in the top 1%. Only then will they pretend to be concerned about the “sanctity of marriage,” praying away “the gay,” and someone prying a gun from their “cold dead hands.” It is only then that they try to “connect” with regular Americans on “real issues.” However, when it really comes down to fighting for the other 99%, the GOP is just as faithful to the rest of us as Herman Cain is to Gloria.
The truth of the matter is this: the GOP doesn’t care whether or not the economy rebounds, whether you or I have a job, whether health care is accessible to all Americans, or if you can pay your mortgage. They do, however, care about power. They care about “making President Obama a one-term President. They care about isolating the country’s wealth to the top 1%, and the saddest part about the whole deal is, there are those in the 99% who will be too blinded by “God, Gays, and Guns” and abortion that they will continue to vote against their interests.
The country is being held captive. The GOP is a terrorist organization, and why some suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, there may be hope as Occupy Wall Street movements continue across the nation.
The GOP has voted against extending the Payroll Tax Cut, and unless the POTUS does something, taxes on working men and women will rise at least $1,000 next year. I suppose this is what they mean by “class warfare.”
Let us pray.