John Cole highlights the following Washington Post article (below) and ends with the comment: “The most amazing thing the Republican party has done is turn the people they are screwing the most into their most ardent supporters.”
They’d rather be Tammy Wynette than agree, even a little, with the evil socialists who say maybe the wealthy don’t need MORE tax cuts at the expense of programs and services the rest of us depend on — and maybe the richest don’t need MORE of the nation’s wealth that’s been steadily distributed to them for the past 30 years.
Here’s that article. Kiss the middle-class goodbye:
Nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has slipped down the income ladder as an adult, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Downward mobility is most common among middle-class people who are divorced or separated from their spouses, did not attend college, scored poorly on standardized tests, or used hard drugs, the report says.
“A middle-class upbringing does not guarantee the same status over the course of a lifetime,” the report says.
The study focused on people who were middle-class teenagers in 1979 and who were between 39 and 44 years old in 2004 and 2006. It defines people as middle-class if they fall between the 30th and 70th percentiles in income distribution, which for a family of four is between $32,900 and $64,000 a year in 2010 dollars.
People were deemed downwardly mobile if they fell below the 30th percentile in income, if their income rank was 20 or more percentiles below their parents’ rank, or if they earn at least 20 percent less than their parents. The findings do not cover the difficult times that the nation has endured since 2007.
Pew researchers said the study’s structure did not permit an analysis of whether upward mobility has become more difficult through the years. Nonetheless, some economists point to growing income inequality and widely stagnating wages as evidence that the American Dream is slipping out of reach for many people.
You know which GOP presidential candidate is most anxious to pull the plug on the middle-class? All of them, but these 3 have spelled it out most recently:
Mitt Romney: He’d deliver a massive $6.6 trillion tax cut that would primarily benefit the very wealthy and corporations. After accounting for the added interest costs that we’ll have to pay, the total cost of Romney’s plan grows to $7.8 trillion over the next 10 years. Romney lays out several tax policies, all of which primarily benefit the super wealthy: extend Bush’s tax cuts, eliminate capital gains taxes, cut corporate taxes, and eliminate estate taxes. Read on.
Michele Bachmann: She’d like to end corporate income tax. Bachmann has previously called for cutting the 35 percent corporate tax rate down to nine percent, a move that would cost more than $2 trillion over ten years. This call for reducing or even eliminating corporate taxes comes at a time when corporate after tax profits are the highest they’ve been since 1947. She’d also like to give a second ‘one-time’ tax holiday to corporations who want to bring money back to the U.S. to create jobs. Even though corporations didn’t do that with the extra money the first time. Read on.
Jon Huntsman: He released an economic plan that is as bad for the middle-class — and as nutty — as any proposed by his rivals. It would pay for a half-million-dollar tax break for the richest 0.1 percent of Americans with tax increases on the middle-class and new taxes on seniors, veterans, and poor families. [...] on the whole, middle-class families would be forced to pay $1,890 in higher taxes under the no-tax expenditure plan compared to what they pay now. The richest one percent, meanwhile, would get an average tax cut of more than $7,000, because they benefit the most from the lower rates. Read on.
And here’s the abusive relationship between the Republican party and the supporters, illustrated…
1. Every time a moderator or candidate says “Reagan,” take a drink.
2. The end. You’ll probably need to call in sick to work tomorrow.
[I]f Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum still think they can be the nominee, expect them to attack Perry. If, on the other hand, Bachmann and the rest are really running for the role of Conservative Hero — and not for the nomination — then it makes more sense to just go ahead and attack Romney for his various deviations from the True Faith.
There should be a screen that says “Fox News is fair and balanced.”
Class warfare, Koch-style:
Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive list of corporate America’s rich and powerful to strategize and raise money for their right-wing political agenda. Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio recordings that shed some light on the brothers’ latest retreat, held at a resort near Vail, Colorado, in late June. In a speech that is part of these recordings, Charles Koch thanks donors who gave more than $1 million to the cause. We checked the audio against a list of participants at the Kochs’ 2010 seminar in Aspen that was obtained by ThinkProgress.org and did additional research on these individuals. Below are the names Koch read that appeared on the previous guest list. — Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club | Mother Jones
See the article above for details / companies owned on each of the following:
Via Obama For America: Special-interest groups intend to pour virtually unlimited funds into attacking the President and Democrats in the year to come. The right-wing oil billionaire Charles Koch even told a roomful of wealthy donors that 2012 was “the mother of all wars.”
“Friends” of the teaparty base:
If Republicans had any desire at all to create jobs, they’d want to present their ideas to the American people. The fact that there won’t be a response to the President’s jobs speech tells you everything you need to know about the GOP-Teaparty’s plans going into 2012 — hoping and working for disaster to make Obama a one-term president.
“Republicans are, and have been, entirely focused on job creation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Every Member of Congress, and – more importantly – the American people, will provide a reaction to the president’s address. We trust in the good judgment of the American people, and the president’s proposals will rise or fall on their own merits.” — No formal Republican response planned after Obama’s jobs address | The Hill
He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency likely would arrive Wednesday and that Texas would seek federal disaster relief. He also said officials were considering seeking military resources from nearby Fort Hood.
For months, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has berated President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for not giving the state more federal money to combat historic wildfires that have so far burned 2.5 million acres. Despite the fact that the administration has offered 26 different kinds of federal assistance to combat the fires, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) claimed that Obama is waging “a war on Texas.” After months of blaming the President for not doing enough, Reuters reported yesterday that Perry is poised to sign a budget that slashes funding for the state agency that is battling the wildfires. Republicans control all three branches of government in Texas and are close to an agreement on a budget that makes deep cuts to the Texas Forest Service during an unprecedented and destructive wildfire season
[…] Perry’s recent boast that Texas is “a model for the nation in disaster preparedness and response” is especially ironic in light of his approval of cutting Forest Service funds when the agency most needs them. Meanwhile, the governor, who one Texas political columnist notes “has made almost a religion of blasting everything Obama does and doesn’t do,” has accused the president of pursuing a political vendetta against Texas.
NY Times | May 6, 2004 — But officials at the center never told higher-ups of the tape’s existence, and it was later destroyed by an F.A.A. official described in the report as a quality-assurance manager there. That manager crushed the cassette in his hand, shredded the tape and dropped the pieces into different trash cans around the building, according to a report made public today by the inspector general of the Transportation Department.
National Geographic News | December 11, 2001— His gas station, open only to Department of Defense personnel, is the last structure between the Pentagon and the hillside that, hours later, would become a wailing knoll. “By the time I got outside all I could see was a giant cloud of smoke, first white then black, coming from the Pentagon,” he said. “It was just a terrible, terrible thing to be so close to.” [...] Velasquez says the gas station’s security cameras are close enough to the Pentagon to have recorded the moment of impact. “I’ve never seen what the pictures looked like,” he said. “The FBI was here within minutes and took the film.”
Video from a hotel in Arlington showing explosion, no plane:
9-11 Commission Report — The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.