President Obama has a jobs plan which he wants to fund with very targeted, specific tax cuts, such as taxing the income of investment fund managers and eliminating tax breaks for the (very profitable) oil and gas sector.
Mitch McConnell (Douche-KY) says that the President is “playing politics” with his jobs plan.
And here are the facts of where America is today — poverty on the rise:
More Americans lived in poverty in 2010 than in any other time that records have been collected, according to US Census data released yesterday. Median household income fell, too, and a growing number of people are without health insurance.
An additional 2.6 million people became officially poor last year, raising the poverty rate from 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent. It was the fourth year in a row that the ranks of the poor grew, and Sawhill predicts poverty rates will rise to 16 percent by 2014.
PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME how it’s patriotic to continue to subsidize the oil and gas sector with our nation’s treasury — while they rake in higher profits than ever before – while it’s ‘socialism’ or something to attempt to get millions of our citizens working again? At this point, could a jobs plan really be seen as a political game by anyone other than the political game players of the GOP Teaparty?
And guess what helped keep another 8 million people OUT of poverty? Government benefits and programs. Via Think Progress:
The earned income tax credit and unemployment insurance kept 8.6 million people out of poverty – showing the ongoing need for these critical safety net programs. The EITC kept 3 million children alone out of poverty:
Only the Republican party could label potential solutions to the real problems millions of Americans are facing as playing politics. Especially when their own “game-plan” is to do nothing for the country until after an election that’s 14 months away.