Idiot of the Day

An Idiot of the Day, for those of you who need them pointed out. I've found that, like the NOW homepage, the Democratic Caucus is a great place to find rampant stupidity. Today, our Idiot is James Clyburn, Chairman of the Democratic Caucus. On May 18th, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert made the following remarks:
Well, folks, if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two, you don't pay any taxes. So you probably, if you don't pay any taxes, you are not going to get a big tax cut."
I'd say that makes perfect sense; after all, if you only make $40,000, you aren't in one of the extremely punitive higher tax brackets. If you are a family of only two, then you aren't trying to raise children with child credits that in no way reflect the cost of actually raising the next generation. Naturally, Clyburn doesn't see things that way:

"To this point, I have been baffled by Republican budget and tax priorities that value millionaires and billionaires above working families, and sink this nation’s budget deeper in debt every year. But Speaker Hastert crystallized GOP budget philosophy—working families don’t pay taxes and don’t deserve a tax cut."
All I can say is "huh?" Actually, I can and will say a lot more than that, but 'huh' seemed like a good place to start. Following that, let's start with the assumption that anyone who makes over $40,000 is a millionare; Republicans aren't favoring the rich, they are giving tax cuts to working men and women who pay disproportionately large tax percentages. Following that, tax cuts have historically boosted the economy and correspondingly increased tax revenues (think Reagan, people), while big government spending is what really sinks the nation into deeper debt (what, kids are shooting each other in schools? Throw money! There's an endangered worm living in Kansas? Throw more money!). Finally, since when are people who make over $40,000 a year not working families? Isn't it even remotely possible that these people (millionares, to use Clyburn's loose term), are also working families, who put a great deal of time, money and effort into their education and subsequent work? Nah, that's just crazy. What was I thinking. Obviously, if you are making money it's because you are a greedy capitalist or a privileged white male, or worse, both. And, if you are so foolish as to believe that you can decide how to use your money better than the federal government, then shame on you, you dirty Republican. There is no room in the Democratic Party for you grasping upper middle class child rearing types.
-The Quartermaster


  • Wait, you went to school, obeyed the rules,worked hard, and actually made something of yourself? Well, that certainly isn't fair. Here, we'll take your money and redistribute it to those who aren't so "lucky."

    By Blogger Heather, at 2:06 PM  

  • its not like the tax cuts for the rich are given if they are reinvesting and consequently aiding the economy... oh wait, they are. gee do i love people who look at the big picture.

    By Blogger Ellen K, at 8:08 PM  

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