Here Are The Facts:

Yesterday I spoke about the fallacy within the media in not calling out the Republican Party for their obstruction and intransigence.

If you are fooled into getting your information  from Network or Cable Television you will eventually become, well.. a fool, not because you were born with a debilitating  learning disability, but because the lame stream media will eventually turn you into a bumbling ignaramus.

If you don’t believe me just step back and look at what comes out of the mouths of people who get their news from Fox, and Right-Wing talk Radio. I mean one would have to be living under a rock for the last century to harbor such thoughts and ideas as some on the right does.

What is happening in Washington DC today with the so-call fiscal cliff is serious business. 

There really is not much to figure out, at the center of this debate is the need to cut spending and increase revenues into the Federal coffers with a view to balancing the budget and reducing the national debt.

The president campaigned on eliminating the Bush Tax-cuts, (not sure why they are still called the Bush tax cuts since Obama was cornered by Republicans into extending them last year).

The president won re-election and believes there is national consensus for him to raise taxes on the top 2% of the top wage earners, those making over 1/4 million annually. Polls conducted based on the president’s assumption bears out his arguments, with 68% of respondents agreeing with the president.

From my personal perspective, there is no need for polls, the President campaigned on this very issue and won re-election, case closed.

Republicans argue disingenuously, that raising taxes on the rich, or more accurately returning them to the Clinton years when almost everyone did extremely well would kill jobs and send the country into another recession.

The truth is actually the reverse of that position , during the Clinton years when tax rates were higher on top wage earners, the economy created 20 million jobs, and the country created the most millionaires ever.

Contrast that with the Bush Presidency when tax rates were lowered to where they are presently for top wage earners, the economy went into a deep recession ,  millions of jobs were lost. There is absolutely no correlation between tax cuts and job growth.

The truth of the matter is that Republicans pledged to a Washington Lobbyist Grover Norquist that they would not raise taxes under any circumstance. The top wage earners and riches Americans are the most loyal part of the Republican base.

Tea-Party Senator Rand Paul KY:

This is at the heart of the conundrum in Washington DC today.  Despite years of low taxes for the richest Americans, and two unfunded wars, Republicans in Washington, particularly those Tea-Party funded lunatics in the House of representatives, are willing to hold up a tax cut for average working people and potentially push the country and the world into another recession to demand that the richest 2% be not only allowed to keep their tax cuts , but that they be made permanent.

Conversely they are also demanding that the argument be shifted to what they characterized as entitlements. Generally what that means is that they want to cut school lunch for poor and indigent children, they want to dramatically reduce food-stamps. The want to reduce and in some case eliminate Pell grants to college age kids, they want to gut every program that benefits the  most needy in society.

They want Medicare cut even though Medicare does not add a single penny to the national debt. What Republicans do not want to touch is the Defense Department, this sacred cow has long been untouchable for Republicans for decades, and for weak-kneed Democrats afraid of being called weak on defense they simply do not bring up cutting the over bloated Pentagon Budget.

Rank Country Spending ($ Bn.)[3] % of GDP World share (%) Spending ($ Bn. PPP)[4]
World total 1,735 2.5 100 1562.3
1 United States United States 711.0 4.7 41 711
2 China Chinay 143.0 2.0 8.2 228
3 Russia Russiay 71.9 3.9 4.1 93.7
4 United Kingdom United Kingdom 62.7 2.6 3.6 57.5
5 France France 62.5 2.3 3.6 50.1
6 Japan Japan 59.3 1.0 3.4 44.7
7 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabiaz 48.2 8.7 2.8 58.8
8 India India 46.8 2.5 2.7 112
9 Germany Germanyy 46.7 1.3 2.7 40.4
10 Brazil Brazil 35.4 1.5 2.0 33.8
11 Italy Italyy 34.5 1.6 2.0 28.5
12 South Korea South Korea 30.8 2.7 1.8 42.1
13 Australia Australia 26.7 1.8 1.5 16.6
14 Canada Canaday 24.7 1.4 1.4 19.9
15 Turkey Turkeyy 17.9 2.3 1.0 25.2
^ SIPRI estimateWikipedia 
This is the heart of the matter, Republicans are quite willing to see the country default on its debt obligations, see the taxes of ordinary struggling Americans go up exponentially, and  the economy thrust back into another recession to protect the richest Americans, many of whom have said they are more than willing to pay more, they believe in shared sacrifice.
There is an almost demonic obstinacy which seem to characterize the position of House Republicans, yet many of these white men who form the Tea-Party wing of their party will readily tell you that they are patriots.
As I argued in the previous blog, the Media takes comfort in talking about the dysfunction in Washington, there is no dysfunction in Washington DC. There is a dysfunctional Republican Party which has gone so far to the right out of hatred of Barack Obama , it does not know how to get back to the center, and wouldn’t recognize the center anymore.
That hatred is palpable, it has awakened and energized every resident racist and emboldened them to emerge from under every rock and out of every hole in which they were hiding. Those who did not share those extreme view points were primaried and forced out, others kept their mouths shut, the rest simply joined the pitch-fork bearing throng.
Mitch McConnell more than doing his sworn duty, cared only that Obama be made a one term President, that was his only goal. The record number of Senate filibuster is proof positive that Mitch McConnell meant to obstruct everything, country be damned.
So nothing gets done because pledges to Washington Lobbyists, loyalty to Rich Industrialists and racial animus now take precedent over the nation’s business. All this is happening while the mealy-mouthed Press seek to make it a two-party problem, rather than report it for what it is.
Jim DeMint wanted to make the Affordable-Care-Act Obama’s Waterloo, he predicted it would break and destroy Obama. That did not work so well for DeMint,  he has announced he is leaving the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation a Right Wing Think Tank. Please don’t let the door hit you Senator.
     
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell KY:           Tea-Party Senator Jim DeMint :SC
No need to worry where there is no vision the people perish, Republicans are doing a lot to stop people from voting or having their votes counted, but when it comes down to it they are not the ones pulling the levers in voting booths and electing Republican Governors or State and Federal Legislators.
No matter the amount of money Charles and David Koch pours into an Election it would not move me to cast a vote for a Republican candidate. The richest 2% of Americans amounts to roughly 6 million people scattered over the entire United States, it requires a lot of poor people voting against their own self-interest to give the 2% the power they have.
The information regular Americans are seeking will not come from the lame stream media which is owned lock, stock and barrel by the very rich.