Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Waaaaaooow: We is left-wing as heeeeeyyylll!

Most Americans say tax rich to balance budget: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters via YahooNews) – Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday.

President Barack Obama last month signed into law a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for millions of Americans, including the wealthiest, in a compromise with Republicans. . . ."
Well this is kind of a fun headline to read. But again, I find it a bit on the subtle side of things. Perhaps a more eye-catching headline might read:

Poll: Holy Shitballs! Who let all these left wingers in?

or perhaps

Poll: MMMMYeah . . . . about that whole 'center-right nation' thing

Reuters continues:
Republicans, who this week take control of the House of Representatives, want to extend all Bush-era tax cuts "permanently" for the middle class and wealthier Americans. They are also demanding spending cuts to curb the $1.3 trillion deficit.
(bold mine)

I just found that last bit a little too rich for my blood, given that:
GOP won't count cost of [health care reform] repeal

Politico

House Republicans plan to use a special exception in their budget rules to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul without paying for it – technically, at least.

The Congressional Communistical Budget Office said last year that the health care reform law and its accompanying reconciliation law would reduce the deficit by $143 billion through 2019. That figure is widely disputed and Republicans argue the law would actually increase the deficit. Still, since Republicans’ new rules to govern the House require that nearly all proposed legislation is fully paid for, the new House leaders have exempted repeal of the health care overhaul from such requirements."
F'ilarious! You gotta give these assholes some credit for balls. You know? They go around shrieking about the deficit. The Deficit, I tell ya! The Deficit with the . . . And THE DEFICIT!!!

But the first time the Democrats pass a bill improving access to health care that actually cuts the long term deficit by $143,000,000,000.00, the 'Cons have to EXEMPT it from their special rules about deficit-reduction?!?

And why?!? Why you ask?

Because deficit-reduction is bad, if a Democrat done did it. Total. Fucking. Facepalm. (Not that their pathetic attempts to "repeal Obamacare" will ever pass, but that's for a different entry.)

But thank you Politico for noting that the CBO's numbers are "widely disputed." Of course, a more uhhhhhhh "nuanced" take on the CBO's numbers might have noted that the CBO's numbers are "widely disputed by the GOP's right wing," but I guess we can quibble, eh? And let's not forget that while it's no surprise there for Politico, which beatifies the 'Cons desire to "extend all Bush-era tax cuts "permanently" for the middle class and wealthier Americans," (italics mine) those of us who have memories that go back further than one week will recall that it was really the tax cuts for the Very Rich over which the GOoPers were willing to "take a hostage" i.e. the entire rest of the Democratic Agenda back in December 2010. These assholes GOT their vote on tax cuts just for the middle class, and THEY SAID NO.

Was that just a month ago? Boy it seems like forever, don't it?- especially if you're a part of our myopic media, which appears to literally be born-anew, like a screaming infant every single morning at 6:00 A.M. There is no yesterday; there can be no last week; there sure as hell wasn't any last month; and they've never even heard of last year.

Anyway, back to our original, more cheery topic about how left-wing America really is these days. The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll goes on to note that:
Sixty-one percent of Americans polled would rather see taxes for the wealthy increased as a first step to tackling the deficit, the poll showed.
61% want to tax the rich to address the deficit?!?!? God-damn! We is left-wing was heeeeeeeeyyyyyyllll!!

"Well, okay, taxing the rich won that round," I can hear my conservative friends saying, "But surely gutting health care for seniors and food stamps for poor kids is next on the list, right? I mean it's gotta be up there somewhere. Why it's not a good day if I can't cut health care for seniors and basic necessities for poor kids. Probably that came in a close second."

Number two on the list?
The next most popular way -- chosen by 20 percent -- was to cut defense spending.
I can just taste the vomity tingle of our right wing friends' collective coffees coming blurgling back up their throats. It's almost sweet. I mean effin-a we are some straight up communists around here or something!

But don't you worry worry, right wing 'Merka, your budget priorities still made the poll, it's just that they're a teensy bit further down the list:
Four percent would cut the Medicare government health insurance program for the elderly, and three percent would cut the Social Security retirement program, the poll showed.
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[deep breath]

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[Sigh] Ooooooohhhh!

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