Good Monday evening. On this day when millions of average Americans are about to mail in their taxes and pay their 28+% tax rate, the United States Senate blocked bringing fairness to the corrupted, and totally unfair tax code. Once again Republicans have shown America they advocate, legislate, and implement policy on behalf of the wealthiest in this country.
Now that the Buffett Rule is blocked, Republicans can get back to attacking (via policy, and rhetoric) Women, Immigrants, America’s poor, and working poor.
Now that Senate Republicans killed the Buffett Rule, they can pivot back to their agenda of being “not very concerned about the poor,” being against pay equity for Women (anti Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), eviscerating Medicare, ending Medicaid, privatizing Social Security, eliminating the Department of Education, anti Violence Against Women Act, “getting rid of” Planned Parenthood, slashing the Food Stamp program, and attacking poor Women who stay at home to raise their children by saying those women (poor women) need the “dignity of work.” Of course we can’t forget the latest, yesterday while at a Palm Beach 50k a plate fundraiser, Romney said HUD (Housing and Urban Development) “might not be around later.” Clearly conservative Republicans have become a tragic display (via rhetoric and policy) of casual denigration, debasing, belittling, devaluing, and utter insulting of average Americans, who do not donate and attend 50k a plate fundraisers.
Undeniably, the questions of tax fairness, financial vulnerability, economic problems, issues of poor, working poor, and average Americans are “not concerns” of Mitt Romney, Republicans, and the GOP as a tragic whole.
So the latest: Senate GOPers blocked, killed, blunted, SAID NO to tax fairness in America aka, The Buffett Rule.
Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“The Buffett Rule”
“Published on Apr 16, 2012 by SenatorSanders”
April 16, 2012
“Senate Republicans on Monday blocked legislation to make millionaires pay at least the same tax rate as middle-class families. “It is absurd that at a time when our country has a $15.6 trillion national debt and enormous unmet needs, the wealthiest people in this country have an effective tax rate that is lower than many middle-class people. It makes no sense that the richest people in America pay an effective tax rate lower than small businessmen, nurses, teachers, police officers and others,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. He cosponsored the measure named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who says it is unfair that he pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. “Nobody should be talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and education, as many of my Republicans colleagues would like to do, while maintaining huge tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. Today, the top 1 percent earns over 20 percent of all income in this country which is more than the bottom 50 percent. In terms of the distribution of wealth, as hard as it may be to believe, the richest 400 Americans own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. The richest people and largest corporations are doing phenomenal well, while the middle class is collapsing and poverty increases. This is not what democracy looks like. This is what oligarchy and plutocracy look like.””
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