Healthcare and Tax Increases – Two Sides of the Same Coin (check the votes)

So you think that the House Republicans are really strident over their opposition to healthcare reform?  Well, maybe they are.  But, their stridency is not  about healthcare.  It’s about taxes, and it’s always been about taxes.  How a about a little memory refresher here:    

 Omnibus Tax Bill of 1993 – Democratic Yes Votes – 219

                                                    – Republican Yes Votes – ZERO

Health Care Reform 2010  – Democratic Yes Votes – 219

                                                    – Republican Yes Votes – ZERO

Weird?  Bizarre?  Coincidental?  Not at all.

Bill Clinton’s bill was about deficit reduction and income tax increases on the upper 1.2% of taxpayers and tax decreases for 15,000,000 low-income Americans and  90% of small business.   Barack Obama’s bill is about some assurance that 30,000,000 more American citizens have the opportunity for a basic need that has been taken for granted in every industrialized in the world to-date, except ours.    The only difference between the 2 bills is that they represent a different side of the same coin – where the money is going to come from.

According to Warren Buffett, “The money has to come from somewhere.”   And he believes it needs to come from the very highest earners.  Bill Gates is of the same opinion.   The richest two Americans both believe that income tax rates for high income Americans are ridiculously low.   Buffett is often quoted as saying, “Tax-wise, I’ve never had it so good.  I’m in a lower effect bracket that my secretary when our social security and medicare taxes are included in the calculation.”

How many House Republicans do you think agree with Buffett and Gates?  You’re right:    ZERO


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  1. It’s about money… …and the absolutely infuriating fact that there’s a negro in our White House.

  2. First, thanks for your comment. Yes, I am certain that there is more than just implicit racism in the code-talk of far-right base of the Republican Party. As I recall, Clinton was called the first black President. I don’t recall hearing anyone in the Republican party objecting to that label. No, not much has changed from 1993 to 2010.

    • I am a Republican, and am not racist in any way. I know a lot of Republicans, and none of the ones I know are racist in any way.

      Racism is a card the other side pulls out when they don’t have an argument. Crying racism is a lying sound bite that the other side hopes will stick if it is repeated enough.

      I would recommend the high road and sticking to the issues. Expect more of yourself in the creativity of your arguments.

      I’m thrilled that this country would elect a black person to its highest office. I would have chosen a different person than Obama, however.

      • Sadly, there is a great deal of racism is our country. I don’t want to begin to make a Federal case for it here but, if I did, I would not limit my comments to Republicans. The Democrats in our southern states (and not just Blue Dog Democrats), continue to have a mental and cultural hold-over from their history. And, of course, there are Democrats from all regions and persuasions who have (shall we say different?)views on different ethnicities of people. That being said, the far right constituency of the Republican Party (oddly, called “the Base”) has a preponderance of extremist-sorts that I do not believe it unfair to label at times with the labels that they deserve for their statements and behavior.

      • I noticed that I didn’t directly answer a very important and correct point you made, which is that there still is racism in this country.

        I’ve personally experienced racism since my husband and children do not have the white skin tones I have. Some people are not racist against a race per se, but are racist against the mixing of races. I haven’t found racism to be a right or left value, and it has come from either direction. To be clear, the petty racism I’ve experienced doesn’t compare to the severe racism that blacks have experienced. Their experience is on a different scale, and my heart breaks for anyone held back by racism, or mistreated by racism.

        My husband feels the same way, and would invite anyone to LEAVE our home if they use the n–word. However, my 16 year old son is picking up many racist tones (not against him personally) at the public school he attends against the black students, mostly perpetuated by the black students themselves. He had the shock of his life when he transfered from a small, conservative Baptist Christian school to the public school. I frequently speak to him about this and remind him of the cornerstone of our Christian values, which he also learned daily at the Christian school -> Love God above all and our neighbor as ourselves. No conflicting value is acceptable in our home or to God.

        Are the blacks the only ones who perpetrate racism against themselves? Of course not. While this is still very harmful to the black youth, white-on-black racism still exists, is shameful, and continues to cause real harm to blacks.

        In my rush to point out that racsm is not a Repbulican value, I didn’t mean to suggest racism does not exist or to downplay it in any way.

        I was only referencing that the left has taken up the habit of using this acusation to try to discredit arguments when they don’t have a good point to argue (i.e. accusations against the tea party).

  3. Good comments, except I have a question, and, depending upon your answer, an exception to one of them: Define a “far right” Republican.

    The discourse on the left is trying to move the “far right” label over to the left as much and as quickly as they can to discredit a growing segment of mainstream folks.

    The tea parties are a great example. Quick!! Call them racist! Call them fringe!! I note that no one yet has come up with a tape of the N-word being used by the protesters the day “healthcare reform” was passed, in spite of a $100k reward to do so. 20% of our country (and growing) identifies themselves as tea party or supportive of it. How fringe is that?

    So, I’m interested in your description of what a “far right” person is.

    • “Far right” and “far left” I would define as constituencies that tend to hold positions on social, religious, and political issues that lie outside the vast majority of other members within their peer groups. “Far” is a relative term, which generally is used to describe the extent to which the degree and number of these views lie outside the majority.

      • That’s a good answer, but I’m trying to understand where the line is drawn, in your mind, or in the minds of those who share your opinions.

        Can you list a few examples of, in your opinion, “far right” viewpoints? Also, a few examples of “far left” viewpoints?

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