Fixing America: The Republican all style, no substance approach could spell misery for us all

Let’s face it, Republicans are much better at messaging. They’ve had decades of practice in what to say and how to say it to get their message across. To be certain it’s all style and no substance, but Republicans are really good at it. Republicans have a way of framing a solution to a (real or imagined) problem so that the public hears it and believes that it is a common sense approach to an apparently serious problem. But Republicans count on the thought process ending right there. If people do a little more research and consideration of all the facts, a lot of Republican “ideas” start to break down. I’ll give you two examples.

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Republicans Bank On Ignorance, Especially When It Comes To Taxes

President Obama revealed his tax plan on Monday. It looks a lot like the tax plan he supported as candidate in 2008 and in the first 3+ years of his presidency. Obama wants to extend the “Bush tax cuts” for the middle class while letting the tax cuts for those making over $250,000 expire at the end of this year. Republicans respond with their usual nonsense. They say we can’t raise taxes on the “job creators” in a bad economy. I call this the first deception by Republicans when it comes to taxes. They count on ignorance to advance their agenda. Republicans hope Americans believe that jobs are created by giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. Nevermind that fact that the Bush tax cuts have been in place for over a decade and we have nothing to show for it.

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Federal tax rate hit 30-year low in 2009

Here’s a story that completely contradicts Republican anti-tax gospel. The tax rate paid by Americans to the federal government in 2009 was at a 30-year-low. I thought Obama raised taxes? I thought lower taxes = job growth. Where are the jobs Republicans? Why is the economy not doing better with the tax rate at a 30-year low?

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The Political Spin Of The Jobs Report

Another jobs report, more spin by both sides. The reality is that the economy is creating jobs but it’s not really improving, it’s just treading water. Unfortunately many think Romney would do a better job, but he and his fellow Republicans are what stand between the current stagnant economy and an economy creating the jobs needed to return to full employment. When Romney says Obama’s policies aren’t working he is being disingenuous. Obama’s policies are the American Jobs Act, proposed last September, but Republicans want nothing to do with it. Why? Because it would work.

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Greed: It’s Why We Need Strong Financial Regulations To Avoid Another Meltdown

I think it’s safe to say that all but the most extreme (and potentially selfish) anti-government libertarians would be for regulations when it comes to aviation including the safety of the airplane that takes you to see Aunt Betty in St. Louis. I think most would be hesitant to trust a for-profit company to regulate itself when it comes to the flight-worthiness of an aircraft. Sure, a company that neglects maintenance and has many fatal accidents is likely to go out of business quickly but nobody is willing to allow that market to work itself out because it means putting your life on the line when you board an airplane.

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The State Of Capitalism: Chris Hayes – “The Difference Between Cheating And Performance”

Today Chris Hayes made a great point about the difference between cheating and performance, or that there isn’t really a difference at all, at least not anymore. The problem is that we assume people who have made a lot of money did the right things in life to earn that money, but we know that isn’t always the case. We know there are people who get into positions where they are able to rig the system. We know there are people who once they taste success are not satisfied and then begin to cheat their way to the top. At this moment, a serious problem in our society is that we look up to people who have earned a lot of money. We want to emulate them because we believe they have done well in life because they made all the right and morally correct decisions. This is very dangerous if enough people buy into it. It’s what allows the 2008 financial disaster to go on 4 years without anyone being held accountable.

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Video: ‘Death Spiral Of Falling Demand’ – Venture Capitalist Nick Hanauer On Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer explains why people create the demand which then creates the jobs. He says he makes 1000 times more than the average worker but that doesn’t translate to 1000 times the consumerism of the average worker. He can’t makeup the difference. So with more wealth accumulating within a small pool of wealthy people, that means less wealth spread across the rest of the country. It means less purchasing power and less demand for products and services from tens and hundreds of millions of Americans. This is why supply side (trickle down) economics doesn’t work. We’ve tried it for 30 years. How many more years do we need to continue failed economic policy before we wake up and realize it will never work?

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