If budgets for defense and homeland security are untouchable and the GOP won’t allow tax cuts for the richest, then who will suffer? Those who for generations contributed to programs that they assumed would make their golden years tolerable, the bottom 99%.
It is the masses that the GOP selects for their propaganda blitzes. They make the proles believe that a Democratic victory is their Orwellian “Room 101”. It is astonishing that the GOP could make them believe that higher taxes for the fat cats results in catastrophic results for them when all of the facts refute this lie. Objective reality shows that more jobs are created and we have a better economy when taxes for the top 1% are increased. The steady reinforcement of this hypocrisy for generations has resulted in the red staters believing that “tax and spend Democrats” is their most feared room where resides the worst thing in the world.
The article “Among GOP, anti-tax orthodoxy runs deep” describes how deeply the GOP is committed to giving their fat cat cohorts tax breaks at the expense of the US social safety net and shows how they have promulgated propaganda to achieve their goals.
The article states “The Republican Party once had a home for the thinking of Tom Coburn, Mike Crapo and Saxby Chambliss. But that party is long gone.
The three U.S. senators banded together a few months ago in support of higher tax revenue as a means of balancing the federal budget. Even with drastic spending cuts, they concluded, Washington could not vanquish its soaring $14.3 trillion debt without additional income.
Such reasoning was common in the GOP circa 1963, when Republicans denounced tax cuts proposed by President John F. Kennedy as a road to red ink and rampant inflation. But today’s GOP adheres to a “no new taxes” orthodoxy that has proved far more powerful than the desire to balance the budget. As House Speaker John A. Boehner has said: Raising taxes is “unacceptable and a non-starter.”
This orthodoxy is now woven so deeply into the party’s identity that all but 13 of 288 GOP lawmakers in Congress have signed a formal pledge not to raise taxes. The strategist who invented the pledge, Grover G. Norquist, compares it to a brand, like Coca-Cola, built on “quality control” so that Republican voters know they will get “the same thing every time.”
Where do the proles think the revenue for the US social safety net comes from and despite the frenetic efforts of the Tea Party to brainwash them to the contrary, don’t they realize that most of them will at some time use the US social safety net?
Master propagandist Norquist has had generations to master his craft as he has been around since Reagan’s era, and he has managed to reduce shafting the bottom 99% for the benefit of the fat cats to a marketing jingle. He’s been pitching his product to right wing extremists such as the John Birch Society of the late 1950s to the current Tea Party crew among others for so long that he has become formidable. He is more powerful than our elected officials as the article states “On Capitol Hill, Norquist has admonished Coburn (Okla.), Crapo (Idaho) and Chambliss (Ga.) for suggesting a tax option for tackling the debt: reducing credits and deductions worth an estimated $1 trillion a year. Although most of the cash would be used to lower tax rates for everyone, a portion would be dedicated to restoring national solvency.
No good, says Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform. Under the pledge, raising revenue in any way requires an equal tax cut elsewhere to avoid expanding the size of government. And, yes, that sometimes means protecting tax breaks that Republicans view as bad public policy, Norquist and his supporters say.
Norquist and others of his ilk have forced the GOP to march in lockstep in this one vital domestic policy as the article states “The GOP’s three-decade-old campaign against taxes has clearly had a significant impact. Neither major party would advocate a return to the 1970s, when people earning more than $200,000 a year faced a top rate of 70 percent. But the top rate is now half that and, partly because of the recent recession, tax collections have fallen to their lowest level as a share of the economy in 60 years.”
There are GOP members who don’t want to devastate the lives of our weak, sick and elderly as the article states “Grover’s not realistic,” said former senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, a self-described “Reagan robot” elected to Congress in 1980. Gregg retired last year after serving with Coburn and Crapo on the bipartisan fiscal commission that recommended stabilizing borrowing by trimming tax breaks and sharply cutting spending.
With the number of people on Medicare and Social Security set to double, former senator Judd Gregg said, “your government is inevitably going to grow. And you’re either going to have to finance that, or you’re going to end up running the country into the ditch.”
Former GOP officials, such as Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and Martin Feldstein, a Harvard economist who served as chief economic adviser in the Reagan White House can come out against tax cuts for the rich as the article states “In recent weeks, prominent Republicans have urged a more flexible approach to taxes. Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan joined the chorus Friday, dropping his support for the 2001 George W. Bush tax cuts. Greenspan told CNBC he’s so “scared” by the debt that he now favors a return to the higher rates of the Clinton administration.
Norquist disagrees with that as the article states ” But Norquist argues that equating tax breaks with spending “is a threat to the modern Republican Party’s worldview,” which calls for a vastly smaller government and “dramatically reducing the tax drag on the economy.”
That worldview supports eliminating tax breaks, Norquist said, but only if all the proceeds are used to push tax rates “down as far as possible.” The work of reducing the national debt must be done entirely by shrinking government, he said. Any compromise that includes taxes would hinder that goal and taint the Republican brand.”
How nuts is Norquist? The article states “Norquist compared Coburn, the most outspoken of the Senate trio, to a “malignant” cell in the body politic. “So,” Norquist said, “we use chemo and radiation to protect all the healthy cells around it, so it doesn’t grow and metastasize.”
He’s as nuts as the Tea Party loonies allow him to be as the article states “If Republicans were known as the party that never raised taxes, he recalls thinking, they would be spared spending “millions of dollars explaining to you who they are and what they stand for.” They could just “stand up and say, ”¹…”I’m the Republican.’ And you go: ”¹…”He won’t raise my taxes and he won’t steal my guns. Got it.'”
It really is that the GOP gives tax cuts to the top 1% thereby increase the debt and ruining the US social safety net.
Dwight Eisenhower, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford didn’t give the rich tax breaks as Ford, as the article states “opposed a permanent tax cut in 1974, fearing budget deficits.”
But “Teflon Ronnie” wanted to attract votes and as the article states “Ronald Reagan capitalized on growing anti-tax sentiment in his campaign for president and quickly pushed a tax package that slashed rates — .At Reagan’s request, Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform and the pledge was born.”
Remember that George Orwell, in “1984” wrote “Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking punished.”
Norquist has his own version as the article states “The rise of the anti-tax tea party movement in 2008 further hardened the party’s stance against taxes. How is the pledge enforced? Typically, Republican candidates sign the pledge to avoid attack in the primary. Once in office, violators might find that Norquist has contacted Republican voters in their state or district to inform them that their senator or representative is having “impure thoughts,” as he put it.”
In California there were rumors that taxes might go up and Norquist responded as the article states “One of the most high-profile battles is being waged in Sacramento, where Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is trying to persuade GOP lawmakers to join Democrats in extending the largest tax increase in state history, which is set to expire this month.
Last month, Norquist spent several days in the state, urging Republicans to stand firm.”
Those who didn’t were run over by Norquist.
We have these quotes from a victim of Norquist’s “Ministry of Love”.
The article states “Senate Republicans dumped Dave Cogdill as their leader in a midnight coup before the tax deal was even approved. “They were hearing from their constituents and Grover Norquist, saying, ”¹…”You got to do everything you can to fight this thing,’ ” Cogdill said in an interview — .
Although he agrees with Norquist that taxes are too high in California, he’s not sure he would sign the pledge again. Pledges, he said, make it hard to respond to changing circumstances.
Republicans “have lost the art of compromise,” Cogdill said. “If we don’t get everything we want, then we let the whole thing burn.”
Norquist has utilized Orwellian tactics on GOP politicians who have impure thoughts. Norquist controls information that GOP politicians convey to the proles.
There is the fact that GOP politicians will be replaced if they don’t agree with Norquist. Republicans who dare to utter support of tax cuts will have Tea Party candidates, such as Sharon Angle and Christine, “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell to run against in the next election. Add that to the fact that they are afraid of Norquist then you see why they all robotically agree with him.
Why do red state proles believe GOP hypocrisy? Norquist conducts mass brainwashing tactics that would make O’Brien envious of his “Room 101” results. He has FOX News, Clear Radio Channel and GOP politicians all echoing the same party line. He has the proles all convinced that Democrats policies would destroy them. Norquist utilizes Miniluv tactics so that a Democratic victory is the proles most feared outcome even though objective reality indicates otherwise.