We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
And then there’s the leftwing think-tank, the New Economics Foundation, whose Head of Social Policy, Anna Coote, tells us we would become “better parents, better citizens, better carers and better neighbours” if only our incomes were dramatically reduced. “We,” she says, will be “satisfied” without the “dispensable accoutrements of middle-class life,” including “cars, holidays, electronic equipment and multiple items of clothing.” The preferences of the British electorate – whose taxes fund the NEF - don’t figure in this brave new world and the NEF’s deep thinkers simply know what’s best for us. What’s best for us is “introducing measures to reduce the gradient between high and low earners,” “growing our own food,” and “mending and repairing things.”
I honestly would be in favor of the conservative bait and switch in '12 and pay the price in '14 if we got anywhere near the results the Democrats have gotten in the last year and a half. Somehow though, the Republicans never seem to pull the trigger.
The thing that most amazed me about what Pete Stark said is that he didn't say it while calling the questioner and audience names. He has to be about the biggest jerk in DC. His arrogance - and most of the Democrats' and some Republicans' - is pretty well known. It's just that someone finally said it out loud.
W once said... "The Constitution? That's just a goddamn piece of paper." And when Pete Stark say that the federal government can do most anything... he's not kidding! Both of these statements are entirely the truth because We The People have done nothing to prevent the situation. The Constitution was intended to be a very tight leash held on the throat of government but We dropped that leash long ago.
Re Pete Stark: you can find politicians of this stripe in every party but they are far more prevalent as you move left.
Re the "5 Myths" of the tax cuts: the biggest current myth is that raising tax rates will increase revenues. To a near certainty, raising tax rates will decrease revenues. We are waaay above the minimal tax rates that produce the most revenue by encouraging the economy to grow. Raising tax rates on any group will cut revenues and any student of economics knows it.