25 August 2011
Republicans want to raise the payroll tax
Jon Stewart's rant (see previous post) attacking the political right's contempt for the poor seems to have been truer than even he realized. Republicans absolutely decried the suggestion that we ought to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on the top 2% of earners. And they fought tooth and nail against any sort of tax increase that might accompany the spending cuts in the deficit-cutting deal. But it seems like some conservatives are okay with tax cuts after all – as long as they're raised on those lazy poor people, and not those hardworking rich folks. While Obama wants to extend the payroll cut, some Republicans are demanding that the cut be allowed to expire.