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Thursday, February 05, 2009

These People Are Nuts

Dave Weigel:

This amendment to the economic stimulus bill passed by the House and now being considered by the Senate, submitted by cons icon-in-the-making Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), was breathtakingly bold. The , from Sen. DeMint’s Website:

o Permanently repeal the alternative minimum tax once and for all;
o Permanently keep the capital gains and dividends taxes at 15 percent;
o Permanently kill the Death Tax for estates under $5 million, and cut the tax rate to 15 percent for those above;
o Permanently extend the $1,000-per-child tax credit;
o Permanently repeal the marriage tax penalty;
o Permanently simplify itemized deductions to include only home mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
o Lower top marginal income rates from 35 percent to 25 percent.
o Simplify the tax code to include only two other brackets, 15 and 10 percent.
o Lower corporate tax rate as well, from 35 percent to 25 percent.

This got the support of all but five Senate Republicans.

And the ones that didn't support it, like Susan Collins and Ben Nelson, want to kill the bill by 1000 cuts instead of by one. I actually find them more loathsome. At least the neo-Hooverists are open and honest.

This really isn't a game. 626,000 Americans had to go to their unemployment offices and file a claim last week. Tomorrow we're going to learn how many jobs were lost last month, and it'll probably be in the same range. And in response, Republicans are playing out their familiar "Tax Cuts Forevah" fantasies.

There's nobody to negotiate with. They actually think they're insurgents.

Frustrated by a lack of bipartisan outreach from House Democratic leaders, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said House Republicans -- who voted unanimously last week against the economic plan pushed by President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- will pitch a "positive, loyal opposition" to the proposal. The group, he added, should also "understand insurgency" in implementing efforts to offer alternatives.

"Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban," Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors. "And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes. And these Taliban -- I'm not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that's not what we're saying. I'm saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with."

You have these war porn fanboys who think they've just got off the set of Red Dawn in the United States Congress. They are COMPARING THEMSELVES POSITIVELY TO THE TALIBAN.

And Fred Hiatt still thinks the problem is a lack of bipartisanship.

This is how empires fall.

...Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer:

Frustrated Senate Democratic leaders dispensed with calls for bipartisanship on the stimulus package Thursday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying that he won't let anyone "hold the president of the United States hostage."

President Barack Obama had once hoped to have the package pass with substantial Republican support. But Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that's now a “distant memory."

"So far," he said, bipartisanship "isn't working. . . . It takes two to tango, but the Republicans aren’t dancing.”

To paraphrase the immortal Adam Sandler, something I could have informed you of YESTERDAY!

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