Thursday, November 18, 2004
You're the Top!
we don't windsurf; we Astroglide
Originally uploaded by jonnybutter.
When is a metaphor not a metaphor? Do some of our lower/middle class 'moral values' voters object primarily to literal buggery, as memorably described in the Texas State GOP Platform?
"The Party believes that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society.."
Or do they object to figurative sphincter-screwing, too? So far, it looks like mostly the former, but we ought to, at long last, find out for sure in the coming months. As the Washington Post reveals today, the PRI...er, I mean the GOP, has some tax reform plans up their...sleeves:
The administration plans to push major amendments that would shield interest, dividends and capitals gains from taxation, expand tax breaks for business investment and take other steps intended to simplify the system and encourage economic growth, according to several people who are advising the White House or are familiar with the deliberations.
The changes are meant to be revenue-neutral. To pay for them, the administration is considering eliminating the deduction of state and local taxes on federal income tax returns and scrapping the business tax deduction for employer-provided health insurance, the advisers said.
Is this some sort of Tantric Economics - reabsorbing rather than 'spending?! IS there even any 'trickle down', so to speak?
I think Dan Conley puts it best:
So...hard working families barely getting by on $30,000 a year and who voted for Bush because he shares your moral values, welcome to his America, a place where you'll have to spend $5000 out of pocket each year to pay for your boss's dividend tax cut.
Just relax and try to enjoy it, Red America. You'll get used to it.