Saturday, April 16, 2011
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR REPUBLICANS
The following paraphrase comes from the Heritage Foundation, and you must know that this is a Republican-based conservative think tank (originally funded by Coors beer and Steve Forbes is on the board):
The very highest earners are the target for new tax increases, but the U.S. tax system is already highly progressive. The top 1 percent of income earners paid 40 percent of all federal income taxes in 2007, richest 5% bankrolled 60%, while the bottom 50 percent paid only 3 percent. More than one-third of U.S. earners paid no federal income tax at all.
You expect this from such an organization. But read it again, for, the basic point is that some people are not paying their fair share, and these are the poor. There are oh so few homeless Republicans.
Just the numbers game should make almost every politician a Democrat. But there are morality issues and security matters (the just passed House GOP budget INCREASED the Obama defense budget). People have values and they like to be secure. These are the so-called independents, many in the middle-income category, who sway with the times. You control these independents (many these days like to call themselves such to show courage and sensibility, I guess) and you win the election.
The current Republican strategy is insuring for a second term Obama and Democrats taking back the House. The Tea Party got many Republicans elected, but only for one term. A lot of courage is being shown here, but they can still survive by taking the middle ground. The GOP budget was a mere blueprint, the real action will come later this summer. They still can compromise and take the high road to saving America.
As unfair as it might be to their supporters (the rich who put them into office), give up the Bush tax cut and accept my 10% solution regarding defense spending. We have no real enemy anymore!!! Your survival is the key to continued clout.
You'll also get more votes if you take the problem of Peak Oil at least a bit more seriously, and help do something about global warming. Nothing drastic, maybe just a better attitude. Even though the masses now mostly don't think that much about climate change and associate high gas prices with Libya, the signs are ominous that something terrible will soon happen unless certain steps are taken now. You need some early quotes to fall back on when the dual hammer strikes.
So the SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Rebublicans, to summarize, are:
1. Regain your voting constituency backing by accepting termination of the Bush tax assistance for the rich, while truly reducing the budget, and since defense is half the loaf, start with a 10% cut this year.
2. Appear to be more concerned about the environment by exploring a tax credit mechanism for carbon dioxide (yes, this is a tax, but semantics sometimes can prevail), show some disdain for new nuclear fission plans (its dead anyway) and do something about those gasoline prices (you're on your own here).
If you're cruising between Indonesia and Australia, Tropical Cyclone Errol is now at 65 MPH and moving west between the two countries.