‘Slash taxes for the rich, goose defense spending and … balance the budget too!’

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Disappointment is such a bitter pill.

As regular readers know, I’ve held out hope that Ohio Gov. John Kasich might serve as this cycle’s reminder that the Republican Party had once been open to pragmatic, fact-based leadership, and might be once again if this fevered madness were to ever pass.

Alas.

This week, Kasich trotted out his 2016 tax and budget policies. And it probably won’t surprise you that a man who has spoken movingly about the obligation to help those most in need does indeed step forward to assist the most beleaguered minority in America, by which of course I mean the rich.

As the Associated Press reports:

“Kasich’s tax plan would:

—lower the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 28 percent.

—cap the long-term capital gains tax rate at 15 percent, helping those in the highest income tax bracket.

—eliminate the estate tax.

—lower the top business tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent.

—double the research and development tax credit for small businesses.

—increase by 10 percent the earned income tax credit, which is intended to help lower-income taxpayers.

“This looks like a pretty big tax cut for the top end and a little bit at the bottom,” said Robertson Williams, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “There’s not much going to the middle class.”

So at a time in which wealthy Americans are doing better than ever, with corporate after-tax profits at record highs and with more investment capital available than there are places to put it, with experts acknowledging a fundamental, historic shift in the way the economy distributes the benefits of productivity, even a relative moderate in the Republican Party remains incapable of offering any response other than that offered by the GOP for the past four decades.

In addition to cutting taxes on the rich by a significant amount, Kasich proposes to increase military spending by an estimated 17 percent while — you knew this was coming — also promising to balance the budget within eight years. He claims that he will be able to accomplish that mathematically unlikely feat by slashing federal spending on health care, education, job training, transportation — all programs relied on heavily by those already struggling to make headway in this new economic landscape.

For the middle class, it’s deja screw all over again.

What Kasich and his fellow Republicans offer is simply a rehash of what was promised but not delivered by Ronald Reagan. No policy adjustment has been made for the fact that we know it didn’t work; there’s no recognition that this is 2015, not 1975, and that dramatically changed times and conditions require a changed approach. Put another way, what we’re seeing in Republican politics is what we would see in music if all innovation had by law ended back in the hairband era of the ’70s, with every rock band today condemned to playing nothing but retreads of Steve Tyler and Aerosmith.

And if you let yourself get stuck in time for 40 years, this is what happens:

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Lee30519
Lee30519

Question?  If an embryo is not a baby?  How was Scott Peterson charged with killing his unborn child?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 If an embryo is a baby why is it that my co-worker, who had a miscarriage at 14 weeks, was told by four doctors, including a psych, that her situation was not that bad and her FMLA request was denied by all when she requested it for emotional and mental reasons?  The rights stance is not even supported by those in the medical profession and yes women are losing their jobs when they have miscarriages because employers think it's not that serious.  True story

Peachs
Peachs

@Lee30519 if you put half the energy into being receptive to illegitimate children and realize the responsibility of leaving this problem unattended and take some of that responsibility maybe abortion would not be such an attractive alternative to mothers of unwanted children who cannot afford to raise them correctly.  I dare say a huge part of abortion is the cruel world your type put these children in to start with. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

9-11 v Benghazi sheets

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

"How much are you willing to pay to secure the borders?"

What do you mean "pay?"

We could spend millions if not a billion and still be ahead compared to what illegals cost taxpayers.

And for the record, there is a debate presently in Georgia on whether or not illegal immigrants should have to pay out of state tuition at our public colleges?

How ridiculous.

They should not be allowed to enroll in public education if they are illegal.

And, when they do try their contact info should be forwarded to ICE who would then obey our laws and deport them.

What is there about "illegal" that Liberals do not understand?

Kamchak
Kamchak

When you can't answer a simple question -- play the BORSHUN card.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo predictable.

Just sayin'.

Lee30519
Lee30519

It is so funny that the left wants to fight so hard for a womans right to kill babies, but god forbid you stand up for the constitutional right to bear arms to protect us from our governemnt.  Nice morals!

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Lee30519 There are worse things in life than not being born...and in case you didn't know, it's already illegal to kill a baby

honested
honested

@Lee30519 

I own firearms but see no need to carry them in a foolish attempt to 'protect myself from the government'.

Why would you impose yourself upon a woman to force her to bear a child?

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@honested 

so much stupidity in a post about killing a child. If an embryo is a child at conception then we have to rethink the whole age of majority thingie.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@honested @Lee30519 Why do you feel it is ok for a woman to kill a child?  Also if you know anything about the constitution, we have the right to bear arms to protect ourselves against a tyrant government.

honested
honested

@Lee30519 @honested 

Nobody is 'killing babies' and pretending they are cancels the validity of whatever concern you hold.

If you know anything about the Constitution, you are aware of the Right to Privacy implied in the 14th Amendment and confirmed by the Supreme Court. It is another one of those pesky Amendments of equal value to the 2nd Amendment.

Lee30519
Lee30519

9 terriorist attacks on american soil under Obama.  Yep keep the borders open.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Lee30519 

 Until a president secures the borders, we are not going to be safe from terrorism. 

Again --- specifically how much are you willing to pay for this task of securing the borders?

Lee30519
Lee30519

Until a president secures the borders, we are not going to be safe from terrorism.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@Nick_Danger @Lee30519 If we drug test food stamp recipients and other government aided programs, we may not have to pay much at all.  But can you put a cost on 911?


Peachs
Peachs

@Lee30519 we are actually secure from terrorism right now, it is your imagination that you are fighting not terrorist. 

Peachs
Peachs

@Nick_Danger @Lee30519 and if we can secure a gate to an air plane how are you going to secure a border?  Our security is a costly blank check for a bridge to nowhere.

Lee30519
Lee30519

@Peachs @Lee30519 You mean like the ISIS training camps that are here in the states?  Or the shooter in Oregon a few weeks ago.  Thats ok, keep living in fairy land.  Go ahead and give your Lord and Savior (Obama) your guns first.


Peachs
Peachs

@Lee30519 @Nick_Danger a huge part of that cost is hype from the right to forge an existence that does not in a real world exist. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Lee30519 @Peachs 

"Go ahead and give your Lord and Savior (Obama) your guns first."

WHEW!

Try reality - it's not that bad!

honested
honested

@Lee30519 @Peachs 

Lee,

Start with an extra half hour or hour of sleep.

Go to be earlier.

Turn off all the lights and noise sources.

If that doesn't make the voices go away, seek medical attention.

honested
honested

@Lee30519 @honested @Nick_Danger 

I think 2900 is the number you are seeking.

But did the world end?

I realize the republiklans in charge at the time were deeply embarrassed and had no idea what to do next (see 'Bush Depression' for more info), but the world did not end because the shrub administration was asleep at the switch.

This points to greater built-in resiliency in the United States than even you are willing to accept.

Shouldn't we concentrate on reinforcing that resiliency?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Lee30519 @Nick_Danger

If we drug test food stamp recipients and other government aided programs, we may not have to pay much at all.

ha ha. You make the joke, is funny!

Peachs
Peachs

@Lee30519 @Peachs @Nick_Danger can't is the reality, 90% of government supervised items met to test the system got though the gates last year, this is much more manageable than a border thousands of miles long.  

Peachs
Peachs

@Nick_Danger @Lee30519 not a IRS, it is like expecting a well cooked meal at home and not giving your wife a budget to do so,(in terms these idiots will understand.) 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I have been thinking about what Donald Trump said "Bush did not keep us safe" and asked myself did Bush keep us safe? Four commercial airliners were hijacked on his watch by terrorist which cost the lives of 2997 people.   My conclusion is hell no.  No wonder JEB does not use his last name.

Peachs
Peachs

@StraightNoChaser no 911 before or after Bush, millions spent on airport security and 90% of items that the government use to test the security of the airport gates were able to get by security, which leads us to believe we have no security till this day.  Katrina came at a time when we spent billions on homeland security, yet bodies float in the street of a major US city after a disaster that any terrorist could have duplicated if nature had not decided to show the weakness first. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 @StraightNoChaser

Spare me the BS, if anything close to 9/11 had happened on Obama's watch the Republican congress would have impeached him by now.  


Bush's record on 9/11 

On May 1 the CIA said that a terrorist group in the U.S. was planning an attack.

On June 22 it warned that this attack was "imminent."

On June 29 the brief warned of near-term attacks with "dramatic consequences" including major casualties.

On July 1, the briefing said that the terrorist attack had been delayed but "will occur soon."

On July 24, the president was told again that the attack had been delayed but would occur within months. 

Aug. 6, 2001 Presidential brief titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” 


So hell no he did not keep us safe, there is no spin any Republican can put on those facts.


http://www.businessinsider.com/new-report-shows-how-many-warnings-about-bin-laden-were-ignored-by-the-bush-white-house-2012-9