Dunno where Bill hangs out, but this atheist is cheery as ever. Via.
Round Two of today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re "A plague on both your parties," Opinion, Nov. 3
McManus writes: "We've finally found an issue on which almost all Americans, right and left, agree: We hate having a federal government that creates problems instead of solving them."
Well, then it's up to that same electorate to do something about it.
In 2010, voters saddled the country with a radical right-wing House and more extremely conservative Republican governors. This aided and abetted the tortured gerrymandering that has all but guaranteed Republican control of the House for several more years.
From shutting down much of the government to threatening default on our debt, this is a byproduct of that midterm election.
It's easy for out-of-touch voters to blame both parties, but those of us who are well informed know better.
What's really the issue is that the news media have lost their ability to think critically. Now what you see is too many journalists and pundits parroting the same meme — for example, that Benghazi is a scandal, the Affordable Care Act is a failure and that both parties are guilty of excess.
The Affordable Care Act has really just begun. In six months, there will be thousands of citizens enjoying the benefits of the law.
Both parties are not guilty of excess. The Republicans were going to financially destabilize the country to defund a law they didn't like.
16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)
So much for that whole "takers vs. makers" thing. Another right wing talking point goes down the drain:
Much has been made of the fact that nearly half of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2010. Some people interpret that statistic as saying that we are a nation of makers and takers, with the makers paying the taxes that support the takers. But the story is not that simple. This video explains who doesn't pay income taxes and why, and notes that the share of non-payers is headed down to just a third a decade from now.
So what exactly are income taxes used for? This:
Medicare and Medicaid
Public school funding
Food and Drug Administration
Air traffic controllers
Sorry, anti-taxers, but privatization just won't cut it. That would make everything even more unaffordable, and the priority would be profiting rather than focusing on the quality of services that the government provides to protect its citizens. Instead, government is doing its job, per the U.S. Constitution:
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Those hypocritical, desperate Republicans and their weepy, manipulative "We're the victims!" ways. See, GOP, if you're going to do the "poor little us" thing, at least make an effort to be honest about it. This is why you've been busted by Dems and the media so many times.
Why, here's one of those times now!
House Democrats said Tuesday that the IRS closely scrutinized potential successors to ACORN [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] and other Democratic groups — evidence they say proves that the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups was not politically motivated.
Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) released new IRS training materials on Tuesday that listed progressive and Tea Party groups as potentially political organizations seeking tax-exempt status.
ACORN-style groups were among those they referred to. ACORN, an anti-poverty organization, was defunded years ago. (And before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.)
But back to the "Don't pick on us!" GOP talking point...
“This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to stop trying to score political points and start to focus on reforming the IRS.”
House Republicans should stop trying to score political points? What? Is he serious? Cummings must have missed this: Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe.
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