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Senate Democratic leaders are planning to go on offense on raising taxes

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Dems are feeling their oats.

Via The Hill:

Democrats are planning to capitalize on the Republican Party’s poor handling of the recent fiscal showdown by parlaying it into another legislative victory. Congressional Democrats want Republicans to sign off on $50 billion worth of tax increases to eliminate the sequester’s automatic spending cuts.

Yeah, like that'll happen. But one Democratic aide said the situation looks more promising now because the GOP is feeling the heat "after what they did to the country by following the Tea Party agenda, to show they are willing to come to the table and compromise.” Plus, they think Republicans will feel incentivized because a hunk of the sequester for 2014 will hit defense programs.

Okay Dems go for it, and don't blow this one:

Democrats say they would not accept any budget deal unless it includes tens of billions in new tax revenue. Their opening bid is $1 in new taxes for every $1 in spending cuts to offset the cost of ending sequestration for domestic and defense discretionary spending programs.

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell undoubtedly are pointing and laughing as we speak. However, Americans don't want them to control the House, but they do want Boehner to go and Obamacare to stay.

So Democrats do have some leverage. And while they're at it...

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Senate Democratic leader, will propose legislation that would reduce Congress’s authority over raising the debt limit.

It would give the president authority to raise the debt limit and merely allow Congress to vote on a resolution of disapproval to block action.

Yes, please and thank you.

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IRS Star Trek Parody Skewers Issa, Paul and Tea Party

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Well, every department of the Government has something to hide. And from time to time, they need scrutiny. But other times this intense investigation really becomes an obsession – a witch-hunt -- especially when barking up the wrong tree.

Like a mad dog howling at the moon, the misguided or simply self-important missionaries of justice take a step too far. They cross the line and begin to more than annoy. They start to waste our tax money.

Fortunately for us, the IRS, everyone’s favorite target, has decided to answer the many challenges (done at tax payer expense – just like the Congressional hearings). Actually, just like the actual hearings themselves, this is a parody of reality. Surely Issa and Paul are figments of Larry David's (Seinfeld) imagination which made an art form out of turning “nothing” hilariously into being “something.”

The IRS is taking to the airwaves to answer back to those who seek to go where no man has gone before – INSIDE the IRS – at a star-date in the future.

Without further fanfare, I proudly present to you, an IRS film (yes, they really did commission this with our tax money) to boldly go where no government employee has gone before – the journey to seek out new tax forms and restrictions on politically undesirable organizations and to deny them their Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code status.

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VIDEO: Debunking Myths About Who Pays No Federal Income Tax

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16th amendment income taxes16th 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:

Via theurbaninstitute:

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

Medical research

Public school funding

School lunches

Defense funding

Social security

Roads

Police protection

Fire protection

Public libraries

Job training

Bank regulation

Scientific research

Food inspection

Food and Drug Administration

Air traffic controllers

Unemployment benefits

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.

another talking point bites the dust

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John Boehner wants to prolong sequestration. Oh, and his job performance numbers are in the toidy. Coincidence?

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A Public Policy Polling poll of Ohioans has GOP House Speaker John Boehner's job performance numbers at a whopping 20 percent; 59% disapprove of the job he's doing. (John Kasich's not doing too well, either. Follow the link.)

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Since October 2012, The Boehner's approvals have fallen 13 points, down from 33%.

Gee, could it have anything to do with the fact that he "is, in fact, bad at his job”? How bad? Well, as we speak, TPM has a post on Boehner's call for more-- wait for it-- sequestration:

...House Speaker John Boehner reiterated that his chamber would move quickly when Congress reconvenes to pass a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown but prolong sequestration.

The short-term resolution would keep the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration in place.

Good grief, can he get any more tone deaf?

Take this L.A. Times headline, for example:

Defense officials tell Congress that scheduled sequester budget cuts threaten to gut the military.

Or this Times story:

The Obama administration announced Monday that about 5,600 low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs because of Washington budget gridlock.

How's that outreach workin' for ya, GOP?

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