How Do You Spell Hypocrite? G – O – P
Far be it for me to suggest that GOP leadership is playing a twisted game with our nation’s well-being simply for their own political gain… … okay, yes: that’s exactly what I’m saying. Exhibit # 12,0001 (give or take):
After years of saying that tax cuts never needed to be offset by spending cuts, Republicans changed their tune last fall and demanded that the extension of the payroll tax cut had to be offset by budget reductions elsewhere. It was a new position for the GOP, and it lasted as long as it took for them to propose their next tax cut for millionaires.
Despite calls from some conservative members of the party, GOP leadership won’t demand spending cuts to offset the “small business” tax cut that is being proposed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor… (Think Progress)
I know! It’s just so hard to believe.
What’s so different between cuts to help the average American worker and cuts to help small businesses (the “engine of American job growth!”) ? Two things:
- The payroll tax break was something President Obama (a/k/a “the enemy”) wanted.
- Who cares about the average American worker or small business? Unless, of course, “small business” happens to include hedge funds, professional sports teams, private equity firms, high-end law and lobbying firms, and millionaires of various stripes… (Which, in fact, is true: 50% of Cantor’s cuts would go to millionaires.)
Every now and then I search for something nice I can say for the Republican Party. The best I can do today is: they’re very consistent about being inconsistent.