Today House Republicans saw fit to insult America with their "counter-offer" in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Well, not to be outdone the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell had to add his own personal insult to Americans. You see, Republican "leaders" care nothing about the will of the American people or America itself as long as they can keep the good times rolling for themselves.
And so they have seen fit to insult the American people by asking them to sacrifice their social safety net for the problems caused by Republican policies of greed in the last decade and before. What is absent from the Republican plan? Any sacrifice by them or their selfish base. Despite this, Mitch McConnell praised this plan while demanding that the President "lead":
"While the President hasn't moved an inch away from his efforts to please his radical left-wing base, the Speaker has consistently shown a good-faith effort to find common ground and a realistic approach to solving the very real economic problems facing our country. These problems have only grown worse with the President's refusal to lead and we're running out of time-the country can't wait another three weeks for the White House to respond substantively or seriously to this House proposal. The House Republican leadership put forward a Bowles framework that, unlike the unserious bait-and-switch proposal the President floated last week, is ground from which to build toward significant deficit reduction while beginning to reform and strengthen our entitlement programs-without harming jobs and economic growth. If the President is serious about joining us in an effort to reduce the deficit and protect the economy, he'll get off the campaign trail, drop the left-wing talking points, and instruct his staff to negotiate a solution in good faith based on actual written proposals. In short, he'll begin doing what leaders do: Lead."
What McConnell fails to mention is that he has his head shoved so far up Grover Norquist and the Communist Chinese asses you cannot tell where he ends and they begin. All his bluster about "good faith" fails to mention another fact. Despite the will of the American people Republicans refuse to budge on one sticking point. Higher taxes for themselves and those they truly represent.
Instead they seek to balance the budget and make up for the economy they crashed on the backs of working and vulnerable Americans. Americans who have already bailed them out once. Once again I challenge the Senator for Communist China and any other Republican to tell America if these tax cuts are so great why did they balloon the deficit and crash the economy?? If they are so good for our country, where is the proof?? What has happened to jobs, the economy, income equality, and the deficit since they were enacted??
Actually there are some really good reasons why Boehner and McConnell want to push the Simpson-Bowles model off on America. Sadly, none of them are good for our country, its people or economy as a whole:
If enacted, the Simpson-Bowles plan would severely reduce the COLAs for current Social Security recipients substantially. An example of how this reduction would work was in an article published by Nation of Change. For instance, the average Social Security recipient who retires at the age of 65 would lose in COLA benefits $560 a year at age 75 and $1,000 a year at age 85 than under current law.
Meanwhile seniors struggle with the increasing costs of healthcare, prescription drugs, food, etc. Also, according to the Social Security Administration Bowles-Simpson would cut middle class workers 'with an average lifetime earnings of $43,000-$65,000 by up to 35 percent.
Other cuts include severely cutting veterans' benefits, raising the retirement age to 69 years, and reducing the tax rate for the wealthy and large corporations. The tax rate on the wealthiest would be reduced even lower than the Bush-era tax cuts. Other gifts to the 1 percent include increasing the premiums of Medicare, Medicaid, encouraging companies to ship jobs to China where they would set up subsidiary branches in order to evade U.S. income taxes, raise taxes on workers making between $10,000 and $20,000 a year by 2014, and reduce programs that serve as a safety net for the poor and disabled.
Yes in other words this would be a Republican wet dream come true. It would not even wait to steal Social Security from younger generations but would begin doing so right now. It would LOWER tax rates on the wealthy and corporations completely counter to the will of the American people. It would ship more jobs to McConnell's true constituents in Communist China and keep the slaves there locked in sweatshops for good and give them a tax break for doing so.
It would gut our social safety net for the poor and disabled all while raising taxes on them to pay for more tax cuts for the wealthy. It would absolve folks like Boehner and McConnell from making one significant sacrifice to the problems they created and were bailed out for. In other words it would ask average working Americans to once again foot the bill for excesses they did not share in and idiocy they had nothing to do with.
Worse yet it would reward folks like McConnell and Boehner for their destructive bad behavior once more. It would allow them to flip the bird to the American voter and democracy as they did what the hell they wanted to do despite the will of the American people and the harm it caused our country as a whole.
So to McConnell and Boehner I think I can safely speak for a majority of the American people when I say to take your "counter-offer" and go to hell.