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Make Obama payroll and Bush income tax cuts permanent

Congressional Republicans should take President Obama up on his sudden concern for taking money out of the pockets of Americans, across the board.

This past week, President Barack Obama defended his push for extending the federal payroll (Social Security/FICA) tax cuts for a second year and unemployment benefits for a third year, thusly:

Independent economists, some of whom have in the past worked for Republicans, agree that if we don’t extend the payroll tax cut and we don’t extend unemployment insurance, it will hurt our economy. The economy won’t grow as fast and we won’t see hiring improve as quickly. It will take money out of the pockets of Americans just at a time when they need it.

Given all the money taken out of Americans’ pockets during Obama’s first three “fundamental change before recovery” years, I suspect that the “time” that he deems that Americans need more money in their pockets is during the President’s re-election campaign.

Now would be a great time for Speaker John Boehner to one up the White House and fashion a bill that puts more money in Americans pockets during all the other times they need it, i.e. permanently, and finally fashion a tax policy of certainty that might have a chance to stop some Atlases from shrugging.

Forget any arguments about the fiscal soundness of Social Security just because to do so would highlight the hypocrisy of past Democratic Party arguments. Hypocrisy is a puny sin and besides, the FICA “lockbox” myth was shattered years ago. Federal taxes all go into the same kitty to pay current bills anyway.

Rather, why not fashion a bill that addresses all of the ObamaDem policies that take money out of Americans’ pockets? The elected GOP is off to a good start with the insistence that three years of Keystone pipeline study is enough.

And won’t the ObamaCare individual mandate take money out of Americans’ pockets? I think so. And don’t Americans need money in their pockets in non-Obama re-election years? Yes they do.

Of course, members of the Grand Old Party will have to muster the courage to stand their ground when the Kansas reincarnation of a TR progressive threatens a veto with the class warfare card and insists that only non-rich Americans really need more money in their pockets.

Standing their ground means allowing a government shutdown to start the new year, but as far as we know, the Bowl Championship Series would not be affected and public employees guarding Old Faithful could be paid back pay after Obama caves around Martin Luther King Jr Day.

It sure would be refreshing to see Republicans seize the moral high ground for a change on the tax, spending and jobs front, which would be made easier with ObamaDems forced to choose between allowing money to be taken out of the pockets of the poor and middle class due to class envy.

We suspect that the so-called 99% would not be willing to go down that ideological road, even post-Osawatomie, if it means less money “at this time”, i.e. a time when they need money to eat.

Mike DeVine

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009. www.devinelawvista.com

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        • Correct and agreed. I just think the whole system is untenable and unsustainable given that we have an aging population and aborted all the workers needed to pay for the system and that given that, I favor a stripped down means-tested optional income supplement as a transition as we one of the only ways we can avoid debt disaster. We just can’t afford the entitlement programs as the much poorer nation we are and are becoming absent DRASTIC changes soon. Therefore, I see the payroll tax cut issue as a means to just go ahead and end the Dem’s fiction that it is or ever was a real insurance program.

  1. Yes!

    And if we eliminate the payroll tax, we should be able to eliminate the earned income tax credit as well, since the entire justification for that was to return the payroll taxes paid by the working poor. One less complication on our tax return, distortion the labor ethic and opening for fraud and waste.

  2. How about starting out by eliminating SSI and SSD for which recipients never paid a dime into. Is SS going broke because of people who worked or because of all the people, and their dependents, who never worked?

    • bob, I think the real underlying problem is that America is going broke and that the benefits under Soc Sec and Medicare are too high. One could make Soc Sec solvent but still bankrupt the country.

        • Correct and agreed. I just think the whole system is untenable and unsustainable given that we have an aging population and aborted all the workers needed to pay for the system and that given that, I favor a stripped down means-tested optional income supplement as a transition as we one of the only ways we can avoid debt disaster. We just can’t afford the entitlement programs as the much poorer nation we are and are becoming absent DRASTIC changes soon. Therefore, I see the payroll tax cut issue as a means to just go ahead and end the Dem’s fiction that it is or ever was a real insurance program.

  1. Yes!

    And if we eliminate the payroll tax, we should be able to eliminate the earned income tax credit as well, since the entire justification for that was to return the payroll taxes paid by the working poor. One less complication on our tax return, distortion the labor ethic and opening for fraud and waste.

  2. How about starting out by eliminating SSI and SSD for which recipients never paid a dime into. Is SS going broke because of people who worked or because of all the people, and their dependents, who never worked?

    • bob, I think the real underlying problem is that America is going broke and that the benefits under Soc Sec and Medicare are too high. One could make Soc Sec solvent but still bankrupt the country.

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