Austerity For Thee, But Not For Me

2 comments June 23rd, 2010at 07:03pm Posted by Eli

There’s a great – and telling – juxtaposition in today’s PostPolitics.  A story about corporations complaining that regulation and tax increases are hurting economic growth shares the page with a photo gallery of long-term “discouraged” unemployed people.

So on the one hand you’ve got the conservative talking point that you can’t raise taxes to reduce the deficit because it slows down the economy, and on the other hand you’ve got the unemployed people who conservatives don’t want to help because it would… increase the deficit.

Well, which is it?  If the deficit is such an existential threat that it trumps any thought of stimulating our way out of a deep recession, then why can’t we raise taxes on the have-mores instead of cutting Social Security and other benefits for the “lesser people”?  And if economic growth is more important than balancing the budget, then why can’t we extend unemployment benefits and spend more stimulus money where it will actually create jobs?

Don’t tell us that we have to sacrifice economic growth and Social Security to the balanced budget god, and that we can’t raise taxes because it would kill economic growth.  Please just choose one ridiculous position and stick to it.

(Cross-posted at The Seminal)

Entry Filed under: Economy,Republicans,Social Security,Taxes,Wankers

2 Comments

  • 1. Blue Texan  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Eli —

    A rising tide lifts all boats.

    Sincerely,

    The DLC

  • 2. Multi Medium » Mess&hellip  |  July 19th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    […] Anyway, it’s nice to see Obama and the Democrats finally listening to me… […]


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