Friday, May 05, 2006

Republicans oppose tax cuts!

I am not saying this would have been a good idea, but I found the following paragraph in the New York Times of more than passing interest:
The date was Wednesday, April 26. Inside the Capitol complex, Senator John Thune, a first-term Republican from South Dakota, pressed his idea for a gas-tax holiday before a handful of colleagues who called themselves the Energy Working Group. But the group rejected the idea, leaving aides to the Republican leader, Senator Bill Frist, groping for another way to address the issue.
What so captured my attention was that the Republicans have finally, at long last, found a tax cut they don’t like.

High gas prices are hurting everyone in America, beyond doubt. The summer driving season is sure to create demand that raises prices, and people will have to adjust. Some will stay home, and this will hurt the mom-and-pop businesses and the state treasuries dependent on the tourist trade.

I find it absolutely amazing that the only tax relief that I have ever heard a Republican oppose is one that would effect nearly every single American. Even if you don’t own a car, the food you eat gets to the store where you buy it by truck.

It seems to me that there can be no clearer proof that Republicans are about one thing, and one thing only. And that one thing is transferring wealth from the majority of Americans to the wealthiest few.

“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”

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