Andrew C (✔)
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich | Politics News | Rolling Stone -
"The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment hovering above nine percent for two straight years. The president, mindful of soaring deficits, is pushing bold action to shore up the nation's balance sheet. Cloaking himself in the language of class warfare, he calls on a hostile Congress to end wasteful tax breaks for the rich. "We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share," he thunders to a crowd in Georgia. Such tax loopholes, he adds, "sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary - and that's crazy." Preacherlike, the president draws the crowd into a call-and-response. "Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver," he demands, "or less?" The crowd, sounding every bit like the protesters from Occupy Wall Street, roars back: "MORE!" The year was 1985. The president was Ronald Wilson Reagan." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Today's Republican Party may revere Reagan as the patron saint of low taxation. But the party of Reagan - which understood that higher taxes on the rich are sometimes required to cure ruinous deficits - is dead and gone. Instead, the modern GOP has undergone a radical transformation, reorganizing itself around a grotesque proposition: that the wealthy should grow wealthier still, whatever the consequences for the rest of us. Modern-day Republicans have become, quite simply, the Party of the One Percent - the Party of the Rich." - Andrew C (✔)
Is the Democratic Party really very much different? Who are its lead financial controllers? What is their agenda? - Sean McBride
Is the Democratic party that different? Well, yeah, one party is pushing to raise taxes on the rich and one party isn't. - Andrew C (✔)
Is it really pushing that hard? Is it really pushing that hard on anything? Those Democrats in the Congress have a pretty good gig with great perks. They don't much sense of urgency about anything. - Sean McBride
Aren't you Mr "lesser of two evils" lately? How is it you can't distinguish between the Democrats' and Republicans' tax policy? - Andrew C (✔)
I much prefer the Democrats' tax policy. But they are promoting or colluding with neocon foreign policies that are wrecking the domestic economy and wiping out much of the tax base. So I can't work up much enthusiasm for them. - Sean McBride