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The GOP sore losers have America up against a wall. The GOP doesn’t care that the majority of the country voted for a candidate who promised to raise taxes on the rich. Republicans don’t care that an even larger majority – 60 percent – of voters told pollsters they wanted those taxes raised. Republicans don’t care about majority-rule democracy at all. They’re demanding ransom – extension of tax cuts for the rich. If Americans don’t submit, Republicans will slash the nation’s economy.

Republicans, the party of the nation’s entitled rich, are holding a knife to the throat of America’s frail recovery.

The GOP sore losers have America up against a wall. Republicans don’t care that the majority of the country voted for a candidate who promised to raise taxes on the rich. Republicans don’t care that an even larger majority – 60 percent – told election day pollsters they wanted those taxes raised. Republicans don’t care about majority-rule democracy at all. They’re demanding ransom – extension of tax cuts for the rich. If Americans don’t submit, Republicans will slash the nation’s economy.

“Back away from your Social Security, your Medicare, your Medicaid,” the Republicans are ordering. The GOP insists those crucial social insurance programs be sacrificed to prevent the entitled rich from once again paying the income tax rates that they did during the boom years of Bill Clinton. The party that lost the Presidency, lost seats in the House and lost seats in the Senate is willing to take down the economy, to eviscerate programs like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration rather than require the entitled rich pull their weight as citizens of the country that enabled them to live lives of unprecedented luxury.

The candidate Republicans chose as their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, stated the party’s position loud and clear last spring and reiterated it during a phone call last week with his millionaire financiers. Romney told funders in May that he had no intention of “worrying about” 47 percent of Americans who he described as moochers, citizens he slandered with the allegation that they refuse to “take personal responsibility.”

In the phone call last week, Romney claimed that the Americans he referred to as government moochers all voted for President Obama because the Democrat gave them “gifts.” Romney, a quarter-billionaire, described the administration's plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest as a “gift” to students. The Republican candidate born into wealth and pampered in private schools characterized as a “gift” the requirement in Obamacare that health insurance companies provide prescription contraceptives without co-payments.

The rich boy said President Obama bought women’s votes for $10 co-pay forgiveness. But for Republicans, it’s never the other way around. Romney and the GOP don’t think they were buying the votes of the rich with their promise to add another 20 percent break on top of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest.

That’s because they believe they’re entitled. They derisively refer to the social safety net programs that prevent the nation’s poor and elderly from being reduced to eating cat food as “entitlements.” But it’s the entitled rich – Romney, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and their ilk – who demand that America give them “stuff” like tax breaks for sending jobs overseas, like tax loopholes for hoarding their assets in the Caymans, like government-paid roads and sewers and rail lines to their businesses.

The entitled rich and their political party don’t seem to get the fact that they lost the election. Eighty CEOs have ponied up $37 million to make sure the so-called fiscal cliff problem is resolved their way. They’re saying, basically, they’re willing to give up one of the “couple of Cadillacs” they drive if the middle class just accepts cat food as its meat course. The CEOs, calling themselves the “Fix the Debt” coalition, claim they’ll pay a secret amount more in taxes if the 99 percent suffers cuts to its social safety net and endures slashed government programs.

Republicans in Congress won’t even go that far. Their legislation would give more to the rich and less to everyone else. They’ve proposed, for example, extending the estate tax cuts that benefit the richest 0.3 percent of American families when their millionaire relatives die, an estimated 7,000 people in 2013. At the same time, Republicans are demanding an end to child tax credit and earned income tax credit enhancements that help 13 million families get by, families that include 26 million children.  Those 7,000 entitled rich people and their Republican representatives believe 26 million kids can always join the grandmas dining on cat food. Tastes like chicken, right?

Congress and the President are confronted with a deadline in these hostage negotiations. On Jan. 1, half a trillion in tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts are scheduled to take effect for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. It’s called the fiscal cliff because many economists believe the combined effect during a weak recovery would shove the economy back down into recession.

Democrats don’t want to risk damaging the economy. They’ve proposed extending the tax cuts for the 98 percent right now. The richest two percent would benefit from these breaks as well, receiving them on the first $250,000 of their earnings. Everybody gets something. This proposal passed the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Republican-controlled House refuses to even vote on it.

Republicans aren’t talking about extending tax breaks for the 98 percent. Instead, they’re threatening the economic life of the country if they don’t get what they want – tax breaks for people who don’t need them.

Law enforcement experts discourage paying off blackmailers and kidnappers.

President Obama is right to take that advice and refuse to pay the ransom Republicans are demanding to appease the entitled rich.


Of course, the rich are entitled to all their Cadillacs and all their tax cuts!

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  •  Let Me See If I Can Explain Myself Here (8+ / 0-)

    I have written about this a lot here. I grew up in a middle class family. But my grandfather (my dad's dad) was very, very rich. When he passed my parents became millionaires.

    He never helped my parents. He felt you roll your own and do stuff for yourself. They could have used and/or needed help but he laughed at them.

    My parents don't feel that way. They hated that. That a little help here or there could have changed their lives.

    So when when they became grandparents (I don't have any children) the first thing they did was set-up a trust fund for her, so that if she wants to go to Yale or Harvard, well that is paid for.

    I hate to say this, but I could open up a letter I get each quarter and I have what we call the "last to die" insurance policy. Worth like $3.2 million so when my parents pass my brother and I will not incur and inheritance taxes.

    Funny thing my parents were not always rich. Now they get there are "two Americas." They are starting to give away a lot of their money. I've told them that is what I will do.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:10:26 AM PST

  •  The only way we fight back against the plutocrats. (10+ / 0-)

    is to begin by admitting that they (and their sycophantic Republican party) really don't want democracy in this country. Everything they stand for is essentially antithetical to a fair, functioning representative democracy.

    They stand for...

    • social injustice
    • voter suppression
    • intimidation of those who oppose their ideas
    • elimination of social programs
    • personhood (corporate rights)
    • elimination of labor unions and workers' rights
    • imperialism and war in perpetuity

    They are trying their best to push a corporate/fascist agenda on the American people. And we will never stop it unless we first acknowledge what we're up against.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:47:23 AM PST

    •  What we need to do is realize that the (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Leo W Gerard, RUNDOWN

      money which represents their "wealth" is actually worthless.
      That's the lesson being taught by the workers at Walmart and on the Oakland docks. If the people who can don't work, then all the money in the world won't get anything done.

      We should perhaps revise that old saw from "people, who can, do; people, who can't, teach" (which is a slander to begin with) to read "people, who can, do; people, who can't, leach." And then we have to determine that the leaches are to be tightly controlled. Because, when you come right down to it, for people to be able to give (to practice their love and art), other people have to be willing to take. Otherwise, the surplus we produce ends up as waste. And we already have too much of that because the leachers are jealous and can never seem to get enough so they deprive others of even the left-overs.
      We are currently producing sufficient food stuffs to provide an adequate diet for nine billion people. Since we are only six billion plus and a goodly number of those are starving, there's obviously a lot going to waste. We used to scoff at the soviets for not being able to get the potatoes from the fields to the cities. What shall we do about tons and tons of food going into landfills?

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:38:17 AM PST

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  •  this may be a bit o/t but i'll try to connect it (5+ / 0-)

    to what i feel is the underlying problem in american society -- giving a pass to the rich while demanding more suffering from the poor.

    i've been watching ken burns' latest doc on pbs about the 1930s dust bowl & someone was talking about fdr's new deal remedies & how some criticized the wpa b/c a few workers got paid to lean on shovels.  the person relating the story asked the question why this same criticism was never directed towards the rich who inherited their wealth & weren't required to do the same sort of labor as those less well-off -- why the poor were always demeaned for perceived laziness & held to a more demanding level of conduct when it came to work than the rich, who were praised for sitting on their rear ends.

  •  It seems it is getting to be desperation time. (0+ / 0-)

    Fact is, they already tanked the economy in 2008 and it hasn't had the desired effect. It isn't just that President Obama got re-elected, but that OWS took off, the unions are taking a stand and the people are insisting on their right to govern themselves. The initial response to universal suffrage, equal rights, freedom of information and holding public officials accountable, getting everyone hooked on money and then using the dollar to put whatever group dared to be non-compliant into an economic straight-jacket has run its course. People know it's our money and that, together with the vote, they can take hold of the nation's destiny. So, the traditional ruling elite are on their way out.
    The reason they are desperate because the ruling elite is largely made up of people whose predatory behavior is instinct-driven, not by choice, but by the fact that they have few practical talents with which to sustain themselves. So, if they can't coerce compliance from people who work with their hands to shape the environment to our needs, and if they can't take a "cut" out of every dollar that is spent, then they've got no hope of providing for themselves.
    "Every man for himself," is little more than whistling in the wind. Look at Willard Romney, their latest exemplar of the "competent" CEO. What do you think that man can do for himself? If the latest image is to be believed, he can't do much more than stand with his hands in his pockets and watch the gas being dispensed into his vehicle.
    Some of the media have taken up the refrain, first enunciated by Barack Obama back in 2008, about Republican incompetence. That is, the cons' public officials and party operatives have been identified as incompetent. But, not succeeding at the ballot box is the least of it. American enterprise is asea because they are loath to admit that the whole bit about boot straps and individual initiative and "free markets" is one gigantic myth. American enterprise has been mostly exploitative and has, from the very beginning, relied on the actual or threatened use of military force (against the natives and foreign powers and reluctant natural resource providers). Calls for the separation of government and industry/commerce have even less basis in fact than the separation of church and state. However, they are all on the same page in that these establishments are dependent on support from the public purse/treasury and equally insistent that they not be obligated to provide anything in return.
    Predators exploit without giving any return.  That's what they do. Humans that turn to predation, I suspect, do so because they have no choice. They have no practical skills to produce anything for which anyone else wants to trade. So, at least the ones that are verbally adept manage to wrangle a living for themselves by getting others to work for them.
    Where our mistake occurs is in letting these people become "deciders." That Willard has an MBA is telling because that's what business schools have evolved to do -- to teach people how to get other people to do their bidding, mostly by threatening to take away their opportunity to make a living, if they don't comply. But, what they used to do surreptitiously on behalf of their cohorts in Congress, the managers of the public purse, the incompetents are now having to do more overtly because the threats didn't work. Not only did the people's President get re-elected, but people like Dan Lungren and Tommy Thompson were sent packing.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:26:55 AM PST

  •  thanks for all your work, Leo (0+ / 0-)

    and for posting here.  You have educated us and more importantly been part of the group that has made 'labor' respectable in the media, fighting against the pr war of the plutocrats to denigrate labor.  That is a an important pr battle and whenever I see you on Ed, I think that you represent the cause of the 99% and the dignity of labor very, very well.  After all, we are all 'labor' in one form or another!

    Thanks for that.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ~~Joseph Stalin

    by SeaTurtle on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:30:39 AM PST

  •  Is it a bluff? (0+ / 0-)
    If Americans don’t submit, Republicans will slash the nation’s economy
    Even though sending the economy spiraling would also affect their bottom line too? Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    I don't think they're kidding. It's almost religious doctrine to these people. They'll weather the storm. And we need to be punished for having the gall to demand to be able to live in dignity.

    They're still smarting and seething from having to give up the right of prima nocta so many years ago.

    Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:49:28 AM PST

  •  Happy Thanksgiving, Kos Commenters (0+ / 0-)

    You're the best!

  •  Meritocracy VS Aristrocacy (0+ / 0-)

    Eight hundred years after the Magna Carta ... Same story - different age.

    If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

    by RUNDOWN on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 01:47:49 PM PST

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