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Update:  The AFL-CIO has a more extensive post on the same phenomenon:
http://blog.workingamerica.org/...

So I opened my Twitter account, and I see that what's trending is the tag #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek.  Go ahead, take a look.  You'll see the problem with our political atmosphere in 140 characters.  If you didn't realize it, overwhelming the reason your paycheck is less is because of Obama phones, Obamacare, and the costs of Obama's Hawaiian vacation.  Really.

Of course, we here all know paychecks are less because the 2% break on the F.I.C.A. tax expired without hardly a whimper from Democrats and almost glee from Republicans, as of course only tax cuts for the wealthy are worth preserving.

The media has failed, the progressive left has failed (not to mention, our standardized test obsessed education system has failed).  If Obama is getting the blame for a policy that is a fundamental tenant of the Republican party (inheritance taxes for millionaires matter, payroll taxes for workers don't), an honest policy discussion about the future direction of this country is simply impossible.

What else is there to say?  We need an action plan.  A petition to every major news outlet to spend 10 minutes on the air or a front page column explaining precisely the history of F.I.C.A. and who's really responsible for the 2% tax increase.  A letter to every school district to plead for true education on the real tax and spending numbers of the federal government.

Hell, any public forum.  Churches should take five minutes out of their sermons.  CBS should grant the president 5 minutes during the Super Bowl.

What kind of democracy is possible when the electorate is so uninformed?  I knew it was bad, but #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek has blown my mind.

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  •  46 (2+ / 0-)
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    notrouble, Manny

    That is the number of years of fully funded SS (from 2037 to 2083) has moved for that 2% increase

    Aside from MANY complaints that I have about the incredible breaks that the wealthy got out of this deal - the FICA tax increase wasn't one of them

    Yes - it would be nice to see the return of the flat or adjusted  'making work pay' credit  - especially as it benefits the poor middle class more than the upper middle class - AND it comes out of general revenue rather than the SS trust fund ...

    and yes - this was more than 140 characters - political discussion in 140 characters is just too fucking stupid for words imo

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:53:18 AM PST

    •  Understood (2+ / 0-)

      I have no problem with increasing taxes to fund Social Security.  Of course, I strongly prefer that the funding begin to take a different form, first by removing the earnings cap, and second, by moving some of the source of funding to capital instead of the first dollar of labor.

      And my problem isn't the increase, its the fact that Obama takes the blame for it, when he proposed the reduction in the first place over Republican objections.

  •  A lot of people on the left are ok with this (0+ / 0-)

    increase since it puts Social Security on more solid footing. So it's not as simplistic as you claim it is.

    •  The point (3+ / 0-)
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      FG, high uintas, SanFernandoValleyMom

      isn't that the increase is a good or a bad thing.  I have mixed feelings myself.  The point is that people think their taxes have gone up to fund giving money to the "other".  That's where the message fail is.  If more of the comments in #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek were "To put Social Security on a more solid footing" then I wouldn't have been so frustrated.

      •  Having trouble with people's defensiveness? (1+ / 0-)
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        SanFernandoValleyMom

        The diarist is not complaining about the 2%.

        The diarist is pointing out that people think that this is a tax increase.

        The message on this has not been delivered correctly.

        BTW, I agree it would have been better if the cap had been raised.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:27:47 AM PST

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  •  "the electorate is so uninformed" (1+ / 0-)
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    nomandates

    I'd say, more like "deliberately mis-informed".

    And the source in this case deomonstrates how and why.

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    by tom 47 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:40:18 AM PST

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