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  1. Max Planck

    “Agree only to pass a tax rate increase, but not all the way to the Clinton rates”

    It is hard to believe- even given my point of view- that people seriously believe that a 4.9% increase on earnings over $250k (which really doesn’t kick in until a person earns $325K) is such a horrid fate for the nation’s economy, but if we compromis to say, 37.7%, I guess that’ll be all right.

    Unreal. Petty, stupid, and unreal.

    Good piece today by Bruce Bartlett on how Heritage and AEI are co-opted, and how they set up separate advocacy branches to directly influence government policy and politicians, while preserving their 501(c) status.

    Drink deep folks. This is, after all, a “think tank.”

    1. Hard to believe unless you are familiar with the results from many countries over many years of trying to solve deficits with tax increases vs. spending cuts.

      Hard to believe until you do the math on how much revenue you get from these increases compared to the budget deficit.

      Hard to believe unless you have heard most economists, including Obama advisers, and Obama himself on the wisdom of raising taxes in an weak economic environment.

      1. Max Planck

        Suit yourself with those answers.

    2. Unreal. Petty, stupid, and unreal“…

      LMAO!

      This coming from someone who’s grip n reality is tenuous at best….

  2. the people who are advocating entitlement reform are the ones who should propose how to do it.

    This is dumb.

    If you think entitlements need to be reformed then get off your butt and have enough backbone to put something on the table.

  3. this typifies the GOP these days. They live in a delusional world.

    they did not believe the polls.

    they do not believe they have a problem with hispanics and minorities.

    they spent money like a drunken sailor on two wars, more medicare subsidies and DOD and now they want someone else to specify buts.

    these guys are ignoramuses.

    1. this typifies the GOP these days. They live in a delusional world“…

      larry g parroting words used to describe your comments is nothing short of hilarious…

      Thanks man…

  4. Thomas Sullivan

    It is clear that DC cannot be trusted with unlimited power to borrow and spend. We must take away their power to borrow, and we should limit the federal government to 18% of GDP (except for the direct costs of declared war). Their vote buying Ponzi schemes are collapsing, and they are going to collapse the entire US economy.

    1. don’t limit govt to GDP – that number is not a good number on a trend basis anyhow.

      Allocate a percentage for each major category, DOD, entitlements and general government and each ones get their percentage of AVAILABLE REVENUES.

      that’s fair and that keeps each category within it’s budget.

      The GDP metric just allows evasion of revenue realities.

  5. Todd Mason

    From O’s perspective there are two concessions that must be made — depoliticize the debt ceiling and raise the top rate. Boehner can get O to say the Rs didn’t really mean to act like mafiosos — “Nice economy you got there…” — as long as the Rs can no longer act like mafiosos. Raising the top rate is important to stick a fork in the antitax industry. Tax hikes had little effect in 1993. They won’t now either.

    1. todd says: “Boehner can get O to say the Rs didn’t really mean to act like mafiosos — “Nice economy you got there…” — as long as the Rs can no longer act like mafiosos“…

      Wow! You’re worried about one of the all time most gutless House leader in history?

      Raising the top rate is important to stick a fork in the antitax industry“…

      Anti-tax industry?!?!

      WTF is that?

      How can anyone who actually works for a living think the government can spend earned income smarter than the person who earned it?

  6. Todd Mason

    How much do suppose Grover Norquist pulls down in a year? The annual budgets at Heritage and AEI? How much does Crossroads GPS pay Karl Rove? (We’ll set aside the question of how much he of it he earned.) If AEI’s economists maintained, as Mark Zandi does, a politics-free consultancy, how much work would they get?

    Speaking of AEI fellows, the Capretta study linked in Mr. P’s post above is a hoot. He argues that raising Medicare copays will control costs by putting more consumer skin in the game, an offshoot of the voucher/MSA concept of enlisting geezers as savvy consumers.

    Then he tells us that 75 percent of Medicare is fee for service while 25 percent is Medicare Advantage, or federally subsidized managed care version of Medicare. To which, I can say only WTF! I pay $64/mo for a no-deductible PPO through a Medicare Advantage provider. While my plan is top rated, you’d have to be a very savvy shopper to find fee-for-service/Medigap coverage that even comes close to the Advantage advantage (extra federal dollars.) So 75 percent of the enrollees that Capretta vests with consumer skills are too dumb to pick the best of two. Gentlemen, do you feel no shame?

    1. todd says: “How much do suppose Grover Norquist pulls down in a year? The annual budgets at Heritage and AEI? How much does Crossroads GPS pay Karl Rove?“…

      What does it matter what they make, it doesn’t belong to the federal government…

      1. Todd Mason

        I suppose your point would be valid if you don’t use the highway system, or commercial air travel, or buy meats and vegetables, or value national defense, national parks, public health…. Eh, Juanfreerider?

        1. I suppose your point would be valid if you don’t use the highway system, or commercial air travel…

          Well todd those two services such as they are are covered (or should be) by the excise taxes on them…

          or buy meats and vegetables“….

          How typical! The federal government has no business being in the food business…

          national parks, public health“…

          Again where in the Constitution does it say that the federal government should’ve confiscated land for parks and where is it in the Constitution does it mandate federal interference in the health care system of any sort?

          The only item you’ve named that is constitutionally mandated as a federal government responsibility is ‘defense‘…

          Everything else you listed falls under the umbrella of politcos pandering to the parasites, buying their votes, and bringing home the bacon…

          Excise taxes used to cover the cost of defense…

          So its back to your progressive drawing board for you todd to try to attempt to rationalize federal government theft of its citizens…

          1. Todd Mason

            At least we can date your mindframe to 1913, when citizens ratified the 16th amendment, which paved the way for federal income taxes. And a good thing, too, because the revenues demands of WWI pushed the top marginal rate to 77 percent in 1918. In WWII the top rate jumped to 94 percent and the Treasury introduced withholding to make sure it would be paid.
            Now, after Dubya started the longest two wars in our history, you say that poor should die on the sidewalk like real patriots so that the rich don’t have to bear the burden they did in 1918 and 1945. Do I have that right?

          2. todd says: “At least we can date your mindframe to 1913, when citizens ratified the 16th amendment, which paved the way for federal income taxes“…

            Yeah, thanks to the progressives we are now cursed with that monkey on our collective back…

            Now, after Dubya started the longest two wars in our history blah, blah, blah“…

            Whoa there todd, only Congress can declare war and only Congress can continue to finance war…

            Was Dubya cleaning up after slick willie?

            After all slick willie and the Democrats were believers that Iraq was a big, if not the biggest problem in the middle east…

            you say that poor should die on the sidewalk like real patriots so that the rich don’t have to bear the burden they did in 1918 and 1945. Do I have that right?“…

            No todd with your usual panache you have it wrong again…

            YOU claim that the poor could by dying in the streets (typical liberal strawman argument) and if that’s the case then why don’t YOU and your fellow travelers open up YOUR wallets and bestow the supposedly needed funds so that they don’t die…

            Its amazing how libs always want someone else’s money to finance your stupid ideas…

        2. Todd Mason

          Soeaking of stupid ideas, the 1920s and the 1950s (and the 90s) sure did prove that raising taxes puts an end to growth, eh?

          Yes, the Ds tried to out-sabre rattle the Rs following 9/11 but Dubya alone bears the blame of conjuring wmds and al Qaeda connections where they did not exist.

          1. todd says: “Soeaking of stupid ideas, the 1920s and the 1950s (and the 90s) sure did prove that raising taxes puts an end to growth, eh?“…

            What the heck are you attempting to say in that sentence?

            Yes, the Ds tried to out-sabre rattle the Rs following 9/11 but Dubya alone bears the blame of conjuring wmds and al Qaeda connections where they did not exist“…

            LMAO!

            You libs attempted to paint Bush as a moron at every turn and yet Bush supposedly talked hundreds of supposedly educated adults into financing a war on WMDs…

            ROFLMAO…

            Good one todd!

            Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says

          2. Todd Mason

            TTSHSAT,* Juandos!

            *Thinks texting shorthand is a substitute for actual thought.

          3. TTSHSAT,* Juandos!

            *Thinks texting shorthand is a substitute for actual thought“…

            OK todd

            First you don’t know what you’re about so then you resort to making words?!?!

            Weird…

            Well OK if that what floats your boat…

          4. Todd Mason

            LAWL-HWI Juandos?
            (Lost ass while laughing; head was inside.)

          5. LAWL-HWI Juandos?
            (Lost ass while laughing; head was inside.)
            “…

            Hmmm, todd still attempting to make up words to cover his inability to understand the ones already in use…

          6. Todd Mason

            You’re kinda like Rob Schneider in an Adam Sandler movies. Hey, wait. Are you Rob Schneider?

          7. Poor todd gets his cues on life from the movies apparently: “You’re kinda like Rob Schneider in an Adam Sandler movies. Hey, wait. Are you Rob Schneider?“…

            I had to look those names up…

            I got to say your taste in movies is like your other arguments, abysmally lame…

  7. spotteddog

    You are very generous with other peoples money.

  8. Todd Mason

    Not to worry, Juandos. Those of us living in the 21st century are laughing.

    1. Those of us living in the 21st century are laughing“…

      Well todd do you have the hubris to count yourself in that crowd?

      Then again your apparent inability with the English language means that comment about the 21st century could mean any number of things, none of them having anything to do with 21st century living…

      1. Todd Mason

        Wow. A pulse is all you need to live in the 21st century, which began 1/1/2001. My comment was an ironic reference to… Well, never mind.

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