GI's are dying for a lie -- "security situation" in Afghanistan is NOT improving in spite of U.S. "surge" and "counter-insurgency" doctrine
It makes one wonder about the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people won't do? One thing is certain in this hungry world; no regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters.
Latinos come to the US to seek the same dreams that have inspired millions of others: they want a better life for their children. Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande. Latinos enrich our country with faith in God, a strong ethic of work, community & responsibility. We can all learn from the strength, solidarity, & values of Latinos. Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is the sign of a successful nation. New Americans are to be welcomed as neighbors and not to be feared as strangers.
The following article was copied directly from DailyKos at this link:
by Jed Lewison
Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 02:41:25 PM PST
[bumped - Barbara Morrill]
By far, the single biggest new piece of stimulus in the Obama-GOP tax deal is the temporary one year reduction of individual Social Security payroll taxes from 6.2% to 4.2%.
That one measure alone will inject $120 billion into the economy next year, and because it only applies to the first $106,000 of each taxpayer's income, the vast majority of that $120 billion will go to people who will actually spend it, in the process, strengthening the economy.
So if the payroll tax holiday will (a) stimulate the economy and (b) primarily benefit middle-income taxpayers, then why do you think Republicans are agreeing to it?
The answer to that question should figure prominently into whether you support or oppose this deal, and at least to me, there's only one answer that makes sense: Republicans see the payroll tax holiday as yet another tax trap.
Here's why it's a trap: the deal calls for the payroll tax holiday to last for just one year. That means on January 1, 2012, payroll taxes would go back up to 6.2%.
Put another way, the Republican message in 2011 will be this: "If Congress doesn't extend the payroll tax holiday, everybody's taxes are going up on January 1, 2012."
If you don't think Republicans that's exactly what Republicans will say, then you haven't been paying attention. Not only will they demand an extension of the payroll tax holiday, they'll make extending it permanently the centerpiece of their 2012 Presidential campaign.
Given that the economy is likely to still be in lousy shape shape one year from now, extending the payroll tax holiday will probably be politically popular. So there will be tremendous pressure on Democrats to extend it. The problem is, extending it would threaten Social Security. And extending it permanently would kill Social Security as we know it.
The issue isn't whether we can afford a temporary one year payroll tax holiday. We can. In fact, doing so would help the economy. But as is painfully obviously, in this political climate, there's no such thing as a "temporary" tax cut.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that cutting the employee side of the payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2% on a permanent basis will force massive cuts in Social Security benefits. Republicans certainly understand the implications. And that's why they want this payroll tax holiday -- because it will help them undermine the entire Social Security system.
Sure, it would be wildly irresponsible to risk the entire Social Security system. But these are Republicans we're talking about. They live for this kind of stuff.
Could Democrats hold the line and refuse to extend the payroll tax cut? In theory, yes. But it would require good messaging. And you'd have to be crazy to depend on Democrats to do a good job with messaging.
So even though the payroll tax holiday would provide some short-term stimulus, in the long-run it will jeopardize the future of Social Security. It's being sold as a concession on the part of Republicans, but it's not a concession, it's a trap that Democrats should avoid.
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