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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

House Republicans Want to Raise Your Taxes???

The Associated Press reports:

'WASHINGTON (AP) -- News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes.

Impossible, right? GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?

Apparently not.

Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different "temporary" tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase.

The tax break extension they oppose is sought by President Barack Obama. Unlike proposed changes in the income tax, this policy helps the 46 percent of all Americans who owe no federal income taxes but who pay a "payroll tax" on practically every dime they earn.'

How are tax increases "conservative?" How are tax increases on hard working Americans-- who are already being squeezed by inflation-- fair? Is this the kind of policy that conservatives are willing to tolerate even if they don't agree with it, while any disagreements they may have with Congressman Ron Paul are entirely intolerable?

Why are Republicans always willing to compromise in the direction of more government, but never in the direction of less government?

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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