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Woody Harrelson is on to something very right. I want him to do a documentary with Matt Taibbi.
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Boy, that $10 per pay check from the Payroll Tax “Holiday” is not worth the concessions that the Dems allowed the Republicans to hack out of the Affordable Care Act. I said it last year—the Payroll Tax boondoggle would be a shipwreck…
--Repeals key parts of ObamaCare and includes other health savings
—Cuts to ObamaCare pay for more than half ($11.6 billion) of the Medicare spending in the agreement.
—Cuts an ObamaCare slush fund (the Harkin Prevention Fund) by $5 billion.
—Eliminates an ObamaCare giveaway to Louisiana saving $2.5 billion.
—Reduces Medicaid spending (DSH rebase) by more than $4 billion.
—Other health savings total $9.6 billion and include reductions to Medicare “bad debt” and clinical laboratory payments
Don’t spend that $10 in one place—you’re going to need to save it for future Medical Lab work.
Killing the “Louisiana Purchase” is the only decent thing in this package of gutting.
Won a battle—losing the war.
I hope that six-pack of cheap beer and pack of smokes taste EXTRA sweet for you folks who screamed me down when I said this Payroll Tax “holiday” was not worth fighting for last year.
And we’re still de-funding our ability to cover future Social Security payouts.
I continue to say it is not worth it.
Screw the Payroll Tax Boondoggle-- it is hurting America's FUTURE.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Here's some really good Christmas Music:
DJ Riko's 10th Annual Merry Mixmas CD.
Best of the past nine years of AWESOME Christmas mixes. All there for free downloading, and NO DRM!!!
And here's the Cigar Box Nation Christmas Album Download. A whole CD's worth of awesome Christmas music played on homemade cigar box guitars.
Don't say I didn't give anything this year.
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There is no question that the Teabagged Republicans are intransigent assholes, but I cannot get my head around Democrats, Liberals and Progressives rallying around the de-funding of Social Security with this Payroll Tax Holiday.
Attaching it to the very needed Unemployment Insurance extension, and Medicare re-imbursement authorization was a recipe for disaster in the first place, with this gaggle of evil clowns controlling the House.
Here is the actual House Bill: via House.gov
You'll have one hell of a time finding half of the provisions discussed anywhere in the Media or the Blogosphere. What the House Teabaggers are all het up about is the stripping out of several of their most odious demands for all of two months.
1. They inserted a proviso that greatly weakens the Affordable Care Act: CPBB, which would throw nearly 200,000 out of coverage.
The provision in question would substantially increase the repayment charges imposed at tax time on many people who, under the health reform law, will receive subsidies to help them afford coverage during months of the year when their incomes are low but whose incomes increase later in the year because they have found a job, gotten a promotion, gotten married, or for another such reason.
2. They demanded circumvention, or neutering of EPA regulations that greatly reduce emmissions, and put strict controls on mining company effluents-- specifically Mercury and Arsenic. Of course, they cynically called this, "EPA Regulatory Relief." Fortunately, the EPA just rolled those regulations out, thus making this point nearly moot. But, of course, it only made the Teabagged House all the more adamant to get their way, today: Susie Madrak has more on this.
3. The Teabaggers also were demanding drug-testing for Unemployment Insurance applicants/recipients, which is utterly ridiculous.
So, those three pieces of the Teabagger Bill were stripped out-- for all of two months-- by the Senate, and that was enough for them to go apeshit, and, once AGAIN, threaten to destroy what is left of this economy.
But, as much as I cannot understand how the horribly unnecessary XL Pipeline, or these other provisions remotely relate to Medicare or Long-Term Unemployment, I simply cannot support the HEADLINE Payroll Tax Holiday.
Even when I was making only $20K per annum, even when I was unemployed for 18 months post-9/11, $20 in my paycheck was still of nominal value to me. It meant I drank cheap beer, and rolled my own smokes, instead of buying premium. Twenty bucks per pay period is not worth what the Teabaggers are demanding as ransom, without offering a damned thing in their so-called "negotiations."
The de-funding of Social Security should be questioned by EVERY AMERICAN from age eight to eighty.
I'd prefer the Senate get their over-paid asses back in session, split the Payroll Tax Holiday nonsense out, pass the necessary Medicare and UI extensions as a "clean" Bill for the entire year, and deal with the rest of the crap Legislation at a later date.
This is no fucking way to govern a Nation in crisis, and I am shocked that Congress retains even an 11% approval rate.
Moreover-- the Left needs to stop and give some SERIOUS thought as to just what the fuck it is championing with this Payroll Tax cut.
Fuck the lot of them, I am so goddamned pissed. I'm over 40, and dammit-- I WANT Social Security to simply EXIST in twenty years.
This shit is fucked up, and BULLSHIT.
Addendum: This has never been about the Payroll Tax Holiday, it was the Teabagged GOP trying to make the simplest, but meaningless and destructive "Working/Middle-Class" Tax relief as painful as possible, while rewarding their most greedy Corporate Sponsors.
Biggest beneficiaries of this shitty Bill? TELCOs, Insurance Companies, BigEnergy.
I've already run through all the "Direct vs. Indirect" Funding of SS elsewhere. Even IF SS is being otherwise funded through the General Fund, it is at the expense of some other vital Discretionary Spending Program, and let's face it folks-- Social Security and the General Fund were NEVER, EVER intended to co-mingle. The very premise of all of this is fundamentally WRONG.
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