I think the thing that baffles me so much about Republican voters is that their own party doesn’t try to hide the fact that they’re a shill for the richest among us and big business. Nearly every economic policy they support clearly favors these two groups, while almost every cut they push for targets the poor and middle class.
Heck, a couple of years ago when all the Bush tax cuts were set to expire they essentially said that they would rather the taxes for every single American go up if it meant that taxes for the top two percent were set to return to their Clinton-era levels. You know, when we had a balanced budget and a record-setting economy. Luckily for us, that didn’t go over so well with most Americans, and Republicans eventually caved.
Well, their most recent blatant display of contempt towards needy Americans comes in the form of Republicans on a congressional tax-writing committee removing $12 million from a program aimed at keeping foster children out of the sex trade business.
Oh, but they made sure to keep $310 billion over 10 years in an attempt to make permanent certain tax cuts and breaks that benefit big corporations. One of these tax breaks is sometimes called the “GE loophole,” which allows some companies to avoid paying taxes altogether.
By the way, that $310 billion in tax cuts would just be added to our deficit. You know, the deficit Republicans continually harp on and on about being something we “must reduce.” And while millions of Americans suffering from long-term unemployment lost their benefits a few months ago (because Republicans claimed the deficit couldn’t handle the spending) they seem to have no problem handing out billions for big corporations to cheat our tax system.
Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said it best, “It is an incredible conflict in priorities where we can’t do $1 million a year for desperate youth, but we can do $310 billion over the next 10 years in significant corporate tax breaks that are not being paid for.”
Time and time again Republicans brazenly show the entire country exactly who they represent, yet tens of millions of poor and middle class Americans continue to vote for these corporate sellouts.
It’s no wonder people like me just can’t help but ask ourselves, “Why the hell do these people continually vote against their own interests?”
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