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February 07, 2006


Is this the year? No, probably not. We'll get back mindshare in a lot of blue/purplish states and districts this time around (hopefully before November), but For America to come back from the brink, the Red Folks also need to see just how badly fucked they've become. For that to happen, they will need to be well-n-truly fucked, so I figure another 4 years at least before the Long National Republican Nightmare is over.

Bush talked about two things in the SOTU: (1) making his tax cuts permanent and (2) cutting the deficit in half by 2009. It is impossible to do both of these things simultaneously.

Repeat after me:

Republicans don't believe in government (they've said so).


It is hard to grasp just how much the lower 80% of the population has been losing ground over the last ten years. The Bush tax cuts are a big part of this. The dividend and capital gains rate cuts go disproportionately not just to the top, but to the tippy top--a full 45% of the benefits go to the top .3% of households, those with a taxable income of over $1 million. Surely this raises the question, "how much is enough?" And the bill for the so-called "investor" tax cuts is $20 billion over 5 years.

Many have remarked that where we really show who we are as a people is in the budget bills--who we tax and who we reward. This latest Bush disaster is one more example of his distorted sense of priorities.

What to do? Find out more of the facts here and here. A good place to start is the 13 GOP representatives who voted against the last budget reconciliation bill here and the 31 Dem House members who voted to repeal the estate tax last year, also available on Atrios' site. These folks really need to feel the heat.

Matt Yglesias is probably right--just crushing the so-called "GOP moderates" is probably the way to go, rather than expectring them to do the right thing. Not that I am a "wait until November" sort of person. Raising impeachment and replacing the current Congress with something better are not mutually exclusive.

Per Froomkin, no one in the press seems willing to take this budget seriously. That is at least some progress.

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