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Showing posts with label US Senate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Senate. Show all posts

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tax Plan Most Do Not Want

Allow a few minutes for a quick review of the GOP tax plans. MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle offers a great reminder of how the tax plans work against the middle class. 

Ruhle analysis is a stark reality, especially when we have multiple and credible reporting, the public has little to no interest in a GOP tax cut (which is really a well-disguised tax increase on those who make less).

Nate Silver's 538 Blog and other related political surveys find and report a total lack of interest in GOP plans.  We suspect the nation really does have a sense of who in the nation will benefit from tax cuts.  
About a third of voters currently support the Republican tax reform package, according to an average of five surveys released1 this month. In a Quinnipiac University survey, just 25 percent of voters approved of the plan. Surveys from ABC News/Washington PostCNNMorning Consult and YouGov put approval of the plan slightly higher, but all are still at 36 percent or lower. Meanwhile, an average of the five polls puts opposition at 46 percent.
Quinnipiac University Survey

November 15, 2017 - Latest Massacre Drives Gun Control Support To New High, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Reject GOP Tax Plan 2-1


American voters disapprove 52 - 25 percent of the Republican tax plan. Republican voters approve 60 - 15 percent, with 26 percent undecided. All other party, gender, education, age and racial groups disapprove.  
The wealthy would mainly benefit from this tax plan, 61 percent of American voters say, while 24 percent say the middle class will mainly benefit and 6 percent say low-income people would mainly benefit.  
American voters say 59 - 33 percent that the Republican tax plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.  
Only 16 percent of American voters say the Republican tax plan will reduce their taxes, while 35 percent of voters say it will increase their taxes and 36 percent say it won't have much impact on their taxes.  
Only 36 percent of voters believe the GOP tax plan will lead to an increase in jobs and economic growth, while 52 percent do not believe it.  
American voter opinions on some of the elements of the Republican tax plan are:
  • 49 - 45 percent that lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent is a bad idea;
  • 58 - 30 percent that doubling the standard deduction is a good idea;
  • 59 - 30 percent that eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes is a bad idea;
  • 48 - 43 percent that eliminating the estate tax is a good idea.
"The sentiment from voters: The GOP tax plan is a great idea, if you are rich. Otherwise, you're out of luck," Malloy said.
If we revisit the 538 piece we find a graphic which clears shows such tax cuts are not popular and the cuts actually do not provide political leverage of pushing for such cuts.  

The GOP’s tax bill is historically unpopular

1981GallupReagan tax cut I51%26%+25
2001HarrisW. Bush tax cut I4937+12
2010ABC/WaPoExtending Bush tax cuts I5442+12
2013ABC/WaPoExtending Bush tax cuts II4538+7
2003HarrisW. Bush tax cut II4539+6
1986CBS/NYTReagan tax cut II3834+4
1993GallupClinton tax hike3444-10
1990Voter News ServiceH.W. Bush tax hike4152-11
2017November average*Trump tax cut3246-14

*Average of surveys by CNN, Quinnipiac University, Morning Consult, ABC/WaPo and YouGov. 
Note: The polls included in this table used different question wording, including variations on “support,” “approve” and “favor,” as well as “oppose” “disapprove” and “vote down.”

Alas, the GOP doesn't give a damn about public sentiment. Is there a surprise there? In 2014 data indicates the majority of members of Congress (House and Senate) are millionaires.


The Center for Responsive Politics analyzed the personal financial disclosure data from 2012 of the 534 current members of Congress and found that, for the first time, more than half had an average net worth of $1 million or more: 268 to be exact, up from 257 the year earlier.Jan 9, 2014
The wealthy benefit from any GOP tax plan for the first moment of presidential signature.  Do we have yet another case of millionaires left in charge of boatloads of unguarded money?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jeff Flake Declares No Reelection Run For The US Senate

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True American Senators are standing tall

Thirty-seven seconds of a Senate speech which go down in history. Jeff Fake declared today he would not seek re-election to his Arizona Senate seat this ending an 18 years career in (conservative) service to his home state and its citizens.  

USA Today

Full Transcript: Jeff Flake's Speech on the Senate Floor - The New ...

The full 17:21 minute Senate floor speech.

From the historic Senate floor speech to the depths of Trumpism via his fatuous Press Secretary. Comment from Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to highlight and embody the core values and silliness of Trump and his governing cabal.

Excerpt responses from the Press Secretary.
(Flake's used)....."language wasn't befitting of the Senate floor."  
"You've got an individual in the president. He's a fighter. We've said it many times before -- the people of this country didn't elect somebody to be weak. They elected somebody to be strong, and when he gets hit, he's going to hit back." 
"The president is fighting for an agenda and he has, as I've said, if he gets hit he's going to hit back," she said. "And people didn't elect him to be weak -- they elected him to be strong. And if he feels it's necessary to respond, he's going to do that."
The depths of Trumpism is as ugly as it gets.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Babbling Wisconsin Senator And His BCRA

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It seems the GOP talking points regarding the BCRA did not work well for Wisconsin's Ron Johnson during this morning's Morning Joe show.

We realize some GOP talking heads are very adroit at strategically occupying segment minutes, but Johnson, in this segment, surpassed the more familiar babble of Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

I am not going to work to add text to Johnson's babble as his statements clearly indicate the archetypal politician. 

Why bother with inane babble when so many find the Better Care Reconciliation Act a far more "mean" than the House bill Trump signed?

Many medical groups and responsible administrators find the law a harmful to the nation. 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Senate Healthcare Bill; Same As Draconian As Ryan's Bill (Maybe Worse)

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Is this a death panel?
The US Senate leadership indicated the legislative body would come up with their own bill as the May 4th release of the House bill was met with deep scorn and a horrific CBO report.

Well, it seems GOP Senatorial leadership lied. The bill, released today, in many ways mirrors the Ryan bill and in other ways seems more Draconian.

CNN offers a point to point comparison of ObamaCare, the House bill and the Senate bill. link.

We also located a detailed review via the Washington Post (linked below), but first, let;s take a look at the 13 MEN McConnell assigned to secretly develop the bill.

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The Washington Post: link.

We will follow the day to day gyrations of the GOP health care tax cut and report pieces we feel shed light on the great con.

Obama's reaction?

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

GOP Senators Shove Low Wage Americans Down The Drain! (Again)

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The US Senate failed to advance a measure to increase the Minimum Wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. GOP Senators with one exception, Corker Tennesse, stood lock-step in opposing a measure to increase the minimum level of pay for people who provide critical services as a foundation for our society. (See Pew Research below)

I posit, women, minorities (Black and Latino primarily) the elderly worker and the very young are not exactly predominate GOP voters. Each group represents a population demographic that historically provides potential employees for low wage jobs. 

Let's start a quick review of "your GOP" with the GOP television network, (AKA Fox News) and a look at at how network managers cared to cover the Senate vote. You will see major coverage of the GOP "tool" against the administration and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: "Benghazi."  

Scandal Over Substance, Fox Ignores Minimum Wage For Benghazi
For more information concerning conservative media coverage of the federal minimum wage, see herehere, and here.

For more on this and other information on Benghazi myths, visit Mythopedia.

Media Matters via the graphic reminds Fox News follows the script via no coverage of GOP opposition to raising the Minimum Wage. I may have misstated there. There was coverage for those Fox News viewers who DVR the network for later watching.

As indicted below Fox News mirrors GOP voting blocs. Th exist a set of common demographics among Fox News viewers. A set of demographics that facilitates Ruppert Murdock and Roger Ailes support for all things conservative without the prospect of offending their loyal sycophants. The network's viewers are majority white male in age groups from mid-twenties through age 60 and above.

Democrat voting blocs aside, take a look at who actually earns the Minimum Wage.


JULY 19, 2013

Who makes minimum wage?

Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year 1.566 million hourly workers earned the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour; nearly two million more earned less than that because they fell under one of several exemptions (tipped employees, full-time students, certain disabled workers and others), for a total of 3.55 million hourly workers at or below the federal minimum.
That group represents 4.7% of the nation’s 75.3 million hourly-paid workers and 2.8% of all workers. In 1979, when the BLS began regularly studying minimum-wage workers, they represented 13.4% of hourly workers and 7.9% of all wage and salary workers. (Bear in mind that the 3.55 million figure doesn’t include salaried workers. But BLS says relatively few salaried workers are paid at what would translate into below-minimum hourly rates. Also, 19 states besides the District have minimum wages higher than the federal standard; people who’d be minimum-wage workers in those states aren’t included in the 3.55 million total.)
People at or below the federal minimum are:
  • Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
  • Mostly (78%) white; fully half are white women.
  • Largely part-time workers (64% of the total).
MinimunWageTableThey work in industries that you might expect: Just over half (51%) work in the leisure and hospitality industry, about 16% in retail, 9% in education and health services, and the rest scattered among different sectors. Broken down occupationally, the picture is similar: Nearly 44% are in food-preparation and serving-related occupations; 15% are in sales and related occupations, and the rest are scattered.
In 2013, Pew may have via study placed a finger on GOP indifference to raising the minimum wage:
  • Disproportionately young: 50.6% are ages 16 to 24; 24% are teenagers (ages 16 to 19).
  • Mostly (78%) white; fully half are white women.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

A President Promises To Do "What He Can" To Help The Middle Class.

A president promises to help the middle class and the poor despite formidable obstruction from the Republican Party, its money backers and its media.

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In this week's address, President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class, so that we can expand opportunity for all and build an economy that works for the American people.

It is a sad state that such an energetic and forwarding thinking president has to succumb to GOP and conservative America. The following statement from above is as telling as it gets.
"President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class..."
When we allow the Koch brothers to hijack our federal government in 2010, we effectively laid Obama's agenda to waste. Since, the GOP majority infested the House of Oz, we have consistently steadfastly stepped backward into times we should at all cost want to remain in our past. 
Times of out-of-control spending (Reagan and Bush W.), times of unnecessary wars (Reagan and Bush W.), times of regressive social retrenchment (Reagan) and times of phenomenal rise in income disparity (Reaganomics); yet people still elect politicians who claim the GOP. 
There is no example more striking then the current approval ratings of the US Congress (from 11th,112th to the 113th): Nine per cent. While the Right has effectively leveraged and mobilized social deficiencies (intolerance bias and racism and false fiscal consciousness) in the minds of millions, we have skirted national catastrophe. 

The president is saying, "I am hindered in my hope and desire for the nation, and I will do what I can in my remaining time in the Oval Office."

Need we remind of where the GOP has taken us and what we have to ahead should we return our federal legislature over to the GOP in 2014?

The GOP members of Congress were against the
Stimulus Bill. Our economy avoided a second Great Depression as a result of the Stimulus!

GOP support for the 2009 Stimulus and a look at how the GOP supports efforts to "kill recessions" when Democrats are in the Oval Office.

Forty-seven percent of voters in 2012 voted to return the nation to Romney/Paul. We should be more specific. Sixty percent of eligible voters voted in the 2012 General elections; 47 % of those voters cast ballots for the GOP. The only economic strategy espoused by the failed ticket was enhanced economic austerity and cutting taxes. They cling to failed strategies that contributed greatly to Bush W. economic failures. 

Pay Equity and Fair Pay for Women

Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine also declined to back the expansion of enforcing equal pay for women, even though she’d been supportive of a similar bill in the past. Noted the liberal blog ThinkProgress :
"Not a single Republican supported the bill, including Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who had previously voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which removed barriers blocking workers from seeking compensation from discriminatory pay practices. At the time, Snowe said, “This new law[] sends a clear message to the American people that this Congress is committed to these core principles and will continue to work in bipartisan fashion to break down the barriers of wage discrimination in our nation.”
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), who also voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Act, was the lone Democrat voting against the bill today. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was not present for the vote. 
The bill would have worked to ensure equal pay for women, giving them more remedies in the court system for wage discrimination. 
The summary of the bill states that it “amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for, enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages.”

The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (AKA, ACA, Obamacare and Obama Cares)

Washington Post (March 2010)
"The House voted 219 to 212 to approve the measure, with every Republican voting no." 
It should be noted the House has enacted 46 frivolous votes to repeal the ACA at a cost of $1.6 million per vote. The math indicates: $73.6 million dollars wasted via the "Fiscally conscious" House GOP. We suggest these silly, yet costly, protest votes were, and are, votes to placate the desires of and pressure from their uber wealthy money-brokers who have innate disdain for people in need of medical coverage. In other words, "....don't blame us, we are doing your bidding, now keep the money coming." 

Unemployment Insurance Payments in the face of GOP Obstruction

For the third the GOP has filibustered the long-term unemployed into much more dire states of economic strife. They simply do not care about people, who have worked and for reasons beyond their control remain unemployed. Elizabeth Warren (D) MA, spoke eloquently about Draconian GOP policies towards the unemployed.

It is shame others in the Democratic Party (elected officials and former cabinet members are not speaking so eloquently and with such conviction.) 

We have picked and reported on a few very notable examples of unadulterated GOP obstruction against a president and against a healing nation. Let's visit a less reported area of GOP obstruction. An area that illustrates how President Obama is a victim of obstruction unparalleled in US history.

"President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class..."
Believe it or not we actually are hearing an seeing reports of the GOP taking over the US Senate in the mid-term November elections.  Is America really going to follow that path? 

We have been down the path before and have just comeback not long ago.