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GOP lawmaker calls for tax on millionaires in symbolic break with party

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posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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A freshman Republican congressman broke Thursday with his party's leaders by calling for a surtax on millionaires, a symbolic break with his own party's united front against new taxes of any sort.

Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford announced in his district today that he would introduce legislation that would impose a 5 percent surtax on individual income exceeding $1 million per year.

His legislation would require passage of a balanced budget amendment in exchange. "I hope Republicans consider passing a balanced budget amendment important enough to allow asking millionaires to pay a little more on their income over $1 million," Crawford said in a statement, "And I hope Democrats will recognize this good-faith effort and stop blocking a balanced budget amendment that will fundamentally alter the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars."


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At first I thought....well wow....a Republican wants to raise taxes on millionaires...which he does...but he also wants a balanced budget amendment tacked on to it. Quite frankly, that's not going to happen.




posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 08:32 PM
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Crawford should just switch parties now. He sure knows how to NOT get reelected, doesn't he? What a stupid douchebag move on his part.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 08:37 PM
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I am not for raising taxes on people in a perfect economy and government. But at least this Republican is willing to compromise with Democrats in order to get a balanced budget passed.

It's better than not budging at all and continuing down the road we are on. A balanced budget is a great first step.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 08:43 PM
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Originally posted by sheepslayer247
reply to post by AwakeinNM
 


I am not for raising taxes on people in a perfect economy and government. But at least this Republican is willing to compromise with Democrats in order to get a balanced budget passed.

It's better than not budging at all and continuing down the road we are on. A balanced budget is a great first step.


Disagree. We need to stop compromising with these socialists. They do not have the best interests of their constituents in mind.

Let them screw things up for a little while longer so they get their asses kicked out. Then we can start balancing the budget by cutting all the wasteful socialist programs and stop the unnecessary wars.

It's about principles, friend. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 08:52 PM
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The only way that USA is going to get close to a balanced budget is to expire the Bush tax cuts for everyone, which take up about a third of the current deficit.

This, combined with massive spending cuts in the military and many other unpopular areas such as medicare and social security is the only way to do this.

Life is tough when you're $15 trillion in debt and counting.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 09:15 PM
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Originally posted by babybunnies
The only way that USA is going to get close to a balanced budget is to expire the Bush tax cuts for everyone, which take up about a third of the current deficit.

This, combined with massive spending cuts in the military and many other unpopular areas such as medicare and social security is the only way to do this.

Life is tough when you're $15 trillion in debt and counting.


Yep, that's the ONLY way... a partisan viewpoint if ever there were one.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 09:23 PM
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David... have you heard of a 'snow balls chance in hell'? LOL...
If he isn't a disinformation plant, he will be cut off at the knees like my close friend was when he was elected and come home after serving his first term and not go back.
Waste of time John said as an honest politician will be shunned and let to do nothing.



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 11:04 PM
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We need to stop compromising with these socialists.


Just because someone recognizes the problems of income desparity and tries to correct that in the form of taxation does not make them a socialist. All to often we are quick to use such words without expressing it in the proper context.

What you are advocating is a single-party system in which a single agenda is uncontrolled or balanced by dissenting opinion.

I would completely disagree with that and that is the sort of tyrannical fascism that has put us in the spot we are in today!



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 11:13 PM
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Originally posted by sheepslayer247
reply to post by AwakeinNM
 


I am not for raising taxes on people in a perfect economy and government. But at least this Republican is willing to compromise with Democrats in order to get a balanced budget passed.

It's better than not budging at all and continuing down the road we are on. A balanced budget is a great first step.


The classic example of a Republican compromising with Democrats is George H.W. Bush and "Read my lips, no new taxes". Look how that turned out for him.

We don't have a budget problem because we aren't taxed enough, it's because Congress spends too much. PERIOD.
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posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 11:25 PM
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STOP SPENDING!!!
(sorry, didn't mean to shout)

If your household is in debt because you keep buying too much, keep giving away money, stop spending.

I refuse to compromise on ANY TAX INCREASE, EVER, because it can be solved by simply not spending money you don't have.
The federal government rakes in enough on current taxes, yet the idiots in DC just see that as a challenge to spend MORE!

STOP IT!

Now!



posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 11:41 PM
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Originally posted by sheepslayer247
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We need to stop compromising with these socialists.


Just because someone recognizes the problems of income desparity and tries to correct that in the form of taxation does not make them a socialist. All to often we are quick to use such words without expressing it in the proper context.

What you are advocating is a single-party system in which a single agenda is uncontrolled or balanced by dissenting opinion.

I would completely disagree with that and that is the sort of tyrannical fascism that has put us in the spot we are in today!


Higher taxes is NEVER a solution for fixing the economy or equalizing income DISPARITY. NEVER.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 01:45 AM
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Why are these moronic lawyers so economically ignorant? A tax hike in a bad economy nearly always reduces government net revenue in the long term, as it destroys the economy.

That's why even democratic moral infants like JFK and Clinton were actually smart enough to lower taxes and enjoyed economic booms and increased government revenue. Have they decided that supply side economics and the Laffer curve no longer hold?



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 11:21 AM
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I am not saying that I agree with it. What I do think may prove to be productive is the willingness to compromise. You may think it's a sign of weakness, but it actually takes an intelligent, strong person to give a little.....to get a little.

That tactic would serve us better in many aspects of our lives other than just politics and economics.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 12:50 PM
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Tax increases are little more than an attempt to 'borrow oneself out of debt', which everyone knows does not work.

However, having said that, given the disproportionate rates pointed out by Warren Buffet and others, it is high time the greedy elitist pay a more equitable share.



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 01:11 PM
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Originally posted by OldCurmudgeon
Tax increases are little more than an attempt to 'borrow oneself out of debt', which everyone knows does not work.

However, having said that, given the disproportionate rates pointed out by Warren Buffet and others, it is high time the greedy elitist pay a more equitable share.


You're not talking about Buffet's $500,000 a year secretary are you?



posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 01:23 PM
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Originally posted by Carseller4

Originally posted by OldCurmudgeon
Tax increases are little more than an attempt to 'borrow oneself out of debt', which everyone knows does not work.

However, having said that, given the disproportionate rates pointed out by Warren Buffet and others, it is high time the greedy elitist pay a more equitable share.


You're not talking about Buffet's $500,000 a year secretary are you?


Nope... not his secretary... the fact that the America has been corrupted by the greed of a few built on the blood, sweat and tears of the masses.
America now somewhat appears like merry old England of 'old' in the day of Kings and Serfs. As a matter of fact we even have a new show on tv now about jousting, so I await the return of Robin and his Merry Men...
I have my former brethern of the "Secret Order of the Elephants" to thank mostly for this, but lest we not forget those elitist hiding behind the guise of liberalism in their "Order of the Donkeys".
Corporations did not make America, America made Corporations possible.
Can you tell I'm sour and have lost complete faith in both parties... lmao



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