Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Polls Show GOP Scorns Americans' Wishes With Super Committee Picks

Two new polls revealed once again that the vast majority of the American people believed the rich should pay more in taxes, but Republicans appointing half of the so-called Super Committee tasked with working out the second half of the recent deficit-reduction package were adamant that Americans' wishes would have no impact on their unwavering commitment to coddle the rich with more and greater tax cuts, tax breaks, and tax subsidies.

"What I can pretty certainly say to the American people, the chances of any kind of tax increase passing with this, with the appointees of (House Speaker) John Boehner (R-OH) and I, are going to put in there, are pretty low," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sneered his utter contempt for the wishes of the electorate he was supposedly sworn to serve.

63% of Americans wanted McConnell and Republicans on the Super Committee to increase taxes on businesses and higher-income Americans as part of any deficit reduction package, a new CNN/ORC poll revealed Wednesday. However, all six Republicans selected by Boehner and McConnell were Grover Norquist sycophants pledged never to raise taxes on their ultra-wealthy patrons.

Only 35% wanted the Super Committee to make major changes in Social Security and Medicare, while 64% believed such changes should be off the table.

McConnell, however, wanted the Super Committee "to come back with a wholly significant entitlement reform." Republicans were rebooting their disgraced plot to dismantle Medicare, hand all its money to their insurance company cronies, and pawn off future seniors with worthless vouchers. Most Republicans also wanted to plunder Social Security and hand all its money to their Wall Street money moguls to pile on the roulette wheel of international equity markets.

The Super Committee was part of the ransom Republicans demanded for releasing the federal government debt ceiling they had kidnapped. If the government hadn't been able to raise its self-imposed credit limit, it wouldn't have been able to fund operations, pay off existing obligations, or send out Social Security or Veterans' benefits, eventually leading to the first-ever default on sovereign American debt.

The Republicans' ransom also included a $2.8 trillion all-cuts deficit reduction package that has created havoc in global equity markets. In dicey economic times, when the government becomes the consumer of last resort, government should be increasing spending to stimulate the economy, but Republicans continued to insist that government slash spending to depress the economy.

The Super Committee was slated to develop the second half of the deficit reduction package, allowing Republicans another chance to heed the electorates' call for revenue reforms to reduce the nation's debt.

A new USA Today/Gallup poll also released Wednesday revealed 66% of Americans they surveyed wanted to raise taxes on upper-income Americans as a way to reduce the federal deficit.

60% believed major changes should be made to the tax code to increase tax revenue.

However, right-wing firebrand and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), espousing the party line, declared, "the House won't support increasing taxes."

The six Republicans selected for the Super Committee were all right-wing stalwarts committed to coddling their rich cronies with more tax cuts and subsidies, not to reducing the deficit by tapping the horded billions in their rich cronies' coffers.

Among the GOP Senators, Jon Kyl (R-AZ) was McConnell's trusted henchman, Rob Portman (R-OH) was the Bush Administration's budget director, and Pat Toomey (R-PA) was a Tea Party ideologue.

Among the GOP members of Congress, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) was the staunch Norquistist chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) was the Energy and Commerce Committee chair committed to giving coal and oil companies free reign to devastate the environment, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) was the rabid anti-tax fanatic who chaired the House Republican Committee.

None demonstrated the least interest in representing the desires of the vast majority of Americans. All were committed to shielding their cronies' tax subsidies, shelters and havens.

Gallup found 66% of all Americans wanted the rich to pay higher taxes, but only 37% of Tea Party zealots felt the same way.

The Republicans were wholly committed to representing the interests of the tiny Tea Party extremist minority.

CNN/ORC found 63% of all Americans wanted to raise taxes on business and high-income earners, but only 24% of Tea Party zealots felt the same way.

The Republicans were wholly committed to representing the interests of the tiny Tea Party extremist minority.

64% of Americans didn't want major changes to Medicare or Social Security, but 47% of Tea Party zealots wanted to gut Medicare and dismantle Social Security, and let insurance company moguls and Wall Street tycoons run off with all the money.

Other recent polls revealed that 72% of Americans wanted to raise taxes on those making $250,000 or much, much more a year to keep Medicare and Social Security benefits secure, but Republicans and Tea Party zealots were committed to ransacking those programs so the wealthy could party in Ibiza.

"I think the focus needs to stay on spending. This select committee has been tasked with the job of trying to identify those cuts," Cantor rejected revenue reform to address the federal deficit.

Supply side ideologue Camp chimed in, "Last Friday's downgrade of our debt by S&P is a strong reminder of how important it is for this committee to lead and focus on restoring confidence in America by further cutting out of control spending..."

Never mind S&P felt it was Republican intransigence on taxes that imperiled America's sovereign debt.

The Republican juggernaut blundered blindly ahead, coddling the rich while devastating America's economy and wreaking havoc in global financial markets. Again. Still. Once and forevermore.

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