Now Running in Michigan

More like this, please.

McCain also has a new ad out, which you can view here. I did watch it this morning. It mostly consists of photos of Obama with the word “TAXES” across his face and a long, dark shadow of something that might be the Capitol Building. The voiceover is something like “Taxes. More taxes. Evil Taxes. Evil flesh-eating taxes. Evil flesh-eating taxes that are hiding under your bed with the bogyman and gonna GETCHA.”

That’s how I remember it, anyway.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden made the reasonable observation that for upper-income people, paying taxes is patriotic. I have to link to the AP again, sorry —

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the Republican campaign calls Obama’s tax increases “painful.”

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less — the vast majority of American taxpayers — would receive a tax cut.

Although Republican John McCain claims that Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama’s proposals.

Again, we see the startling new movement among journalists to do, um, journalism, and provide actual information. It’s been a while.

Anyway, Biden’s connection of taxes with patriotism has inspired many snorts and hoots of derision from the Right. Give money to the government? Puh-leeze.

Let’s see — They want a strong military and they want to run the military into the ground in the Middle East, but they won’t volunteer to fight — better things to do, you know — and they don’t want to pay for the war but instead want to continue to borrow money from China and cripple their children with debt.

Sing along —

Wing-nuts, yeah
What are they good for
Absolutely nothing
Wing-nuts, yeah
What are they good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, y’all

Wing-nuts, good God
What are they good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me

Etc. They’re parasites, I say.

7 thoughts on “Now Running in Michigan

  1. this morning on radio I actually heard it discussed of the US govt defaulting. It is time the US got this wake up call. In 2004 Bill Clinton stood at the Dem Convention and brought up the “how long will our creditors keep this up” subject. It is time to revisit reality.

  2. I went and read the snorts and hoots of the right.
    I must be missing something. Do they not feel the staggering decicit needs to be addressed? Do they think all of these bail outs are freebies? How do they think it will be paid for if not by someone getting taxed? Why are they against Obama’s plan unless they are making +$250,000. If they are making more than that, do they not love their country enough to forgo their designer jeans for a season to help pay for the mess the current admin has created?
    I really don’t understand how they think this will all shake out if no one pays taxes.

  3. Goldberg makes the goofy argument that since taxes are enforced by criminal law, patriotism has nothing to do with it. So why was the “Patriot Act” a major rewrite of criminal statutes? Why is registration with the Selective Service enforced by criminal law? And is paying taxes isn’t an accepted patriotic duty, we haven’t risen up as patriotic citizens to overthrow this anti-patriotic scheme to steal our hard earned cash — or simply elected more flag-pinned wearing patriots to abolish the IRS?

    Okay, I’ll go back to my corner and concentrate on my mantra.




  4. I recall showing a chart like this one of US deficits and surplusses to a wingnut – he first harrumphed with some snide comment about “is this Enron accounting?”, until he saw that it was put out by the GAO. It was as though his little mind had never seen anything like it before. “What else is Rush not telling you?” I wish I had said.

    For years, Democrats were lambasted as the “tax and spend” party – and that’s what McCain’s ad tries to evoke – but Republicans are worse: their motto is “put it on the plastic and let the kids pay for it”. Even McCain, the old McCain, said that Congress was spending money like a drunken sailor.

    Wingnuts snort that the Democrats try to buy votes with their programs, but the Republicans do the same thing by offering tax cut lollipops while running up massive deficits, to be repaid later. Republicans buy votes by putting money in your pocket, money that was borrowed from China.

    And so, one party is honest about spending and tries to tax accordingly, the other party lives in a complete fiscal fantasyland, and gets away with it, because no one – other than Ross Perot and few others – has had the courage to call them on it. It’s like showing that chart I mentioned earlier – completely foreign concept – they have never even seen anything like it.

    My whole theory about wingnuts harkens back to the 70s, where we began to hear of the “me generation”. Little did anyone suspect that these self centered children would morph into Reagan loving wingnuts. Their little minds can’t conceive of contributing to something bigger than themselves, like the government.

    Someone needs to drive the meme home that tax cuts really aren’t tax cuts. I suspect the wingnut mind will reject this, because believing in Santa Claus is so much easier.

  5. Obama says that things are so bad with McCain’s distortions and flip flops, that now the Bush administration is trying to distance themselves from McCain.

  6. I saw this coming over a year ago.Any SANE person knows you can’t spend money like a drunken sailor without taking anything in.
    About 4 months ago, I had an opinion piece published in the Orlando Sentinel titled “The Grand Funk, not quite the great depression, but the worst recession since”.Last night’s appearance of Suze Ormond freaking out on Larry King Live along with the various federal officials bloviating on the news/ talk shows validate the premise.Our economy is in great peril.
    I fear we will see belly flop after belly flop as the fed searches for that great cosmic “reset button”.
    I hope, my friends, that this is the Bush administration’s grand finale, one which drives the stake into the heart of the RNC beast, but who knows what treats are in store for us as the elections loom closer. Suspended elections due to national security threats?
    FEMA “Camps” available to the neveaux homeless / jobless?
    Perhaps I read to much over at Rense?
    One would think the Republicans will suffer the biggest up set in history, but with a war hero (?) and his dominatrix running mate, who can figure out how this Twilight Zone episode will end?
    More people standing on a corner asking for CHANGE………
    We hear much about the poor “shareholders’ but little of the thousands of new jobless created by the collapse of the Wall Street titans.
    Little Georgie will smash his toys in spite as he leaves Toon Town for Crawford (Or Paraguay?).

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