“Part of the problem is today, only 53 percent pay anyfederal income tax at all; 47 percent pay nothing. We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something, even if it’s a dollar. Everyone should pay something, because we all benefit.” - Michele Bachmann
“We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax.” - Rick Perry
“Marco Rubio was right when he said we don’t have enough people paying taxes in this country.” - Jon Huntsman
By no means am I opposed to revenue increases, but didn’t the Republicans just refuse to raise taxes on anyone during the debt-ceiling debate? Didn’t we hear them all say again and again, “now is not the time to raise taxes”? What the fuck is going on here?
I think the Journal is far too soft on Rick Perry, who used a very generous helping of Obama’s stimulus money to create jobs in Texas, but nonetheless this editorial seems to summarize what many are thinking.
from The Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. Bachmann has a record of errant statements (see Battle of Lexington and Concord, history of) that are forgiven by Fox Nation but won’t be if she makes them as a GOP standard-bearer.
More substantively, her attempt to position herself at all times as the anti-establishment outsider has made her seem on occasion less principled than opportunistic. She quickly distanced herself from Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform when it came under liberal fire, even as she purports to be the scourge of uncontrolled spending. Her recent opposition to the debt-ceiling deal on grounds that GOP leaders should have insisted on first passing a balanced budget amendment, while holding only the House, was a political fantasy.
Mitt Romney is a weak front-runner who has money and campaign experience and looks Presidential. But he gives little evidence that he has convictions beyond faith in his own technocratic expertise.
The questions about Mr. Perry concern how well his Lone Star swagger will sell in the suburbs of Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where the election is likely to be decided. He can sound more Texas than Jerry Jones, George W. Bush and Sam Houston combined, and his muscular religiosity also may not play well at a time when the economy has eclipsed culture as the main voter concern.
from National Journal:
When Obama told Americans to contact their representatives to show support for his debt-ceiling plan, the response was so strong it overwhelmed some House telephone lines and websites.
On Tuesday morning, House officials said calls to telephone circuits there are hitting near capacity, with many callers getting busy signals. An alert advised members’ offices to provide important contacts with alternative numbers, adding that outbound calls are unaffected.
In addition, Monday night and Tuesday morning checks of the websites of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., showed a “Server is too busy” response on an otherwise blank screen, as did the House Ways and Means Committee website on Tuesday morning.
“We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle-we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.”
- National Education Conference, 11/6/04, Bloomington, MN
Can we please put an end to the media’s new revisionist attitude towards Bachmann? Her popularity among those on the far right is not surprising and it does not make her worthy of serious consideration. Stupid is as stupid does, people.