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Dem Say GOP Is ‘Not Rooting For America’

From The Hill:

Wasserman Schultz: GOPs who didn’t cheer tax cuts ‘not rooting for America’

By Walter Alarkon – 01/28/10

Democrats are blasting Republicans for sitting on their hands when President Barack Obama touted the middle-class tax cuts in the stimulus during his State of the Union speech Wednesday.

Just after the president pointed out that the Democrats’ $787 billion stimulus included tax cuts for the middle class, small businesses and first-time homebuyers, congressional Democrats stood and applauded while Republicans remained seated.

"I thought I’d get some applause on that," he said, pointing at the side of the House chamber where the Republicans were seated.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) went further. 

"The only explanation I can think of is that they’re just not rooting for America to succeed," she told The Hill. "I don’t know how you can sit through proposals like providing tax cuts for middle-class Americans, getting an injection of cash into the hands of small-business owners so we can create jobs."

The stimulus provided a tax break of up to $400 per year for Americans making less than $200,000 and reduced fees for loans guaranteed by the federal Small Business Administration.

Later in the speech, Obama proposed further small business tax breaks, including a credit for firms who hire workers or raise employee wages and the elimination of the capital gains tax on small firms…

Has Ms. Wasserman Schultz ever once voted for a tax cut in her five years in Congress?

And if tax cuts are so good, why is she and the rest of the Democrats so determined to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire?

Are they not rooting for America?

By the way, the inaptly named Citizens For Tax Justice have given Ms. Wasserman Schultz their highest 100% approval rating (a pdf file).

On its about page, the CTJ proudly proclaims their heroic mission:

About The Citizens for Tax Justice

Our Mission 

Citizens for Tax Justice, founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation. CTJ’s mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws. Against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations and the wealthy, CTJ fights for:

* Fair taxes for middle and low-income families
* Requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share
* Closing corporate tax loopholes
* Adequately funding important government services
* Reducing the federal debt
* Taxation that minimizes distortion of economic markets

They also brag about having been against every tax cut in history, including President Reagan’s and the last Present Bush’s.

Unsurprisingly, the CJT are also for taxing ‘the rich’ to pay for Obama-care, as well as taxing the banks to punish them for their naughty behavior.

All in all, Ms. Wasserman Schultz reminds us that one problem with America is that so many of the wrong people are unemployed.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Dem Say GOP Is ‘Not Rooting For America’”

  1. BillK says:

    Whereas the Democrats actively want to destroy America, at least one with any resemblance at all to what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

    Note it’s not just Democrats; many members of the press are adopting the anti-GOP playbook when the GOP has no power to stop anything the Democrats want to do.

    For example, from the somewhat major blog “LA Observed”:

    Aren’t Republicans lame?

    By Mark Lacter

    Those gutless, heartless wonders sat on their hands for most of the Obama speech, including the part about new bank taxes. That might turn out to be a questionable strategy – aren’t they going after the angry populist crowd who want to see those big, mean bankers go to jail? When Obama mentioned his bank proposal, the pool camera cut to the Republicans sitting there like lumps. An influential Democrat emailed Megan McArdle: “The footage of every R sitting when Obama talked about bank tax is going into every ad we do in 2010.” Not that I’m especially thrilled about the bank tax – we shouldn’t be proposing short-term fixes when long-term re-regulating is in order. But this isn’t really about conflicting tax philosophies. This is about lawmakers – and the president – turning the narrative into a language of dumb and dumber. And here is Obama, who has never let anyone see him sweat, desperately pumping water out of the boat while Republicans seem quite willing to watch the thing sink, no matter how many lives it costs.


    Note this article was ostensibly written by LA Observed’s business writer.

    But what else would you expect for a business writer who works for (wait for it…) Southern California Public Radio.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You know, I had to live through the 60’s once already, with the hippies giving the finger to cops and so on. I really don’t feel I should have to put up with it again. Nor should anyone, really.

    • mr_bill says:

      Rusty, I may be off a bit here but I read the [original] hippie movement a bit differently from the modern liberal ‘hippie’. I will openly confess that I did not live during the 60’s and I will defer to your experience to be the final authority on the subject.

      My interpretation is that the difference between the hippies of the 1960’s and the people who have corrupted the ‘movement’ since then, is that hippies originally just wanted government to leave them alone. They weren’t anti-war because they didn’t like war per-se (although some were), the majority were anti-war because they saw it as an expression of the government and an embodiment of state authority, which they despised. They wanted to be able to smoke pot and take acid with nobody to tell them ‘no.’ The were against formally established authority in favor of their own communal authority (or lack thereof), something slightly akin to survivalist groups who desire to live “off the grid” and are continually demonized by statists (who realize they can’t control people like that). The modern leftist has somehow transformed the desires of a collective of individuals (who wanted ‘the establishment’ to stay out of their lives) into the impetus for more government rather than less, which is the antethesis of the hippie movement.

      In the end, it has become the thing it once fought against-a tool of the state. I think the change has been so sublime and gradual that is has gone largely unnoticed. I would gladly take 1960’s hippies over the modern progressive statist in a heartbeat, because even though the 60’s hippie often endorsed communism, they were virtually powerless to bring any of it to bear and I think they were really addressing the [local] community aspect of helping your neighbors rather than asking government to do it, and had not contemplated the authoritative government extensions that would come with communism’s widespread implementation.

      That being said, its doubtful that the modern statist would have the foothold he has today were it not for the hippie movement in the first place, so I see where you are coming from in your comment.

    • proreason says:

      Communists co-opted the hippie movement from about the second minute.

      All of the hippie commissars had been trained by Marxist professors and were probably being controlled by Russia, if not directly, then through intermediaries.

      Don’t confuse the little girls and boys who wanted to get high and get laid with “the movement”.

      The people that just wanted to get laid are the ones that moved on to lead productive lives and are now being destroyed by Obamy.

      The commissars went on to become the Democrat leaders of Congress and the criminals behind them. David Horowitz is the authority on this matter, since he was one of the leaders and has since come to his senses. He has a good website.

    • mr_bill says:

      Don’t confuse the little girls and boys who wanted to get high and get laid with “the movement”.

      Pro, you make an important distinction that I missed, even though it was staring me in the face, thanks for pointing that out. I guess I was foucsing too much on the relatively benign non-showering crowd that is busy making commercial music nowadays.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      because even though the 60’s hippie often endorsed communism, they were virtually powerless to bring any of it to bear and I think they were really addressing the [local] community aspect of helping your neighbors rather than asking government to do it, and had not contemplated the authoritative government extensions that would come with communism’s widespread implementation.

      Without trying to sound rude, you just answered your own question. ( If there was a question)

      They think that the answer is communism, socialism, group think and the “commune mentality” when it was proven over and over that communes failed, repeatedly. There are still some around but they fail.

      The issue that smoking pot and not wanting to go to Vietnam was the highly publicized front story, but largely I saw spoiled kids who thought that their “square” parents were subjecting them to a molded life and they didn’t “dig that, man”. And their ideas gravitated towards a type of group-think that was not only destrcutive but has manifested itself in our “elected leaders” telling us what’s best for us. Ironic, huh?

      That’s why they think global warming is real
      that cars that run on grass clippings are the answer
      that everything that big industry (‘the man’) has done in the past 200 years is evil…

      etc, etc, etc.

      I was a kid in the 60’s with Korean War era parents…(Think “That 70’s Show” with Red Foreman for a dad) My uptake on watching hippies and their loose logic and the trouble they caused annoyed me because by the time I got into their age group, I had to suffer under the new rules that put into place to deal with their crap. And I still am….as we all are now. And I hate it. They have destroyed the housing market due to a the utopian misconception that everyone is entitled to a house (group thinking…the people need to “share all the wealth so all can have things”)

      Trust me, the hippies are still there…they are Pelosi, Reid, Holder, Franks, etc etc. They are angry hippies who are gonna now “show us” and “do things their way” because they actually believe they are right and were right all along.

      The other irony is that they are ridiculously powerful and ridiculously wealthy. They will not fork over any of THEIR wealth to the “cause”…which, was one of the problems in communes…along with not being able to keep it in their pants.

      They still think they should be able to smoke pot whenever they want…and some in the Clinton administration did (See “Unlimited Access” by Gary Aldrich) And now that they ARE the government, they think they owe it to their hippie movement to achieve a socialist state.

      Remember, they are perpetually unhappy people. Spoiled their whole lives and pretty much allowed to do as they please. They are the result of never being told “no”.

      And….one of the mantras for a hippie, either from the 60’s or now is “The government should…..” and then insert whatever demand they have. They were taught and it was reinforced that that kind of mentality is ok. I was always taught that “These are my options…I need to do this and this to achieve this goal”. Going into the military didn’t bother me one bit. I was glad to do it. But for those who chose not to, I despise being looked upon like some lesser form of life. In fact, those who went to college straight out of high school seem to parrot the stale 60’s mantra that the military is a bunch of war mongers.

      That’s patently untrue.

      But I digress.

      Nope, if you look closely, you’ll see exactly the same attitudes from the hippies in office that you saw in the 60’s, or have been exposed to. relativism, god is dead, tune in, turn on, drop out, get off my back, man, etc etc.

      They haven’t changed. It’s just that they are in power now and having a tantrum.

    • mr_bill says:

      Thank you both for your replies. As a person who didn’t live through it and can only look back through the [self-serving, liberal academic] accounts of what that period of American history was about, I find it difficult to sort through the contradictions and revisionist history. My post was more an attempt to gain some clarification than a specific question and I think you have dispelled some inaccurate perceptions I had about the era. That’s one of the things I like about coming here-there isn’t a bunch of lib pseudo-sophistry to get in the way of the truth.

      I did find it amusing, Rusty, that you liken your father to Red Foreman, as that is a comparison I have made about my own father many times (they even look alike!).

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I dug all the “free” love!!

  2. bill says:

    Dem: GOP Is ‘Not Rooting For (insert) bankrupting America’

    Your title needs a slight correction.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Hitler didn’t just lie through his teeth to turn people against eachother; it was for what he and his people were known.

    The lobbyist line, the SCOTUS attack, and touting ‘tax cuts’ in the stimulus had to be three of the biggest whoppers in American history, and it got the loudest and wildest applause from that farmhouse on the left side of parliament. These are dangerous, desperate lunatics.

  4. proreason says:

    We should just ban wealth.

    Get it over with. This decade long war against prosperity is getting tiresome.


    Except, of course, for our aristocracy. If they couldn’t live in the luxury they have grown accustomed to, they couldn’t rule us as benevolently as they do.

  5. BigOil says:

    During every SOTU I have ever watched, when a republican president mentioned tax cuts, every democrat sat on their hands. I always wondered how anyone could vote for a party that clearly wanted to take as much of your money as possible.

    Republicans did not applaud the boy wonder because they know any lib proposed tax cuts will be ineffective. To democrats, a tax cut is a weapon to wield for wealth redistribution and social engineering.

    Obama’s first so called middle class tax cuts were a withholding adjustment – not a tax cut.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    The below video is yet another good example of what kind of people support the Obama socialist machine. You will just shake your head!


  7. JohnMG says:

    I went to colege right out of High School, but quit to enlist in the Marines. When I got back from ‘Nam and got out, I could have returned to school on the GI Bill, but told my wife that, with the political climate of the late ’60’s being what it was, I’d end up busting some asshole’s head and end up in jail. I never did finish. This was in ’69. I’ve never regretted holding myself apart from the jerks who, as has been noted, now pull the levers of power. Nor have I ever ceased to hold them in utmost disdain.

    As one of my VN buddies used to say; “They’re nothin’ but a bunch of dildos. You know, phony pricks.”

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