The Tax Code needs overhauled bad and loopholes closed -- everyone should agree to that but to cut taxes on people making over a million dollars when people making $60,000 are struggling to pay there taxes is going to hit people wrong again. The ton deafness of some in Republican leadership today makes you wonder what they are thinking.
nearly half of the tax cut would go to people with annual income over $1 million, and more than four-fifths would go to those making over $200,000, according to the Tax Policy CenterWhy are we giving any tax cut to people making over a million dollars is what I would like to know. I have always fought against the label of Republicans are the Party of the Rich because of the large amount of rich on the Democrat side but I think if you throw them in a sack, shake them up, and they will come out together.
Why are we even talking tax cuts when it is aimed at a select few while the people who go to work at jobs every day are having trouble making ends meet with the high cost of gas and groceries. Yet because of the way inflation is figured today, groceries and gasoline don't count for inflation but if I buy a computer it does. Go figure what the people in DC are thinking because it doesn't seem to have a lot of sanity.
Used to laugh when they said throw out both parties and elect all new people as being a joke. I am not laughing any more. I am tired of the Republican Tax Cuts solve all because they don't. We have a 'severe' deficit but their answer is to bring in less money to government from the people who can afford it and burden those that cannot like the Middle Class.
The Ryan spending blueprint is a start. We will know about whether the bill meets the spending cuts after the budget bill is filled in with the actual numbers and facts. How about real cuts in spending not gimmicks for starters? That would be refreshing. Anyone who says the Defense Department bureaucracy cannot be cut along with some out of date programs isn't being honest. There is a lot of duplication within the services that could go away for starters. Then you have the blue sky types who think they have an unlimited supply of money to waste. Every department has them. There should be a cut in manpower across the board with the out of control hiring the Federal Government has been doing sending the ceiling numbers for federal employees back to January 1st, 2007. This hiring boom the Feds have been on is ludicrous and unnecessary.
At least the GSA made a start with canceling their event in Las Vegas after previous ones came to light. Just who are these people who think they have a right to waste our tax dollars starting with members of Congress where the first cuts in staff should happen.
Read this when I logged on this morning and it hit me wrong. In today's job market environment, who is going to want to hire someone more than part time? The idea to give a company a tax break if they hire someone sounds great but what about the ones who get the break and then lay off employees? That's one way to scam the system.
Time to do one thing in Congress and that is to cut what it cost to run the Federal Government and quit the tax cut gimmicks. If you are going to cut tax rates, cut them for the people who need them the most not people making over $1M a year. This is sounding like class warfare but frankly the way some of the Republicans in Congress are acting about more tax cuts with such a huge deficit, they deserve it.
More Help for the WealthyPublished: April 14, 2012
Taxes are never popular, especially in April of an election year. But the Republicans’ latest effort to tilt the tax code in favor of the wealthy, and starve the government of needed revenue, is particularly cynical.
This week, the House Republican leadership is expected to bring up the “Small Business Tax Cut Act,” a bill to let most business owners deduct up to 20 percent of their business income in 2012 — a $46 billion tax cut. Despite the Mom-and-Pop label, it is designed so that nearly half of the tax cut would go to people with annual income over $1 million, and more than four-fifths would go to those making over $200,000, according to the Tax Policy Center.
The bill’s proponents, led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, say that lower taxes would lead to more hiring. But the economic reality is that employers, big and small, are hesitant to hire because of slow or uncertain demand for their products and services, not because of their tax burden. And companies would receive the tax cut even if they did not hire new workers — making it a windfall, not an incentive.
The bill is predicated on an overly broad definition of “small business” — one with fewer than 500 employees, which can include multimillion-dollar partnerships and corporations. It is also based on a willful denial of the reality that small businesses are not the big job creators politicians often say they are.
If “small” were set at 50 employees, small businesses would be credited with creating less than a third of the new jobs over the last 20 years. And many such jobs are soon lost as small businesses struggle or fail. The best way to encourage their success is with continued government spending to support demand and by building a well-regulated banking system that is not prone to the busts that devastate small businesses.
As for the broader economy, the Congressional Budget Office analyzed 13 policies last year for their potential impact on economic growth and job creation in 2012 and 2013. The option of a business tax cut along the lines of the Cantor bill ranked next to last in bang for the buck. More effective options include fiscal aid to states and increased safety net spending, which create jobs by bolstering consumer demand — and which Republicans fiercely oppose.
Another immediate step Congress could take to create demand and jobs would be for House Republicans to drop their objections and reauthorize the highway bill, at least for two years, as the Senate has done. That would help private-sector contractors and suppliers, as well as government workers, boosting local businesses in areas where jobs are created. Extending the research and development tax credit would also help some businesses, but Senate Republicans have blocked that.
The business tax cut for not-so-small businesses will almost certainly pass the House. Senate Democrats have introduced a tax relief bill that is linked specifically to companies hiring new employees. They should stick with that. This doesn’t mean that the tax system doesn’t need fixing. It does. In the Senate this week, the Democratic leadership will make an argument for more fairness, by calling for a vote on the Buffett Rule. It would require the wealthiest taxpayers to pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes and, in the process, raise some $47 billion over 10 years. Republican senators are expected to block the vote. When you mail your taxes this week, think about that.
Source: NY Times