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Cynthia Neely How Republicans are failing miserably on jobs, equity

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Cynthia Neely

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:24 am, Sat Oct 15, 2011.

Mitch McConnell was serious when he said that his primary goal after President Obama was elected was to make him a one-term president. To achieve this goal, he has encouraged Republicans to block every single proposition for improving the economy that Obama has offered to Congress by playing the filibuster card. They have filibustered no less than 60 bills, some of which leading economists agree would help to improve this economy.

Then, with the help of the Tea Party, the Republicans showed how much they care about the future of this country by threatening to allow the government and the economy to collapse if they did not get their way in the debt ceiling debacle. For a party that crowed about creating jobs in their 2010 election victory, this country has yet to see the Republicans put forth even one bill that would create jobs.

Now President Obama has proposed a jobs bill that would expand cuts in payroll taxes for workers and employers, extend jobless benefits, and would create construction jobs for public works such as roads, airports, and bridges, activities that would provide countless jobs and improve our failing infrastructure. It would add tax breaks that hire employees. He also proposed a small tax increase for the wealthiest Americans to help pay for this bill. This, of course, set off loud wails from Wall Street and the Fox News crowd, even while wealthy Americans like Warren Buffett and most Americans urge that the tax be implemented. In the New York Times, Buffett reported that he that he paid only 17.4 percent of his taxable income to the IRS, a lower percentage than any of the 20 persons in his office, whose tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent. He questioned whether it was fair for his secretary to pay more of a percentage of tax liability than he does.

The disparity of the tax system, which has been rigged by lobbyists for the wealthy and implemented by our campaign-hungry legislators, unfortunately illustrates the values that our country seems to have chosen. For example, the average teacher's salary in the United States is around $55,000. The average bonus for Wall Street bankers was $108,000 last year, not including salaries. Do we really value Wall Street bankers so much more than the teachers we entrust our children to every day?

Money earned on investments are "capital gains." Americans pay only 15 percent on the capital gains earnings that they make while sitting on their couches, but working stiffs pay up to 25 percent at $69,000 per year or 35 percent if they make $83,600 per year.

A person making $106,800 pays the same Social Security tax as billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. You pay no Social Security tax on any money you make over that amount. So 94 percent of Americans pay Social Security tax on all of their incomes, but the richest 6 percent pay the tax only on $106,800 of their incomes. Still think the system isn't rigged against the middle class?

And so much for the "job creating tax cuts for the rich" that have been in effect since the Bush administration. The only jobs created by that "welfare for billionaires bill" are those as pool attendants at mansions and security guards at gated communities.

The Republicans, of course, want to close the budget gap that they created by two wars, an unfunded prescription program and tax breaks for the rich by slashing government spending because they want smaller government. What Republicans and Tea Party members seem to ignore is that Americans depend on government to provide for many things that sustain our way of life.

What has made this nation great is the way that the government has provided for the "general welfare" of its citizens as stated in the U.S. Constitution, "general welfare" meaning providing highways, electricity, water and sewer management, hazardous waste control, urban infrastructure, air traffic control, National Parks, mass transit, dams, airports, bridges, public schools, hospitals, the Center for Disease Control, etc. How quickly would we discover the listeria infection in cantaloupes without the FDA? When small government ideologues want to slash government spending, they rarely want to look at actual government functions to cut unless they affect them personally. Case in point: The Tea Party activist carrying the sign, "Take your hands of my Medicare."

Republicans are already stonewalling President Obama's jobs bill. Raising taxes on wealthy Americans just isn't their cup of "Tea." Another filibuster and political fight rather than compromise is assured. My cynical side says that Republicans are afraid the bill would actually help the economy and thereby help President Obama in the next election. This column is not about re-electing Obama, this is about exposing some realities about Republican politics, how they pander to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. This is about hoping that Republican legislators can finally come to realize that our economy and the future of this country depend on their willingness to either approve the jobs bill, be willing to compromise, or at the very least create a jobs bill of their own. Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, should recognize that their jobs may be at stake, when the approval rating of Congress is at 11 percent and the jobless are taking to the streets. It is time for Congress to act.

Cynthia Neely of Lodi is a retired city attorney.

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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:27 pm on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Typical Cynthia Neely - 'nuff said. Yawn.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Cynthia wrote:

    What Republicans and Tea Party members seem to ignore is that Americans depend on government to provide for many things that sustain our way of life.


    What the Republicans and Tea and Tea Party members can't ignore is people like you who believe government is the answer to all of our ills. There was a time when people stood up on their own two feet when it wasn't fashionable to live on the dole.

  • Craig Cawelti posted at 12:36 pm on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Craig Cawelti Posts: 36


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:50 pm on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...he certainly must not spout his anti-communist and socialist rhetoric while traveling in some of the most notoriously communist and socialist countries on the map

    Please articulate specifics as to what you think I said that would indicate anti-communist rhetoric...
    I think you have me confused with someone else ms Bobin...

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:38 pm on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Mr. Baumbach has but one tactic - calling someone with another opinion a "Communist or Socialist."

    I have no idea what party she belongs to. I do know that the positions she takes and the words she uses is identical to that of the website I illustrated. If you think she is a communist that is your conclusion, not mine. I think that is presumptive of you.
    As far as this mythical person Ms Bobin supposedly is quoting, let me respond.

    This person states he/she is a Republican and hates the Tea Party. Then asks if that makes him/her “left”, or what ever that is.... The answer is that there is no way to know if you are left or right by the information given. I have met people on the left and right that are members of the tea party.
    Since the tea party holds a position that taxes are too high and government control over our society is too dominate which tends to stifle our economy, it would mean this poster is against this position if he/ she hates the tea party or is mistaken as to what the tea party is. What would have been interesting is why this mythical person hates the tea party.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:40 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Bravo to the obviously "made up" Jerry Brown - nice job sneaking under the radar to make your post.

    Since it will no doubt be deleted shortly, I will cut and paste it into mine.

    Mr. Brown stated: "Darrell Baumbach - I admire your restraint by not using communist until the second sentence.
    I am Republican and I hate the Tea Party - does this make me 'left', whatever that is?
    Conservatism has been taken over by idiots like you."

    Mr. Baumbach has but one tactic - calling someone with another opinion a "Communist or Socialist."

    As a person who enjoys traveling in Asia and applauds the various societies there, he certainly must not spout his anti-communist and socialist rhetoric while traveling in some of the most notoriously communist and socialist countries on the map. Otherwise, he might not make it home next time.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:33 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Bravo Ms Neely! Well written and perfect articulation of how and what the far left thinks and believes.

    I have only read other articles that were written as well as yours at the Communist Party USA website located at CPUSA.ORG

    The Lodi News Sentinel and it's readers are fortunate to have you as a regular so that we can always understand the thought process for people who are of your persuasion.

    Mario Puzo, author of the Godfather books, gave notoriety through his character Don Vito Corlione to an old saying “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”.. this came to mind after reading the content of your article.

  • John Ring posted at 7:36 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    John Ring Posts: 34

    So what is the criteria to write a piece for the paper. Ms Neely's cloumns are all the same, recycled dribble from the left. I can go to MSNBC any night of the week and hear the exact same story as she writes. She leaves us with, "It is thme for Congress to act." Well, Ms Neely they did act this week and the Presidents jobs bill did not pass. Gee, even a couple of Democrats didnt vote for it. C'mon Ms. Neely next time put a little more effort and thought into your column.


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