It’s about timePosted: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Fine. They want to cut funding for HIV testing and smoking cessation, mass transit, road-fixing, and education. We can send grieving families, black-lung causing pollution, and another generation of disadvantaged teenagers with no real opportunities directly to their homes and offices later on. But how can you even think about adding tax cuts when more people aren’t making any money to tax because, you know, they’re out of work and there’s no work available? The trickle-down economy didn’t work for the middle and lower classes, so your tax cuts for your wealthy friends and donors will only benefit your wealthy friends and donors.
“We’re not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that, for the last eight years, doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin,” he said. “We can’t embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face, that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or failing schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees.
“I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV — if you’re headed for a cliff, you’ve got to change direction.”
(Oh, and for the record, we’re not in favor of the Democratic Senate proposal to offer tax credits on all car purchases if there is no intention to keep this personal-debt-incurring-incentive/tax credit solely to purchases of hybrids or to non-hybrid cars rated with at least some minimal miles-per-gallon threshold. Did we not already learn in November that Detroit needed to change? I felt like I saw too many big-truck commercials during the Steelers-Ravens conference championship game, though smartly and thankfully, there were none from the Big Three during the Super Bowl. But I digress.)