Friday, November 19, 2004

Comfort the Comfortable

The Moose explains that the Republicans may campaign on the cultural war but they govern on the class war.

Much of the recent post-election attention has been devoted to the renewal of the power of conservative Christians in the G.O.P. Yet while the religious right is fine, the money is really the honey in the Republican Party. As the Moose has pointed out, the fundies provide the troops, but the money men get the goodies.

Ultimately it's about comforting the coupon-clippers and stiffing the working stiff.
While the front pages have focused on the jihad against Senator Specter, the "E" Business section of the Washington Post told the story that really matters,

The Bush administration is eyeing an overhaul of the tax code that would drastically cut, if not eliminate, taxes on savings and investment, but it is unlikely to try to replace the existing tax code with a single flat income tax rate or a national sales tax, according to several sources familiar with ongoing tax deliberations.

And how, Mooseketeers may inquire, are our dear Republicans going to relieve the mighty burden on the ultra-rich? Read on,

Instead the administration plans to push major amendments that would shield interest, dividends and capitals gains from taxation, expand tax breaks for business investment and take other steps intended to simplify the system and encourage economic growth, according to several people who are advising the White House or are familiar with the deliberations.

The changes are meant to be revenue-neutral. To pay for them, the administration is considering eliminating the deduction of state and local taxes on federal income tax returns and scrapping the business tax deduction for employer-provided health insurance, the advisers said.

So, the compassionate conservative, bible-believing righteous ones in the White House plan to redistribute wealth upwards by making it more difficult for your employer to provide health care insurance for you and your loved ones. Now, does that sound like something a loving Lord would like?

Perhaps, the thinking behind this policy change is to induce a mass conversion to Christian Science!

"All diseases of Christians are to be ascribed to demons; chiefly do they torment freshly-baptized Christians, yea, even the guiltless new-born infants." Saint Augustine (354-430 CE)

The Moose can only conclude that this health insurance proposal is a trial balloon. Because if the Republicans actually propose this scheme, it will provoke a backlash that will make the G.O.P. attack on the Clinton health care plan look like a Unitarian prayer meeting.

Not a bad idea - praise the Lord!
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