Recall the core fight on taxes: Republicans say they’re open to more revenue, but they want to find it by closing deductions and loopholes. Democrats say that any deal needs to include more revenue, and they want to find it by letting the George W. Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, which would mean the top tax rate snaps back up to 39.6 percent.
But what if you do a bit of both? … Talk to smart folks in Washington, and here’s what they think will happen:The final tax deal will raise rates a bit, giving Democrats a win, but not all the way back to 39.6 percent, giving Republicans a win.
Yes, by all means let’s give them a win, given how many Americans wanted them to get what they want. Let’s give them a win because obviously if everybody loses that means everybody’s equally fucked and we’re pretty well solidly used to that by now.
I talk all the time about how there’s tremendous bias in media, and in politics as well, and it’s bias towards the status quo. This is the cause of most misery in the world, I am coming to think, the tremendous effort we expend on compensating for problems so as not to move, rather than saying it actually hurts to be stabbed with this pitchfork cut it the fuck OUT.
And in exchange for this win, what are Republicans getting?
[T]he headline Democratic concession is likely to be that the Medicare eligibility age rises from 65 to 67.
ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR GODDAMN FUCKING MINDS? That’s not a concession. That’s a danger-close nuclear fucking bomb. QUIT LISTENING TO THE FUCKING PUNDITS ON THIS. Just because David Broder could continue writing columns until almost dead does not mean somebody can stay on the factory line or in the shipyard or working the checkout counter or otherwise on foot all damn day until almost age 70.
Not everyone is a stupid, privileged bitch like you Washington columnist fucks. Have these fucking garden implements even seen what a 64-year-old who’s spent his life on his feet looks like these days? It ain’t ideal, and even those in the best of health would rather not be killing themselves for minimum wage in order to eke out those last couple of years before stumbling into Medicare. And once upon a fucking time before this country got so goddamn fucking mean we used to think they wouldn’t have to BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T.
Let’s review the current state of the middle class: Smash unions so that nobody has pensions anymore and can’t retire in safety to continue upholding the standards of decent society by staying in their homes and buying groceries. Then, since nobody has pensions anymore, make it so that they can’t even retire on Medicare until they’re practically past caring, driving them into poverty and despair. All so that there can be a fucking compromise.
I swear to fuck, you fucking pundit jackasses. Did nobody in your fucking family tree ever ride a goddamn tractor for a living or come home with grease under his nails? Who do you think RAISES generations of elite pussy columnists who get hard-ons from punishing grandparents, anyway? We have a middle class at all because of those presently about to retire, but fuck them, because we don’t understand life exepcectancy statistics and think everybody’s in good health until 90.
LIGHT YOUR DEM SENATORS THE FUCK UP. Krugman’s goddamn right there’ll be hell to pay. Hell to pay will be the best they can hope for.