Scrooge Senate Screws People! No Millionaire/Billionaire Left Behind while Franken Calls Out the Big Fat Hypocrits!
FDL’s David Dayen does a good job covering the Senate’s expected but heart-numbing vote in their Saturday session. Dayen includes Al Franken’s clear, passionate and statistically-backed youtube statements on the awesome hypocrisy of the Republican “austerians.” Worth a listen. The latest Quinnipiac poll, Franken asserts, reported that 65% of Americans wanted this vote, to extend tax rates for those earning $250,000 or less per year. But, what the hey ... the Senate defies not heeds the will of the people. One more time.
The Republicans united along with a small handful of Democrats to block. The vote was 53-36. The Dems who voted no were Jim Webb, Joe Manchin, Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson and Russ Feingold. (Shit, Russ!)
Most compelling for me was Franken’s calling out the Republican “fig leaf” about how ending tax cuts for the rich will harm “mom and pop stores.” I hear this argument frequently and stubbornly from my conservative friends.
Franken asserts that if the Republicans cared about “mom and pop” operations, they would have supported the Small Business Jobs Act as well as the Hire Act to find jobs for the unemployed. But the Republicans scare tactic is to rally concern among their base for “small businesses” (using spin and technicality) when the businesses they are really protecting are the likes of Bechtel, 1/5 largest company in the US, or the Koch brothers $100 billion company or the Wall Street high flyers, etc., etc., etc.
The vote would have saved, according to Franken, $700 billion. Reducing the deficit was the BIG promise in the recent electioneering. According to Franken these hypocrit-austerians just put an additional $9,300 debt on the head of every child in America. Franken:
According to the Economic Policy Institute during the past 20 years, 56% of all income growth went to the top 1% of households. Even more unbelievably, 1/3 of all income growth went to just the top 1/10th of 1%. The wealthy have done extremely well for themselves over the past 20 years. Unfortunately this is while the Middle Class has done decidedly worse.
Franken wrapping up his statement: “Where are our values????" and later, “... so, I ask my colleagues, what are we doing here????”
We know what they are doing there. They are representing their corporate benefactors and screwing the people, yet again.