Friday, July 28, 2006
The antidote to GOP poison pills? Poison pills of our own...for great justice!
So evil, yet so ordinary for the GOP: Their attempt to tie the minimum wage to a cut in the estate tax, which many Americans think they have to pay because the GOP has framed it as a death tax. Everything they do in Congress has to benefit the wealthy and the well-connected. Funny how these supposed Men of God who tout their so-called morality do not "help the least of our brothers and sisters." I'm sure Jesus did not mean the least numerically of our brothers and sisters.
"It's political blackmail to say the only way that minimum wage workers can get a raise is to give a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans," said Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass. "Members of Congress raised their own pay -- no strings attached. Surely, common decency suggests that minimum wage workers deserve the same respect."
"It's the one chance for Democrats who want to get a minimum wage increase," the aide said.
You know, why couldn't the Democrats do the same when it came to the Interstate Abortion Bill recently passed by the Senate? Why couldn't the Senate Democrats offer an proposal to some bill that some Republican senator sponsors, rescinding the tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans to pay for adoption services, foster care, and sex education to try to reduce teen pregnancy rates? When this bill goes to the Senate, let us offer amendments to the bill to fund abstinence-only education and marriage counseling by doing away with tax cuts on those who don't need them. Of course it would be rejected by the Republicans who care more about their Big Business allies and the wealthy than they do with fetuses and blastocysts. Why couldn't they drive a wedge between the corporatists and the Religious Right like the Republicans are so keen on doing to the Democrats? Why couldn't they offer poison pills of their own?
The title of the article was "Republicans tie minimum wage to tax cut." Now why couldn't we tie oh let's say tax cuts to abstinence education? You know let us play that same cynical game by including a proposal in the next tax cuts bill that would fund abstinence-only education with rolling back corporate subsidies and tax cuts?
Those who make the minimum wage yet still vote GOP, I hope you're really happy. Your wages and economic situation is not getting any better no matter what Bush says about the economy, but at least gay marriage is facing setback after setback in this forsaken nation, at least the "queers can't get married!" You made your litterbox with Bush, now roll in it. (Yes, I'm extremely frustrated and it's not productive to yell, but sometimes you just have to let it out!)