Republican Congressional candidates have been vocal in calling for a return to American ideals while promising tax cuts and an end of big government.
It makes for good soundbites, but only as long as you don’t think about what you’re giving up. We’re already getting a taste of this at the state level, where Gov. Chris Christie addressed New Jersey’s budget problems by cutting state aid to schools and municipalities. They, in turn, were forced to lay off teachers, police officers and firefighters.
Republicans plan to target Social Security and Medicare to cut government spending, and would like to repeal President Obama’s health care reform program before it ever has a chance to fully go into effect.
GOP candidate Anna Little reportedly believes that Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional. Most Americans would probably disagree with that sentiment. According to a recent Gallup poll, more Americans favor raising taxes to preserve Social Security and Medicare than cutting program benefits.
Republican Congressional are also talking about tax cuts. Scott Siprelle and Little both call for tax reform that wipes out the current federal income tax. Siprelle wants to implement a 20% flat tax for individual and corporate taxpayers, while Little prefers a federal sales tax.
Both plans would cut taxes for some, but not for everyone. People who earn less than $34,000 per year would actually see their taxes go up under Siprelle’s plan, while Little’s proposal would mean that people with less money would be paying a greater share of it in taxes than wealthy people.
Democrats Frank Pallone, Rush Holt, Albio Sires and Donald Payne deserve to be re-elected. America does not need more politicians in Washington who are more concerned with soundbites than citizens.
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