Please help a liberal; raise their taxes

Not one Democrat voted for lower taxes or employee bonuses!

The indentured servants at the Stately Manor gathered in front of the Philco to watch democracy in action Tuesday and Wednesday. First the House of Reps and then the U.S. Senate debating the epochal tax bill.

They were tuned to C-Span — straight-on coverage with no interpreters, no talking heads telling us what we just heard. Love how the congressmen refer to each other as “My friend” while ripping each other a new one.

Most memorable: Sen. Orrin Hatch waiting while a heckler in the gallery, unseen, was dragged away, seemingly protesting all the way down the hallway, down the stairs, and out on Constitution Avenue. “I’d be embarrassed if he were on our side,” the senator remarked.

old Philco

The Manor’s low-tax window to the world

What’s the matter, Capitol Police? Tasers not working? Even so, there’s a lesson for Dane County Board on keeping order. What is it about our … acquaintances that makes them think shouting is a substitute for democracy?

Hatch’s remarks were worth waiting for, as were those of Speaker Paul Ryan in the other house. So was Sen. Tim Scott, a black Republican from the birthplace of the Confederacy, South Carolina.

Thought Joe Manchin of West Virginia might break ranks with the Democrats but not so. Democrats have that union mentality; they present a solid front even if it will kill them at the polls. (Spoiler alert: It will.)

Those evil corporations

The white lab coats of the Policy Werkes will only say that if the Democrats didn’t like this tax reform they could have put up their own when they ruled the roost. They chose ObamaCare (a new tax) instead. One more bonus platinum subscriber point: not everything has to be an income redistribution scheme. Right, Comrades?

But go ahead and hate on business and those evil corporations. All the Squire knows is his 401(k) is fatter today than when he retired and he’s been drawing on it all these years to pay for his motorcycle addiction and wine collection. The stock market is up 24% since Trump was sworn it (and at).

Immediately after Wednesday’s vote, Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bancorp announced they will hike minimum wages to $15 an hour. Bancorp, Comcast and AT&T are giving $1,000 bonuses — covering a cumulative 300,000 workers. Boeing is investing $300 million on working training. (More here.) Not top-down coercion, acquaintances. Economics.

How will the Republic survive?

From that trusted news source, The Babylon Bee:

liberal tearsWASHINGTON — The nation was in an absolute uproar as the GOP tax bill passed Congress Wednesday and made its way to President Trump’s desk, with millions of irate citizens expressing their total fury over the fact that the federal government will now be taking less of their money week in and week out. …

“America is dead,” one weeping woman said as she found out she would be giving the government $2,000 less under the new tax plan. “If ever there were a time for Americans to rise up and revolt against government oppression, this is it.”

The socialists remonstrate about “tax cuts for the rich.” National Review reminds:

The middle class only shoulders a tiny part of the federal income tax. Over 70% of the tax is paid by the top 10% of earners. That means any reform of the income tax is probably going to affect them the most. Yet, this tax plan managed to make the income-tax system even more progressive than it already was.

Taxes paid by earners of incomes between $40,000 and $50,000 will decrease 56% — the most generous percentage tax reduction. Those earning less pay nothing. Taxpayers earning one million dollars or more get a 6.4% reduction, the smallest of all. But because that reduction is applied to such large amounts …

Property taxes lowest since Jim Doyle

Speaking of taxes, your Squire did a Danny Thomas coffee spit-take upon opening the WI State Journal Wednesday morning to see the editorial page actually praising Scott Walker and the Republican legislature for holding down property taxes.

Controlling property taxes has been a longtime goal of Democrats, too. And they failed under the previous administration to deliver this kind of lasting relief.

Danny Thomas coffee sprayOverall, Wisconsin property taxes are lower today than they were eight years ago, before Walker took office. As a percentage of personal income, they are the lowest since 1946.

So, it will be interesting to see Tammy Baldwin finagle her vote for higher taxes next fall, especially if her opponent is Leah Vukmir, who helped cut taxes in the state senate. Second District Rep. Mark Pocan, on the other hand, can campaign on his vote for higher taxes. He represents Madison and Dane County, after all.

Dues on the Stately Manor went up 6.2% for Madison schools, 7.6% for MATC, 8.3% for the City of Madison (“bridge that digital divide“), and 12.0% for Dane County — and that doesn’t count the wheel tax)! Overall, the servants are indentured 7.7% more than last year. Somehow, Green Bay was able to reduce property taxes 4.4% over the past five years while Madison has gone up 8.2%.

Those evil corporations.

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17 Responses to Please help a liberal; raise their taxes

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    RE: Tim Scott (R-SC)

    HuffBlow (sic) blogger Andy Ostroy: “What a shocker… there’s ONE black person there and sure enough they have him standing right next to the mic like a manipulated prop. Way to go @SenatorTimScott. #trump #taxscambill”

    Scott rebuttal: “Uh probably because I helped write the bill for the past year, have multiple provisions included, got multiple Senators on board over the last week and have worked on tax reform my entire time in Congress. But if you’d rather just see my skin color, pls feel free.”

    Re: Taxes:
    *Tax Cheat Timmy “Turbo Tax” Geithner (former SoT which oversees the IRS)
    *Charlie “I forget to pay that?” Rangel (former House Ways-n-Means Chair, which writes the tax code)

    Need more? Reverend Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid, Warren “SirTaxMeMore” Buffett, etc., etc., etc.

    Lefties don’t pay taxes, they just raise them!

    The Gotch


  2. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Among the placards denouncing Scott Walker and his fiscal reforms during one of the many demonstrations at the State Capitol years ago was one that said, “I Love Paying Taxes.” Held proudly aloft no doubt by a white upper middle-class Madisonian. Here’s a way to placate the pro-tax liberals: include a provision in the law that allows any taxpayer to opt for paying taxes at a higher rate. It would be interesting to see how many tax-loving Madison liberals would get on board with that. But then again, liberals have never been much good at putting their money where their mouth is.
    Democrats are trying to salve their wounds by predicting a backlash against Trump’s tax reform victory in the mid-term elections. If the economy is humming along, if more jobs are created, if wages and bonuses increase, and if the stock market is booming through next year, no one will heed the Democrats’ bleatings about “giveaways to the rich.” Or their efforts to protect illegal immigrants. Or their incessant nattering about the apocalyptic effects of climate change. Considering his monumental feat in Nov. of 16, increasing the Republican majorities in the House and Senate in Nov. of ’18 should be a cakewalk for Pres.Trump. It’s STILL all about the economy, stupid.

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  3. Mark Porter says:

    Hey Dave, I’m pretty sure you can do math, you’ve been pretty sharp in the past. So what’s your take on adding to the 20 trillion debt that the Republicans railed against for years…when it came from a Democrat? Frankly I’m disgusted with everyone in Washington. If we all ran our households like our elected representatives do, well, what do you think that would look like? I think this tax shift is bad policy, bad economics and likely bad for the country in the long-run. But it’s obviously quite good for a lot of the people who supported it…hmmmm…democracy in action! I’m willing to be wrong…and fervently hope I am.


    • David Blaska says:

      If I had a bright son or niece/nephew (which I do) and s/he asked for some capital to start up a company and I believed in the future, would I lend the money and/or forego collecting the interest for the first year or two? The answer in a short hurry is Y’ Damn well better believe it!


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      • Mark Porter says:

        Well Dave, good luck with that. It’s odd to see the mantle of fiscal conservatism completely abandoned by its former most rigorous adherents.


    • Sarah Smith says:

      Love the passive aggressive typical Progressive milquetoast attack, Mark. Look up this guy: Arthur Laffer (specifically The Laffer Curve). *This* is the man that deserves a Nobel Prize in Economics, not Commie Paul Krugman.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Sarah Smith;

        Shame on you for summarily bi**hsl**ping the talented Herr Krugman.

        He’s a certified TRUE BELIEVER in the Global Warming that’s here and worse than the models predicted.

        One look at his modestly humble digs should put to rest any ambiguity that he has Mother Gaia (and the great unwashed) foremost at heart.

        The solar panels and windmills appear to have been airbrushed out by EVIL deniers.


        The Gotch


      • Mark Porter says:

        Gosh Sarah, the Laffer Curve, really? You ought to talk to Sam Brownback on that one, Kansas is the latest poster child for that disaster theory.


  4. madisonexpat says:

    Paul Ryan once had a ten year glide path to a balanced budget. Plug in the Trump Growth, pass a damn budget and happy days are here again.
    Not tired of winning.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Splat, you are completely untethered to reality.
      $1.4 trillion added to the deficit – that’s some glide path, alright. What happened to all you deficit hawks? It’s crumbs for the middle class and the poor (and even those disappear), champagne time for the wealthy. Corporate taxes reduced by 40%? That’s going to grow the economy? No, it’ll make shareholders and execs happier, but it won’t increase wages or grow businesses. What would? Demand. More of that tax money in the hands of the middle class and, yes, the poor who would’ve spent it ALL, would’ve created demand. (Jeebus, you guys need a lefty like me to explain basic economics to you?) Let’s call this fraud what it is: The GOP Donor Relief Act. Dave, GLK and Splat, you’re all being played.


  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:


  6. madisonexpat says:

    ABob, seriously, did you ever work in the private sector? The brake on our economy was Obamacare, over regulation and world class incompetent governance. The stake in the heart of the Left is Growth. Two Reagan tax cuts grew the economy and doubled the federal intake. The last surplus? The Gingrich Congress reforming welfare and slowing the growth of rapacious government. Paul Ryan says the Trump Tax Cut (my that is fun to say) will save $4,000 for a family of four and a median income. Like a $360 per month raise. So who will voters believe? You and CNN or their own lying incomes?
    The Obamanation spent 9,000 billion dollars we borrowed and all we got was hope, change, metastasizing government and a feckless leader who said manufacturing jobs were never coming back. DeWalt Tools just announced a plant opening with 140 new jobs in our county.
    Merry Christmas to you and Paul Krugman.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    Ahhhh, Democrat legacies.


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