During the time in which George W Bush was waging a poorly planned war for no reason while also presiding over the near-collapse of the global economy, we on the left were told time and time again that to get back in the good graces of the American people we had to be “serious.” But either in power, out of it, or half way there, the American right — as usual — is subject to a different, more lenient set of rules from the media and the establishment. How else to explain that the party’s flip flop in favor of increased taxes for the middle class isn’t gaining more attention?
Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different “temporary” tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase.
The tax break extension they oppose is sought by President Barack Obama. Unlike proposed changes in the income tax, this policy helps the 46 percent of all Americans who owe no federal income taxes but who pay a “payroll tax” on practically every dime they earn.
Remember, these are the “serious” people. Those of us who think the rich ought to pay a fair share — that they can afford, we’re “crazy” ones.