Here is the budget deal I’d love to see the GOP propose:
Mr. President, you are right that we need to close all those tax loopholes that both parties have been giving rich people for far to long. No more subsidies. No more tax credits or waivers. Tax rates are too high already for everyone, but these giveaways to the rich are a disgrace. And, why we are at it, let’s cut all government benefits for those greedy rich people. Why are people who fly to vacations in Vail on the corporate jets eligible for Medicare and Social Security? Let’s strengthen the social net by making it truly a safety net: something that catches people when they fall, not something that is supposed to lift everyone up to a comfortable living regardless of their effort. So, let’s start this way: the rich get nuttin’.
I’m not holding my breath. Whenever the Democrats play the class card, the Republicans just roll over and play dead or repeat the rhetoric that keeping taxes low on corporations and small business owners creates jobs. Never mind that that rhetoric is actually true. It’s just such a hard sell. So, start beating a different drum, one that turns the tables on Democrats by forcing them to justify why we spend such a large chunk of our federal budget on expenses (health care and retirement) that responsible people should be paying for themselves.
How about a GOP that said, “We’ll help the orphans, the widows, the truly poor and destitute, the disabled, the insane. But, to do so, we need to construct a credible, limited social insurance system in which the great majority of citizens provide for themselves throughout their lives through hard work, through saving and sometimes borrowing, and through prudent expenditures. This will allow us to keep taxes low, to make commerce free once again, and to reign in the size and scope of government.”
Now that would be a party to reckon with.