My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
Mr. Boehner, and for that matter all the other members of Congress, needs to be quick listen and slow to speak. If John was really listening he would know that 77% of his constituents are in favor of putting the tax rates for the 1% back to where they were before Mr. Bush gutted them. Maybe he is counting on the other 23% who agree with him to keep him and is friends in office but that is not exactly how a democracy works is it? I’m sure Mr. Boehner is a very well intentioned guy but he needs to get over this fixation with keeping the wealthy among us, well, wealthy.
He says if we raised the tax on the upper 1% back to where it was before 2000 we would be taxing the “jobs makers” and then they would not have enough to hire more workers. Its been a few years (well actually a lot of years) since I took an economics course but I seem to remember that jobs are created by demand, not out of goodness in the hearts of the 1%. But, even if I take what he says as true then where are all those new jobs in the last ten years since they got that big tax break? John, please listen more. With more and more people dropping at or near the poverty line in this country that “demand” is drying up for anything except the very basic necessities. If there is no discretionary money coming in then it is hard to buy much besides a place to live and some food to eat. Yeah the 1% can occasionally order a new $100,000 car but how many do they really need and even that they are more than likely ordering them from our foreign competitors instead of their fellow citizens.
The mantra of the Republican party in recent years seems to be “I got mine so screw you”. Maybe John needs to talk to his historian buddy Newt about some history lessons in this area. A couple of hundred years ago the 99% had a solution to the hording 1% in France. It was summed up in four words, “Off with their heads”. I’ll bet Newt would even charge Mr. Boehner less then the $1 million or so he got from Fanny Mae for that history lesson. But obviously, from his own rhetoric, Newt fails to even listen to himself let alone anyone else. Or maybe he is just playing on the old time statement “Don’t do as I do, but do as I say.” But then again why would I want to do what Newt says??
But what do I know…