It Is, But It Isn’t…..

Source: What counts as a tax hike? Not Boehner ‘fallback’ plan, says antitax group –

GroverThe keeper of the GOP’s antitax oath has rendered judgment on House Speaker John Boehner’s fallback “fiscal cliff” plan that would allow Bush-era tax cuts to expire only for millionaires: It is not a tax increase.

So decrees Americans for Tax Reform, the conservative advocacy group led by antitax activist Grover Norquist. With that step, the group gives a measure of political cover to congressional Republicans who back the speaker’s plan to retain current low tax rates for all but those with incomes higher than $1 million.

The GOP and particularly Mr. Bohner has gone to the mountain and Grover has spoken. The tax increase that is in “Plan B” is not a tax increase so he will not strike down those who might choose to vote for it.  It would seem that with Grover’s approval the “compromise” would be voted in.  Wrong!!  Before I tell you why I want to jump off-topic for a little bit.
When I first saw this article it reminded me of something that happened about forty years ago.  Here is the story. As I have mentioned before my mother abandoned my father, me and my younger brother when I was about nine years old. She did so in order to marry someone much richer.  She just couldn’t fathom living on a milkman’s paycheck. About ten years into that marriage her husband decided that she was over the hill and divorced her so he could marry a much younger secretary.  No, my mother didn’t marry Newt, that was someone else.

After the rich guy dumped her she wanted to marry a devout Catholic. The problem with that was that she had been legally married and divorced from two husbands and the Catholic church doesn’t like to marry divorcees.  No problem, with enough money anything can be worked out. So, in order to marry husband number four (the first was killed in World War II when she was fifteen) she petitioned Rome to invalidate her previous two marriages. This took considerable time and I imagine quite a bit of money but eventually Rome ruled that she was never married to my dad ( even though she married him in a Catholic church) or the husband that came after him ( he was an atheist  )! When the decree came down from Rome husband number four was met at the altar.

It didn’t strike me until later that this ruling somehow decided that my brother and I didn’t exist. If my mother was not married to my father then where did  I come from? These kind of games that many Christian organizations play in one form or another are one of the reasons I have been turned off by current day versions of Christianity. Their get-arounds from what Jesus teaches just seems absurd to me.

So, getting back to the political realm, looking at what happened yesterday it looks like there are just too many Republicans who have been against everything for so long that they no longer even know how to vote “for” something. Go figure……

2 thoughts on “It Is, But It Isn’t…..

  1. RJ, I totally agree with your premise here. It has now gotten to the point that when I see the news clips that show a group of these Republican men (always old white men) in Congress it just makes me want to throw something at the tv. I hope their shenanigans cause political self destruction for all of them. (But probably not–the knuckleheads here in Georgia just keep electing the craziest of the crazies.)


    1. Don, thanks for the comments. It just stifles me as to how the GOP got themselves in such a shape that they can’t agree to much of anything. As far as voting goes, I think that more people are leaving the GOP daily and now consider themselves independents. Now I am not talking about my radical right neighbor when says he is an independent because he displayed a local democratic candidates yard sign amongst all this tea party ones.

      I voted for Lugar for the senate my entire voting life because I saw him as a moderate that listened. I guess that is what got him defeated in the primary to a tea party candidate who then went down in flames in November. There are just too many people who refuse to vote for someone outside their party.

      My antagonist “anonymous” chimed in again here to inform me he understands why I hate religion now that I have given him my story above. As a matter of fact I have no hate for any of the 39,000 versions of Jesus’ church and certainly not the Catholics. It is more of a disappointment thing for me. They for the most part have it right more than others as far as I am concerned but are not immune from corruption anymore than any other human based organization. I also don’t hate my mother as he indicated. I took care of her for the last ten years of her life and was the only one of her children who even talked with her at the end.

      Part of me thinks that a basic problem with many on the radical right is hate. Hate is just so embedded in their being that they think everyone has it in them. They see an enemy around every corner. My anonymous friend should spend some time over at my other blog at and he would see that I try not to let hate enter my life in any form. Once it is there it tends to take over and that just might be the problem with many of that fringe element.


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