Tea-GOPers Against ‘Free Stuff’ Unless It’s For The Rich

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Media Matters nails it.

Conservative media outlets are characterizing support among Democratic presidential candidates for raising the minimum wage, making college tuition affordable, and reducing income inequality as giving away “free stuff,” ignoring that tax plans favored by the GOP field are tantamount to huge giveaways for the wealthiest Americans.

In an October 14 article for The New York Times, CNBC’s John Harwood explained that the so-called “populist” tax reform proposals endorsed by most of the Republican presidential candidates are actually giveaways for top income earners. Harwood used estimates from the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation to show that tax plans put out by Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump primarily benefit the wealthy and reflect “a party still wedded to the theories of supply-side economics 35 years after President Reagan championed them under far different circumstances”…

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 16, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    Fasten your seat belts. By the time this super long election season is over, you’ll have heard “free stuff” thousands of times more then you heard “weapons of mass destruction” in the run up to whatever that Iraq thing was. It will NEVER be connected with the rich in any way; it will be attributed grandma’s greed.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on October 21, 2015 - 9:17 am

    Paul Ryan Wants To Preserve His Work/Family Balance While Making It Harder For Poor Parents

    Rich guys like Rep. Paul Ryan always put themselves first, and seem to lack any empathy for average Americans.

    Ryan is fortunate to have a job where he has the power to demand time to go home and be with his children. But for the rest of the country, no one is guaranteed paid time off for illness, holidays, vacation, or the arrival of a new child. Even the weekend he uses to be with his family is not uniformly protected by law. Without paid family leave, many mothers end up back at work just weeks after giving birth. Without paid sick leave, parents can’t take time away from their jobs to care for their children if they get sick.

    • #3 by Larry Bergan on October 21, 2015 - 5:52 pm

      Jason Chaffetz was on NPR, saying the thing that impressed him most about Paul Ryan was that he loves his family. Of course, I’m thinking, why should I give a crap about Paul Ryan’s family. The guy, literally wants to make it harder for everybody else’s family. It seems to be his calling.

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