(Photo Credit: CBS News)The Republicans have run around with their tea bags flying saying that Democrats aren't listening to the people. They say that now they are in power they'll listen to the people's will and not report the mistakes of their last majority. The Republican power base in Washington D.C. will tell you that they think the American people want tax cuts for the rich and cuts in entitlement programs (Medicare and Social Security). The problem is, that's not what the people want!!
In a recent CBS "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair poll, 60% a Americans say we should reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the rich!! Ha!! So much for listening to the people!! The next popular choice (20% of Americans polled) was cut defense!! Something I've been saying for years (in addition to the tax hikes on the super-rich). Republicans said in the last Congress that, "everyone needs to take a haircut" and "everything is on the table" as far as ways to reduce the deficit.
Well, they've come out now that they're in control of the House of Representatives and said defense cuts are off-limits. Despite all the money, lives and time we've lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. And why do we still need bases in Germany and Japan? They're doing very well for themselves--better than us in some regards. So, why aren't they paying for their own damn defense?!! And do we really need troops in Italy and fighting a failing drug war in Central and South America? The Republicans better wake up quick or else they'll be back out on their rich asses in 2012.
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