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A View from Left Field- Over the Fiscal Cliff, A Christmas Gift to America from the Tea Party

Let's bring back a fair and progressive tax system so all of us can win!

As Congress’ version of the Rapture approaches, the Republicans have defied reason and are again lollygagging in the Land of Oz.   Didn’t they learn from the 2012 presidential election, that a solid majority of Americans strongly favor the “uber-rich” coughing up their fair share of taxes?   Since Ronald Reagan, the top two per centers have had their taxes cut disproportionate to the rest of us. Now it’s time for them to pony up.  

Thanks to the Tea Party, progress for the Republicans in specific and the country in general has been reined back to suit the desires of a selfish group of hard right zealots affiliated with Grover Norquist’s No New Taxes School.  So it’s over the Fiscal Cliff we go and at Christmas time no less.  In fairness to the Republicans, some of them have begun breathing fresh air.  There’s a slow but steady ground swell emanating from their midst acknowledging that their responsibility to the country and their constituency supersedes their pledge to Grover.  Let’s hope enough of them come to their senses in time.

The United States has been slowly recovering from the nation’s second greatest economic downturn, since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  It needs money to pump prime the economy.  Primarily, we need to build back the national tax base which our legislators allowed to erode away. 

In 2012, we seem on the march.  The real estate slump has begun to right itself. Unemployment has dropped below 8% for the first time in recent memory.  Manufacturing jobs are coming back home again and the U.S. automotive industry had it best year in close to a decade.  Can you imagine if we had left them to belly up?  We would have faced millions more jobs lost, and lived through a depression instead of a recession.

Stop and think who represents your interests.  The Republicans want to cut entitlement programs with a major focus on Social Security and Medicare and Education while the Democrats want to minimize the tax advantages of the extreme wealthy.  Which choice best serves the needs of the entire nation?

The Christmas Season is upon us.  Will the Republicans continue to roadblock economic growth with the gift of legislative intransigence that sends us over the Fiscal Cliff or not?  Time’s a wasting.  January will bring us either continued recovery or a double dose of the painful recession we are beginning to tunnel beyond.  Write your Congressional leaders, especially the Republicans, and urge them to think of us for a change!

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