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I love Paul Krugman

Yes, there I said it, “I love you, Paul Krugman.”

Why am I in love with a NY times columnist? Because he’s not afraid to tell it like it is.

In a column entitled Now That’s Rich in Sunday’s NY Times, Krugman called for an end to the Bush tax cuts, which will sunset at the end of 2010– unless the Congress votes to extend these budget-busting give-aways to the rich.

Several weeks ago, Republican lawmakers– like our 2 Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl– started the spin to save the tax cuts for their rich cronies. Earlier in the summer, they voted to deny extension of unemployment benefits because paying these benefits would increase the deficit; at the same time, they were promoting extension of the Bush tax cuts. (It is blatantly obvious whose side they are on.)

The Faux News spin on the sunset of the Bush tax cuts is that Obama is a tax-and-spend liberal who wants to push through the largest tax increase in history– or some such drivel.

The truth is that Obama wants to extend the miniscule part of the Bush tax cuts that benefits the middle class, while ending the tax cuts for the richest 0.1% of the US population.

According to the Tax Policy Center, full extension of the Bush tax cuts– originally instituted in 2001 and 2003– would add $3.7 trillion (with a T) to the budget deficit over the next 10 years. (Click on the link for the full sobering report.)

I say, let’s finally give up on trickle down economics and end the give-aways to the richest 0.1% of Americans. Bush and his Republican-controlled Congress (including John and Jon) wrote each of them a check for $3 million. Enough is enough. Don’t buy the lie. End welfare to the rich.

One comment on “I love Paul Krugman

  1. Scott
    August 31, 2010

    >Yay trickle down, if you give the rich more money SURELY they will pass it down to us! I trust them completely. dbags. I love Paul too, in a totally appropriate and homophobic way. (for the sarcastically blind: think please) p.s. I deleted above because of a typo, I have issues


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This entry was posted on August 24, 2010 by in economy, John McCain, Jon Kyl, Politics, reform, Republican Party, taxes.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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