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Mike Huckabee: Like Son Like Father

I guess we now understand how Mike Huckabee’s son became a dog torturer. In an interview on “Fox and Friends”, Huckabee laughed as he defended the Guy-Currently-Residing-in-the-White-House for questioning a 7-year-old girl’s belief in Santa Clause:

“What is wrong with people? It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.”

Boy, this guy cracks himself up. Really, of all the analogies…
No wonder his kid grew up with psychopathic tendencies. By the way, Mike’s “joke” is a reference to a scene in the movie “Fatal Attraction“, a movie one would not envision a “Pastor” curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn to watch.

WTF goes on in this twisted family?

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Huckabee’s “Fair Tax” Anything But

Huckabee Climbs On the Fair Tax Train Again

Citizens for Tax Justice has a piece today on GOP candidate Mike Huckabee’s “Fair tax”:

huckabee hawks fair tax planFor years, Huckabee has been one of the main proponents of the “Fair Tax plan’, which would replace all federal taxes with a national sales tax. Citizens for Tax Justice and the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation have each found that to raise the same amount of revenue as current law, the sales tax rate would have to be about 50 percent.

A study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) found that under the “Fair Tax,” the top 1 percent of taxpayers would receive an average annual tax cut of $225,000. Meanwhile, the plan would increase taxes by about $3,200 on average on the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers. In other words, Huckabee’s tax plan would significantly increase taxes on the overwhelming majority of Americans to pay for huge tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans.

A Fair Tax For Those Poor Corporate Tax Cheats

The idea of a national sales tax is ludicrous at best. States would pile on with their own sales taxes in lieu of state taxes, something GOP Governors are already doing. Sales taxes will always take a larger share of earnings from lower income individuals. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Huckabee claimed:

“A tax is punishment. Why punish a company for making money?  If there were no taxes on what we earn, imagine the trillions of capital that would flow here from around the world.”

Now nobody likes taxes, but most thinking people understand why we need them. Our existence as a country has to be funded somehow. When Conservatives start talking about a “fair tax”,remember whose corner they’re in. Trust me, it’s not the little guy’s. When politicians start claiming business taxes are unfair, it should bring laughter, not pity. Some of the biggest tax cheats in this country are our larger corporations.

tax havensI’ve written several articles for All Things Democrat about the un-American off-shoring of corporate profits, with many paying no taxes at all. Huckabee’s description of taxes as punishment against businesses means one of two things: He is either too ignorant or too dishonest to be President. This is a guy who hawks cinnamon as a cure for diabetes, so that tells you what you need to know. The Daily Beast writes:

In Huckabee’s view, tax reform should not harm the middle class or undermine the family.

Yet, that is precisely what the “Fair Tax” does. In 2007, Fact Check took Huckabee and others to task for their promotion of the Fair Tax plan:

We found that while there are several good economic arguments for the FairTax, unless you earn more than $200,000 per year, fairness is not one of them.

Way back in 1998, the Brookings Institute published a research paper which explains that the alleged fairness of the “fair tax plan” is subject to its’ implementation. Regardless of form, it will still be the wealthiest that benefit:

Advocates praise the simplicity, the potential for economic growth, the enforceability, and the fairness of a tax system based on consumption. But when examined closely, the simplicity breaks down, payments would be close to impossible to collect, and the tax’s fairness would be, at best, questionable.

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rich guyIf households are classified by annual income, the sales tax is sharply regressive. Under the AFT proposal, taxes would rise for households in the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution, while households in the top 1 percent would receive an average tax cut of over $75,000. If households are classified by consumption level, a somewhat different pattern emerges. Households in the bottom two-thirds of the distribution would pay less than currently, households in the top third would pay more. Still, households at the very top would pay much less, again receiving a tax cut of about $75,000.

Republicans Screwing Their Own as Usual

 

The problem I have with this tax plan is simple: The only costs that matter here are those of necessities. It’s apples and oranges when one considers the purchasing of staples as opposed to that second home, or a yacht. The question becomes that of subsistence vs. a thriving society.

Those who will come out on the short end of this deal will largely be Republicans’ own constituents. The people who already bear the most hardship from their party’s policies.

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Today’s Links 1/13/2015

today's links

redneck scumbagAmericablog: Parents arrested for videoing 1 y.o. with gun in his mouth“Bang, bang, bang — shoot that thang,” you hear the father say as his son puts the barrel of the gun into his mouth.”

dollarBusiness Insider: Economists Can Barely Contain Their Excitement About The New Economic Reports  … Small-business optimism is at a new post-crisis high. The NFIB small-business-optimism survey rose to 100.4 in December, the highest reading since October 2006.”  Oddly enough, it doesn’t credit Mitch McConnell or the “anticipation of a Republican Congress”, hmmm…

NO_Mitt_RomneyBooman poses this question:“…Who do you think will be more dispirited by a third Mitt Romney campaign for the presidency? You, who will have to read about it? Or the bloggers and reporters, who will have to write about it?

I thought Tagg (who names a kid that) Romney said Daddy didn’t really want to be President anyway: “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire… to run. If he could have found someone else to take his place… he would have been ecstatic to step aside.” Well, we’re all for that.

Mike-Huckabee-x400From Crooks & Liars: Huckajesus Chides Obamas For Letting Their Kids Listen To Beyonce “You’d just think that the father of a son who tortured and killed a dog would kind of avoid lecturing anyone else on their parenting!”

jesus-constitution-150x133And finally, Wonkette brings us this: Oklahoma Just Wants To Protect Hobby Lobby’s Right To Teach Your Kids ‘Bout Jesus, No BigFrom the very same state that brought us the unconstitutional law to ban even the whispered mention of Sharia comes a shiny new bill to protect Hobby Lobby’s right to teach your kids about Jesus, America’s greatest founding father.”

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