- Belvidere football coach returns to sidelines after hazing probe
- IceHogs split weekend on the road
- Dog and cat adoption event at Children’s Home + Aid Oct. 20
- Arrest warrant issued in string of burglaries
- The Odds Man: Bills, Seahawks good bets in NFL Week 7
- SwedishAmerican to build new clinic in Byron
- Chrysler recall affects 907k vehicles
- 7-year-old struck by car near Walker School
- Final City Market of the season Friday, Oct. 17
- Lee Hamilton: Viewing political corruption more broadly
Tax cuts for the rich?
Republican Congressmen voted to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent, clearly turning their backs on working Americans.
The very same politicians who are pleading poverty but yelling the loudest about the need to make brutal budget cuts had no problem voting to give away more tax breaks to the ultra-rich.
Little so clearly demonstrates what’s broken in Congress than those who simultaneously demand to give the richest citizens, like the Koch brothers, a tax cut while pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and schools.
The middle class has already lost 40 percent of their prosperity and millions of jobs while the wealthy have destroyed jobs, not created them. Employer-provided health care and collective bargaining may soon be extinct.
What are the 98 percent supposed to do while the super-rich buy elections, erase safety nets, lobotomize the media, gut the educational system, eviscerate scientific research, ignore environmental concerns, and decimate labor unions? The middle class has always been the backbone of our great country — including bailing out the big banks — now we are being trodden into fodder while the wealthy protect themselves and invest elsewhere — offshore. Their $3 billion would go a long way toward avoiding the fiscal cliff we’re all about to fall off.
From the Aug. 15-21, 2012, issue