- Hospitals lift visitor age restrictions as number of flu cases decreases
- Winnebago County sheriff names chief deputy
- URGENT: Four votes and we could lose on Keystone
- Guest Column: Housing Authority CEO: Time to unify behind quality living
- Rockford police investigate 17th Street murder
- Clean water under attack in the U.S. Congress
- Man faces charges following attempted armed robbery
- Discovery Center experiences record public attendance
- Pet Talk: Probiotics for your pets
- Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December
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