I See An Elephant Raising Taxes
“I saw a peanut stand,
Heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked it’s eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an elephant fly.”
- When I See An Elephant Fly, Dumbo, 1941
There’s a lot of silliness associated with the whole “fiscal cliff” fiasco. Basically Washington backed itself into a corner and made a last minute agreement because the far right held a temper tantrum that led to the U.S. credit rating being lowered. It’s silliness from start to finish.
That said, I never thought I’d see the Republican party – overwhelmingly in the Senate – actually vote for a tax increase on anyone, let alone the rich. Sure, I would rather the thresholds be set at $250,000 instead of $400,000 and $450,000 but you pass what can pass now. We simply do not have a parliamentary majority to pass the legislation liberals would get in an ideal world.
We’ve certainly seen a template set here by the right, that no matter the outcome of a national election, never mind that their chosen candidate has yet again lost the popular vote by a margin of several million votes (over 5 million and counting), they remain wedded to their ideology and party over any sense of patriotism or civic duty. While I believe in strong progressivism, that is a bridge too far for any movement to cross.
But Obama and Biden got the GOP to vote for tax increases. Not perfect by any stretch, but a step forward.