The Media & Democrats Flexible Definition of “The Rich”

by Datechguy | January 3rd, 2013

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The Media & Democrats Flexible Definition of "The Rich"

It all depends on what the mean­ing of the word “is” is

Bill Clin­ton

Remem­ber the media meme that tax increases were nec­es­sary to be sure the rich pay their fair share? Well appar­ently to democ­rats, the party of the lit­tle guy and the media “The Rich” doesn’t include Gen­eral Elec­tric, Cit­i­group, Dia­geo (mak­ers of Puerto Rician Rum) Citi, Gold­man Sachs, Mor­gan Stan­ley, Amer­i­can Wind Energy Asso­ci­a­tion and The Motion Pic­ture Asso­ci­a­tion of America.

Appar­ently they wanted a big batch of tax cred­its and favors and paid mil­lions to lob­by­ists to achieve them, they put these cred­its into a Sen­ate bill called the Fam­ily and Busi­ness Tax Cut Cer­tainty Act of 2012.

Now as the GOP didn’t sup­port this mas­sive tax give­away and a House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives with a strong Tea Party pres­ence wasn’t about to pass it. In fact accord­ing to the site Gov​track​.us…

Sta­tus:
Intro­duced Aug 28, 2012
Reported by Com­mit­tee Aug 28, 2012
Passed Sen­ate (not yet occurred)
Passed House (not yet occurred)
Signed by the Pres­i­dent (not yet occurred)
The com­mit­tees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Sen­ate as a whole for con­sid­er­a­tion on August 28, 2012.
Prog­no­sis: 19% chance of being enacted.

Or at least that would have been the odds but accord­ing to Tim Car­ney of the Wash­ing­ton Times:

A Repub­li­can Sen­ate aide famil­iar with the cliff nego­ti­a­tions tells me the White House wanted per­ma­nent exten­sions of a whole slew of cor­po­rate tax cred­its. When Sen­ate Repub­li­cans said no, “the White House insisted that the exact lan­guage” of the Bau­cus bill be included in the fis­cal cliff deal. “They were absolutely insis­tent,” another aide tells me. (The White House did not return requests for comment.)

Sure enough, Title II of the fis­cal cliff leg­is­la­tion is nearly a word-​for-​word repli­ca­tion of the Fam­ily and Busi­ness Tax Cut Cer­tainty Act of 2012.

So the Democrats,the pro­tec­tors of the lit­tle guy, the peo­ple who were going to make sure that the rich paid their fair share and Pres­i­dent Obama their cham­pion man­aged to do what cor­po­rate lob­by­ists couldn’t add this unpass­able bill into the fis­cal cliff leg­is­la­tion, passed it in the sen­ate and sent to the house where democ­rats voted for it en masse and enough estab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans could make sure their cor­po­rate friends had their reward.

There was a time when media would have screamed foul, there was a time when such a bill once read and known to the pub­lic would not have been pos­si­ble, but the media has already defined the vil­lain as the GOP and the heroes as the Democ­rats in gen­eral and this Pres­i­dent in par­tic­u­lar and no amount of truth could change it.

We get the gov­ern­ment we deserve, I really thought we deserved better.

Update: The Wall Street Jour­nal adds to the list:

In prais­ing Congress’s huge new tax increase, Pres­i­dent Obama said Tues­day that “mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires” will finally “pay their fair share.” That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-​energy com­pany or the own­ers of StarK­ist Tuna, among many oth­ers who man­aged to get their taxes reduced in Congress’s New Year celebration.

and they have a solu­tion for the GOP

Repub­li­cans who are look­ing for a new pop­ulist mes­sage have one wait­ing here, and they could start by repu­di­at­ing the cor­po­rate wel­fare in this New Year disgrace.

and even bet­ter they can ask where the MSM were when this happened?

It all depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is

Bill Clinton

Remember the media meme that tax increases were necessary to be sure the rich pay their fair share? Well apparently to democrats, the party of the little guy and the media “The Rich” doesn’t include General Electric, Citigroup, Diageo (makers of Puerto Rician Rum) Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, American Wind Energy Association and The Motion Picture Association of America.

Apparently they wanted a big batch of tax credits and favors and paid millions to lobbyists to achieve them, they put these credits into a Senate bill called the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012.

Now as the GOP didn’t support this massive tax giveaway and a House of Representatives with a strong Tea Party presence wasn’t about to pass it. In fact according to the site Govtrack.us…

Status:
Introduced Aug 28, 2012
Reported by Committee Aug 28, 2012
Passed Senate (not yet occurred)
Passed House (not yet occurred)
Signed by the President (not yet occurred)
The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on August 28, 2012.
Prognosis: 19% chance of being enacted.

Or at least that would have been the odds but according to Tim Carney of the Washington Times:

A Republican Senate aide familiar with the cliff negotiations tells me the White House wanted permanent extensions of a whole slew of corporate tax credits. When Senate Republicans said no, “the White House insisted that the exact language” of the Baucus bill be included in the fiscal cliff deal. “They were absolutely insistent,” another aide tells me. (The White House did not return requests for comment.)

Sure enough, Title II of the fiscal cliff legislation is nearly a word-for-word replication of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012.

So the Democrats,the protectors of the little guy, the people who were going to make sure that the rich paid their fair share and President Obama their champion managed to do what corporate lobbyists couldn’t add this unpassable bill into the fiscal cliff legislation, passed it in the senate and sent to the house where democrats voted for it en masse and enough establishment Republicans could make sure their corporate friends had their reward.

There was a time when media would have screamed foul, there was a time when such a bill once read and known to the public would not have been possible, but the media has already defined the villain as the GOP and the heroes as the Democrats in general and this President in particular and no amount of truth could change it.

We get the government we deserve, I really thought we deserved better.

Update: The Wall Street Journal adds to the list:

In praising Congress’s huge new tax increase, President Obama said Tuesday that “millionaires and billionaires” will finally “pay their fair share.” That is, unless you are a Nascar track owner, a wind-energy company or the owners of StarKist Tuna, among many others who managed to get their taxes reduced in Congress’s New Year celebration.

and they have a solution for the GOP

Republicans who are looking for a new populist message have one waiting here, and they could start by repudiating the corporate welfare in this New Year disgrace.

and even better they can ask where the MSM were when this happened?

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