On Tax Day this year, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected
to introduce legislation
that would repeal the estate tax, a policy designed to limit the concentration of wealth in the United States, generate revenue for the federal government by having those most able to pay and encourage charitable giving. The legislation comes as congressional Republican budget plans propose to slash trillions of dollars in money that benefits working families and gives away massive sums to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
The Economic Policy Institute (
), National People's Action (
Center for Effective Government
, and Citizens for Tax Justice (
) have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks.
House Republican leaders passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget this week by a vote of
219 to 205
, with no Democrats voting in favor. The Ryan budget is chock full of so many terrible ideas that it’s hard to single out the biggest stinkers, but here goes.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.
The furor has not died down over Rep.Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) comments about inner city men and poverty in America. Ryan has agreed to talk with the Congressional Black Caucus about the racial overtones of the comments. Still, a troubling theme in America is the concept of the “deserving” poor. The problem with Ryan’s statement and the current unwillingness to raise the minimum wage is a new sense among conservatives that there are no “deserving” poor.
On Wednesday afternoon, several retirees and working family activists visited Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) office to deliver more than 708,000 signatures on a petition to the House Budget Committee chair, telling him there should be "no grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits." Ryan was not present and his staffers would not allow those with cameras into the office. Instead, a staffer came out into the hallway and accepted the petitions.
In an extreme, out-of-touch vote, House Republicans
voted on a Farm Bill
Thursday that removed nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every Democrat and a dozen Republicans voted against the bill.
It's back. The Ryan–GOP budget that
gives seniors "coupons"
to pay for health care and guts Medicaid and public investment to enrich millionaires and billionaires was
once again proposed
by the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) today.
Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based
Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council
and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan remind Jeff Wiggins of the old story about the fox guarding the hen house.