Thanks, Obama, for raising this lower-income lad’s taxes! Bravo, old chap, bravo indeed!
Here’s where you’re wrong: Everywhere.
-Obama didn’t raise the payroll tax 2%, you’ve been getting a 2% temporary cut (a payroll tax holiday) for the last two years, and you have Obama to thank for that.
-Whether McCain, Obama, Romney or Ron Paul were president right now, all other things remaining equal, those payroll taxes would be what they are now: 2% higher than they were two pay-cycles ago.
-According to the principle of right-wing bootstrap victim-blamery, your lower-income (a dubious term if I ever heard one) problem has nothing to do with the government. If 2% of your income is such a hit, maybe you should work harder and spend less time being a dick on a tumblr blog.
I’ll allow Forbes to explain why you’re wrong:
The expiration of the payroll tax reduction is not a “tax hike.”
When originally enacted in December 2010, the 2% reduction was originally scheduled to last only one year, it’s finite nature evidenced by its description in the statute as a “payroll tax holiday.”
The point of the provision, as you might imagine, was to help lower and middle-class taxpayers weather the recession by putting more after-tax cash in their pockets. Specifically, the payroll tax cut replaced and expanded upon the “Making Work Pay Credit,” which during 2009 and 2010 saved individuals earning less than $75,000 up to $400 and married couples earning less than $150,000 up to $800. Because the 2% payroll tax cut reduction applied to the first $106,800 of a taxpayer’s wages, the new law could save an indivdual as much as $2,136, or twice that for married couples.
As 2011 drew to a close and the sun was due to set on the payroll tax cut, Congress did what it does best, agreeing to a last-minute, ill-conceived two-month extension that was not offset with any increased revenue or spending cuts. In February, they did it again, this time extending the 2% reduction through the end of 2012.
Throughout this time, Americans got accustomed to their fatter paychecks. But if they’d been paying attention, they would have noticed that the end was near.
Leading up to the Presidential election, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney promised to further extend the payroll tax cut. In fact, if one were to dig deep into each man’s tax proposals, one would see that both Obama and Romney intended to allow the tax cut to expire. And effective January 1, 2013, it did.
Having requirements on the purchase of a firearm doesn’t limit the ability to keep or bear it, just to buy or sell it. Just like it’s not illegal for minors to hold or smoke cigarettes, just for them to buy cigarettes or for you to sell them cigarettes. Same deal.
The founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.
Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.
Religion, as always, stands directly in the way of common human decency.
During conservative idiot, Brian Kilmeade’s radio show, a guest called in and complimented Alisyn Camerota, the Fox News anchor who joins Kilmeade on his radio program and typically fills in for “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson.
“Well you and all the women of Fox, I don’t know who was the scout that got you guys, but they rock,” the guest said.
“It was Brian,” Camerota joked. “But thank you very much, that’s very sweet.”
Kilmeade, whose sexist joke once caused his female co-host to walk off the set of Fox News’ morning show, offered a different explanation. He said, “It was actually, we go into the Victoria’s Secret catalog and we said, ‘Can any of these people talk?’ And they all could and they all went to college.”
Incidentally, flipping through that catalog is the only outlet for Kilmeade to get off.
It doesn’t, but if it did, it wouldn’t matter. You’re not required by any law to keep another creature alive using your organs. The law can’t dictate that you breastfeed instead of use formula, it can’t demand you donate a kidney even if you’re a match and the person who needs it is a child who will die and the law can’t keep you pregnant against your will.
And it’s not immoral either, not that it would matter if it were since laws aren’t designed on the basis of morality.