Here in Connecticut, the mostly Democrat legislature recently passed a budget and sent it on to our governor, also a Democrat, to sign off on.
All hell broke loose.
The Republicans balked that the “new” taxes were too high and that it was terrible, devastating even, for businesses that operated within the state.
Big companies like General Electric and Aetna jumped on the bandwagon criticizing the additional taxes they’d have to “apparently” now have to pay.
General Electric even threatened relocating. Gasp!
Of course, some investigative reporter types soon pointed out that the “new” business taxes they’d been lamenting were taxes those companies were exempt from anyway as a result of getting special tax credits as incentive to do business in Connecticut.
Didn’t matter though — the Republicans had gotten their message on the airwaves first and they continued to dominate the headlines.
Connecticut taxes are going up and it will be crippling to everyone and all of the employers will leave the state.
Truth of the matter is — unless you’re making over $500k per year, chances are, your taxes for 2014 will actually go down.
Yep, 99% of us will be paying less tax but we’re freaking out that we’ll be paying more…and losing our jobs in the process.
Love how that works. All mis-truths.
So, with all of the uproar, the governor called a special session to amend the already voted on and approved budget.
The Democrats made some concessions with the Republican minority and put together a “new” budget. It all got done last night.
This morning’s headline — from the Republicans in state government…
“State is Destined for a Shortfall”
You can’t make this stuff up.
So…the Republicans originally claimed that the tax increases were out of line, got the public all riled up and forced the Democrat majority to make concessions, which they did, and now the Republican’s claim the budget — the one they essentially neutered and approved — will lead to a shortfall in the state’s coffers.
I despise that this is how the American government operates.
It’s ludicrous that the Republicans are trying to have it both ways and putting the Democrats at fault…in both scenarios.
They misled the public and business leaders at the onset in an attempt to smear the primarily Democrat budget.
Then, when they got exactly what they’d wanted on a do-over, they immediately proclaimed that the new budget was inadequate. Worse than before, even.
Since the current governor is a Democrat, he owns it even though the Republican minority is who essentially wrote the final version.
It’s not a lean left or lean right type of thing.
Both parties play the same game.
In this specific case, the Democrats pulled a 180 degree turn due to politically induced public pressure… Basically flip flopping from a ‘Yes’ all the way to a ‘No’.
The Republicans claim the the budget was 100% garbage before the flip and continues to be 100% garbage after the flop.
There is apparently no middle ground.
But that’s the thing, in reality, both version of the budget were a middle ground.
In something as complicated and widespread as a state budget, you’re going to win some battles and you’re going to lose some battles. Weigh your options and hammer out something that pseudo works for every one.
That’s exactly what happens in the government.
Then, they get in front of microphones and cameras and proclaim that, if they’re the not the party in power, that the legislation (proposed or otherwise) is 100% wrong.
The only thing that’s 100% wrong are their claims.
It’s no wonder this country is so divided.
We really need another party…or ten along side the Republicans and the Democrats.
You know, like the other countries on the planet that already have universal healthcare, free education, “working” gun laws, and politicians that know they need to work with others to get things done.
Sure, they have higher taxes than us (which is what it always seems to come back to in the USA) but guess what?
They have more services too.
Services that we’re currently paying for out of our pockets…and paying more for than we would if it were built into our taxes.
Sounds pretty great, right? Fewer things to pay for and more money in your pocket.
Yes, your taxes would go up… considerably.
But guess what? You’d still come out ahead.
Most of the world has already figured this out.
The US is too stubborn to even consider it.
Oh crap, I’m starting to sound like I’m supporting Bernie Sanders for President.