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For GOP, Losing Might Be the Only Way To Win

John C6 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 6:16 PM
Gentle Readers, A radical proposal: 75% of the FUNCTIONS ( not expenditures, but functions ) of the Federal Government are self-financing. For example: mail a letter - you pay. Need a passport - you pay a fee. Use a national park - you pay a fee. Republicans should vote a Balanced Budget. This year. Immediately. How to do it: 1. Seperate out all self-financing functions of the government: The Post Office, etc. They would rely on their own funds, with no subsidies. Allow them to operate as needed: the Post Office could charge more for stamps, restrict deliveries, privatize parcels, etc., again, as one example. 2. This would leave only 2 functions to be financed by taxes: Welfare and Defense. Welfare, i.e., Medicaid, SNAP,
John C6 Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 6:21 PM
( CONTINUED ) and TANF, would be restricted to children, the disable, and the infirm elderly.

A jobs program for the able-bodied adults unable to find work could be instituted. $100 billion
a year would hire 5 million people at $400 a week for 50 weeks. These would be jobs cleaning
graffiti, etc. No one would prefer these jobs. Pay would be tax free: no payroll deductions of
any kind, including State or Local taxes. The workers would get $400 for 40 hours of work.

If self-funding enterprises were seperated and taxes used only for Defense, restricted Welfare,
and a jobs program, there would be ample tax revenues and no deficit.

The Democrats would oppose this. Let them. It makes sense. The American people
would support it.

Chicken George Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 9:35 PM

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 73 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents -- and even 39 percent of Republicans -- now favor raising taxes on those making $250,000 or more a year. So give the people want they want.

As it is, the GOP is engaged in an unwinnable scrum with Barack Obama, a man chasing the gold-plated Holy Grail of hiking top marginal tax rates on the rich and small businesses -- bringing in, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a few days' worth of revenue. Concede the Bush-era tax rate (though you...