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Rep. Alan West (R-FL) created a mini-uproar a couple days ago. When asked how many members of Congress were card-carrying Marxists, West responded, "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party. They actually don't hide it. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus." Needless to say, the Congressional
So take that, Alan West. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) members are NOT Communists...they just associate with and are allied with Communists. I'm glad we cleared that up. Btw, CPC member Maxine Waters (D-CA) just called and said she would nationalize the blogosphere unless I stopped engaging in McCarthyism (though she pronounced it "McCartneyism". I thought she was referring to my being a Beatles fan). This is in line with Mrs. Waters' previous desires to nationalize banks and oil companies, not to mention that the CPC wants to nationalize health care. But at least they're not Communists.
This CPC talk jogged my memory. I have been pointing out in recent posts that President Obama has no plan to balance the federal budget, begin paying down the debt, or deal with our unfunded entitlement problem. But the CPC does have a plan to balance the budge and begin reducing the debt. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget For All (so-named as a cutesy swipe at Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, which the CPC calls the 'budget for the 1%'). The House even voted on the CPC budget, but unforntunately, nobody but CPC members voted in favor of it. It's so crazy that even Democrats won't support it, much less Republicans. I can sum up the CPC Budget For All very quickly. Basically, anywhere the CPC liberals see a pile of money, they go after it. It's the old tax and spend philosophy on steroids, except for Defense. They slash the hell out of the Defense budget. Here it is in a nutshell, from The Hill:
Liberal House Democrats on Monday unveiled a 2013 budget that increases taxes by $4.7 trillion more than President Obama proposed in his own budget last month.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus said the taxes are necessary to fund $2.9 trillion in new stimulus spending to “put Americans back to work” and “rebuild the middle classes” while reducing the deficit. This new spending includes canceling the cuts in last August’s debt-ceiling deal between Congress and the White House.
In his budget non-plan, President Obama proposed $1.5 trillion in tax increases. The CPC ten-year budget adds $4.7 trillion in tax increases above that, for a grand total tax increase of $6.2 trillion. This is how these lefties think they can bring prosperity to America...by taking over $6 trillion out of the private sector and putting it in the hands of Big Brother, along with ANOTHER $2.9 trillion stimulus program for Big Brother to create jobs. This is precisely why I reject liberal politics. Liberals still believe they can tax and spend America to prosperity, even when we're up to our eyeballs in debt already, and federal spending is at it's highest ever outside WWII. This is pure lunacy, as even the majority of Democrats acknowledge. That's why you don't hear Democrats promoting this nonsense (note - because it's an election year, the Democrats won't support anything, or even pass a budget. They are too afraid). Outside the CPC, Democrats would prefer that this plan shuffle off very quietly into the dustbin of history. These massive CPC tax increases would be like an overhand right to head of the American economy, but the CPC tries to pass it off as a job creating budget. No word on what the CPC is smoking.
The CPC plan is a veritable liberal dream wish list. I call it the CPC Recipe For American Economic Decline And Competitive Disadvantage. It imposes a carbon tax, reverses almost all the Bush tax cuts, creates new 45-49% tax brackets for millionaires and up, lifts the Social Security payroll tax cap, taxes capital gains as regular income, imposes a Wall Street speculator tax, imposes a new tax on banks, removes tax breaks for oil, gas, and coal companies, gets rid of corporate tax loopholes, reinstates Superfund taxes...last year's CPC budget imposed a 25 cent per gallon tax on gasoline, but I couldn't find that in this year's CPC budget. There are more taxes I haven't listed.
But at least they're not Communists. The CPC folk would only have the government at all levels take HALF our money (as in half of GDP)...for now...until the libs think of new ways to spend your money. What is almost comical is how liberals always want to raise taxes on business and capital investment, but they can never see the connection between those policies and higher comsumer prices and less job creation. It's like none of them ever took a course in Basic Economics (or math). The hard-left truly believes jobs come from the government.
The CPC budget stands in stark contrast to the Ryan plan. The Ryan plan reforms taxes, but doesn't raise them. Ryan limits spending increases to 3% per year. He voucherizes Medicare to control costs. He turns Medicaid into block grants, and he repeals ObamaCare.
We have two starkly different visions here. The CPC plan is an acceleration of the tax and spend model we've been following for many decades (even though we've delayed the tax part due to the harm it will cause). This is the vision that has us and Europe drowning in debt, that requires endless tax increases, which end up impoverishing the very people it claims to help. The Ryan plan changes that course, but it does require some painful spending cuts. As Ronald Reagan once said, it's a time for choosing. We can either head down the road to Marxism, or we can head back up the road to liberty. Your choice, America. Neither road will be pain free, but I know which one I'd choose. Maxine Waters won't be pleased. She'd probably call me a GOP "demon", and tell me to "go straight to hell", as she told the Tea Party. That makes me even more confident I've made the right choice.