THE BOEHNER PLAN.
Is it actually necessary?
Today will see the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, throwing the gauntlet in front of the Democratic Party members of the United States Congress and saying "prepare for a duel," over the payroll tax cut bill. However, will that be necessary?
He knows succinctly that though his bill will pass by a majority in the House, it will not see the light of day in the Senate, for the simple reason that it includes most of the items objected to by the Democrats in both chambers of Congress.
The preposterous of such items is the inclusion of the Keystone oil pipeline coming from Canada and all the way through to the Gulf of Mexico; Texas, to be precise.
The reasoning of the Republicans is that the project will create jobs; but in actuality, they were setting labor against President Barack Obama's administration, for not allowing it (project) to proceed, in spite of the acute unemployment in the country. (That is a red herring, my friend, being thrown at the public by the Republicans).
Also, any tax increase on the wealthy is forbidden; but the number of weeks in which unemployment persons are to receive benefits must be cut from 99 to 59; showing how callous some people are of the needs of others.
In the plan by the Democrats, which the president supports, there will be cuts where such is needed; however, the people that are paying low in taxes must have their tax burden raised just a little bit to pay for the cost of the payroll tax cut, which is liable to benefit millions of American workers.
To accept that must be a cinch to Congress; yet, the opposition continues, on the part of the Republicans that those, who are earning $1 million dollars a year or more must be exempted from paying more in taxes; hence, the stalemate.
However, to the man in the street, as the one belonging to Occupy Wall Street, the Democratic plan makes more sense; for the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment; and there will be health hazards affecting water and agricultural systems, and the landscape will be mangled, from the top to the bottom of the United States. A tax increase must be imposed on those paying less to cover the costs of the many, many governmental tasks, including that of the payroll tax cut.
Pretty simple; isn't it?
The House vote will pass, protecting the wealthy and a project that has health questions, but not some Americans, who happen to be out of work.
Can you imagine that?
Republicans are the people most of us love and respect; but they must be told to relent their opposition against their fellow citizens, and for them to make the effort of becoming flexible in their beliefs, and by working with Democrats in Congress to achieve something that will be beneficial to millions of working men and women in this country.
Canada will be alright with its oil pipeline; but the ordinary person in America needs some comfort from getting the U.S. Congress to pass a bill that is of more interest to him or her than a pipeline that will, if we are not sure or careful, affect his or her health and also that of his or her family's.
The State Department has been assigned by the Obama administration to look more into it (pipeline project), and its final report will determine, if it is worthwhile for all Americans; and that, to many, is a fairly good decision.