In the past, Americans assumed their elected politicians worked for the entire population and although there are always special interest groups who pay for special favors, it was generally accepted that, despite political affiliation, Congressional representatives cared about all Americans. Throughout the past year, it has become glaringly obvious that Republicans have no interest in the poor and middle class and instead, serve religious fanatics and the wealthiest 2% of Americans. It appears that Republicans are out to punish working-class Americans by spending all their time rewarding the wealthy and their corporations, and when they find an opportunity to cause more harm to struggling Americans; they vigorously assault the people they were elected to serve.
Many Americans are beginning to ask Republicans why they are giving advantages to the wealthy when 99% of the population struggles to survive, and their reply is always drivel about rewarding the wealthy so they will create jobs. This past week, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “I don’t know what the middle class ever did to the Republicans that they’re so out to get them. But whether it’s job creation, economic growth, the tax code and the rest – the deck is getting stacked against the middle class.” Pelosi has been in Congress long enough to know that Republicans are out to get the middle class because they have tax dollars Republicans want to hand over to the wealthy, and they hate Americans.
The payroll tax cut extension that Democrats and President Obama are fighting to get through Congress before they expire on December 31 has engendered opposition from Republicans because the President proposed paying for the middle-class tax cuts with a paltry tax increase on income over $1 million. Speaker John Boehner publicly said he knows the payroll tax cut helped the economy and commented that “The fact is that Republicans are doing everything we can to allow American families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn.” It appeared that Boehner was finally showing concern for working Americans, but privately, he revealed what Republicans really think about any legislation that helps the middle class.
It was reported that behind closed doors at a GOP caucus meeting, Boehner said that extending the payroll tax cut for the middle class was “chickenshit” that Republicans would turn into chicken salad by rewarding corporations and the oil industry by “easing environmental regulations and paving the way for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.” It is not surprising that Boehner is willing to hold the middle class tax cuts hostage for concessions that benefit corporations and the oil industry, but it is his attitude toward working Americans that defines the level of contempt the Republican Party has for the people that is inexcusable.
The Republican disdain for the American people was evident in the Senate on Friday when Republicans killed the payroll tax cut extension proposed by Democrats and Republicans. The reason? The Democratic bill to extend the payroll tax holiday raised taxes on the wealthiest 0.4% of Americans, and Republicans killed their own bill out of hate for working Americans. Extending the middle class tax cuts would benefit 95% of working Americans with about $1,000 annually, foster more job creation, and help the economy. In fact, it is curious that Boehner and some Republicans seemed inclined to extend the payroll tax cuts until the Department of Labor reported that unemployment dropped in November and that 120,000 new private sector jobs were created as a result of increased consumer spending that was surely a result of the payroll tax cut.
Republicans claim that raising taxes is inherently bad regardless of who is affected, but their hatred for the American people, and President Obama, overrides their no tax increase philosophy. President Obama is aware of the Republican hypocrisy on tax hikes and he remarked, “I know many Republicans have sworn an oath to never raise taxes as long as they live. How can it be that the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and yet, barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for one-hundred-sixty million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense.” The President knows that it does make sense and he is being diplomatic in phrasing his disgust at Republican hypocrisy without saying what most Americans have learned over the past 12 years. Republicans hate Americans who are not wealthy.
Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, and nearly all Republicans have done absolutely nothing to help the American people and when Democrats propose legislation that benefits the masses, Republicans consider it chickenshit. Well, here’s a bit of news for Boehner and his job-killing, America-hating Republican cohorts; Republicans are chickenshit for being so frightened of their precious, rich constituency, that they are willing to raise taxes on 160 million Americans who are barely surviving in the economy they created with unfunded wars, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate entitlements. For the record, chickenshit is a vulgar slang term that means worthless or cowardly. That is what the Speaker of the House thinks of efforts to help the American people.
It is true that Republicans will do anything to help the wealthy and their corporations at the expense of 99% of the population, and although it is important for Americans to understand that reality, it is more important for people to comprehend that the GOP hates them. For the entirety of the 112th Congress, Republicans assaulted the poor, women, and the middle class with spending cuts that destroyed jobs and eliminated consumer protections because Republicans consider helping working Americans chickenshit, and to preserve the wealthy’s entitlements.
The real chickenshit is John Boehner. He is too cowardly to call a tax cut for working Americans chickenshit in a press conference or on the floor of the House so all Americans can witness for themselves what Republicans really think of efforts to help working-class Americans. However, the Republicans’ record for the past year speaks for itself and when the next election rolls around, the American people will show what they think of chickenshit Republicans and they will vote for President Obama and Democrats who have courageously fought for the people.