CNN: If you don’t want higher taxes, you’re “part of the problem”

by editor on January 29, 2011

If you thought politicians were to blame for the spending frenzy that put us in our current economic situation, you’re wrong. And CNN contributor Roland Martin is there to set you straight.

It’s not the politicians’ fault. It’s your fault. You and the rest of the greedy American people.

The Daily Caller points out Martin’s finger pointing:

On CNN’s pre-State of the Union address coverage on Tuesday, Martin explained politicians are not completely to blame for the dire straits of entitlements. But instead he said it was the American people – since they’re not either willing to accept spending cuts or higher taxes.

“It’s not just they when we talk about politicians, it’s also the people who send them to Washington, D.C.,” Martin said. “When you look at the CBS poll where they laid out where they said, ‘Oh no, we don’t want taxes raised, but we don’t want cuts made to our Social Security or Medicare benefits. And again, the American people also want their cake and eat it as well. They’re also part of the problem. We can’t just sit here and say it’s 535 members in Congress.”

Understand? It wasn’t Congress’ 75 years of vote buying. It wasn’t their 75 years of selling drugs down at the economic junior high school. It wasn’t their 75 years of fixing free lunches. It wasn’t their 75 years of redistributing work ethic as well as income.

It was you.

And don’t forget it.

Source: Daily Caller

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sa_rose
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sa_rose

If they would just eliminate the crap in the budget, not even touching current programs, jobs, departments, etc, we could probably cut the deficit in half. You know, like the “bid” items that cost more than the local store? The example Andre gave of the $1000 toilet seat is not unque. I remember a deal about a VERY expensive hammer, and other items reported back when that sort of thing actually GOT reported.

andre
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andre

$1050 each (yes, EACH) for those rubber thingies that go on the bottom of the chair leg so it doesn’t scratch the floor.

One is left having no alternative than to believe that the MSM are a bunch of complete dolts. They get a press release shoved in front of their nose, and as long as it fits in with all their idee’ fixe (what the heck is the plural of that? idee’s fixe? idee’ fixes?), and false data, they run with it. It gets to the point that when I hear ANY numbers, percentages, projections, or anything that sounds like any of them, I simply do not believe them.

I do not know why the MSM always runs with the “we’ll have to cut police, senior citizen services, close fire stations” etc. every time a public worker union gives them the press release. Don’t they realize the people saying it have an agenda?Probably not.

That is one HUGE piece of false data all the statists run with without question: gov’t is good, altruistic, and generally without a bad thought ever, and private business is all about profit and greed, and Exxon doesn’t give a rip if all the people just die. And it’s not like all that DOD waste is not known. Jay Leno made jokes about it for a few weeks. Then everyone forgets about it, and we’re back to “geez, the masses are a bunch of morons because they don’t want higher taxes, and every time we try to cut spending, they don’t want the police and fire dept’s cut and schools closed. What a bunch of idiots.”

Grammar Fuhrer
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Grammar Fuhrer

Only on CNN! The network no one’s watching anymore!™

matthew s harrison
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matthew s harrison

So, what Roland is saying is that our representatives and senators listen to us when we ask them to do/not do something? Because last time I checked, the democrat controlled houses of congress didn’t listen to us about spending, and went right ahead spending.
Roland Martin is a homo-and a dumb one at that! The funny thing about him is, he is a freaking caterer-and the retards over at CNN put him on television like he is some sort of intellectual political pundit! classic.

hisham
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hisham

There’re a whole host of things that could be done first before cutting third-rail programs like Social Security, Medicare, or even Medicaide. Great post andre, The Department of Energy is just one of the useless bureaucracies we, The American People, could easily do without: Education, EPA, FCC, FAA, FDA, Transportation (none of which have a constitutional rason to exit) all come to mind and I’m sure there are plenty more such money pits that could be found if we just put some thought to it. I can think of some other organizations that could be indicted for their nefarious activities as well: ACLU, WTO, The Federal Reserve, CFR, anything George Soros touchs/touched, The UN, most union leadership, The New Black Panthers…shall I go on?

Wes
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Wes

Kind of interesting that the main people (planning to) cut Medicare are Democrats that shoved through Obamacare with 500 billion in cuts in Medicare cuts in it.

Maria
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Maria

No doubt Social Security and Medicare need serious overhauls – and soon. But, these overhauls don’t need to be done by Democrats. Besides, Barack OhBummer has no intention of overhauling either one. It’s an old scare tactic used by Democrats against Republicans. They talk as if those are the ONLY things anyone could cut, and I just don’t buy it. There are a gazillion useless and/or redundant departments that could be done away with. For one – the Department of Education, which has never edumacated anyone.

Privatize all public education – K through college. It makes no sense that our local schools pay more per year per student than it would take to send all of those kids to local private schools (I’m sure it’s that way everywhere else as well), AND they would get a much better education – – and OhBummer wants to spend MORE on education? Oh…yeah…the teacher’s unions all spent money to get him elected.

There are a lot more things we could cut immediately, before dealing with SS and Medicare.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

If those in charge of programming at CNN approve of their on air line-up & the talent that appears on CNN, they are part of the problem.

Mountain biker 21
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Mountain biker 21

The only thing liberals will do with higher taxes is spend more money.

Wes
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Wes

Unfortunately, Republicans aren’t blameless in making government bigger. Maybe this time they’ll get it right. If they don’t, I think there’s going to be a problem. The people threw out Reps in ’06 because they sucked, then threw out dems in ’10 because they sucked. Hopefully we’re running out of politicians that suck. Remember the Republicans of ’94 who Forced Clinton to balance budgets, and remember 2002-ish Bush who fought his own party to get the tax cuts for everyone passed? Man, what happened to those people.

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andre
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andre

What this really underscores is the disconnect not only of those inside the beltway, but also those who regularly report on them. It seems the disconnect is contagious. So now the MSM people also see people as one big blob.

In a sense, they are right. “People” don’t want higher taxes. “People” also don’t want spending cuts. And it’s also obviously true that “people” keep sending the same twits back to Washington, Trenton, Albany, Sacramento, etc.

The problem with this observation (and the conclusion drawn, namely, that it is the American people’s own fault), is that it is meaningless, pointless, and leads to no actual useful data on which basis someone can resolve the problem. It is akin to saying there is no reason for anyone in NY-NJ to complain about the weather since the majority of the world’s population is experiencing weather that is anywhere from mild to downright hot. The problem with these wizards’ conclusion is that they do not separate people. They see one thing – “the masses”.

Some more useful data might be that those who do not want spending cuts are also those who certainly play a major role in re-electing all the pond scum. They may not care if the taxes are raised, since they will not be paying any of the increased taxes anyway. That may be because they are low-income, or very high income too, since the latter would be in a position to know how to avoid increased taxes.

Another distinction that seems to have been missed is the KIND of cuts. The statists seem to think that the only cuts that can ever be made are Social Security, police, education (almost always in areas that directly benefit students, never to any of the dead-weight administration).

Most if not all of the readers of this blog, I am certain, favor cuts and lower taxes. Nothing illogical there, folks. But let’s cut the Dept of Energy (and not cut “back” – cut as in perform a departmentectomy i.e., remove the tumor altogether), just to pick one random example. How about opening toilet seat purchases in the DOD to competitive bidding? Or maybe just send someone to Home Depot to pick them up?

How about leaving the Social Security intact for those who are already in it, and completely revamp the system for those who are just entering the workforce, as in remove the gov’t from the picture completely?

And on all levels, state, county, and municipal included, how about the gov’t employees put in an honest half-day of work? Is that too much to ask? I know it’s at least doubling the effort, but in time, it can be done, I’m sure.

Liz
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Liz

OUTSTANDING comment!!!

The Obumbly Obomster
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The Obumbly Obomster

So….I trust that your name will appear on the 2012 ballot for President? If I was old enough, I would be your running mate.

sa_rose
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sa_rose

You stole my thinder. This is exactly what I was going to say, and you have done it for me.

Big Al
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Big Al

Let us all man up and make the cuts.

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oic
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oic

the problem are those Liberals who advocate higher taxes but don’t pay them

KimmyQueen
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Exactly. I want to know how this dude is doing in that front…? I just love these people telling me what to do with my money.

Pittsburgh Z
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Pittsburgh Z

Kimmy,

THERE is your problem. It is not your money. It is the government’s money. They just allow you to use a little bit of it.