- With the public ready to blame the GOP by a two to one margin if we go over the fiscal cliff, Republicans should be pretty concerned about reaching an agreement with Democrats. Now true, that's not immediately apparent when Republican Congressman Tom Cole comes out and says that "I don't think we need to put a formal proposal out on the table." But don't worry, I'm sure other Republicans have actual proposals.
- Take Senator Roy Blunt for example, he thinks that "this is a great opportunity for the president to step forward...and look at ways to increase revenue by one growing the economy, and two, maybe look at the tax code, just like Governor Romney suggested, you look at tax code and increase revenue without increasing taxes." Now sure, some people would say that proposing that a President who just got reelected with a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy abandon his own plan and instead adopt the plan of his disgraced and defeated opponent is insane, luckily, none of those people are Republicans.
- But there are a lot of other diverse ideas in the Republican Party. Senator Mike Lee argues that we can't raise taxes on the rich because "we worry about the consequences that will inevitably result from that action and that will hit the poorest among us the hardest." At the other end of the spectrum, Speaker of the House John Boehner argues that it doesn't matter if we tax the rich or the poor more (so we tax the poor more). 2016 hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio rounds out the spectrum of Republican thought on the matter by arguing it would be stupid to raise taxes on the rich because "they can afford to hire the best lawyers, lobbyists and accountants in America to figure out how not to pay those higher rates."
- Now some of you might remember that before the election Republicans were promising not to make cuts to current Medicare recipients which makes it shocking that Senator Bob Corker is demanding "very painful cuts to Medicare" as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. It's almost as if the Party that opposed the creation of Medicare and have spent the last 50 years trying to eliminate it might not actually have it's recipients best interests in mind.
- Meanwhile Romney advisers are bragging about the fact that they lost the 'poor' vote. Unfortunately for them, Republican policies have led to the highest income inequality in 30 years which kind of makes that not a winning electoral strategy. Don't worry though, Fox News thinks that going on food stamps would be a great diet plan, so everyone wins?
- That doesn't mean that Republicans don't have some innovative new ideas though. For example, private prison company Corrections Company of America is cutting down on the cost of hiring more guards by using "gang violence and the threat of gang violence as an 'inexpensive device to gain control over the inmate population.'" Because what could possibly go wrong with cutting deals with the "Aryan Knights" and the "Severely Violent Criminals" (which is apparently a very literal minded gang).
- In other excellent business decision moves, Walmart has decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, where 146 garment workers were killed when management locked them inside a factory that then caught on fire, by contracting with a Bangladeshi factory that had no fire extinguishers, locked the exits, and ordered employees back to their stations when fire alarms went off killing 129. As Fox News pointed out though, up until they were burned to death, those employees "wanted and needed those jobs." Of course this should not be taken as evidence that without the regulations put in place in this country to prevent these things from happening here companies would do exactly the same thing here. Not because it's not excellent evidence of exactly that, but because it might make Republicans look bad for opposing them.
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