FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Obama Will Veto Payroll Tax Extension If The Keystone Pipeline Comes With It
President Barack Obama wears the crown of Aquilonia on a troubled brow. He fears for the welfare of his humble subjects. He expressed that touching concern in his speech this week in TexasKansas. He elucidates below:
“Fewer and fewer of the folks who contributed to the success of our economy actually benefited from that success,” Obama said Tuesday. “Those at the very top grew wealthier from their incomes and their investments, wealthier than ever before. But everybody else struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that weren’t. And too many families found themselves racking up more and more debt just to keep up.”
Of course one reason this is happening is because these people do not have lucrative jobs that allow them to keep up. This fundamental lack of lucrative jobs can be rapidly fixed if business and investment professionals could be convinced that the United States remains a 1st World Country that actually appreciates its entrepreneurs. Jobs, you see, are created when a stable basis of wealth is created to support their continued existence.
This blessed occurrence is highly unlikely with our current state of affairs. Two options exist by which President Obama could give the US Economy an invigorating shot of cure-all. He could extend the current Payroll Tax Holiday and save the average family about $1,000/Year in tax liabilities. Or, he could greenlight the Keystone XL Pipeline that would ship tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast for refining.
Here a major logical difference occurs between President Obama and the House Republicans. Barack Obama interprets this Or as a disjunctive or exclusive or. House Republicans use a more permissive interpretation of the logical term “or”.
President Obama seems to believe we can’t have a payroll tax holiday and a Keystone Pipeline in the same bill. He explains his stance below.
“Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll-tax cut, I will reject,” Obama told reporters Wednesday
The House GOP, on the other hand, repudiates their reputation for being members of The Iniqutous Party of NO!™ Their spokesman, Michael Steel, embraces the healing power of and below.
“If President Obama threatens to veto it over a provision that creates American jobs, that’s a fight we’re ready to have,” he said.
So according to our Feckless Leader, Barack Obama, Republicans threaten the American Middle Class. It sounds to me like the only thing the Middle Class is being threatened with here is work. There are some, regrettably, who would view the presence of a legitimate employment opportunity as a rank imposition. Though it astounds me, a line from the classic My Fair Lady helps me understand the mindset behind viewing what the House GOP wants to do with the Keystone Pipeline as a threat.
Who asked him to make a gentleman out of me? I was happy. I was free. I touched pretty nigh everyone for money when I wanted it, same as I touched him. Now, I’m tied neck and heels, and everybody touches me. A year ago, I hadn’t a relation in the world except one or two who wouldn’t speak to me. Now, I’ve fifty, and not a decent week’s wages amongst the lot of ‘em. Oh, I have to live for others now, not for myself. Middle-class morality.
Oscar Wilde stated this more succinctly when he stated “Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” When only 53% of the American population accrues any real liability on Federal Income Taxes, the extension of the Payroll Tax reduction takes on a extra-economic dimension. Take away all Federal Tax liabilities, and the average citizen has no cause-and-effect linkage to how much government costs. To paraphrase Alfred Doolittle ”We touch them, they never touch us.” In the logical strong form Government := ObamaClaus.
This leads to a situation that holds an unbearable lightness of being. You don’t have a job, but you can’t be blamed because jobs don’t exist. But that’s OK; the government is here to care for you. If you are just poor enough, that won’t cost you a dime.
But what happens if the jobs start to exist? Then you have no excuse not to be occupying one of those, rather than Wall Street. The remaining vestiges of America’s former ethical grounding will lead to condign moral censure should any individual occupy the welfare office and not go earn their keep. As St. Paul stated pithily in 2 Thessalonians 3:10.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Extend all that crazy, bible-thumping Jeebus Talk too far, and you get the type of republic where people live free or die. It morphs over time into the type of place where people tolerate the necessary evil of a limited government rather than worshipping the false idol of an overdetermining one. But this would be severely disempowering to Barack Obama and all others in on his racket. The better America for him involves a people that shun all forms of obligation like work and taxation while clamoring for ever more Federal largesse at “The Rich’s” expense.
Thus, the logical compromise of willingly tolerating the payroll tax holiday extension in return for the awesomeness of The Keystone Pipeline provides a stark contrast to our President’s desire for the payroll tax holiday extension without the Keystone Pipeline. It is the harsh contradiction between the Amerika of Barack Obama, and the America that all good, worthy Conservatives pledge allegiance to.