Sally Kohn took a break yesterday from her busy schedule of running the public relations campaign for the Charlie Hedbo terrorists and penned an article with some helpful advice for the GOP. You are never going to believe what Sally Kohn thinks is a great idea for the Republicans who just summarily rousted the Democrats from power – taxing the rich:
But increasingly, especially in the past decade thanks to Republican tax cuts and deregulations, corporations have succeeded while ordinary Americans have fallen behind. How else do we explain the stock market hitting record highs while many Americans are still out of work? This runaway train of inequality won’t solve itself. We need government action — action the majority of Americans strongly support.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama will argue for closing the “trust fund loophole,” which, according to the White House, is one of the biggest tax loopholes plaguing our economy and lets the wealthiest Americans avoid hundreds of billions in taxes every year, money that should be helping build roads and schools that help us all.
The rest of the article is basically just Paul Krugman talking points ripped off by an author with a less impressive beard. I’m always amazed that whenever the Democrats have their butts handed to them electorally, a bunch of Democrat talking heads come out of the woodwork to helpfully suggest to the GOP that the best way to really help themselves out now that they’re in power is to behave like Democrats.
I will say this for Sally Kohn, though. For whatever you think about the economic and political benefits of taxing the rich, at least she isn’t suggesting taxing the poor. Who would suggest such a monumentally stupid thing? Some Senate Republicans, of course:
However, House Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] suggested Thursday that getting a gas-tax increase passed in the now-Republican-controlled House and Senate seems unlikely.
“When the Democrats had total control of the Congress they couldn’t find the votes,” he told reporters. “It’s doubtful the votes are here to raise the gas tax again. … I’ve never voted to raise the gas tax. We’ll have to work our way through it.”
But at least four Senate Republicans — [mc_name name=’Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001071′ ], Tenn.; [mc_name name=’Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’I000024′ ], Okla.; [mc_name name=’Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H000338′ ], Utah; and [mc_name name=’Sen. John Thune (R-SD)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’T000250′ ], S.D. — appear open to the idea of increasing the tax.
Last week, Thune, the third-ranking Senate Republican, told “Fox News Sunday” that he didn’t “favor increasing any tax, but I think we have to look at all of the option.”
Gas taxes, like sales taxes, are regressive in the sense that they disproportionately affect lower-income families who spend disporportionately higher percentages of their income on gasoline than higher-income families. Leave it to [mc_name name=’Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’H000338′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001071′ ] to be stupid enough to suggest that we ought to hold the line on income taxes based on principle but that it’s absolutely necessary to replenish the highway slush fund on the backs of the lower middle class.
It’s all well and good to point and laugh at Sally Kohn’s pathetic attempt to bait the Republicans into accepting a bad Democrat idea. But we ought to acknowledge that however bad her ideas are, the ones Republicans can come up with on their own sometimes can be even worse.