Rand Paul calls for raising taxes on middle class to fund giant federal government program

The leader of the Taxed Enough Already Party, who has previously said that the ideal solution for Social Security is to privatize it, has an important message for all his fans watching Fox News: Taxes should go up for the middle class so a big federal government program can steal more of your money.

Q: Extending the payroll tax holiday, you’ve said that it’s not necessarily a good idea, why?

Rand Paul: Social Security is $6 trillion short of money. So the president is advocating reducing the funding for Social Security when they’re already $6 trillion short. So it doesn’t really make any sense.

OK, leaving aside the ridiculousness of the “Social Security is bankrupt!” suggestion (or that the Democratic plan would defund it), what Paul is saying is that the middle class’ taxes should go up by $1,500 next year, so that a government program that he despises, wants to privatize, and calls a Ponzi scheme doesn’t go bankrupt. Even though it isn’t even remotely close to going bankrupt. And then there’s also the fact that the Democrats’ plan to keep in place the payroll tax cut is paid for by putting a small additional tax on millionaires and billionaires — which any rational observer can correctly identify as the real reason that anti-government types like Rand Paul are against it, not Social Security.

But why again are tax cuts for the 99 percent bad, but the Bush tax cuts for the 1 percent good? Here’s Rand Paul to fill you in:

“It’s sort of a quick fix like you’d give to a junkie. Give people a couple hundred dollars and say go to the mall, it will be OK.”

Ah. So tax breaks for you is like giving a fix to a junkie (who, as Rand Paul has previously said, are envious of the 1 percent and might throw a brick through your window to steal your iPad). But tax breaks for Bill Gates will destroy the republic.

That a boy, Rand.

6 Comments

  1. Bob Werner
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Please join me in making sure this Senator goes away.

  2. Ricky
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hey leo writers, why not, you know, do some background work before blathering out misleading article such as this one. The payrole tax holiday signed by Obama was a bad idea a year ago and is still only a small amount of pocket change for tax break that defunds the social security coffers, giving GOP valid talking points in privatizing it and the missing funds have to re appropriated from elsewhere. The senater is actually talking sense here.

  3. Joe
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Ricky,

    “payrole” is spelled “payroll”.

    “senater” is spelled “senator”.

    I rebutted the rest of your “argoomint” in the post, but the thought of further debating you just seems a little pointless at this particular moment.

    Love,

    Joe

  4. Ricky
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Joe-Joe

    Thanks for the spell check, I am very much a product of the Kentucky educational system in it’s all it’s leave no child left behind glory.

    I feel obliged to give you a “schoolin’” as well, but first know this…I am no fan of Kentucky Senators to be for sure, “The Turtle and the Hare-piece”. One’s aim has been obvious from the start of Obama’s presidency as The Turtle has no poker face, admitting his aim from the start was to make #44 a 1 termer, while The Hare-piece is hardly his father’s son, a thumper not of personal liberties but opposition voices heads.

    Now for your lesson in Government & Economics.

    The Payroll Tax Holiday is a paltry 2% tax reduction by comparison the Making Work Pay tax credit, which the Payroll Tax Holiday replaced provided $400 tax credit to individual filers & $800 to couples.

    Kentucky, being a Right to Work commonwealth that it is pays out it’s minimum wage to workers at the national level, currently at $7.25 with work weeks being truncated to 36 hours, a Zappo’s employee, for example, would earn $13.572 and only receive $271.44 from the Payroll tax credit. #44 is either a more novice politician than we all are starting to realize or a damn good illusionist. It looks like he has managed to fool you with some simple parlor tricks.

    #points@clock
    …and now Joe it’s time for your lesson in business & ethics.

    “I rebutted the rest of your “argoomint” in the post, but the thought of further debating you just seems a little pointless at this particular moment.”

    Belittling your readership for their poor spelling and grammer is a terrible business model. With advertisers jumping ship from the Titanic failure that American news papers have become I would think the Leo needs all the support it can find both inside the Waterson Expressway as well as beyond.

    While I would appreciate an apology for your dig against my poor spelling & grammar in my comment to your article, I dont’ expect one, nor will I let it crawl up my butt as much as my post seems to have yours. I’m made of thicker skin.

    Debating me further still seem pointless at this time Joe-Joe?

  5. kentondem
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Anyone care to help Ricky pay off his “education” loan ?

  6. Ashley
    Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Kentucky is NOT a right-to-work state, thankfully. Not that it had ANYTHING to do with your bizarre, rambling explanations…..

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