The title of a Fox News article released on April 16, 2012 is “SENATE GOP blocks Obama’s ‘Buffett rule’ for minimum tax rate on millionaires”
“At the White House, Obama DENOUNCED the vote, saying Republicans chose “once again to protect tax breaks for THE WEALTHIEST FEW Americans at the expense of the middle class”. We’ve seen/read/heard this argument from the President many times. “IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG that millions of MIDDLE-CLASS Americans pay a HIGHER share of their income in taxes than some MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES“, another OLD argument.
According to Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, “This legislation WILL DO NOTHING with regard to JOB CREATION, with regard to GAS PRICES (and) with regard to (the) ECONOMIC RECOVERY“, as if REPUBLICANS are doing anything in those three areas. “Democrats’ goal, he said, was “to try to draw attention away from the issues that the American people are most concerned about“. These accusations have always been flying back and forth between Democrats and Republicans and is the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The lone defecting Democrat was Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who said making the rich pay a fair share of taxes should occur as part of an overall tax overhaul, “NOT as a POLITICAL PLOY MEANT TO SCORE POINTS“. Well “political ploy to score points” is what POLITICIANS are after. Let’s also note that Pryor has taken over for BLANCHE LINCOLN who constantly played political games, especially with HEALTHCARE REFORM (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMFIQ7ERdPI).
Finally, “in a written statement”,The White Housefinished off: “The administration believes that continuing to allow some of the wealthiest Americans to use special tax breaks to avoid paying their fair share simply CANNOT be justified“.
This latest battle over taxes/who to tax puts PARTISAN POLITICS back in the spotlight.