While Wisconsin has always been a very political state with some of the most well known(good and bad) political figures on the national scene, a few of our current representatives(Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Kind, etc..) could take lessons from the Honorable Senator Sanders in how to represent their constiuents.
Here Senator Sanders explains how, while the Republicans are screaming about we need to pay for helping the unemployed(IE middle and lower class), to make it deficit neutral. Then they offer up completely eliminating the estate tax(it is not the death tax, sorry frank luntz). As Senator Sanders points out “This huge tax break for the wealthy, if passed, would increase the national debt by more than $1 trillion over a ten-year period.” Yet there does not seem to be anywhere they have offered to offset the deficit with this. Curiouser and curiouser….
This estate tax(which the founders would of loved by the way), affects only 3/1oths of 1 percent of families in the country. It only kicks in on estates that total MORE than $3.5 million dollars.
Lets let Senator Sanders again talk about this tax in real terms:
“Well, if we completely repealed the estate tax, it would provide an estimated $32 billion tax break for the Walton family — the founders of Wal-Mart. ”
So just to be clear, Paul ryan, Sensenbrenner, et all… think ist unacceptable to give your unemployed neighbor $200 a week to survive on and that it is also unacceptable to not give the Walton family $32 Billion dollars worth of welfare…..
And they think they they are in position to win both houses???