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Yet Again, Republicans Package Tax Cuts for the Rich and Killing off Consumer and Environmental Protections as a "Jobs Plan"

Here is a fact: today when you hear from Republicans you are hearing from Wall Street, giant oil companies, huge multinational firms and a few billionaires, period.
 
 
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Republicans announced something they called a " jobs plan" today. This time it's different. It really is. This time it really will create jobs instead of just handing even more money to a few at the top at the expense of the rest of us. You might not believe this because Republicans sell everything by calling it a jobs plan. And what they sell is always tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting the things We, the People do for each other. And it always ends up messing everything up for most of us. But this time it's different.

But This Time It's Different

Republicans always offer something called a "jobs plan" and the plan is always tax cuts for the rich while gutting the things We, the People -- a.k.a. government -- do for each other. Their "jobs plans" always end up enriching the already-wealthy while messing things up really bad for us.

But this time is different because this time they actually offered something that is called a "jobs plan." So there you go! And this time the plan is different because this time the plan is to cut taxes for the wealthy and giant corporations, cut government protections for working people and the environment, but also opening our borders to let in goods made in countries unhampered by democracy's protections while cutting taxes on companies that offshore jobs. So Bob's your uncle.

It will work. Republicans always promise their plan will work, and then it messes things up for most of us, but this time it's different because this time they say the plan will work. So this time it is different.

The "Plan"

You can look over the official Republican job plan here (PDF): The Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators. Here is a summary of the points: ( summary: cut taxes for the rich, cut the things We, the People do for each other, send factories out of the country.)

  • Require congressional (anonymous corporate campaign donations) approval of any significant federal regulation (overriding scientists and experts in the executive branch).
  • Let companies bring overseas (offshoring jobs) profits into the US without paying US taxes.
  • Pass "free trade" (more offshoring of jobs) agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.
  • Streamline the patent system.
  • Give more non-Americans visas to to take professional-level jobs here because "high-tech companies in America are struggling to hire qualified employees."
  • Let the FDA approve drugs (Vioxx) and devices faster, with less testing.
  • Expand oil and coal exploration and production (Deepwater Horizon oil spill, climate change).
  • Cut government spending (Medicare, but don't touch military) by almost $6 trillion over the next ten years.

(Note, regarding the phrase "job creators," see Actually, "The Rich" Don't "Create Jobs," We Do.)

What's New In This Plan?

Nothing.

But this time the plan is to cut taxes for the rich, cut the things We, the People do for each other and send more factories out of the country. This time it's different from those other plans to cut taxes for the rich, cut the things We, the People do for each other and send more factories out of the country.

The Name Is The Game

It's all in the name. Republicans think giving a plan a name is what matters, no matter what the plan actually does. Say whatever you need to say, but do what you wanted to do all along. They believe that people will be fooled into thinking something does a certain thing because t he name says that is what it does, regardless of the actual details and results. For example, their budget plan cuts government "costs" by eliminating Medicare and replacing it with something entirely different, but since it is still named "Medicare" it still is Medicare.

 
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