The Republicans are no longer the party of tax cuts. I never thought I would hear myself say that, but it’s true. At least for the short term.
Yesterday, House Republicans abandoned their principles and agreed to a whopping two month extension of the payroll tax cuts that were signed into law two years ago.
Of course, the Republicans wanted to extend the payroll tax cut a much more meaningful twelve months, but that little bit of inside baseball is completely lost on the public.
The extension will allow American workers to keep, on average, an additional $20 a week.
By far, the funniest comment about the payroll tax extension was uttered by our self-congratulatory President, Mr. Barack Obama:
Joseph from New Jersey talked about how he would have to sacrifice the occasional pizza night with his daughters. He said, and I’m quoting “My sixteen year old twins will be out of the house soon. I’ll miss this.”
This from a man who proposed a sin tax on sugary drinks and fattening foods!
Obviously, the President is trying to manipulate the emotions of Americans by implying that Joseph, because he can’t have pizza with his twin daughters, can’t spend time with his twin daughters.¹
Perhaps, instead of pizza night, Joseph and his darling buds of May could have a charades night or a take-a-walk-with-daddy night or, horrors of horrors, a reading night. The list of things Joseph might do with his daughters that are more constructive and healthy than stuffing pizza down their throats is endless.
And I would be willing to bet that Joe the Pizza-Eater – if he exists at all, which I greatly doubt – drinks the occasional beer and perhaps even smokes cigarettes. I suggest he cut back on those things before he deprive his daughters of their sacred large pie with extra cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms. Oh, and does Joe really need that Xbox and that iPod?
By the way, I wonder what Michelle Obama, the anti-obesity Queen, thinks about Joe’s routine. Pizza is one of the most fattening foods one can eat and Americans consume more of it than anyone else in the world. Clearly, not extending the payroll tax deduction would have reduced the wasitlines of Joe’s twins, not to mention Joe himself.
I’m just sayin’.
¹ If you’re like me, you never interact with your loved ones unless a nice pizza pie is in the vicinity. I mean, if there’s no pizza, what’s the point?