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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: “A Better Deal” and the Google Test

How’s that for a riveting campaign slogan? Tim Pawlenty’s “Better Deal” consists of eliminating the estate tax and all taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends; and lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. Even better, all government safety/environmental regulations will be automatically “sunsetted” unless Congress votes to renew them.

With these crippling taxes and cumbersome regulations no longer strangling the economy, hardworking Americans will once again be free “to innovate, invest, compete, and create new businesses and jobs.”

This has a sort of eerie familiarity — probably because it’s the same bill of goods Republicans have been selling us since 1980. But hey, let’s keep doing the same thing over and over and over, and maybe this time we’ll get a different result.

And don’t worry about where future revenues will come from after Pawlenty has eliminated everybody’s taxes (except for people who work for a living). He’s got it covered: the Google Test:

“If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it. The post office, the government printing office, Amtrak, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were all built in a time in our country when the private sector did not adequately provide those products. That’s no longer the case.”

Isn’t this great?!?!? The Google Test also means we overburdened taxpayers will no longer need to pay for the military and the weapons they use; law enforcement; fire departments, road construction…

We’re Free!!!

And Texas Governor Rick Perry has his own variation: “Don’t use the Google; ask Jesus.”

On August 6th Rick Perry will be holding a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God's guidance.” This sacred event will be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, and all governors are invited.

On his website, Perry says “Americans must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles because some problems are beyond our power to solve.”

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Blogger Lisa said...

If the economy does better so does everything else including Revenue.
Too bad the only answer you guys have is more government and being the economic situation is grim we have more people on the dole with less people to pay for it.
The more you subsidize,the more you get of it and the more you tax,the less you get of it.

June 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Since Blackwater/Xe is "on the internet" that means government needn't bother with a military or law enforcement. Let's let those mercenaries "protect" our freedom. It's the New Corporate American Way.

Perry is right, we have problems "beyond our power", like love for your neigbor and care for the least of us.

Oh, wait, that's not their Jesus. That would be the Socialist Jesus they would just as soon throw into Gitmo.

June 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

I don't know which of these two are the scariest. Seriously, BETTER deal (read...same deal)...Jesus will save us?

On another note which I can hold no longer-

Lisa, what the fuck do you know about being on the "dole" as you so arrogantly call it. What was the event in your life that caused you to become so callous?

Also, I truly wonder why you come over to liberal blogs and make such a fool of yourself. Do you think you are going to change anyone's mind who follows these blogs? You don't like what we believe, or have to say? Then stay the fuck away...or at least STFU! You do realize that you are a goddamn joke on these sites...don't you?

Sorry Tom...had to say it.

June 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I think Pawlenty is being way too timid. It's time to just lower the corporate tax rate to zero. I'll just go live in a ditch and fight for my share of the catfood that's left.

June 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

A better deal! Well... for the corporate interests, anyway. For the rest of us? Not so much.

June 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Lisa

GE paid no Taxes last year, you must be going through Rapture.


June 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

"If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn’t need to be doing it."

Right! If someone's prowling cars down your street, call Erick Prince over in the UAE, sign a contract, and Rent-a-Thug will watch your street or gated community. For a fee. Brilliant.

Pawlenty is as exciting as a used tea bag and even less useful.

His tax nonsense really sticks it to everyone but the rich and the corporations — stale ideological garbage proven invalid by the time Reagan turned the reins over to Bush 41, who presided over a flat, struggling economy beset by high unemployment, creeping inflation and growing deficits.

Yes, there's a pattern here.

Pawlenty doesn't need a presidency. He needs a heaping helping of reality. So does Lisa.

June 7, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just reading where Pawlenty, in spite of two voter referendums that said no, used a billion in state funds to build a stadium for the Twins and then refused to raise taxes to pay for it.

A few less Schools

Texans should consider electing Georgia Governor Sunny Perdue. When he prayed for rain, he got some.


June 7, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Lisa wrote: "The more you subsidize, the more you get of it and the more you tax, the less you get of it."

That must be why the country's awash in oceans of cheap oil and gasoline, and why cigarette sales are so depressed.

Oh, wait, petroleum prices are sky high and cigarette sales are doing well. Go soak your head.

June 7, 2011 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

More government? Nuking the Pentagon will free up plenty o' loot for non-blowing-the-fuck-out-of-other-humans tasks, like partaking of fine smokeables.

June 8, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

GE paid no Taxes last year, you must be going through Rapture.

imagine that another white house affiliate who didn't pay taxes.

Hey Jadedj-I get just as much of laugh from some of your comments as well. I know alot about being on the dole as I work in the medical field and see alot of "free" government dependency.

June 8, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

June 8, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Lisa in all seriousness put these words together to form a sentence. See what is wrong with the fright wing Lisa? No, ok I'll tell you n case you have forgotten your civics stuff. Land does not vote, people do.

"the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country"

I would love to know where you copy and pasted this nugget from,although it is getting closer to reality as far as who cast the votes.
"Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Back to TPaw, he now wants to get rid of the postal service and Amtrak just like his heroine Ayn Rand. The clown car is getting full now, Maybe Snow Snooki can get them all on her bus and split the costs.

June 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I know Jess because the president is so much more intelligent with his "on the job" learning experience and is so much more capable of spending all 57 states into oblivion.
You hear the latest? Now he wants to bail out Greece.
Yep only in lala land is that possible.

June 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Jess, it is some what like conversing with a pre-programmed talking machine. The machine talks, but doesn't have the capacity to listen, nor does it give a shit what you are saying.

June 8, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

oh and here I was going to comment on the "clown Car" statement and ho the term has been used all over the liberal blogs ,speaking of programmed talking machine.

June 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

sorry Tom I didn't want to do this with your blog again so I won't continue with this thread.

June 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Where the fuck are my fries lisa?

June 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@ Lisa, here have some Troll begone *Jess hands Lisa a 2x4 for head smacking**. Apply it to your forehead and just go back to dwelling under bridges and eating small children as snacks.

June 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@jaded, the more ignorant they are, see Palin Sarah or our Lisa here, the more they vote against their interests. It's shameful how the GoOPers have turned groups against the other successfully, for decades, with fear of "the other" coming to take away what is yours.

June 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Oh yes Jess, I have run into lisa many times...I am well aware of her smoke and intellectual level. I usually ignore her, but on occasion, I have to release the old blood pressure valve for my own good.

June 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: You're right, thanks to Blackwater and other private "security" firms, we don't need no steenkeeng Pentagon or any police departments. Freedom!

jadedj: Have at it :)

I haven't been moderating the comments or deleting any comments, but I haven't been responding to comments that are incoherent, off-topic or just recycled talking points. I just figure, let them flame away if they want to. But other commenters are free to respond if they wish.

J: That's the spirit. Break out the ol' bootstraps.

Snave: Yup, a better deal for the corporate titans who are paying for his campaign.

Erik: GE and a bunch of other huge corporations (I forget who, at the moment) haven't paid any income taxes. Rapturous times indeed.

SW: "His tax nonsense really sticks it to everyone but the rich and the corporations." Of course. That's who's paying for his campaign. Nobody else counts.

Erik: I didn't know that, about Pawlenty using a billion in tax dollars to build a stadium (in spite of voters saying no). But it figures.

SW: Good response. I first heard that talking point -- "The more you subsidize, the more you get of it and the more you tax, the less you get of it" -- about 20 years ago. And it's been regurgitated endlessly ever since.

Randal: Fine smokeables? Nah, I'd rather keep blowing up brown people.

Jess: You're right about the clown car getting full. Maybe it'll run off the road.

June 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Lisa, as it was with the Bushes, most states that went for McCain are net gainers that receive more federal money than what their citizens and businesses pay in federal taxes.

Try soaking your head. It clears out the cobwebs.

June 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

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