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Political class warfare won't reduce spending

Published: January 23, 2013 4:00 AM

In December, Charles Chlysta III wrote in this newspaper that our nation's financial problems were caused primarily by the "Bush" tax cuts, which the Democrats have spent a decade demonizing as a Republican "gift to the wealthy." In his view, we would have no debt if we just got rid of those tax cuts and our newly re-elected president was going to be "fiscally responsible" and finally get rid of them. I pointed out that we would see who was fiscally responsible, when the president had the opportunity to end them by simply letting them automatically expire at the end of the year.

What did the president and the Democrats do? They made the temporary "Bush" tax cuts the permanent "Obama" tax cuts for 98 percent of all tax payers! They did not eliminate them because they were good for Americans, not bad as we had been told. Their objections over the past decade were a total lie used for political purposes to fool simple-minded people like Mr. Chlysta and it worked.

So, now we move on to the second Democrat big lie, which is the president's calling card. If the "rich" would just pay their "fair share," we could pay "our" bills and provide the services our people need from government. Which is tied to the other lie that we need to tax the "rich" to protect the "middle class" from higher taxes. Guess what happened? The president got his wish. The evil "rich," finally determined to be people making over $400,00 per year, received a significant tax increase and will now be paying their "fair share." Justice at last. Our problems are solved.

The result being? Not savings. Not fiscal responsibility. Not applying this supposedly huge new tax revenue the president promised would balance our annual budget, pay our bills or reduce the nations debt. They raised taxes on the 'rich" and spent it all in one day. It was a lie. Taxing the rich does nearly nothing to solve our fiscal "spending" problem. It was all just political class warfare. Divide and conquer. And guess who got a tax increase? You did, not just the "rich." Every single working American got a smaller pay check this month because the president let a cut in employee Social Security payments lapse. At my company, employees making as little as $30,000 per year got a $600 tax increase. I would hardly call that "rich," Mr. President. I bet Mr. Chlysta is crest-fallen to see his fearless leader exposed as such a hypocrite and political manipulator. You've been "played" for a fool, Mr. Chlysta, as have all of you who voted for the "Liar in Chief" -- not once, but twice.

So, just keep on drinking the Kool-aid. Believe him when he tells you that "we do not have a spending problem" when we are spending 40 percent more than we take in each day. Believe him when he tells you that the evil Republicans are going to cut off your Social Security check and stop paying our military because they will not raise the debt ceiling. When, in fact, it is the president's sole discretion to decide who does not get paid and he -- not the Republicans -- is going to decide that you don't get paid so that he can use you and your suffering to get his way. Believe him when he tells you that the Republicans don't want to pay "our" bills by borrowing more trillions, when it is he who is spending $1.4 trillion per year more than comes in and does not want to pay for it.

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The king has no clothes, but what a magnificent suit he is wearing, indeed, as I am sure all you loyal subjects can clearly see.

Tom Zawistowski,

Executive Director,

Portage County TEA Party

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anonymous Jan 23, 2013 8:55 PM

Just 28 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the tea party, an all-time low in the 19 months that CNN/ORC pollsters have gaged Americans' feelings about the movement. At the same time, 53 percent of Americans think poorly of the tea party, an all-time high. According to CNN/ORC, the movement's popularity peaked in the spring of 2010, when 38 percent of Americans said they liked the tea party and only 36 percent said they didn't. >>> The Ship of Fools is sinking.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 8:47 PM

In the article Zawistowski wrote "At my company" ... so Zawistowski is an *employer*? I bet his employees love him! /sarcasm

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 8:46 PM

CoG, I made separate posts so as not to tax the TeaBaggers attention span.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 8:45 PM

TMA, Be nice. Children of God have faith so they don't need reality, fact you could say they've been conditioned to ignore reality in favor of Fantasy.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 6:38 PM

ChildofGod if laughing helps, more power to you. Were you and Tom laughing when Obama was sworn in for his second term? The reality is the majority of us find no humor in your ignorance.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 5:36 PM

Well Tom, I'm sure you laughed as hard as I did when you read some of these comments! You hit a nerve. The Trawls of the world (TaggRs too) get all upset when they read your positions. But to see Trawl write 4 separate times within a 1/2 hour is really classic! My of my, he really hit the roof. His attacks at you are 'honor badges' that show you are on to them. They sense an uprising, but most of it is their own blood pressure. What happened to civil discourse? Oh, never mind. ... Then you read TMA's comments and anyone with 1/2 a brain can see he is lying in every sentence. he made the very same comments in another comment section just a few days ago. His anti-Republican rant shows his hate, and that's a shame. If you have to lie to make your point, how valid is your point then? It would be good for all of us if we could just tone down the name-calling. At least consider the other person's viewpoint. Cool down a bit before you jump on the other person's comments. It won't hurt.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 10:59 AM

CLIFF Notes: Tommy writes a piece titles "Political class warfare won't reduce spending" and everything Tommy writes is Political class warfare making Tommy part of the problem he is complaining about. Talk about drinking Kool Aid.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 10:52 AM

Hey Tommy, How do you feel about the TEA Party rebranding? Seems "Tea Party" congers negative impressions. When I hear "Tea Party" I think of those people carrying signs stating how they want to keep the Government out of Medicare. Seems plenty of Baggers no longer want to be associated with such idiocy. Good luck with that, Change the name all they want, rebrand all they want, we'll still smell them because that stench can't be covered with a coat of paint. ;)

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 10:41 AM

The parasitic TeaPublican is killing their host, the Republican Party. When the TeaBaggers were the NeoCon they weakened the Republican Party, never meeting an expenditure they didn't like while supporting tax reductions and putting two wars on credit. Now the NeoCons call themselves the Tea Party and wish to distance themselves form what they themselves had a very active hand in creating. The TeaBaggers push an extremest agenda which isn't diminishing the Baggers numbers but also those of the Republican party. It's time for the Republican Party to take the pain of rejecting the Tea Party or face their own extinction.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 10:22 AM

Funny, everyone says they love our country but no one wants to pay for it. Quit your whining and get back to work. >>> Seems Zawistowski has taken quite a dose of his own Kool Aid. The title of this piece is "Political class warfare won't reduce spending" and everything in the piece is Political class warfare effectively making Zawistowski part of the problem. I'm sure this will be lost on Zawistowskis (dwindling) following.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 10:08 AM

Hypocrite_Billy, Did you actually read what Tommy wrote? No hate, insults or verbal attacks in Tom's opinion? Every time I think you can't be any dumber, you prove me wrong.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 9:59 AM

Well spoken...beware...the hate, insults and verbal attack are coming from the liberal progressives, especially those on the federal dole and paid by george soros et al.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 9:43 AM

Tommy Boy, I noticed you didn't mention the multiple wars started during those tax cuts.

Is that what you teabaggers call "fiscally responsible". And both parties wanted the tax cuts extended, your lies fool nobody. Also Obama never said raising taxes on the rich would be a cure all. However I appreciate that you keep sharing your opinions Tommy Boy, the world needs to see you Teabaggers for what you really are. As if we haven't already figured it out.

anonymous Jan 23, 2013 9:08 AM

Republicans are poorly educated people who are against government programs and policies that help the poor, improve public education, regulate business, provide better working conditions for workers, make everyone more financially secure and make the country safer such as welfare, medicare, medicaid, social security, federal deposit insurance credit, the american dep. of agriculture, minimum wage etc. They try to privatize and totally destroy healthcare and social security. Republicans also try to force their religion on the nation and teach Christianity in public schools even though there's separation of church and state. Republicans violate everyone's personal privacy rights such as abortion and they pass the patriot's ACT. They are against abortion yet they will always be there to sentence someone to capitol punishment for a minor crime and they start wars for no reason. Republicans also refuse to provide funding for stem cell research even if it could help us find a cure for cancer. They believe in an economic system where 1% of the population controls 99% of the wealth, where the tax burden is on the middle class and where multi-billion dollar corporations aren't expected to pay any taxes whatsoever.