Senator Claire McCaskill (D) issued a statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
January 25, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill made the following statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:
“The president touched on many issues that I know are on the minds of Missourians. I appreciated his words about the need to deal with our deficit, but I don’t think his proposal to freeze spending goes far enough and I had hoped he would endorse the Sessions-McCaskill amendment. I was glad to hear that he’s on board with my efforts to stop earmarks – it’s a small, but symbolic way Congress can signal to the American people that we are serious about bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington. The president also is right that we need better civility and bipartisanship in Washington to tackle the tough challenges facing our nation, so I hope everyone takes that message to heart. The tone in the Capitol tonight was optimistic – this is a great country and we have a great future ahead of us.”
From December 15, 2010:
No, of course it hasn’t.
But with the two votes today in the Senate concerning the continuation of dubya’s (now Obama’a) windfall tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires I don’t particular care to hear Claire McCaskill’s (D) future lectures to us on the evils of the deficit….
….Do us a favor. Spare us those lectures on the deficit. Otherwise, you’re just telling us it’s raining.
To be fair:
….Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Well, um, a lot of what is happening with the deficit is in fact the economic downturn and the costs associated with the economic downturn, both the social net, the social safety net costs, unemployment benefit costs, but also, the fact that revenue is down. Um, revenue is down to the government because there’s been less income. So, it is, that’s been a huge part of it. The Bush tax cuts obviously were a huge part of it. Um, I would have liked very much to see us raise the top rate, uh, personal income tax rate on the, on the top bracket. I think that there is a chance we will still do that before the next election. Um, you know it’s, it, they were extended for two years and it will be up to the members of Congress do decide whether to debate that and make changes as it relates to that, um, even before twenty twelve. And I think that there’s a number of us that are willing to have that debate before the election and support raising the marginal rate on, especially on your second million dollars. Um, you know, let everybody have the same tax rate on their first million, but on your second million could you do three percent more, the same rate that you had in the nineties when everyone was doing very well?
Michael Bersin: And, and part of the frustration of that is that in some, some cases, you know, people are, are using, uh, people’s unfamiliarity with what marginal tax rates actually are and the history, you know, the past history of marginal tax rates and it’s harder to explain. So, you know, is, is this sort of a, a, an option to, to basically to try to teach people about this?
Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Well, I think that’s part of it. I think, um, the other part about the, the deficit is looking at all the goodies in the tax code….
As if any republicans will allow Congress let the tax giveaway for the top 1% expire at any time before the 2012 election? Even attempting to discuss it will lead to a severe political clubbing from the republicans, their enablers, and the Mighty Wurlitzer. Let’s face it, the administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress let themselves get rolled. They kicked the can down the road.
Otherwise, you’re just telling us it’s raining.