Help Steve raise his taxes – not ours
A recent open letter from Steve Page, a respected leader in our community (and, if memory serves, a member of the Index-Tribune’s editorial board) was addressed to Republican congressional leaders and “Friends of Grover Norquist” begging them, “Raise my taxes … please.”
Though not likely to ever befriend Mr. Norquist, most people I know would whole-heartedly agree with Steve: Raise Steve’s taxes.
However, few of them are likely to sign the petition on fixthedebt.org as he suggested. Thank Google, it was easy to discover that the people and organizations hiding under the rock of fixthedebt.org include many of the same compassionatti who backed the despised Romney/Ryan plan, not to mention Romney and Ryan themselves.
Their idea of “fixing the debt” has been to gut programs needed (and heavily contributed to) by the poor and middle class, so they can cut taxes further for themselves. They include the same Cayman Island tax-dodgers, 1-percenters, corporate greedsters and Wall Street banksters who put the economy in a ditch and millions out of work, and who use Congress like a sock puppet to line their own pockets and stick it to everyone else.
Those itching to sign a petition might consider instead the one on that same Website, sponsored by a group that appears to include many organizations that, like most of the country, rejected the Republican/Romney/Ryan brave cruel world, along with Romney and Ryan themselves. If petitions work, that one is more likely to help Steve raise his taxes, without raising ours.