The base of the Republican Party -- their raison d'etre -- is to make rich people richer.
That's what they are about.
It doesn't matter what the consequences are.
It doesn't matter if as a consequence of making rich people richer, everyone else is poorer.
That doesn't matter.
Check the numbers. According to this article in the Christian Science Monitor,
Income disparities in the United States grew substantially from 2002 to 2003, new Internal Revenue Service statistics indicate. After adjusting for inflation, the after-tax income of the richest 1 percent of households rose by 8.5 percent, or nearly $49,000 apiece - helped by the Bush tax cuts. The bottom 75 percent of filers saw real after-tax incomes fall. The middle fifth of taxpayers, for instance, lost $300.
So just to be clear, Republican policies make the top 1 percent richer by fifty grand each while those of us making less than fifty grand all year had less income.
If you make less than 50 grand, you are poorer now because of Republican policies.
If you are the richest one percent, you are 50 grand richer.
That's what politics is all about. And when you are trying to convince someone to vote for a Democratic candidate, talk about money.
Republicans *hate* it when you do that! They want to talk about abortion or guns or what a horrible person John Kerry's wife is or oral sex.
But when you talk about money, people start nodding their heads.
Here's the latest proof that Republicans are about making the rich richer.
The President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform (pretty good website here). It's set up to give some recommendations to President Bush on how to reform the tax code.
And of course one they will conclude that we need to make rich people richer.
The way to do that is easy: cut taxes on high incomes and on wealth.
So the panel suggested that we should lower the rates that rich people pay on the income earned above $200,000 (because you know those guys are hurting) and that taxes on investments be lowered even more.
The panel wants to cut the highest marginal income tax from 35% to 33%.
That rate was 39.6% during the Clinton years. Remember, peace and prosperity?
Bush and the Republicans made sure to cut that down to 35%.
And now they want to cut it even more.
When we are broke. And college tuition is skyrocketing and financial aid is flatlining. And our infrastructure is not up to snuff (remember New Orleans?). And mass transit fares are going up because the feds don't pay for any operating costs. And they want to cut money for health insurance.
Here's a pretty good article on the panel from the New York Sun. It's all press leaks now as the panel hasn't made an official decision.
This what the Republican Party is all about.
And it is so incredibly frustrating that anyone making less than fifty grand would vote for them for any reason.