Following up on yesterday's post, I wonder if Rangel, now convicted of ethics violations, will receive any sanction or censure... on one hand, punishing Rangel would be an instance of "counting coup" on a political opponent, on the other, such an action would risk some sort of retaliatory measures (oh, who am I kidding, the Democrats won't do Jack Meriwether Shit). Either way, it is to be expected that the response to Rep. Rangel's violation will pale in response to the punishment a private citizen with no connections would receive.
Last April, I wrote a post about how I do not complain about having to pay my taxes. I consider my tax payments to be the dues I pay to live in a civil society. That being said, I hope the Congress just lets the Bush-era tax cuts expire... all of them. I don't want to see middle-class tax cuts held hostage by a party which demands that the tax cuts on the wealthy remain in place.
I look at these tax cuts this way- if I were to, hypothetically, receive a $600 tax cut, and the decreased revenue results in a lack on infrastructure maintenance, which leads to my hitting a pothole, resulting in a $900 car repair bill, what the hell have I gained? Ah, I'm grumpy now- probably because Johnny Pez' For Want of a Nail stories are better than mine.