by Jim Nintzel
Pima County Republican Party Chairwoman Carolyn Cox sent out a missive blasting the payroll tax cut yesterday:
The Main Stream Media, now, has shown that they are simply an arm of the Democrat Party. They see nothing wrong with Obama’s plan to remove 2% of wages from a retirement preparation program so people will be less prepared for the cost of non-working years. It is irresponsible. Unlike President bush’s plan, this money will not go to save for retirement. It sets the stage for what Obama wants- namely a European type welfare state.
President Obama is delusional if he thinks that a payroll tax holiday will do anything to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
Bowing under intense pressure from members of their own party to end the politically damaging impasse over a payroll tax holiday, House Republican leaders agreed Thursday to accept a temporary extension of the tax cut, beating a hasty retreat from a showdown that Republicans increasingly saw as a threat to their election opportunities next year.
What's odd about Cox's opposition to the payroll-tax cut (besides her belief that "mainstream media" is three words, her e.e. cummings-esque lower-case "B" in Bush's name and her generous use of commas) is that most Republicans at least pretend to support it, even if they want to try to find a way to extract various bits of ransom from Democrats. Take Sen. John McCain:
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that Congress' failure to reach agreement on legislation extending a payroll tax cut for working Americans "hurts the Republican Party." The GOP's 2008 presidential nominee said his party made a mistake in voting down the Senate-passed version of a bill that would have kept the current payroll tax relief intact for at least two more months.
McCain told CBS's "The Early Show" he feels badly for 160 million Americans, whom he called "innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire." He said the House should pass the same bill that cleared the Senate "but put a year on it" and send it back.
McCain also said, "This is really tragic for the American people, and I would say that next November, no incumbent is safe, nor should they be."
Perhaps the Republican Party, alongside the "Main Stream Media," has also become an arm of the Democratic Party.