Only lobbyists, cronies and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) probably know the full truth about the fiscal cliff operation Washington just ran on the American people. Democrat leaders apparently prefer dealing with controversial matters in the wee hours or alternatively, the back rooms.
With control of the Senate and the White House in Democrats’ hands, it’s no surprise that some Dem-aligned states will benefit from the so-called ‘fiscal cliff deal.’ Hollywood benefits too, one reason many celebrities shill for Democrats.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Dems apparently succeeded in beefing up funding for ‘Nutrition Education,’ with expenditures of some type rising to more than $400 million dollars in 2015. I say ‘some type’ because the way H.R. 8 (Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) is written, it’s virtually impossible for most Americans (and probably members of Congress) to know exactly what that $400 million is for.
Section 319 is ambiguous, unless you are prepared to spend large amounts of time figuring out what this means: “Extension of modification of tax treatment of certain payments to controlling exempt organizations.” Okay. Somebody benefited.
Cronies in Washington, Michigan and California got their own sweet deal—more help for asparagus growers in those states.
Hollywood kept tax breaks. Even as pop culture stars lobbied hard for tax guzzling Democrats, those stars will benefit by continuing to feed at the federal trough.
Breitbart puts the Fiscal Cliff deal—it should be called the Fiscal Cliff Ops—into perspective:
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.
The biggest winner in the Fiscal Cliff process is President Barack Obama. He’s been front and center in a continuing campaign to move the country towards the European welfare state Democrats are so fond of. Obama spoke late Tuesday evening about the deal. Not a word he said was memorable—his remarks were the same as always and he’s still targeting those he deems “wealthy.”
Americans are still subject to a discriminatory tax code and a government that will not be held accountable for how taxpayer money is used. We didn’t get a “deal” from the Senate bill. We got a gouging. No rational person should celebrate what Reid and Obama managed to foist not only on Republicans, but on the whole country.
Rep. Rick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) spoke about the Fiscal Cliff deal on C-Span on Wednesday. Mulvaney wasn’t in favor of any tax increases. He said, “I don’t have confidence that the government won’t waste it.”
That’s the only truth you’ll likely hear as pundits debate what Washington just did.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 2, 2013)