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(Washington Post)   "Now we can cut the pie. Obama wants government to keep it all. The GOP wants to give it all back to reduce tax rates. Let's be Solomonic. Divide the revenue in half, 50% to the Treasury for reducing debt, 50% to the citizenry for reducing rates"   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Obama wants, obama, treasuries, tax rates, GOP, Martin Feldstein, Tom Coburn, Louisiana Purchase  
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2013-03-22 12:51:06 PM  
7 votes:
Ooh analogies! Can I play Charles?
Democrats see the pool as half empty, Republicans see the pool as half full.
2013-03-22 12:54:31 PM  
4 votes:

rtaylor92: Ooh analogies! Can I play Charles?
Democrats see the pool as half empty, Republicans see the pool as half full.

Libs eat cheeseburgers like this:
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Real Americans eat cheeseburgers like this!
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2013-03-22 03:25:15 PM  
3 votes:
Ah, the mind of a modern conservative. Somehow thinking that the moral of the Solomon story is that splitting the baby is a great idea.
2013-03-22 12:02:45 PM  
3 votes:
By Charles Krauthammer

2013-03-22 05:19:55 PM  
2 votes:

Gecko Gingrich: If I recall my Solomonic fables, the GOP would be the one's who rolled over on their baby and killed it. "Obama" would be the one who will say, "Don't cut it in half!" right at the last second.

It's like you have to not have a basic understanding of anything (or everything must be a complete misunderstanding) to be part of the GOP. Thanks for pointing out they couldn't even get the lesson learned from this fable correct.
2013-03-22 01:12:49 PM  
2 votes:
Spoiler alert: Solomon was bluffing.
2013-03-22 01:05:04 PM  
2 votes:

Cletus C.: cameroncrazy1984: Cletus C.: Saborlas: Because we're totes not suffering due to insanely low tax rates already.

Who is suffering from this?

The budget.

What budget?

The budget with the power.
2013-03-22 04:33:38 PM  
1 vote:

fickenchucker: What a bunch of poop-flinging idiots FARK has devolved into.  The constant denial that spending is way higher than it should be is astounding.

I'm all in favor of getting the welfare queens off the government teat.  Northrup Grumman, Halliburton and whatever Blackwater is calling itself this week can reach for their bootstraps.
2013-03-22 03:47:09 PM  
1 vote:

HeadLever: MFK: The current system is rigged in favor of the top 10% earners.

Well, then, let's reduce teh amount of tax loopholes they have avalible to them as Feldstein proposes.  If you were going to only tax the rich, you would not get very far in the way of deficit reduction.  For any significant deficit reduction to take place,  the middle class is going to have to participate.

Oh, and here is a little blub calling our your retared assertion that tax loopholes are only for the middle class:

nice strawman that you've built and subsequently knocked down. I didn't say that the tax loopholes were only for the middle class. But thanks for playing.

And what's this nonsense about how "because taxing the rich won't solve ALL our problems we shouldn't do it at all?" That position comes from such a state of utter ignorance that I'm surprised you people still pull it out... every farking time.
2013-03-22 03:43:50 PM  
1 vote:

HeadLever: MFK: Reducing loopholes" is doublespeak for "let's take away the few benefits the middle class gets from the tax code so the ultra wealthy don't have to see their nearly non-existant tax rates increase".

Hmm, I wasn't aware the the wealthy did not use tax loop holes.  My mistake then.


I find it interesting that not a one of you republicans is willing to point to which loopholes are going to magically reduce the deficit.  I think that's because the ones you want to cut would be political suicide and you know it.

But I will give you the benefit of the doubt. Which loopholes can be cut that will achieve the goals you're trying to achieve?

Name them.

Please proceed.
2013-03-22 03:26:43 PM  
1 vote:

HeadLever: Dusk-You-n-Me: Why?

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2013-03-22 02:52:52 PM  
1 vote:

HeadLever: un4gvn666: All these hoops to jump through and logical pretzel-twists, just to avoid the reality that taxes have to go up.

Many republicans do not have an issue with increasing revenues, as many have supported the notion that we can reduce loopholes to get this done.  Krauthammer is apparently on board.  If some Democrats would maybe start supporting this notion as well and stop carpet-bombing those that are willing to work toward this path, we may start to see some movement in this regard, while at the same time marginalizing those repbulicans that are truley a roadblock toward this goal.

Give me a farking break.

"Reducing loopholes" is doublespeak for "let's take away the few benefits the middle class gets from the tax code so the ultra wealthy don't have to see their nearly non-existant tax rates increase".

The current system is rigged in favor of the top 10% earners. The top 10% are the ONLY ones who have benefited from the current system to the detriment of the rest of us. So why should we "be willing to work with" these guys who are only out to stab us in the back? They're not negotiating in good faith, but they are trying to spread the propaganda that they are. But you know this already which is why you're astroturfing in this thread to try and make Charles farking Krauthammer seem like someone with "reasonable" ideas.

Go pound sand, HeadLever. We're not falling for it.
2013-03-22 02:16:21 PM  
1 vote:

IrateShadow: How about no.  When one person doesn't want to get farked and another person wants to fark them with a hacksaw, the compromise is not farking them with a hammer.

This made me smile and yet shudder at the same time.
2013-03-22 01:16:16 PM  
1 vote:

bdub77: The only thing truly bankrupt is the intellect of Charles Krauthammer.

I'm kind of surprised that those words can even be in the same sentence.
2013-03-22 01:10:42 PM  
1 vote:
Lower taxes does not spur growth,

demand spurs growth,

need creates demand,

lowering taxes does not create need,

lowering taxes gives people more money to spend on things they don't want,

like debt,

lowering taxes will just result in people stuffing their mattresses,

raising taxes forces that money to be spent,

on things we need,

like infrastructure

or technology investments,

raising taxes creates a need to spend,

need is demand,

spending increases economic growth.

Ergo, want a strong ecomony? Raise Taxes.

If you disagree with me, you are wrong, I am a genius, so fark you.
2013-03-22 01:04:20 PM  
1 vote:

Wooly Bully: Just noticed that this oaf Scheisshammer resembles Phil Spector. Too bad they aren't sharing a cell.

"Come on, Charlie.  Come and kiss the gun."

The sound of wheels burning rubber can be heard as the wheelchair's occupant tries to leave the prison cell......
2013-03-22 12:57:03 PM  
1 vote:
I could work with this 50/50.  50% to the deficit debt.  50% to people (jobs, education, infrastructure, R&D)

With only one rider, the people benefited the most from the wars can pay for the $6T tab first.
2013-03-22 12:17:48 PM  
1 vote:
Let's compromise: you'll give me everything I want, and I'll wait at least a week before asking for anything else.
2013-03-22 12:10:05 PM  
1 vote:
The only thing truly bankrupt is the intellect of Charles Krauthammer.
2013-03-22 12:04:40 PM  
1 vote:
Double fail:  Solomon never actually cut the infant in half.  And I don't trust this government "to make the best deal since the Louisiana Purchase."

I'm as good a liberal as any other Cantabrigian, but at least get the mythology right.
2013-03-22 11:49:09 AM  
1 vote:
You had me at "Pie".
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