Republicans Falsely Claim to Hate Bureaucracy

Republicans say they hate big government - but the truth is that they're totally fine with bureaucracy... as long as it's demonizing poor people.

Case in point: the plan House conservatives are now pushing that would require anyone who applies for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to get an audit before receiving their check from the government.

Ostensibly - this audit system will stop people from cheating the government - but as Catherine Rampbell points out in the Washington Post:

"It would impose huge administrative burdens on low-income workers....[and] At a time when Republicans are flogging tax simplification, this would make tax preparation infinitely more complicated. Unless, of course, the goal is to discourage poor people from applying for the EITC in the first place."

Doesn't this just go to show what a sham right-wing "big government" rhetoric is?

As I said, conservatives are totally fine with bureaucracy... as long as it's demonizing poor people and making their lives people.


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synergos 5 years 37 weeks ago

If you really want your taxes simplified, you have to first understand the true nature of the income tax.'s picture
randolphgarriso... 5 years 37 weeks ago

remember the devil is in the details, and the republicans are very good at miswording anything. You should read their direction for using toilet paper!

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deepspace 5 years 37 weeks ago

Yes, it should not be assumed that Republicans know how to use toilet paper, or if they even use it at all. And that's why decent people should never compromise with them -- you wouldn't want to shake their filthy hands in agreement.

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Hephaestus 5 years 37 weeks ago

Tax can be raised in many ways... tax on expenditure only with exemptions (pensioner, sick, disabled et al) seems to me an equitable method thus ridding us of all the other asinine methods and manufactured complexity

It would seem that the accountant lobby has a self interest in entanglement

This is an interesting link -

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deepspace 5 years 37 weeks ago

Very interesting link. Thanks!

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

One hundred people ended up isolated on an three generations one family controls 90% of the measurable wealth ...who created that wealth???? The POOR!

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

Diane/Bachmann...c'mon out!

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

I'm at my witts end on being nice!

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

Thom...the market is inflated beyond a simple correction and of all people you know that...inform the 401kers! takes weeks to move funds for these vulnerable hard workers. This crash will be catastrophic! Wall Street has a false confidence that Trump filling the swamp with Sachs monsters will save them.....I'm telling you, the Koch Teabaggers will block a bailout....despite the current legislation.....ANONYMOUS!

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

Thom, in answer to your post...christ all mighty...Kochpublicans...privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

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2950-10K 5 years 37 weeks ago

No sense in pretending, Pence will be the illiget Pres. soon. Trump will have to fight not to serve jail time. ...will cost him a fortune. Pence is just as likely to screw up and launch the big one, he takes end times serious, thinking Jesus will just pat him on the ass as millions perish in mushroom clouds....these guys are all nuts.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 37 weeks ago

CVS must be out of anti- depression meds.

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DHBranski 5 years 37 weeks ago

Just a "side issue," but it's one that our more fortunate really don't understand. Today's poor don't qualify for the EITC. That is for low wage workers. The poor are those who have been phased out of the job market entirely, and have little or no incomes. Contrary to efforts to hide America's poverty crisis, the US lost over 5 million manufacturing jobs alone since 2000. Complicated issues, but the bottom line is that today, there is a vast difference between low-income and poor.

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DHBranski 5 years 37 weeks ago

Disagree. Short of a truly dramatic event, US voters are most like to re-elect Trump in 2020. It would need to first be determined just what "impeachable offenses"/crime(s) -- by legal definition -- Trump might have committed. If there's reason to conclude that he might have commited such an offense, Congress must launch a formal investigation. We see no indication that Congress is considering this.

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ckrob 5 years 36 weeks ago

Thom, a ransom pic might be good for fundraising week!

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