Also, right on the death tax. What is really behind it is the Democratic intent to seize assets and redistribute not just income, but wealth. Building for your kids is something they reject, because not everyone has parents who want to do same. It is part of the class warfare, class envy, class resentment that drives their Bush tax cut extension discussion. Economic matters are secondary to them.
that's a pretty loaded statement considering that the bush tax cuts were an unfunded give away to the top earners in the country. Unfortunately republicans can't have it both ways. You can't spend two years complaining about spending and deficits, and then demand that a piss poor tax policy be continued. They're just getting more shameless in their tactics of doing anything to benefit large corporations for short term gain at the expense of long term prosperity.
the democrats have a lot of issues ranging from a lack of clear message, bad p.r. skills, and overall weakness when it comes to taking a stand.... on anything. health care reform, financial reform, finally getting rid of the fiscally irresponsible (yes, they are irresponsible) tax cuts, don't ask don't tell, foreign policy... pretty much any time they meet resistance, they back down.
And you also have to look at the electorate. this country is facing some huge issues that a majority probably can't even understand given that the average american can't even read at a high school level. They want everything. right now. and don't understand the contradictions inherent in that. "Tell the government to keep their hands off my medicare" is my personal favorite. Though for saying that, I know I just get labeled as an elitist... aka someone that reads.
I suppose I'd have to label myself an independent. I don't get caught up in this partisan bickering since both sides are equally corrupt and ineffective.
though for people who think democrats are all about seizing wealth and big government and such... i guess they need to be reminded that the bush administration oversaw the largest expansion of government in over a generation. just saying.