Top 1 Stupidest #40dollars Tweet

  1. House plan gives  payroll tax holiday for 52 weeks, $1000. Senate for 8 weeks, $166. No comparison.
I was going to do a Top 10 list but this one was repeated so many times that I'd rather focus on this one.  Obama's original plan, in the American Jobs Act, was to increase the cut from 4.2% to 6.2% for a year.  House GOP voted it down.  Then the Senate Dems removed it from the American Jobs Act and wanted to pass it as a stand alone law.  House GOP voted it down.  Then they had to do something quickly or the cut would expire.  They needed a GOP deal to get it passed in the House.  50 Senate Dems and 39 Senate GOP passed a compromise where they were able to agree on enough funding to pay for 2 months.  This would give them more time to come back and find more money they could agree on.  House GOP voted it down.  The head Republican in the Senate gave it the thumbs up but the House GOP wouldn't vote on it even though it would mean a massive tax hike next year.  That is what really happened.   People need to get the story straight.

Obama Added More Jobs in 3 than Bush did in 8

I think it should be noted that Bush lost jobs because he sent the economy into a nose dive.  Obama has a negative number so far because he had to pull us out of it.  At this rate Obama will be positive before his term is over.

Updated (1/6/12) : Revised October and November data and December data added
Source:  (private sector, seasonally adjusted)

Top 10 #40dollars Tweets

  1.  a week is groceries & gas for many of us 
  2.  pays part of my net and therefore I can continue my online classes to further my education. I couldn't do without it!
  3.  is one month’s electricity. As a recent grad, every dollar counts.
  4.  means that I can purchase additional school supplies for my students. It's been hard for my parents to purchase them
  5.  pays for a week of after care so my daughter doesn't have to stay home alone while I work.
  6.  covers the cost of my medicine for 4 months
  7.  an entire tank of gas. which gets me to and from work for an entire week.
  8.  means paying the copay on my son’s meds and diabetes supplies."
  9.  is the amount of money I try and donate a month to those who need it more.
  10.  helps me keep my 2 yr old in toddler music class. She loves it and it has given her more skills than just singing and rhythm.

Politifact Lie of the Year

A lot has been said about the Politifact Lie of the Year but here is the truth: Word choice is important to Politifact. If the claim was 'Republicans voted to end medicare as we know it" it probably would have been a mostly true to true statement. The GOP medicare will be a medicare that will pay 90% of your bills. That is useless to many seniors because they can't afford to pay a penny, but it is still there. Technically medicare would still exist, it would just exist as a watered down piece of crap that would leave millions of seniors uninsured. However this is different than the claim that it would go away and not cover anyone. Would medicare go away completely? No. That is what Politifact ruled was false. Would it become essentially useless? Yeah, but that is a different issue that Politifact wasn't commenting on.

GOP Tax Hike On the Middle Class

House GOP to reject third payroll tax extension bill, effectively giving a $1000+ tax hike on the average American family.  Even though they signed a no-tax pledge that they used as an excuse to not raise taxes on the rich, they have no problem giving a tax hike to the middle class.  They see it as a win for the Democrats when they should see it as a win for the American people.

"My House colleagues should be clear on what their vote means today," Reid said in a Monday statement. "If Republicans vote down the bipartisan compromise negotiated by Republican and Democratic leaders, and passed by 89 senators including 39 Republicans, their intransigence will mean that in ten days, 160 million middle class Americans will see a tax increase, over two million Americans will begin losing their unemployment benefits, and millions of senior citizens on Medicare could find it harder to receive treatment from physicians."

Obama and Senate Democrats have each proposed legislation that were voted down by House GOP.  This most recent legislation is a bipartisan Senate bill.