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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 6:56PM

The Fiscal Cliff: Why We Should Go Ahead and Jump

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In a recent broadcast, Thom Hartmann makes a compelling argument why Democrats should allow Congress to jump of the “fiscal cliff” and allow the automatic tax and spending cuts to take place on December 31st (when the Bush tax cuts expire and automatic cuts to defense and domestic spending occur as stipulated in the Budget Control Act of 2011).

He reminds us that there will be more Democrats in the House and more progressive Democrats (like Elizabeth Mitchell) in both the House and Senate after newly elected representatives and senators are sworn in next January. He points out that congressional Democrats got a half a million more votes, but that Republicans remain in control owing to state gerrymandering of district boundaries.

Hartmann cheers the reduction of the defense budget, if for no other reason than the Pentagon is unable to account for trillions of dollars they supposedly spent on the wars in the Middle East. By allowing both the tax and spending cuts to occur automatically, the Democrats can force the Republicans to show their true colors by forcing them to argue the merits of specific cuts.

For example the Democrats could introduce Obama’s proposal to end the tax cuts for the wealthy and super wealthy but to continue them for poor and middle income Americans. Likewise they could also introduce legislation to preserve essential safety net programs, such as unemployment benefits, food stamps, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Both would force the Republicans to reveal their real agenda, which is to make life cushy for their billionaire supporters.

Finally the Democrats could use the defense cuts to launch a national debate over the US role in empire. During the election, Obama himself spoke (whether that means anything) about prioritizing nation building and Americans’ needs. As Hartmann points out, such a debate would allow both progressive Democrats and Republicans a chance to limit Obama’s ability to serve as judge, jury and executioner with his illegal drone strikes.


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Never happen!

Far, far too sensible. Politicians - of all flavours - reject anything that smacks of sensible, out f hand; not enough room for graft, kickbacks, and pet projects that will benefit their big campaign contributors.

Military spending will not be cut until this system collapses. Too many of the elite and their minions are making too much money out of military spending. And the arms manufacturers want to sell even more weapons to the government. The government, finding that they weren't using up their present weapons fast enough to keep the profiteers happy, has begun spreading weapons of war - i.e. tanks and drones, etc., around to American police forces.

What a f***king mess!

I'm usually against raising taxes during a recession/non-recovery from recession, but these tax cuts do nothing to assist in the recovery, and since they serve no useful economic purpose, they are an unnecessary perk associated with wealth and should be abolished.

The Pentagon isn't required to account for their missing trillions. The Patriot Act that President Obama pushed for and immediately signed into law (what a perfect opportunity for a pocket veto...oh well) says so.