I took a much needed break from blogging this past couple of months and needed a spur to get me back into the saddle. The lighter paycheck this week provided some incentive.
This particular article/comment struck me as a winning message for conservatives when talking to young people. Why don’t we focus on this, instead of every other thing that diminishes our argument? [emphasis mine]
Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle.
Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500.
“As a newly-graduated person, someone coming straight out of college, I don’t like the idea of having less money coming to me due to the selfish interests of people in Congress who don’t have any interest in reducing our financial problems,” Hoffman told FoxNews.com. “This is an impediment for future economic growth. It’s going to make it harder for young people like myself to get married, find a better job, you name it.”
“Any tax increase is not good for young people,” she said. “What it does is diminish your hard work and you’re slapped on the wrist. This administration is punishing people who are making money. They don’t like the concept of free enterprise. They think these problems will be solved in Washington by taking away more of people’s incomes.”
Meanwhile at the Pentagon, Leon Panetta is preparing his staff to make drastic cuts in military spending that he says are needed due to the budget crisis. Now why is that we don’t hear similar cries and proposals coming out of all the other government agencies?
Seems like a Progressive’s dream scenario, to me. Cut defense spending, and let the rest of government grow, and grow…..and grow.