The House votes on Paul Ryan's Budget of Evil today; USPIRG helps you email your Reps that they should vote against it. Remember that Wall Street reform bill last year, the one that wasn't quite as disappointing as all the others? Well, Mr. Ryan's budget would defund a lot of the good things in it. And that ban on insurance companies denying you because of pre-existing conditions? Well, that'll be gone, too. And the Ryan budget does all this in addition to, you know, destroying Medicare, and slashing taxes on the rich. I think phoning your Rep is a good idea, too, even if you've just emailed your Rep; the Coalition for Human Needs provides a fairly comprehensive resource page about the Ryan budget, and if you're not using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page to find your Rep's phone number, the Capitol switchboard number is 1.888.245.0215. Using words like "disgusting" to describe the Ryan budget would not be untoward of you. I'll post the roll call vote as soon as it's up, so we can start working on defeating anyone who voted for it. I'm not kidding about that -- voting to destroy Medicare should be a career-ending moment for any politician.
Meanwhile, it's tax day today (though, actually, you have until Monday to finish your return), and Our Fiscal Security reminds us of a few choice facts -- namely, that income and payroll taxes now comprise over 80 percent of federal tax revenues, whereas in 1955 they accounted for only 58%. How could that be? Well, turns out that corporate taxes accounted for 27% of federal tax revenues in 1955, and what's that number now? Nine percent. That's right, a number so small that modern style manuals do not compel me to put it in numerical form! On that note, US Uncut, the already-bigger-than-the-Tea-Party movement that does not enjoy large amounts of Americans for Prosperity money, will host a gaggle of tax-the-corporation events over the next few days; you can find one near you by visiting this page. One of these events will be in Philadelphia, protesting Verizon's amazing ability to avoid paying taxes. The fun begins at noon; I hope you can make that, or one of the many others.
UPDATE. The Paul Ryan budget of evil passed, 235-193. Dave Reichert of Washington did not vote, while only four other Republicans voted against it: David McKinley of West Virginia, Denny Rehberg of Montana (who will run against Jon Tester in the 2012 Montana Senate race), Walter Jones of North Carolina, and Ron Paul of Texas. The latter two are fairly reliable contrarians, but they're not at all politically moderate -- I'm a bit baffled by their votes, frankly. Nonetheless, 235 Republicans should have just ended their careers.