Awww: Shared Sacrifice resolution goes down to defeat in the Senate

posted at 1:20 pm on July 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As expected, the “sense of the Senate” resolution that called for shared sacrifice — Newspeak for increasing taxes on the rich — has fallen to defeat on a procedural vote.  The resolution introduced by Harry Reid and co-sponsored by such moderates as Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse couldn’t even keep the Democratic caucus united, as the vote fell in danger of not even attracting a majority, 51/49.  Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) both voted against cloture.

In case you think I was kidding about Newspeak, here’s the bill’s text it its entirety:

Calendar No. 93112th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1323

To express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 30, 2011

Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and ordered to be placed on the calendar

A BILL

To express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON SHARED SACRIFICE.

    (a) Findings- Congress makes the following findings:
    • (1) The Wall Street Journal reports that median pay for chief financial officers of S&P 500 companies increased 19 percent to $2,900,000 last year.
    • (2) Over the past 10 years, the median family income has declined by more than $2,500.
    • (3) Twenty percent of all income earned in the United States is earned by the top 1 percent of individuals.
    • (4) Over the past quarter century, four-fifths of the income gains accrued to the top 1 percent of individuals.
    (b) Sense of the Senate- It is the sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort.

Calendar No. 93

Actually, in looking at the IRS statistics from 2008 (the latest year available), the top 4.2% of returns came from those making $1 million or more in taxable income. They made 14% of the adjusted gross income reported to the IRS — and they paid 24.1% of all the income tax revenues the IRS received.   Those who made more than $10 million accounted for 5.2% of the adjusted gross income reported to the IRS, 0.015% of the returns — and 8.1% of the total amount paid in income tax.

Sounds like shared sacrifice to me.

Since Reid and Co. seem so interest in shared sacrifice, however, would it be too much of a sacrifice to ask them to produce an actual budget?  While they’re at it, maybe they should sacrifice some of their spending instead of conducting class warfare to confiscate more private capital.

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Shared sacrifice aka shared blame.

Knucklehead on July 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Finally some good news today out of dc!
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letget on July 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

When the going gets tough, the Dems make empty gestures.

NickDeringer on July 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM

“Shared sacrifice” implies everyone contributes. Half of all Americans don’t pay taxes.

That is not “shared sacrifice”.

darwin on July 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Now that that’s out of the way, maybe Reid can get the senate to work on a budget.

cozmo on July 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Ayn Rand, call your office.

Good Lt on July 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Obama is not a president and not a leader.

He is a class warfare hack and s/b ashamed of himself.

He has never inspired anyone, except the dummies who voted for this narcissistic nihilism.

NADA is all you got.

Media, suffocate from what you eat, what you dwell in, you Obama-azzcrawlers. May he continue to make you look beyond foolish. May you be totally destroyed.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Shared Sacrifice“—–Marxism, 2011 style.

PappyD61 on July 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

This Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Soros infectious rot must be stopped.

rplat on July 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The more money the “rich” have made, the more they had to have done for us on order to get it. Unless they us the force of government to extract it out of us.

Count to 10 on July 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

“Shared sacrifice” implies everyone contributes. Half of all Americans don’t pay taxes.

That is not “shared sacrifice”.

darwin on July 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Exactly, and what the democratics have in mind is to put it even more out of whack.

Let’s cut ‘spending in the tax code’ through ending the perverse ‘Earned Income Credit’.

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

If they were really concerned about shared sacrifice, they would require the half of the population that don’t contribute to well… Contribute!

SGinNC on July 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

“Shared sacrifice” implies everyone contributes. Half of all Americans don’t pay taxes.
That is not “shared sacrifice”.
darwin on July 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I’d say that a flat tax would be “shared sacrifice”, but that would still be ignoring the people who dont have an income.

Count to 10 on July 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Now that that’s out of the way, maybe Reid can get the senate to work on a budget.

cozmo on July 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

And the punchline to this joke is………..what?

pilamaye on July 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

“•(1) The Wall Street Journal reports…”

That’s it…

… Shut it down. Scrap everything!

Go back to the Constitution and start all over again…

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have been “sharing” American tax dollars with a vengeance…..what could go wrong.

Rovin on July 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This kind of crap is beyond stupid. These clowns haven’t proposed a budget in over 800 days, so I could give a damn less about their opinions regarding my or anyone elses level of sacrifice. The 51 gasbags who voted for this twaddle can go suck an egg.

CantCureStupid on July 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Drat and I just sent my “millionaires/billionaires” donation to Herman Cain…

kringeesmom on July 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

“Shared sacrifice” implies everyone contributes. Half of all Americans don’t pay taxes.

That is not “shared sacrifice”.

darwin on July 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

But, but…they pay FICA and sales tax and gas tax, etc., etc., whine…
-Bleeding Hearts

Extrafishy on July 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

The resolution introduced by Harry Reid and co-sponsored by such moderates as Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders? a moderate?

Ed, I think you forgot your /sarc tag. Isn’t he an avowed socialist?

UltimateBob on July 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Show me how much a guy with a wife and three kids earning less than $60K/year is “sacrificing” in federal income taxes, and we’ll talk.

CurtZHP on July 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Shared Sacrifice?

Millionaires = lambs. Reid = butcher.

Now that this charade is over, when can we see a Senate budget proposal? Gee, it’s been over two years now!!!

Steve Z on July 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Obama newspeak, a blend of sophistry and just out right lies.

tarpon on July 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

and the lsm complains that the house hasn’t passed any meaningful bills….

cripe…

cmsinaz on July 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

From Harry’s phony bill:

(2) Over the past 10 years, the median family income has declined by more than $2,500.

Why do the Republican party members get out in front of the cameras and cites how much the median family’s income has shrunk in the last two and a half years (since O’s inauguation) or since 2007 (when Democrats controlled Congress)? Or since the quantative easings have inflated the value of the dollar and lost real purchasing power for the nation’s citizens?

onlineanalyst on July 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

it seems that sessions is the only one outraged about no budget from the senate dems…hello gop, where are you???

cmsinaz on July 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Where does it say “the average Senator is worth $XX million, and increases his wealth by $YY million each year in office”?

cthulhu on July 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Hey Reid…how about we start with you and your friends on Capitol Hill actually paying your taxes before you scam more money from us..

..Charlie Rangel….Tim Geithner….Holder

…and:

Capitol Hill Workers Owe Millions in Back Taxes to IRS

http://www.newsmax.com/US/Capitol-HillIRSback-taxesfederal-workers/2010/09/09/id/369741

More than 600 Capitol Hill workers had run up a tab of $9.3 million in overdue taxes by year’s end 2009, according to an analysis reported in The Washington Post. That’s a million-dollar increase over the previous year, the Post story notes, although it’s a speck compared with the $1 billion in overdue taxes that federal workers nationwide owe.

…we don’t need a den of thieves to tell us how much we need to “sacrifice”…..

Baxter Greene on July 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I know people with low incomes and lots of kids that get back more on their tax return than they paid in. It’s a welfare program.

cartooner on July 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I remember when the media used to report routinely on government waste. I don’t remember the last time I heard a report about government waste from a major media outlet. I have heard about Paul Ryan’s private purchase of wine and Sarah Palin’s clothing decisions.

I -hate- the media for having the title but ignoring the function.

beatcanvas on July 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

May Harry Reid and McConnell be infected by their incontinence diapers. The country could benefit from their retirement.

Now, that w/b “shared sacrifice”.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Shared sacrifice?

When are federal bureaucracies going to sacrifice?

gwelf on July 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I know people with low incomes and lots of kids that get back more on their tax return than they paid in. It’s a welfare program.

cartooner on July 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

50% of the country – no wonder Obama’s rating is at 50%, in spite of all that thug has done/not done.

The fools deserve him. Too bad producers and their progeny have to suffer the most.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Can you believe we’ve reached the point in this country that the Senate Majority leader actually feels comfortable, hell even proud to offer such a useless, laughable, juvenile proposal on the floor of the United States Senate?????

We are seriously in “laughing stock” territory here, no?

Tim Zank on July 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM

So the liberals want employers to sacrifice more jobs to stay in business?

gwelf on July 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I remember when the media used to report routinely on government waste. I don’t remember the last time I heard a report about government waste from a major media outlet. I have heard about Paul Ryan’s private purchase of wine and Sarah Palin’s clothing decisions.

I -hate- the media for having the title but ignoring the function.

beatcanvas on July 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Exactly. If most Americans knew what the government was doing with their 4 Trillion budget and what we got for our 14 Trillion in debt their would be a political blood bath.

gwelf on July 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

It’s surreal to me that we have liberals making these concurrent arguments:

* Employers need to start hiring
* Employers (those greedy bastards) need to pay their fair share in taxes!

Am I taking crazy pills?

gwelf on July 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

BUMMER

Mr_Magoo on July 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

How about this for shared sacrifice. Senators and Representative and cabinet officials and czars and President and VP get the percentage of their salaries that is not from deficit spending. Since, this year, 41 cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed, they would get 59% of their salaries.

Lon Chaney on July 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and ordered to be placed on the calendar

A BILL

To express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit.

Yes…Reid needs more tax dollars to spend on all the lobbyist he is in bed with:

Reid invited top lobbyists to join him and his supporters for an inaugural brunch Monday where he told ABC News that he will still do plenty of business with them.

“And there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Reid. “And Obama will be meeting with them too.” When asked to clarify his remarks, given Obama’s promises to change that part of Capitol culture, Reid responded that lobbyists are part and parcel of the job.

“People should understand that lobbyists, per se, are someone’s father, mother, son, daughter,” said Reid. “They work for a living.”


Below are the top seven Senate recipients of lobbyist dollars since 2005, including contributions to their leadership PACs and campaign committees:

Candidate Race Total

Harry Reid (D-Nev.) NVS2 $998,054
Patty Murray (D-Wash.) WAS2 $665,950
Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) ARS2 $494,701
Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) ALS2 $467,991
Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) NYS2 $363,938
Richard Burr (R-N.C.) NCS2 $352,693
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) IAS1 $348,150

Apparently shared sacrifice to democrats has more to do with getting richer and more powerful than it does helping main st.

Baxter Greene on July 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

So the Democrat Senate can allow a vote on this stupid stuff, for some reason, didn’t see fit to pass or vote on a budget in the past 800+ days.

LEADERSHIP.

Good Lt on July 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

When will Alan Grayson be back? I miss that guy. There’s not enough “Republicans want everyone to die” talk in Congress any more.

Mr_Magoo on July 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Shared Sacrifice…

When will Congress and their families share in the ObamaCare health insurance pools?

Mr_Magoo on July 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Shared Sacrifice!

Unless you have an ObamaCare waiver.

Unless you’re GE and your guy’s running the show.

gwelf on July 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Shared sacrifice: We do the sharing, you do the sacrificing.

Jim Treacher on July 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Shared Sacrifice: Sacrifice those who pay taxes so it can be Shared by those who don’t.

Chip on July 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Leftists: Vote Democrat and Share in our Sacrifice of the eviiiillll Rich.

Chip on July 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

So when is that crapola show Dateline going to do a “Fleecing of America” segment from the Oval Office?

search4truth on July 13, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Shared sacrifice.
Spread the misery.
Trickle down poverty.
Etc.

MassVictim on July 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Democrats: A vote Shared with us means you get some of the Sacrifice we take from the Rich at gunpoint.

Chip on July 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

the top 4.2% of returns came from those making $1 million or more in taxable income. They made 14% of the adjusted gross income reported to the IRS — and they paid 24.1% of all the income tax revenues the IRS received

That 24.1% is of all income tax, including corporate/business. They pay closer to 50% of the personal income tax.

iurockhead on July 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I know people with low incomes and lots of kids that get back more on their tax return than they paid in. It’s a welfare program.

cartooner on July 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Right.

That includes undocumented workers who receive the same for raising bastard children, health care, medicaid, social security, college tuition such as is provided in Texas under Rick Perry, inc., pretty much like every state is doing under GOP governors and legislative moronic leadership.

Huh?

I’m sorry.

Did you say something or have further questions?

Mcguyver on July 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Shared sacrifice my a$$!

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery”.- Winston Churchill

Trafalgar on July 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Shared Sacrifice: Sacrifice those who pay taxes so it can be Shared by those who don’t. Chip on July 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Booyah.

CantCureStupid on July 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Sacrifice = the nation’s top executive not golfing during wartime or economic crisis.

Yup. That ain’t gonna happen.

Good Lt on July 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse are “moderates”?

As for ‘shared sacrifice, how about the House and Senate go without pay for a year?

GarandFan on July 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Shared Sacrifice: How about:
US Government cut 10% of all workers off the payroll;
Remaining US Government workers making more than $50,000 take a 15% pay cut;
all but 10 of President Pull-Ups czars take a hike;
Obama and Moochelle limit themselves to 2,000 calories or less per day and actually eat those veggies Moochelle is growing;
No more presidential vacations or trips for 2011;
Campaigning flights in disguise totally cut;
NO MORE GOLF until the deficit decreases by $1 billion – thereafter, 1 golf game per $1 billion in cuts (not planned for the future, but actual CUTS);
50% of House and Senate (equally divided between Dems and GOP) take unpaid furloughs (no benefits, no salary) until deficit is reduced by $1 trillion without increasing taxes;
No more gratuitous payments to foreign countries
No medical, schooling or other benefits for illegals;
Increase revenue by large fines on companies who hire illegals;
Increase revenue by auditing every person serving in the US Government to ensure they actually pay the taxes they levy on the “small people”.

katablog.com on July 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM

If you want to tax the “rich”, don’t go after those who are earning it now – hopefully as a reward for productive service – but go after the “old money”, those who have inherited it or married into it. Warren Buffet, who earned his, makes about $100,000 in salary and pays about 15% tax rate on his multi-million dollar income. He would be untouched by a higher tax rates on wages.

Dividend income gets special treatment because it is double taxed. Correct this by making dividends tax deductible to corporations – thus helping business and encouraging them to recycle excess funds into the economy – and taxable as regular income for those receiving the dividends. Modest investors would not see much difference, tax returns would be easier to fill out and the “rich” investors such as Buffet and Kerry would be able to baste in their shared sacrifice.

Laurence on July 13, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Did I miss Pelousy’s 62% increase?

marinetbryant on July 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Best read today

A president who’s exhorting all involved in the protracted debt ceiling/budget/deficit negotiations to compromise and “eat our peas” actually wants America to eat what’s left of its seed corn. And there’s precious little of it.

President Obama long has been the king of false choices. In exchange for incurring more debt to meet the intractable obligations of the United States and spending reductions that, in typical Beltway fashion, still really only cut the rate of spending increases, Mr. Obama wants $1 trillion in tax hikes over the next decade. Senate Democrats want twice that amount.

On what planet would anyone propose gaining control of government spending and fixing the economy by jacking up taxes? Give the drunk more whiskey? Only on Planet Washington. This cat and his litter are shameless. For cryin’ out loud, Democrats couldn’t even pass a budget when they controlled everything!

Couple the twinning trillions proposal with the specter of ObamaCare and every other two-bit Obama-orchestrated government diktat and this nation surely will see the largest flight of capital overseas in its history.

There’s a real economic stimulus, eh?

Conscripting the words of Tailgunner Joe Biden, the vice president who never met a taxpayer he didn’t want to shoot down and pillage, “C’mon, man! Let’s get real!”

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I don’t care if the top 10% make 99% of the income, it is none of the government’s business.

Vashta.Nerada on July 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

How about this for shared sacrifice. Senators and Representative and cabinet officials and czars and President and VP get the percentage of their salaries that is not from deficit spending. Since, this year, 41 cents of every dollar the federal government spends is borrowed, they would get 59% of their salaries.

Lon Chaney on July 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

OO OO OO I know….then tax whatever remains at the highest tax rate they demand from anyone in this country….and don’t limit it to their “income”, count their wealth too!!!

Wanna bet tax rates fall right through the floor then? I’m thinking Constitutional amendment here.

runawayyyy on July 13, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Yeah, because the 40% you pay to fund these massive failed boondoggles isn’t enough!

TheBlueSite on July 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

(2) Over the past 10 years, the median family income has declined by more than $2,500.

Wait…isn’t this almost exactly what “Porkulus” and the Bailouts cost each of us?

How about accounting for and refunding every dime of fraud in “Porkulus” expenditures instead of coming back to abuse the taxpayers again???

landlines on July 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Here’s my substitute bill:

Calendar No. 93112th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1323
To express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 30, 2011
Mr. BobMbx introduced the following bill; which was read twice and ordered to be placed on the calendar
A BILL
To express the sense of the Senate on competence in government.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON SHARED SACRIFICE.
(a) Findings- Congress makes the following findings:

•(1) The people have lost all respect for Congress

(b) Sense of the Senate- It is the sense of the Senate that all currently serving Senators will not stand for re-election.

Calendar No. 93

The vote was 0-100.

BobMbx on July 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM

No one should kid themselves. Just how far would this income bracket go, to decide who is wealthy and who is not? Five hundred thousand? Two hundred fifty thousand? Lower? It would eventually trickle down to EVERYONE.

Politicians would not bite the hands of those that fund their elections for long. They’d make the rest of us pay, while enacting loop holes for their wealthy comrades.

What galls me the most is…shared sacrifice? So when do those accepting tax payer money for their survivals share any sacrifice? Seems to me, the wealthy already are. And just why in the hell are others being made to carry a burden they neither asked for, perpetrated, or live off of?

capejasmine on July 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM