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“Pay Yo’ Damn Taxes!”

posted at 6:34 pm on February 20, 2013 by

Alternate headline: Serious liberals offer substantive critique of new Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan.

In no time at all, moderator Mike Allen was interrupted by a middle-aged black man walking close to the stage and yelling, passionately and on-message, “Pay yo’ damn taxes!” he said, as security politely corralled him. “Pay yo’ damn taxes!” “We’ll bring you into the conversation,” said Allen diplomatically. Allen tried to continue, letting Bowles introduce the new-old plan, when another middle-aged black man started yelling more slogans: “Some cuts don’t heal!” Another ejection, another promise to bring him into the conversation.

According to ABC News, four leftists got the boot over the course of the event.  Dave Weigel reports that the organic and productive outbursts were orchestrated by — surprise! — an offshoot of the SEIU called “Our DC.”  As for Simpson-Bowles 2.0 itself, there’s certainly a conservative case to be built against various particulars of the proposal.  Ultimately, though, I think the updated bipartisan framework is a useful repudiation of the debt denialists:

[The proposal] has zero chance of becoming policy reality, chiefly because Democrats would never allow it to see the light of day.  Still, it offers several relevant openings for conservatives:(1) It again highlights the serious and systemic crisis of long-term government debt.  (2) It correctly identifies overspending as the prime culprit and driver of this problem, powerfully refuting the denialists.  (3) It tilts the solution towards spending reductions and de-emphasizes the revenue component, perhaps because the president just enacted a $600 billion tax increase. (4) It does all of these things through a pristine prism of bipartisanship, as established by the president himself.  Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles cannot be dismissed as right-wing cranks or knee-jerk partisans.  Their reputational heft and credibility can therefore be leveraged by conservatives to demonstrate that their policy solutions are based on fiscal realities that undergird the bipartisan consensus — which Democrats have taken to flatly denying.  In short, Simpson-Bowles 2.0′s underlying assumptions and broad remedies can be wielded as an effective cudgel against the denialists’ obfuscations and fantasies — even if conservatives have substantive quibbles over some of its elements.

Oh, but some cuts don’t heal!

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“Some cuts don’t heal!”

Yeah, like the cuts to my income.

antipc on February 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

“Pay yo’ damn taxes!”

Says the guy who pays none.

NeoKong on February 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Dave Weigel reports that the organic and productive outbursts were orchestrated by — surprise! — an offshoot of the SEIU called “Our DC.”

SEIU must be destroyed.

trigon on February 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The rent is too damn high.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Ain’t nobody got time for this . . .

tpitman on February 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Glad to see that the welfare crowd is speaking up for themselves. Evidently they have time for a hearing, not so much for looking for a real job.

GarandFan on February 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

an offshoot of the SEIU called “Our DC.”

Oh, those clowns.

Count to 10 on February 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I paid taxes. Now wash my car. And mow my lawn. And STFU. And take these condoms while you’re at it.

M240H on February 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Shut yo’ mouth, foo!

Hope that lowborn Obama voter got taken out of camera sight for an attitude adjustment before they threw him out the door.

MelonCollie on February 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

No shame!

OldEnglish on February 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

tpitman on February 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I see what you did there . . .

BigAlSouth on February 21, 2013 at 5:53 AM

I thought this was going to be a story about Little Timmy Geithner.

fossten on February 21, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Give the guy a break. He was probably paid to do this.
This is where the union $$ goes.

Badger40 on February 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Glad to see that the welfare crowd is speaking up for themselves. Evidently they have time for a hearing, not so much for looking for a real job.

GarandFan on February 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

These guys aren’t the welfare crowd. And, they probably *were* working – at least technically. (These bubbas get paid for doing “union work”, which this definitely was.)

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM