Republican Senate Minority Whip, Jon Llewellyn Kyl, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said that he would not support extending the payroll tax cut before the end of this year.
The retiring Arizona senator, using the same old predictable strawman argument, claim that the payroll tax cut would significantly undermine the Social Security system. So according to Republican logic, privatizing and turning Social Security into a voucher program do not undermine the system, but temporary extension of payroll tax, for middle class, does? Go figure.
Kyl try to justify his opposition to the payroll tax cut by noting that revenue from the tax supports Social Security.
“The problem here is payroll doesn’t go into general revenue, it supports Social Security, and you can’t keep extending the payroll tax holiday and have a secure Social Security,” he said
All of this is coming from the same man who voted every-time for the Bush Tax cuts that will add over 400 billion to the national deficit for this year alone. When this senator retires at the end of his term with his full government lifetime pension and health benefits with no limit, the Bush tax cuts he supported for the rich, will saddle young Americans with a mountain of debt.
A debt that the middle class will pay a larger percentage of their income towards reducing.
Appearing on the same program, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the GOP will face criticism for that position.
“I can’t believe that. … That the Republican position is they’ll raise the payroll tax on working families?” the Illinois Democrat said. “I think that just defies logic.”
It really does, they are the party of the rich.