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Sen. Dick Durbin responds to letter (DICK IS A LITTLE THIN-SKINNED)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 5, 2012 6:38PM | Sen. Dickhead Durbin (D-Ill.)

Posted on 12/06/2012 10:26:40 AM PST by Chi-townChief

Senator responds

This week, a letter writer criticized what he felt is my position on taxing the rich, reducing the debt and protecting the safety net. Let me set the record straight.

I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share. I voted for a bill raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 and protecting middle-income families from income tax increases this summer. That bill is being held up in the House of Representatives by the Speaker.

I support closing tax loopholes, limiting deductions and elimination of some of the carve-outs and giveaways in our tax code — but only if those changes improve the progressivity of the tax code. We cannot put the burden of the deficit on the middle class.

Any attempt to cut our nation’s debt must also protect the safety net for our nation’s seniors and the most vulnerable.

Social security is not a driver of our debt and need not be part of debt reduction talks. We should, however, empanel a bipartisan commission to look at options for extending the program’s viability beyond its projected 20-year solvency.

And there are small changes we can make now, such as making those who can afford it pay more, which will help protect and sustain Medicare and Medicaid without cutting benefits to beneficiaries.

I am a progressive, and I voted for the Simpson-Bowles proposal because progressives need to be at the table for negotiations about the debt. If we don’t engage in these talks in a productive way, changes to the programs we care most about will be dictated to us rather than shaped by us.

Instead of just saying no or proposing a laundry list of laudable but unreachable tax alternatives, as the letter writer did, we must work together to find a long-term, balanced solution to our nation’s debt.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; fiscalcliff; senatordickhead; taxes; turbandurbin
Someone on this Dick's staff must be monitoring the letters to the editor although Sen. Dickhead's response sounds pretty much like a form letter.
1 posted on 12/06/2012 10:26:49 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Dicky needs to explain himself. Tax just the over $250K rich?

What about those bastards making over $180K - I’ve personally witnessed some of them at the mall buying expensive suits and driving off in nice cars.

Truly, they should also go after those SOB’s making more than $138K. Yeah, they have no conscious - they have the unmitigated gall to have homes in the suburbs.

The more I think about it, hammer those self centered old white guys making $84K a year. Saw one the other day talking about taking his family to Disneyland - driving there in his SUV!

But wait... those rich folks making $38K. They’re pond scum. They are so selfish they actually try to save money and buy things - without the goverment’s assistance. It’s insane I know!

Signed, Barak Obama.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 10:44:22 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: Chi-townChief; windcliff; stylecouncilor
I am an progressive idiot , and I voted NOT guilty for the O.J. Simpson-Bowles proposal because it wasn't his fault, the knife did it. progressives

Thin-skinned is right. Don't you just love how they like to throw out the term "Progressive". That is their new word of the day.

3 posted on 12/06/2012 10:45:46 AM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Chi-townChief

“Social security is not a driver of our debt and need not be part of debt reduction talks.”

That is an outright lie. Social Security trust fund has been empty for years and it has nothing but IOUs which has to be paid back from the general fund.

So it is a driver of the debt and needs to be a part of the one-sided reduction talks.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 10:46:20 AM PST by Caribou ( www.ktok.com Red State Radio free streaming.)
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To: Chi-townChief

!


5 posted on 12/06/2012 10:46:43 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Who can take tomorrow, Spend it all today? Who can take your income And tax it all away? Obama Man :)
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To: Chi-townChief

Sen. Durbin can run in 2014, and that race has a conservative republican candidate, Chad Koppie, a member of the Kane Co. Regional Board of Schools. In the 1998 IL governor primary, Chad was the only conservative candidate. He’s pro-tax cuts, pro-spending cuts, pro-life, pro-gun rights, and anti-illegal alien. Please read his blog, chadkoppiescampaign.blogspot.com. He’ll get a better website, after he gets some donations.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 10:48:35 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Senator Dickhead is more of a PIGressive.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 10:55:07 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Caribou

I am trying to figure out how we can say Social Security is solvent for the next twenty years when the country is over 16 trillion in debt. Did they find Al Gore’s lock box when I wasn’t looking?


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:57:31 AM PST by kempster
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To: Chi-townChief

you know what they say.

little dick, Big PRICK.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 11:14:00 AM PST by Gasshog
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To: Chi-townChief
I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share.

Federal Tax Brackets

What is a "fair share"?

10 posted on 12/06/2012 11:28:01 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

Ya have to wonder especially when 1/2 of the people pay no federal income tax at all.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 11:30:03 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Little Dick.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 11:45:34 AM PST by steve8714 (Obama's evil shown actual size.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Little Dick.


13 posted on 12/06/2012 11:45:55 AM PST by steve8714 (Obama's evil shown actual size.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Little Dick.


14 posted on 12/06/2012 11:46:03 AM PST by steve8714 (Obama's evil shown actual size.)
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To: Chi-townChief

As far as I can tell, Durbin’s always been a thin-skinned little Dick. He, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid should have their own display case in the Insufferable Jerk Hall of Fame. Right next to the Nancy Pelosi Pavillion.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 11:47:11 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: steve8714

They always come in threes.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 11:48:35 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

That means they are without fear in flying their true colors. The day will come when you won’t be able to FIND anyone willing to admit to being a progressive.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 11:53:33 AM PST by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: Chi-townChief
I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share.

How about severe penalties for deadbeats like Warren Buffett who haven't even paid the taxes they already owe?

18 posted on 12/06/2012 1:01:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Chi-townChief

Hmmmm...interesting point. According to the tax tables everyone is suppose to pay something. It’s apparent the tax tables do not reflect reality.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 1:48:19 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: Chi-townChief

What exactly is a fair share? Who decides what’s fair? I believe all congress people should pay twice as much as everyone else for the priviledge to serve. Don’t they always say it’s a priviledge to serve? Well, pay up, “Donald Duck” Durbin!


20 posted on 12/06/2012 5:55:36 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Sen. Dick (Little Dickie) Durbin IS a “dick” and a toady for the Chicago Donkey machine.
21 posted on 12/06/2012 10:02:48 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Don't you just love how they like to throw out the term "Progressive". That is their new word of the day.

"Progressive" is NewSpeak for "Stalinist".

22 posted on 12/07/2012 12:59:13 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: steve8714
Just once, thanks. Oh, and his FR nick has been "Durbin the Turban".
23 posted on 12/07/2012 1:03:49 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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