GOP: No tax hikes — except for the poor

Salon: “How does the Republican Party continue to win elections? The Associated Press is reporting that GOP legislators are opposing the extension of a payroll tax cut that will expire on Jan. 1. The clear, unavoidable message: Americans workers should pay more taxes, while the rich should pay less.

That’s not a joke, and it’s not an Onion headline. The very same Republicans who have fought tooth-and-nail to keep George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy from expiring are now in favor of doing away with a tax cut that will primarily hit wage-earners — people who actually have to work for a living, people who are struggling to pay their mortgages and wincing every time they fill up their gas tank.”