One attendee asked when the country was going to start trying to “trickle up” instead of following failed “trickle down” policies. Later, a frustrated constituent stood up and told Huizenga that his party has been completely captured by the richest Americans, to applause from the audience:
CONSTITUENT: You [by endorsing the Ryan plan] have done something that I have been unable to do trying to explain to my friends, and all my neighbors, and my relatives, that your party has become of the rich by the rich and for the rich! (applause)
Dana Milbank on why he’s not going to the White House Correspondents Dinner. I don’t know why any self-respecting journalist would go, but then, clearly most of them don’t have any self respect.
Krugman is upset that so many people in the media are praising Paul Ryan’s plan – which, as he points out, has no chance of working as proposed:
Once again, let us wonder at the way this plan has been treated by the commentariat. A guy says, “I care deeply about the deficit!” And then he releases a plan that depends on finding $3 trillion over the next decade from some unspecified source — oh, and he comes from a party that has a 30-year track record of promising to reduce the budget deficit but actually increasing it.
And everyone takes him seriously!
LANSING — Governor Snyder’s controversial plan to dump the Michigan Business Tax and replace it with a 6% flat tax that most Michigan Businesses won’t have to pay has cleared the state house. Six republicans sided with the Democrats in opposing the plan.
It gives a 1.73 billion dollar tax break to business, at the expense of schools, poorer families, pensioners and individual taxpayers. 2/3rds of all smaller businesses won’t have to pay a dime.
Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says it’s all about jobs, not about who gets taxed or who doesn’t. Portage Republican Margaret O’Brien voted for it, saying she hopes it results in jobs. Democrats went on the House floor and savaged the plan, saying republicans went back on their own pledge not to increase taxes.