Big Smoke

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The real job figures

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Bob Herbert points out the distressing and depressing truth on labor statistics (we’re closing in on 11% unemployed if we count those who, by dint of “no longer actively searching” or falling off the unemployment rolls, are no longer counted as part of the labor force) and the lack of decisive action by the Democrats in power.

The solution is easy. It always has been, though getting there requires the Democrats finally saying “fuck you” and stop dithering about: Raise taxes for the top bracket. Put ’em on a war-time footing. Raise ’em from the 30-odd percent they are now to 91%, like they were the last time this happened. Tax the rich. Now.

Tax-Dodging Survivalist Motherfuckers

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Or “terrorists,” for short.

Joseph Stack tried to set himself up as a church to avoid paying taxes, then when that ploy failed railed against the Catholic Church. He took a tax code revision that clarified whether IT workers were independent contractors or employees (and thus subject to payroll taxes) as a direct attack on another of his schemes. He got very incensed that his family was caught by the IRS and forced to pay back taxes. And he himself admits to a relatively light tax burden:

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair
share of taxes (as can I)

And so when he tried to burn the Austin IRS office down, instead of being reported as the textbook case of terrorism that he so clearly perpetrated, there’s a marked reticence in the mainstream media to call him such. I mean, he’s domestic! White! And Christian! Never mind the last white guy to try to blow up a government building…

How stupid do I think the Republicans are?

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<                                                                          This stupid.                                                                               >

The budget is a “job killer,” says Congressional Republicans, because it increases taxes. On the top 2%.

I could have sworn we went over that in the campaign, and I’m pretty sure we know how that turned out.

Meanwhile the NYCDoE is singing hallelujah that they might not have to lay off 1500 teachers after all – and might even have a capital budget for some nice overhauls. Who knows? After eight years of the darkness of the Bush regime, even a bare bulb is blinding in its luminance.

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