Tuesday, 12/4/12, Public Square

 

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    • Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, for modernity, and for prosperity. The wealthy pay more because they have benefited more. Taxes, well laid and well spent, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. Taxes protect property and the environment; taxes make business possible. Taxes pay for roads and schools and bridges and police and teachers. Taxes pay for doctors and nursing homes and medicine. During an emergency, like an earthquake or a hurricane, taxes pay for rescue workers, shelters and services. For people whose lives are devastated by other kinds of disaster, like the disaster of poverty, taxes pay, even, for food.

      What’s surprising, given how much money and passion have been spent to defeat a broad-based, progressive income tax over the past century, and how poorly it has been defended, is that it has endured — testimony, perhaps, to Americans’ abiding sense of fairness. Taxes are a pact. That pact needs renewing.

      From: (The entire long article is a good read!)
      TAX TIME
      Why we pay.
      By: JILL LEPORE
      THE NEW YORKER
      Nov. 26, 2012

  1. Believe it. Women, especially middle-aged and senior ladies, may have the MOST to lose in any budget deal that’s struck, despite the fact that we need health care and Social Security at a greater proportion than men do.
    Even with ObamaCare, our health is at serious risk here, and so is our financial health when we retire. Get on the phone, send an e-mail, write a letter–tell your Senators and Congressional reps, and the White House.

    Tell them you are watching closely.

    Tell them, in no uncertain terms, that they’re playing with fire in considering these potential slashes to women’s well-being. Another grenade tossed in the War on Women will cost them dearly at the polls.

    Again.

    How Women Could Lose in a Grand Bargain
    http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/11/how-women-could-lose-in-a-grand-bargain/265746/

  2. Robert Reich does it again! And does it well, as usual!

    Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (In 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/fiscal-cliff-video_b_2232549.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

  3. It’s a few minutes long and worth every second spent listening!

    “Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.” — Joss Whedon

  4. You send people throughout the world to lead them to me and my son, but you openly alienate those who live in your own city/country.

  5. The issue of minimum wage does not resonate with Republicans because these people do NOT care about anyone but themselves.

    I’ve said this many times – I truly believe Republicans are not capable of feeling shame or embarrassment.

  6. Looks like our Tim Huelskamp from Kansas has been kicked off the House Budget Committee by his own colleagues…..

    Wow……this will certainly be an interesting Congress to watch..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/house-budget-committee_n_2237347.html#comments

  7. The 47% of the US population who receive some sort of benefit is somewhat less than 150 million people. How many corporations receive welfare bennies? Substantially fewer. If you know the number of corporations receiving bennies, and you divide it by the dollars they receive, it’s easy to see the benefit per corporation is SEVERAL times more than each individual in the 47%.

  8. Did you read that it might be more than speculation that Ashley Judd will oppose McConnell in 2014? Keep your fingers crossed! I think she has what it would take to beat him. I know it’s Kentucky, deep south republicans and all that… , but Ashley Judd is well qualified, well respected and loved, even tho she is a democrat.