Sunday, 2/1/15, Public Square

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by | February 1, 2015 · 6:00 am

4 responses to “Sunday, 2/1/15, Public Square

  1. I would love to know how republicans get so many to buy into their lies, exaggerations and fear mongering. If I knew would I be able to counter their bullshit?

    Does it have to do with people so busy either barely surviving or pursuing wealth and accumulating stuff that they take soundbites sounding reasonable without having a clue? Lower taxes — words that are easy to fall for, huh? Family values — who doesn’t believe in those words? Accountability and responsibility — I do not know anyone who wouldn’t prefer being independent and responsible.

    Those aren’t the talking points I have the most trouble understanding why they appeal. It’s the ones that encourage labeling groups and then hating them. Entire religions, entire races, entire sexual orientations… That’s the propaganda that troubles me most. Do people honestly think each and every person who happens to be _________ (fill blank with ANY label) is like every other person with that label?

    Or do they just not think?

    Does Fox tells them what to think? Are they are either too ignorant or too hateful to understand actual facts and prefer to be told their opinions?

    • If a person only sees the world in black and white – they will surely miss the beautiful colors in the rainbow – the green grass – the blue sky and the yellow sun.

      Is this really the way their God wants them to see the world He created?

  2. Wisdom from Robert Reich —

    “Why did America become more equal in the first three decades after World War II, and less equal during the last three decades? Because in the earlier period we (1) increased public investment in education and infrastructure (hugely expanded K-12 and public higher education, created the interstate highways system); (2) financed by a high tax on the top dollars of the wealthy (never below 70%, 91% under Eisenhower); (3) created strong unions (in the 1950s, 35% of all private-sector workers belonged to one), and (4) made banking boring (with laws against interstate banking, mixing commercial and investment banking, and investment banks going public).

    Over the last three decades, we went into reverse. We (1) diminished public investment as share of GDP; (2) lowered tax rates on top dollars of wealthy (to 28% under Reagan, now 36.9%); (3) busted unions (now 6% of private sector workers unionized); and (4) deregulated banking, allowing Wall Street to run the economy.

    We also grew faster, on average, during the first period than the second.
    So why did we make this giant U-turn?”

  3. Who wins and loses from Obama’s big tax reform plan, in one chart
    http://www.vox.com/2015/1/29/7939829/obama-tax-proposal-redistribution