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The greatest trick the rich ever pulled was making us believe they pay all the taxes

Typically when politicians fight about taxes, they fight about the income tax. That is to say, they fight about the tax that rich people hate — not the taxes poor people hate.


This leads to a really perverse dynamic, wherein the taxes the privileged pay are worthy of attention and the ones the poor pay are ignored. It paints a picture where the government is being supported on the backs of the wealthy, and the poor and middle class are free-riding. It leads to plans for various kinds of tax cuts and tax reforms that matter massively for the rich and very little for the poor.

The issue here is the ceaseless focus on the federal income tax. A report from the Joint Committee on Taxation found that most Americans (65.4 percent of filers) pay more in payroll taxes than income taxes. It's only once you start looking at folks making over $200,000 a year that most people are paying more in income taxes.

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The numbers here are surprising if you think about tax systems as something people only pay into, rather than get anything out of. But because so much of US social policy is structured as tax credits, a lot of people get more money back from income taxes than they put in. The JCT finds that people making under $40,000 get $81.1 billion more back from the income tax system than they put in — largely because of refundable credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

But that same group pays $121.5 billion in payroll taxes. They still, on net, contribute billions to the federal government every year. Of course, this doesn't even count the sizable contribution of the poor and middle class in state and local taxes, which are actually higher for the poor than they are for the rich.


more:
http://www.vox.com/2015/4/15/8406605/payroll-tax-income-tax

Fargo Coffee Shop 'Bans' Anti-Gay Lawmakers Who Voted Against Nondiscrimination Bill

Fargo Coffee Shop 'Bans' Anti-Gay Lawmakers Who Voted Against Nondiscrimination Bill






On *front page*, a top paper in North Dakota publishes photos of lawmakers who killed LGBT anti-discrimination bill:

Curry wrote:

"Ban effective immediately. The listed Men & Women are now banned from entering this establishment.* This is based solely on age, gender, race, beliefs, color, religion & disability."

That asterisk points to this statement:

"Unless accompanied by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex or Asexual person."

His point was simple. He wanted those lawmakers to know what it would feel like to be denied service because of who you are.


http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/fargo_coffee_shop_bans_anti_gay_lawmakers_who_voted_against_nondiscrimination_bill

Go Rant In The Back Alley---New restrictions on abortion restrictors

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If climate change isn't real....why are you always so dehydrated?




FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States


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“We vow that we will not cease sitting around and laughing it up until America is reduced to rubble,” he continued.

Al-Zawahiri, who is seen in the video reclining back in his chair, putting his feet up, and flipping on CNN, later shouts “Allahu Akbar!” when a story is aired about the decade-long trend of stagnant wages among American workers.

The FBI has also warned that numerous al-Qaeda agents may have established sleeper cells for the purpose of “getting a kick out of” the nation’s downfall on American soil. The bureau urged U.S. residents to use caution around schools, hospitals, legislative bodies, prisons, and other decaying institutions whose imminent failure terrorists may wish to observe up close.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one high-ranking U.S. counterterrorism official has described the present situation as a massive failure of intelligence.

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oh yeah, there is more:
http://www.theonion.com/articles/fbi-uncovers-alqaeda-plot-to-just-sit-back-and-enj,35788/

Indianapolis Business Journal Reveals The 'Real' Reason WIBC Dropped GOP Extremist Rush Limbaugh

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While Morgan expects some WIBC listeners to be “hugely disappointed” by the change, he said losing Limbaugh could open up the station to more advertising opportunities.


"There are some—primarily national—advertisers that refuse to air commercials during Limbaugh’s show, Morgan explained. "



Emmis officials began notifying its advertisers of the change Monday.


http://www.ibj.com/articles/52715-wibc-pulling-plug-on-rush-limbaugh-show

Praise to Adam Weinstein at Gawker for his epic sandbagging of “biggest idiot running for President"

Get to Know Marco Rubio, the Biggest Idiot Running for President
Adam Weinstein
4/14/15 2:50pm


… Rubio’s entry in the 2016 presidential race will fuck up his hitherto inexplicably promising career. It will cost the Republican Party dearly in Florida and in Washington. It will prove to be one of the dumbest moves in the dumb history of politics. This will happen because Marco Rubio is that rare youthful combination of un-telegenic bumbling incompetence and malign corruption only Florida can nourish to maturity.

Rubio has two major political achievements. First, he was speaker of the Florida House of Representatives—an annual beauty pageant of ugly Republicans, by ugly Republicans, for ugly Republicans, so that ugly Republicans shall not perish from the earth. Second, he took an election from political changeling Charlie Crist, something that a reanimated pygmy skink could do, and has done. The thickest section of Rubio’s resumé is his involvement in some truly ghastly internecine political and financial corruption. But he’s running against a Clinton, a Bush, and a Texan. So much for that advantage…

Rubio… is skipping a run for reelection to the Senate next year. So in order to kiss an Iowa state-fair butter cow and hope it convinces enough slackjaw racist-emailing state delegates to rush over to his corner of some god-forsaken parqueted gym floor in Dubuque, he will have to give up a job he could have held for life as a United States senator in the union’s fast-growing, third-largest, politically up-for-grabs state. A job that could have positioned him well for 2020 or 2024 or the governor’s mansion or Fox News, after he’d had a few more seasons to learn to talk with his tongue in his mouth.

More to the point, Rubio’s decision is going to cost Republicans hundreds of millions in critical political money at best, and lose them a previously safe Senate seat at worst. He was uniquely positioned to hold his seat in a presidential election year, which typically favors Democrats in Florida. Thanks to his blandness and his refusal to do, like, policy, his approval numbers and net positives beat those of any other state politician. No other Republican comes close…

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MORE good stuff:
http://gawker.com/get-to-know-marco-rubio-the-biggest-idiot-running-for-1697567638
via:
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2015/04/14/epic-read-open-thread-get-to-know-marco-rubio/

Hillary Clinton says she would Support a Constitutional Amendment on campaign finance reform

Hillary Clinton says she would support a constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform

MONTICELLO, Iowa -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for changes to the nation's campaign finance system, saying here Tuesday that she would support a constitutional amendment if that's what it takes to fix what she called a "dysfunctional" system.

Holding her first official campaign event at Kirkwood Community College in rural Monticello, Clinton identified campaign finance reform as one of several pillars of her 2016 presidential campaign.

"We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all -- even if it takes a constitutional amendment," Clinton said in opening remarks at a roundtable event with Kirkwood students and instructors.

The 2016 presidential election is expected the be the most expensive in U.S. history, with super PACs and campaigns likely to spend billions of dollars.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/04/14/hillary-clinton-says-she-would-support-a-constitutional-amendment-on-campaign-finance-reform/

The Clinton and Bush Dynasties


http://themoderatevoice.com/204246/cartoon-clinton-and-bush-dynasties/


i like the rose
kp

WTF?!? "Is Hillary Clinton Married"




as in, Who is Bill Clinton?
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