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MNmom Donating Member (145 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:42 PM
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Pleased with Draconian Cuts to Gov't, Billionaires Thank MN Legislators
 
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The MN Legislature has made lower taxes for the wealthy a top priority. While the Billionaires' effective rate of 7.7% is much lower than the middle class rate of 10.3%, the Legislature would rather balance the budget on the backs of the poor, elderly, disabled and middle class. While Minnesota is facing a $5 billion deficit, legislators are slashing funds for education, mass transit, healthcare, parks, and road repair. They have not approved any bill that would raise taxes on the wealthiest citizens of the state.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:47 PM
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1. Don't worry: It'll trickle down to us!
It will, won't it?...won't it? It will, won't it? Huh?
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:05 PM
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6. Don't be so impatient
Trickle Down theory has only had thirty years to see if it works.

We hope to see the benefits a-tricklin' sometime in the 2030 decade.

You don't seem to have much faith in the PTB. Go do some volunteer work for the homeless millionaires in your neighborhood. It will help you be more humble next time.

-90% Jimmy

:sarcasm:

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tb1988 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:44 PM
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7. What's the PTB?
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:09 PM
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8. PTB
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 07:13 PM by 90-percent
Powers that be just one of the many acronyms I've learned here on the DU. I'm still ignorant of what "n/t" is all about!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

Carlin's 3:15 minutes cut to the core quicker and with a lot more quality that any ten pundits out there. Be happy with what you've got!

Welcome to DU! Glad to have you here.

-90% Jimmy

Ps - i googled "acronym" to make sure I was using the word correctly and VIOLA!

http://www.acronymfinder.com /

Your acronym problems are all behind you now!

(So are mine!)
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tb1988 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:18 PM
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11. Yeah, the Carlin video is great.
So true - people are buying the bs that we have to ax all these programs to "balance the budget". Raising taxes on the uber rich is out of the question.
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Frisbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:36 AM
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15. n/t = no text, eom = end of message. n/t and eom
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:26 AM
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18. nt = no text
took me a long time to find that out
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:01 AM
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21. nt means 'no text'. It is just a courtesy.
For example this message has text. The n/t, nt or NT just tells the reader not to bother clicking on the blue message link because the entire message is contained in the header.
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:09 AM
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17. Another 100 years and we'll all be just fine.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:52 AM
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20. It is trickling
right now.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:25 PM
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2. recommend
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MplsAnnie Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:20 PM
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3. And there are all these studies about how the rich are getting richer -
but I guess they give a lot of campaign contributions, so legislators are afraid to mess with that. So corrupt.
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tb1988 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:19 PM
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4. Why are they so afraid to tax the rich?
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:43 AM
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13. it would be biting the hand that
signs their checks that pay for the caviar ... (biting the hand that feeds them ...)

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seasnun Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:00 PM
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5. Billionaries Video
A great video. And not just in Minnesota, of course.

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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:15 PM
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9. love these videos
I loved it when they were able to talk to one of the Republican Reps. I also liked the info they put into video. I look forward to seeing these "billionaires" visit more of the congress members.

I wonder how many of the MN Reps have joined A.L.E.C.

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MNmom Donating Member (145 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:08 PM
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10. This is a partial list of the state reps who are members of ALEC.
I'm sure there are more.

Sen. Mike Parry (R)
Sen. John Sterling Howe (R)
Sen. Chris Gerlach (R)
Rep. Paul Anderson (R)
Rep. Mike Benson (R)
Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R)
Rep. Sondra Erickson (R)
Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R)
Rep. Joyce Peppin (R)
Rep. LInda Runbeck (R)
Rep. Ron Shimanski (R)
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:02 AM
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22. Those MFers have to GO! nt
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:58 AM
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12. lol
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blackbart99 Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:47 AM
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14. 25% tax rate for everyone.......
Until the deficit is paid off....then reduce it to 15%.

OUT OF IRAQ...OUT OF AFGHANISTAN = OUT OF DEBT :evilgrin:

There.....I've solved all our problems in minute. :hippie:
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MedicalAdmin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:06 PM
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24. A flat tax? Gee - thanks Steve Forbes!!! That's swell.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:43 AM
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16. State Senator Limmer(?) when informed that
the Billionaires in CA. could pay the deficit, responded: "Isn't that their money?"
We cant tax "their money" now can we? When did the progressive taxation end? Was that under "W"? It is idiotic and absolutely makes no financial sense.... that was stupid on my part.
NONE of the current economic policies "make Sense" unless you are wealthy and are determined to stay that way with no effort except getting a great return on your political investments (ie...buying politicians)
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drokhole Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:55 AM
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19. "Isn't it their money?"
Where the hell is that rationale when it comes to demanding more from teachers, social workers, the elderly, etc...?

Oh, and that lady's response was priceless - "You bet! We don't need education..."
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Harriety Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:15 AM
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23. When I stood outside our State Capitol Monday I had no idea...
This is so crazy, but today it's the crazy and the rich that get attention and support, while everyone else gets shat upon.
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tb1988 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:16 PM
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25. It's the Koch brothers' agenda across the country -
keep taxes low for the rich, tax breaks for corporations, and slash gov't programs.
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