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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:24 PM
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Chant of 'tax the rich' growing louder in nation
Chant of 'tax the rich' growing louder in nation
Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Billionaire Warren Buffett may not seem to have much in common with angry laborers at town hall meetings or armies of California nurses protesting in the streets.

But these days, the executive celebrity in his boardroom and working folks on the front lines have found a common mantra as the economy continues to sputter and the 2012 election approaches: "Tax the rich."

They are joining Democratic politicians, such as U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, who pounded the issue of making "millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share" nearly a dozen times at a recent event in Oakland.

The calls have become louder as President Obama plans to unveil his jobs plan next Thursday in a highly anticipated speech that they hope will provide a counterpoint to conservative grassroots GOP groups pressing lawmakers to slash government programs to stimulate the economy - without raising taxes.

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Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and the powerful National Nurses United union will take the message one step further with one of their trademark protests - this time opening a symbolic "soup kitchen."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/31/MNOB1KTSHP.DTL#ixzz1Wir2oCrE





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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:31 PM
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1. K&R. SOAK THE RICH.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:36 PM
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spooked911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:19 PM
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56. are you organizing a revolt?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:36 PM
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3. Our elected leaders respond
In a way indistinguishable from a dog watching a card trick.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:43 PM
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4. STEAL IT BACK!
Hell, they've been stealing it from US workers through skewed taxes and wage depression for 40 years. It's high time we get together and steal it all back.
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:26 AM
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35. It reminds me of "Leverage", which is something we could use right now!
"The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you. We provide....leverage."
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 11:06 AM
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53. I love that show....
it seems to be the only place where I get REAL JUSTICE!

K and R.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:45 PM
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5. 'Tax' them? Confiscate their assets n/t
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taught_me_patience Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:20 PM
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15. Seems like that idea is unconstitutional - Fourth Amendment
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:26 PM
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18. Tough. They can afford lawyers n/t
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:11 AM
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23. Yes, and they are known as "Supreme Court Justices."
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:22 AM
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38. No, not "tough".
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 08:23 AM by polmaven
The Constitution is the law of this country...It is not to be ignored. The assets of the wealthy cannot be confiscated without proof of illegality, and a trial based on that proof.

Now, that said, I am very much on the side of being sure the rich pay their fair share of taxes, based on their "share" of the wealth. If they hold 75% of the wealth in the country, they should pay 75% of the taxes.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 05:31 AM
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30. The 4th amendment applies to the government NOT to We The People.
If we as a nation want to take our rights back, take back the stolen loot of our nation, take back the confiscated wealth of our commons, return the profits of this country to the rightful owners - We The People, the Constitution does NOT apply. In fact the Declaration of Independence clearly states that citizens have an obligation to overthrow tyrants. Our current oligarchy, the uber wealthy and idle rich, CEOs, hedge fund managers, banksters, Koch brothers and RepubliCONS, along with their political puppets, have become tyrants.

It is our duty to revolt and take back what they have stolen from our nation. Stop the Corporate Machine and Create a New World. Join the Prolonged Occupation of Washington DC starting 6 October.

http://october2011.org/welcome

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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:23 AM
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33. Did that apply to us while they were stealing our money? nm
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:15 AM
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47. OK -- first give them the bill for environmental damage - then put them in jail/confiscate assets!
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:21 PM
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57. Nothing unconstitutional with a wealth tax, the Donal even proposed one
one of the times he "ran" for government.
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socialist_n_TN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:15 PM
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59. Not really. We just confiscate their stuff and issue
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 07:17 PM by socialist_n_TN
special "Rich Folk's Bonds" that they can't redeem for a century. And they can ONLY redeem them in person, NO DESCENDENTS.
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:26 AM
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25. Define rich in the context of assets. n/t
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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:57 AM
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44. the banksters profits + CEO's FOR SURE.
ILL GOTTEN GAINS! bring that phrase back!
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:46 PM
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6. Kadie!
I've missed you! :hi:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:53 PM
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8. Hi blogslut!
:hi:

:)


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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:53 PM
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7. Some cool "Tax The Rich" T-shirts & stuff at Cafe Press:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:56 PM
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9. LOL!



Thanks for the link. :hi:


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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:03 PM
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12. Ugh, too bad there's right-wing and Ron Paul crap mixed in with that . . .
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:09 PM
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13. Yeah, I saw that too. Here's something better which cites as being Made in the USA:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:58 PM
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 12:59 PM
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11. next up... "Eat the Rich" and "Jump Motherf*ckers, Jump!"
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:13 PM
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14. Tax the motherfuckin' rich people already.
K&R!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:20 PM
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:22 PM
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17. Unfortunately the rich lawmakers of both parties wear high end noise canceling headphones
and they make sure our elections are controlled.

:mad:
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LetTimmySmoke Donating Member (970 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 01:42 PM
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19. K&R
This thing is taking a life of its own, and it's a good thing too.
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 02:02 PM
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20. Reminiscent of the 1930s. Same story. The wealthy were as
popular as the plague.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 06:57 PM
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 08:27 PM
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22. K&R
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:24 AM
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24. Riddle me this: why is it that the Democratic Socialists and other
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 12:24 AM by coalition_unwilling
far leftists were calling for this years ago and it's only now hitting the mainstream?

Kind of like how the Communists were the only group in the United States protesting against South African apartheid in the mid-1970s, long before it became fashionable in liberal circles to be against South African apartheid.

Why is it that Dem Socialists, Communists and other far leftists are always so far ahead of their times?

Flame away!
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Dragonfli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 02:20 AM
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27. Because they see beyond the veil weaved to deceive those that create all the wealth?
(The rich don't create anything but paper, labor creates all things of value)


Just a guess.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:27 AM
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26. Yeah, like anyone is listening.
Because seriously, what the fuck are you or anyone else gonna do? Seriously?

Right, you'll step aside and bow your head and vote for whichever politician is chosen for us.

LOL, "tax the rich"...because the rich folks in charge of this place we call the USA would ever allow that.
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Dragonfli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 02:25 AM
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28. Some of us will not kneel to those that "are chosen for us" we will only support those that
support us. The vacuum will be filled eventually, but first one must stop filling the void with the false hope sold by politicians that pretend to be our friends.

By their works we will know them, all the others can go fuck themselves.
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A Simple Game Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:24 AM
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39. Only support those that will support us. Exactly.
I will not vote for someone just because they have the right letter after their name, from now on I vote my conscience.

The lesser of two evils is still evil.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 05:35 AM
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31. I'm going to join the prolonged occupation of Washington DC
On the 6th of October. Now, tell me what are you going to do besides throw words onto a screen?

Join us.

http://october2011.org/welcome
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 05:02 AM
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29. Republicon fatcats need to try and act like Americans and pay their fair share
no more shirking USA citizen responsibilities.
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LatteLibertine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 06:21 AM
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32. Wish that chant
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 06:23 AM by LatteLibertine
also included real campaign finance reform and term limits for Congress.

Taxing the rich doesn't reduce cronyism which is the foundation of many of our problems.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:24 AM
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34. I wish the chant was "end the corruption". nm
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:47 AM
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36. In a way, it is.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 06:44 PM
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58. A lot of people want to believe the rich are the good, the successful, the ideal. But most would
agree that corruption is rampant.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 07:54 AM
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37. they need to learn how to "struggle"
they can choke on that greed.
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mimitabby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:23 AM
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40. it's my mantra: tax the rich tax the rich tax the rich
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:42 AM
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41. As the cry gets louder, look for a crisis, a shock that must be managed.
And while the nation stares intently at the right hand, the left hand will take what is left in the nation's pocket.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:53 AM
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42. t's simple
Tax the rich or face the poor on the streets
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:55 AM
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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:19 PM
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60. Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to shoot me in the head?
(nb - my wife and I are in the top 0.1% income group - never mind that we support Democratic candidates and progressive causes; I'm sure we're money grubbing corporatists).

The issue of "give them a choice" is beyond idiotic. I and many other wealthy progressives are happy to pay our fair share - you just need to tax us that way. Which means, you need to get the working and middle class to assert the need for a more progressive tax policy -- not just say they support the concept when a pollster calls.
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bighart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:02 AM
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45. When it gets to a deafening roar
someone in DC may hear something, you know like Horton did in "Horton Hears A Who"
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FlyByNight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:13 AM
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46. The working and middle classes have "sacrificed" enough
However, since millionaires make up about half of Congress, I don't expect much - if anything - from them to help "level the playing field".

Cutting our way to prosperity...
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w0nderer Donating Member (430 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:23 AM
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48. k&r n/t
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:26 AM
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49. Good!!!
It's a hopeful indication that people are finally catching on.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:31 AM
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50. JMJ!
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Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:46 AM
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51. You're welcome.
I'm sure changing my sig line is entirely responsible for this development. :)
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:52 AM
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52. Think we have to start with the politicians who broke the tax code for benefit of wealthy ...!!!
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 11:17 AM
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54. Can we hope for a chorus of "Slash DHS & Defense! (nah-nah-nah) " to go with it?
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 12:00 PM
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55. This country is basically running itself. nt
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HappyMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 10:01 AM
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61. They are going to have to tax the rich.
The rest of us don't have much left.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 10:05 AM
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62. Every chance I get whenever I hear someone complaining about the
condition of roads, etc etc on my CB radio, I tell them we can't afford to fix that because the rich bastards who sent our jobs overseas need an extended tax cut. I never here anyone in disagreement with what I say.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 11:15 AM
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63. "Trickle down" didn't work...Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy didn't work...
They are not "job creators." They did not "invest" in this country. They are parasites, leeches and ticks, pure and simple...
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 12:26 PM
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64. Too late to recommend.
Kick anyway.
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