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  •  Top marginal rate in 1968 was 75.25%.. (27+ / 0-)

    and little 7th grader Grover sat there in his little bathrobe writing out his pledge?

    What an utter crock of shit!

    In 1969, the federal government ran a SURPLUS of $3.2 billion - in the height of the Vietnam war, and we're supposed to believe that little Grover sat there in his little bathrobe at his little bedroom desk and decided that the SINGLE issue of the next half-century that was so much bigger than ANY OTHER one was that government was TOO BIG?

    Total bullshit!

    This guy has been holding the American people and their welfare hostage for almost 30 years, stifling the growth of our economy, causing un-told misery and poverty, and he sits there smugly admitting that it is all an adolescent fantasy.

    I wonder if he dreamed up his 'pledge' before or after he read Atlas Shrugged?

    This guy has caused more harm to our great country than anyone outside of Bush/Cheney, IMHO.

    He makes me want to puke, plain and simple.

    Cheers.

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:18:10 AM PST

    •  75.25% = 70% x 7.5% surtax (7+ / 0-)

      For those keeping score at home, here's a helpful link to income tax rates for 1968, among others.

      Nice comment, databob, though with all due respect, Alan Greenspan is above Norquist on my list, because of Greedspan's multigenerational Ponzi scheme [1983 SocSec panel to boost SocSec taxes and raise retirement ages, then 2001 Fed chairmanship to give public approval to W's tax cuts (funded by the surpluses generated by the '83 action), with the bonus of a media wife (Andrea Mitchell) to help sell it all].

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:32:13 AM PST

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      •  I'll see your Greenspan and raise you a Gramm... (6+ / 0-)

        as in Senator Phil Gramm, architect of the sneaking of the derivitaves de-regulation legislation into the must-pass 2000 appropriations bill.

        Without that, the real estate speculators wouldn't have had an easy way to play off their risk, and the housing bubble woudn't have gotten blown up nearly as badly as it did.

        And I'll raise your wife choice with Wendy Gramm, former head of the CFTC who rammed through a rule exempting Enron from regulation (gee, how well did THAT turn out) right before she took a seat on the Enron board.

        Cheers.

        Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

        by databob on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:59:57 AM PST

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        •  Yep, can't argue w/ that. (0+ / 0-)

          Cheers, yerself!  :-)

          "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

          by bartcopfan on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:32:30 AM PST

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        •  FWIW, were I a betting man... (0+ / 0-)

          ...I'da lost my house gambling that ol' Phil woulda won the Republican't nomination 'way back in '96.  All that Texas oil money backing a down-home good ol' boy, Dem turned Repub, Dickey Flatt test, gummint-down-shutter?

          I still don't know how he lost (other than that his R constituents love their SocSec and Medicare/Medicaid, too).

          Take care.

          "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

          by bartcopfan on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:45:53 AM PST

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    •  I have visions of his rich father (1+ / 0-)
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      Coming home after a visit to his tax attorney and beating little Grover to console himself. Like Good Will Hunting but instead of a drunk, dad's a tax hater.

      Grover is just trying to make the pain go away.

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      by Herodotus Prime on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:43:33 PM PST

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    •  that's the beauty part (1+ / 0-)
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      the pledge is only to refuse to raise marginal rates. you could crank up the tax rate on all the lower brackets all you wanted to and it wouldn't violate grover's stupid pledge, because all he cares about are rich people's tax rates.

      you could literally raise the lowest five brackets to 95% and seriously fuck over more than 95% of americans and grover wouldn't give a shit, because the top rate (which is where all his money is) would stay low.

      anyone born after the McDLT has no business stomping around acting punk rock

      by chopper on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:57:18 PM PST

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