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  •  Taxes are only a small fragment of the overall (7+ / 0-)

    economic picture.  President Obama has presided over and helped create (through his choices for economic policy makers and implementers) a period of 'recovery' that has been slanted almost entire to the top few percent.  They've been making out like bandits, while the rest of the country has been losing ground, and heading ever closer to Brazilian slum status.  We have less wealth, lower incomes, and a shiny toy of 'higher taxes on the rich!' to make it look like something worthwhile is being done, when the reality has been a set of policies that have increased wealth disparities in the country and continued the decimation of the middle class that began under Bush.

    •  welcome to the world (0+ / 0-)

      The top 1% has been running away since at least 1970. And yes, sorry, an 8.8% tax increase on investment income is a HUGE deal in this climate. Care to show me anywhere in the last 50 years where anything like that was actually achieved by a President? Obama and Clinton, that's it, and fighting and screaming for every dollar.

      Instead of paying 15% on the net of his $20 million gross each year, Romney is paying 23.8% - you don't think that matters?

      Why do you think the muckymucks HATE Obamacare? Because it hit them in the wallet, and hard, that's why.

      Shiny toy? Wtf do you expect him to do? Institute by Presidential fiat some law that prevents people from making more than "X" dollars/year? Or maybe he could DECLARE that student loans are at 1%, or that minimum wage will be $15/hour and scaling with inflation, or that all Americans now have cradle-to-grave health care, or...or...or...

      Well, then, I guess he'd have to be a king, wouldn't he?
      Or maybe a Messiah?

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