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As has been pointed out numerous times here, including in Analysis: Dow 30 companies show what a joke calling corporate tax burden 'heavy' has become, the idea that the United States somehow has become buried in taxes compared with other well-off, developed nations is bogus. Travis Waldron pointed that out again Monday:

President Obama and Senate Democrats have presented deficit reduction plans that would rely on both spending cuts and increased tax revenues, but Republicans continue to insist that the U.S. has only a “spending problem” and that deficit reduction does not require new revenues.

The premise of the argument from Republicans is that Americans already face an extraordinarily heavy tax burden. Citizens for Tax Justice, however, compared levels of taxation in 2010 in the other industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and found that the U.S. not only collects far less in tax revenues than the average OECD country, but that it also collects less in taxes as a share of its economy than all but two other OECD nations, as the chart at right shows. [...]

The U.S. has historically collected less in taxes and spent less than the majority of its OECD counterparts, in part because it operates such a stingy social safety net that doesn’t assist the least fortunate in society as well as programs in other countries do. Still, the chart shows that the U.S. is far from a high-tax country, and Democratic offers to raise modest amounts of revenues in the budget process would hardly send the nation’s level of taxation through the roof.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003After Saddam: an Arab Congo?

The US war against Saddam may soon be over, but that may only be the start of the Iraq war. There are millions of guns, rockets and mortars, billions of rounds of ammo, scattered across the country. No one knows who controls them or what they have planned. The Shia want control of their destiny, as do the Kurds, and the Sunnis may not be happy to lose power.

Let's say we fully control Baghdad in the next week or so and the rest of the cities in the next month. What Iraqi government official surrenders? Who runs things? Do we just slide from Saddam rule to American rule?

We have set up clear political goals, remove Saddam, establish democracy, but the problem is that we have no power base to work with.


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I cried all my tears for the Reagan/Thatcher gang when Pinochet died
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Congress is back, which means a filibuster is coming. Greg Dworkin on the passage of CT's new gun legislation, the state of play on the federal level, and  a new Pew poll. We note the passing of Margaret Thatcher, and pretty much leave it there. The super important issue of Beyonce & Jay-Z's vacation! Armando on the absurdity of it all. The NYT's "A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood." Comments on Joe Nocera & Dan Baum's gun debate. Important listener mail from business owner and community member Arliss Bunny. Note for tomorrow: David Cay Johnston & Meteor Blades on the program!


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  •  758,078 registered users on dKos now. (18+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    slashshade7
    energylawyer58
    kusiona
    twigkitten97
    stem7brain
    fifthshock17
    vaultrat9
    pathcredit7
    lionrose19
    stool51comma


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #756,400: lowroast0
    #756,500: randllmillen (spammer)
    #756,600: formateagle9
    #756,700: dream52desert
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    #757,000: frenchcup5
    #757,100: brandtheory35
    #757,200: Angelica Milas
    #757,300: ltsones78
    #757,400: dinghybanana30
    #757,500: work7end
    #757,600: goldwestwood302
    #757,700: quitsudan1
    #757,800: cloudydeer12
    #757,900: detail0title
    #758,000: jeep22coffee

    We've added a whopping 1,715 more users in the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Jay-Z's "Young Forever", featuring Mr. Hudson.

  •  From a Column in the Guardian Newspaper (19+ / 0-)

    ... written in 2003 by Hugo Young and reprinted earlier today.  He was a political columnist for the Guardian from 1984 until 2003 and biographer of Margaret Thatcher.  He wrote this piece two weeks before he died.

    The Labour Party was in power in Great Britain from 1997 to 2010.

    Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappeared

    One also can't forget what happened to the agency that made Thatcher world‑famous: the Conservative party, of which she seemed such an improbable leader.  Without it, she would have been nothing. It chose her in a fit of desperation, hats and all – though it quite liked the hats.  It got over a deep, instinctive hostility to women at the top of anything, and put her there.  Yet her long-term effect seems to have been to destroy it.  The party she led three times to electoral triumph became unelectable for a generation.

    There are many reasons for this.  But Thatcher was a naturally, perhaps incurably, divisive figure. It was part of her conspicuous virtue, her indifference to familiar political conventions.  It came to a head over her most egregious policy failure, Europe.  She lost seven cabinet ministers on the Europe question, a record that permeated the party for years afterwards.  It still does.  So the woman I met in Curzon Street, dimpling elegantly, can now be seen in history with an unexpected achievement to her credit.  She wrecked her own party, while promoting, via many a tortuous turn, Labour's resurrection.

  •  Warding off the Evil Spirits (18+ / 0-)

    Vases with Witch Balls probably by the New England Glass Company.

    Vases with Witch Balls

    Background definitely by Eddie C.

    I don’t own any but I have a porcelain elephant with his back to the door and a Buddha whose belly I rub every day to ward off Chained CPI.

  •  Repeat as much as you like, luv. Facts (6+ / 0-)

    just don't count with a whole lotta' people...

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:32:42 PM PDT

  •  Three more from this weekend (13+ / 0-)

    Lehman Afternoons

    Ugolino and His Sunset

    The Artist
    You might enjoy clicking on the middle photo and then pressing “L.” I’m calling it “Ugolino and His Sunset.”

  •  The Financial Times... (11+ / 0-)

    had a pretty good profile of California Governor Jerry Brown, from his long and circuitous route to where he is now, and how he's fixing California.

    Brown’s age has been no impediment to his recent political progress: in November he won a crucial victory when Californians voted for higher sales taxes and staggered new taxes on the wealthy. The revenue the new taxes will generate, combined with deep spending cuts, has effectively eliminated the $27bn budget deficit Brown inherited from Schwarzenegger who, despite plenty of tough Terminator talk, failed to fix the state’s perennial financial problems. Brown, on the other hand, has shown an iron side: the man known as Governor Moonbeam in the 1970s, in part because of his passion for satellite technology and space exploration, has balanced the books of a state that, until recently, was tipped by conservative commentators to follow Greece into financial oblivion. “They don’t call me Moonbeam any more,” he growls. “We cut pensions, the equivalent of social security, we cut healthcare, childcare … we had a tax [ballot] and everyone said, that’s not going to pass – and it passes! We’re getting things done. We’re building the foundation for a renewed California.”
    Yeah, the cuts aren't nice, but we were facing much more drastic cuts to a much wider range of programs at the time, partly thanks to the mess Schwarzenegger left us, as well as the overall nationwide economic collapse from 2008.

    The investment he's doing now in high speed rail is being demonized on a daily basis by right-wingers, who complain it's a "boondoggle".

    •  I grew up living with folks who had an (10+ / 0-)

      "Anybody but Brown" sticker on their garage door when Jerry's dad was running one time. Didn't take me long as a young adult to get over their indoctrination.  I'll take our Mr. Brown over the gropernator any day, any week.

      Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

      by LinSea on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:39:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The best thing California has done in years (4+ / 0-)
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      msmacgyver, BruinKid, Creosote, thomask

      was to bring back Jerry Brown, and get rid of that stupid 2/3rd's law that allowed minority Republicans to hijack economic policy.

      "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend."::::::::::: ~Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:15:38 PM PDT

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      •  Um, we haven't gotten rid of it. (4+ / 0-)
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        Prop. 13 is still in place.  It still takes a 2/3s vote in both houses of the California legislature to raise any kind of taxes.  And at the same time we voted to lower the requirement to pass a simple budget to a simple majority, Californians also voted to include fees in that 2/3s rule as well.

        :-\

        It's just that we got a supermajority in both houses this past November, although we lost that supermajority in the state senate when Michael Rubio suddenly resigned, but gained it back just a few weeks ago with a special election to replace another state senator, Juan Vargas, who is now a U.S. Congressman.  There are still several special elections to go, and in one of them, Norma Torres (D) looks likely to replace Gloria Negrete McLeod (D), who also won a seat in Congress.  However, that opens up Torres' state Assembly seat for yet another special election.

        :-\

        •  It just goes to show that while we're (3+ / 0-)
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          Working for the President, and to elect our new congressman,  the efforts we put in for our state representatives mattered just as much.

          We worked in my district to make sure our contact with voters helped all our candidates as much as possible (without overwhelming the voter). We need to make sure we do that everywhere every election.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:01:23 PM PDT

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  •  Year 45 in This Process. This is Not an Argument. (5+ / 0-)
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    It's a fight.

    What's needed are not ideas but weapons.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:35:03 PM PDT

  •  Jana Winter case deferred (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.politico.com/...

    On Monday, District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. ruled that the case was not "ripe" for a final decision, as he must first decide whether the notebook was admissible as evidence in Holmes's own trial. The judge did not say when, if ever, Winter's trial would resume.

    Full details at FoxNews.com.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:37:15 PM PDT

  •  And then there were three. (6+ / 0-)
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    We used to get front page posts when this happened.  Now when Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) announces he's in favor of gay marriage as well, there's NOTHING on the front page at all?

    Only ones left are from the states of West Virginia, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  BTW, a poll from October showed that only 18% of Arkansans are OK with gay marriage.  That's not a typo.  Only 18%.

  •  CBS News gets that point (8+ / 0-)

    I took this photo of my TV as the announcer said "The U.S. is 61 in taxes out of 91 developed nations and that dosen't include the VAT charged in many nations.

    The politicians in both parties don't want to get that point but I hear it from the media.

    Meanwhile today on NY1 they said that the chained CPI will take $8.5 billion out of the pockets of New York seniors. That’s $8.5 billion out of the New York economy because as we all know, when the price of beef goes up, seniors can always switch to cut rate chicken or goat.

    •  or, for vegans (2+ / 0-)
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      Nutritional facts from the USDA National Nutritional Database:

      (Amount of calories from protein.)

          Watercress 84%, Mushrooms 56%, Spinach 50%, Sprouts 35+
          Kidney Beans 58%, Navy Beans 37%, Soybeans 35%
          Wheat Germ 26%, Rye 18%, Oatmeal 17%, Peanuts 18%
          Pumpkin Seeds 18%, Sunflower Seeds 16%, Cantaloupes 10%, Peaches 9%, Oranges 8%
      (http://www.veganproteins.com/...)

      Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

      by LinSea on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:45:02 PM PDT

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    •  Having lived in Sweden, (3+ / 0-)
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      and having spent a lot of time in Denmark, I would GLADLY pay their tax rates. Because for what you get in return, it might just work out better overall for your wallet, and certainly for your peace of mind, especially if you believe a wealthy society like ours should treat all people with decency, and should take care of the less fortunate.

      Just for starters, here's what you get in Sweden:

      1. Efficient public transit that's pretty cheap. Many of my friends choose to have only one car for their family, because they can easily get by with only one. That saves a lot on car, insurance, and gasoline expenses.

      2. Cheap or free university education.

      3. Excellent K-12 public schools.

      4. Excellent, highly-subsidized child care and preschools. This gives every child the chance for an early start, and gives parents who want to work peace of mind.

      5. Six weeks paid vacation per year.

      6. 13 months or so of parental leave every time you have or adopt a child. This is paid on a sliding scale, and can be divided between the parents as they like. It can be used any time before a child is age 7 or so. And your employer can't get rid of your position while you're on leave.

      7. Solid health care with absolutely minimal co-pays (even for a hospital stay, you're typically liable for payment that's closer to $100 than the thousands we pay here, even with insurance).

      8. A strong social safety net, should you lose your job or become disabled.

      9. A living wage, no matter what your job is. No Wal-Mart jobs that pay so little that you need food stamps to survive.

      For many of us in the middle class, just what we pay for health insurance over a year might well add up to the differences in taxes that we pay vs. what the Swedes pay.

  •  NN13 Scholarship Contest (7+ / 0-)

    Please vote for Sara R ~Netroots Nation Scholarship

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:44:32 PM PDT

  •  I just got through feeding, Gordo. (7+ / 0-)

    He's my nextdoor neighbor's dog.
    I feed him the scraps as, Skid, my dog, has a really screwed up stomach.
    Tonight I had quite a few bones and kept slipping them through the fence as fast as I could; Gordo trying to keep up. Finally, he looked up at me, and with a big grin said, "And the hits just keep on comin', Mick!"
    He's a hell of a guy.

    Well...as long as he doesn't try to get me to kill anybody.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:48:01 PM PDT

    •  Bones? (0+ / 0-)

      Not cooked bones I hope.

      Cooked bones can splinter in his intestines. It doesn't happen frequently, but when it does,  it can be very dangerous, if not fatal.

      Often, the only remedy is a dangerous, painful expensive surgery.

      Raw bones are a better choice as long as he's healthy.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:07:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I looked it up, and they agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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        At least, the one I ran across did. They weren't crazy about "cooked" or "raw." I might question cooked bones, but somebody might want to point out to a half-a-million years (or whatever) worth of canines the problem with raw bones.  
        That being said, I do believe I will switch to something else.

        The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

        by franklyn on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:32:10 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I will check with the Vet. nt (0+ / 0-)

          The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

          by franklyn on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:33:35 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  The general guideline is that if you can smash it (0+ / 0-)

          With a lightweight hammer (like the back of a meat cleaver) using a moderate blow, a raw bone is ok. Weight-bearing bones of large animals like deer, cattle and pork are out (so those soup bones that the grocery store sells as dog bones? They'll shatter a dog's's teeth). Raw chicken, turkey, pork neck, etc are ok.

          A lot of people feed raw diets to their dogs. You can google "raw diet" or BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) for all sorts of info. The American Veterinary Medical Association officially does not support raw diets. Dogs themselves can tolerate a wide variety of bacteria. Their GI tract is shorter than ours and bacteria almost always flushes out before it can do any damage. But some dogs can't tolerate raw. And the AVMA is concerned about encouraging people to feed their pets raw meat because obviously, that means their kids, sick family members, etc can be exposed to the bacteria.

          It requires additional caution. To feed the diet exclusively, you have to know what you're doing.

          Soooo... Most vets won't endorse feeding raw.  

          Oh, and if you see them at the store, smoked bones should also be considered "cooked." They're actually worse, because they're incredibly brittle.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:08:16 AM PDT

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          •  Oh, this book: (1+ / 0-)
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            franklyn

            Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet
            http://www.amazon.com/...

            Was written by a kossack.

            :)

            I've used it and had it on my shelf for a few years and didn't even realize that the author was one of ours, in case you want to read further....

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:20:05 AM PDT

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  •  A key piece on education (3+ / 0-)
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    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:48:24 PM PDT

  •  Ron Paul launches his own home-school curriculum (8+ / 0-)

    which shows how much of a theocrat he really is

    take a look here

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:49:29 PM PDT

  •  <3% (3+ / 0-)
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    an examination of how undemocratic the filibuster is

    in this post

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:50:13 PM PDT

    •  The thing that makes me so mad about (2+ / 0-)
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      Republican filibuster abuse, is not the fact that they're abusing it. It's the fact that Harry Reid refuses to do anything about it.

      Can you imagine if the roles were reversed and it was Democrats who were abusing the filibuster and not allowing the majority (Republicans) to legislate?

      It would be a huge issue on Faux News and right wing AM Radio every single day, which also means it would become a huge issue in the Corporate Media.

      If Republicans ever get control of the senate, the first thing they'll do is nuke the filibuster. And they won't give a damn what anyone thinks about it.

      "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend."::::::::::: ~Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:34:20 PM PDT

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  •  Tina Fey impersonator has a hissyfit (6+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:00:04 PM PDT

  •  As is the case with Saint Ronnie (4+ / 0-)
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    Republicans are in love with their fantasy version of Thatcher, not the real Thatcher.
    .

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    "Load up on guns, bring your friends. It's fun to lose and to pretend."::::::::::: ~Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:09:45 PM PDT

  •  It is way past time for a national shield law (8+ / 0-)

    We cannot honestly say that we believe in the First Amendment and still also say that journalists should be jailed for refusing to name their sources.

    Story.

    Meteor Blades

    Be sure you put your feet in the right place; then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by noweasels on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:10:22 PM PDT

  •  All those Mexicans (6+ / 0-)

    Sneaking into the US so that they can pay higher taxes.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:13:40 PM PDT

  •  Even Bill Maher.... (7+ / 0-)

    was complaining about taxes a couple of weeks ago on his show, saying that Democrats will lose him if they keep asking for more taxes. This is the same Maher who loves pointing out how America has fallen behind European countries in so many vital areas. Must Bill be reminded that the amount of taxes citizens of those European countries pay directly lead to those national results that he craves for? Good grief. We are a country full of delusional, whining, selfish a-holes. Even those of us educated to know better.

  •  I wouldn't mind so much being "buried in taxes" (6+ / 0-)

    if those taxes assured everyone in the country:
    access to comprehensive health care
    publicly funded child care
    paid family and medical leave
    publicly funded higher education
    generous pensions
    6 weeks of annual vacation....

    Maybe it's time to emigrate.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:17:39 PM PDT

  •  the proof of quality coaching, other stuff perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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    less

    University of Louisville men's basketball team wins its side of March Madness, Denny Crum in attendence

    Congratulations to Rick Pitino, the next NY Knicks coach

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:36:45 PM PDT

  •  Strange stuff small town politicians do: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    (how did he do that?)

  •  The countries with higher taxes have all that. (4+ / 0-)
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    I wouldn't mind so much being "buried in taxes
    if those taxes assured everyone in the country:
     access to comprehensive health care
     publicly funded child care
     paid family and medical leave
     publicly funded higher education
    Meanwhile the US has a lower life expectency, a population that is less healthy with a lower quality of life and a high infant mortality rate.

    I can't believe what property taxes pay for here in TN. Besides schools and all the regular stuff we get free curbside trash and recycle pick up, as well as brush and bulk removal. It is really quite a deal.

    I wish people would quit bitching about paying taxes and see it as a small payment for the privilage of living in America.

    Oh sure, sure, we don't have health care but we do have great TV.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:14:05 PM PDT

  •  The problem is not high taxes (1+ / 0-)
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    The problem the Republicans are really facing is the power of the federal government over the states. The tax cuts and the  actions of the Republicans to stop any effective action by the federal government is really efforts to stop the federal government from interfering with the power of local oligarchs to exploit local power over the population of the smaller rural and agriculturally-based states.

    The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

    by Rick B on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:17:20 PM PDT

    •  This.. (1+ / 0-)
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      ..the actions of the Republicans to stop any effective action by the federal government is really efforts to stop the federal government from interfering with the power of local oligarchs to exploit local power over the population of the smaller rural and agriculturally-based states.
      ..Is how it is happening these days.
      The chain of command being developed (step 1 - gerrymandering) at the local to state level including governorships, judges and on up since the republican failure to win nationally with their theocratic, authoritarian, racist, homophobic, militant, neocon and generally all around fucked up policies that only sell to a media captured few.

      And states like Tennesse and another (I can't recall) trying to give rid of senatorial primary elections. Having the republican legislatures choose the senate candidate.

      Or Michigan GOP with their 'emergency manager' gambit

      Meanwhile republicans wail on like the Calhoun tyranny of the majority is going on, when in reality the filbuster abuse, and other low down schemes to block any judicial appointmets, or fill cabinet seats or other important positions has proved exactly the opposite

      P.S. but I still believe that if the Oligarchs had there wish, the bulk of the revenue would be paid by the "little people"  - because as the GOP meme goes:  
      'the 1%ers already pay most all the taxes, create all the jobs and working folks should be grateful'

  •  Tax as share of GDP needs major adjustments. (0+ / 0-)

    The US makes heavy use of "Tax Expenditures" about ( 6.5% of GDP for Federal in 2010) for social spending.  In addition as other countrys' governments cover nearly all of heathcare spending while in the US about 9% of GDP is spent on privately paid heathcare requires further adjustment.

    So to reach somewhat parity in international comparisons,  major adjustments needs to be added to the US numbers in the above.  Other countries will also need adjustments.

    The Tax Policy Center ( strong Democratic pedigree as a joint Brookings and Urban Institute institution) has some good info on tax expenditures for a general audience at http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/...

    Examples of social spending through tax expenditures include various tax subsidies for Green Energy and Ethanol, earned income tax credits, deductions for home mortgage interest, not taxing employer paid health insurance, etc..

    Providing social spending through tax expenditures artificially reduces reported government spending while also understating tax revenues.  

    The overly simplified analysis the diary reports on mis-informs more than informs.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:30:24 PM PDT

  •  Every economic truism of our time is a lie. (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Just every one. "Job creators" always gets me. Yeah, in Asia. (btw, Mexico is the coming thing. Chinese wages now exceed Mexican, i saw somewhere.)

    The Recovery is a knee-slapper. Why, at this point with increased head counts for poverty, homelessness, loss of income level, etc... why it makes the famous "Green Shoots" blather of 2009 seem almost charming in it's naivety.

    And how about that "deficit crisis," eh? What would Very Serious People Working for the Rich have to talk about if not for that. Gosh J if OnBy TShere was, someway, some wild and crazy way, to help that, besides taking from the most vulnerable in Society. But, all agree, there isn't.


    If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

    by Jim P on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:35:30 PM PDT

  •  To the Hillary haters on this site (1+ / 0-)
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    you have one bitch...she voted to enable the war on Iraq.

    What else have you got? Nothing. But because of that one transgression you gave us a Barack Obama as President.

    The morons on here that want to claim she's a centrist better be able to swallow the fact that Obama is a right winger.

    What could have been.

    •  Yeah, right I'm sure the Repubs would just (0+ / 0-)

      go away and stop bothering us if Hilary was president.

      Your post is so bizarre I don't even know where to begin. And I am so itching to throw a donut (calling site members "morons" seems justifiable to me) ... but that's not allowed if it appears in any way to support our sitting President.

      Marriage Equality Rocks! at my BoldlyLiberal Zazzle store for political peeps.

      by jan4insight on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:41:51 PM PDT

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      •  Throw it then. Everyone knows your enamor (0+ / 0-)

        for Obama. Fact of the matter is had Bill Clinton come into the presidency with Obamas good will progressive change would have happened. He spent the first 100 days pushing for progressive policies and it damned near cost him the Presidency. On the other hand Obama had the whole country wanting progressive change and he decided to play footsie with the Repubs.

        Get real. You're ridiculous for defending this Republican President.

    •  Hillary announced last month-- (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, that's March 18, 2013-- that's she supports marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

      The nice thing about NOT being president is that it allows supporters to idealize how great a candidate would have been once they got to office.

      Senator Clinton was never an ultra progressive. But it's nice to believe she would have governed that way. It's not really based on evidence, but it's nice to think that.

      And for what it's worth, that Iraq war cost us trillions of dollars already and we'll be paying to treat broken bodies and minds for decades.

      Without all that totally unnecessary expenditure, President Obama would not be facing the financial situation he is.

      That "one transgression" has consequences. Those who voted for war in Iraq may not have anticipated all of them. But hey, they didn't have to give President Bush unlimited authority either.

      Too bad some of us weren't willing to allow them to relinquish responsibility as well, eh?  

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:52:15 AM PDT

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  •  Heh, Will Ferrell endorses... (0+ / 0-)

    Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles.

    (It's a Dem-on-Dem runoff between him and Wendy Greuel.)

  •  Christian-American Taliban? (0+ / 0-)

    Just when you think the Christofascists can't get any worse, they go and try to establish a "state religion" in North Carolina.

    Makes you wonder whether the bible thumpers were always this extreme, or are we just more cognizant of their delusional (and anti-constitutional) behavior nowadays thanks to the internet and proliferation of cable news?

    And if North Dakota, Arkansas and Kansas can get away with passing laws to outlaw abortion, then what's to stop the former slave states from passing laws to legalize slavery?

    After all, the bible condones slavery.

  •  Senate confirms Mary Jo White as head of SEC (0+ / 0-)

    http://ccoaler.wordpress.com/...

    The US Senate confirmed veteran prosecutor Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, placing her in charge of implementing President Barack Obama’s Wall Street reforms.

    With little fanfare, the Senate approved White by unanimous consent, after her nomination cleared the Senate Banking Committee last month by a 21-1 vote.

    She replaces Mary Schapiro, who resigned as chair of the nation’s primary market in December.

    http://www.rawstory.com/...

  •  New defense industry contract language: (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Cost plus chained CPI.

    Works for me.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 03:55:27 AM PDT

  •  The U.S. is one of the lowest taxing; but one (1+ / 0-)
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    of the highest in enforcement.


    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:47:22 AM PDT

  •  Canadians pay less in taxes than we do? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Jesse Douglas

    Even with their single-payer health care?

    I'm starting to think my ancestors who fought at Lexington and Concord were sold a bill of goods.

  •  Homelessness in KC, Literally Underground (0+ / 0-)

    This morning, I found a photo slide show of a homeless suburb in Kansas City, literally underground.  It's not accompanied with any broader report, at that page - just photos - but I think it's a keynote worth remarking of. It's since been dispersed by local authorities - and I simply hope that the local shelters would be able to take up those who have been displaced with that.

    What I wish to remark of: Considering that the homeless population there may, in some sense, have qualities of being indigenous to the city, I wonder in a broader sense deriving from that, What is the meaning of the concept of being indigenous, in today's modern world?

    The concept of being indigenous is  a concept that I myself first heard addressed in such directness, by William McDonough, in his speech, Cradle-to-Cradle Design, for Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, in all of the social entrepreneuralism knowledge capital on the modern web. If it's a concept I've ever been remotely familiar with otherwise, I'm afraid it would sound as if I was pandering, if I denote that I once attended a Native American History class in City College, taught by a real Native American Woman. Furthermore, in having recently moved across a broad part of the country, I mean the US,  I had the opportunity to see a number of reservations, and I tried to be mindful of all the heritage and modern life of the same.

    How does one define the concept, Indigenous, when the concept must be addressed into a  modern setting, for its modern significance? Is the same kidn of "there to stay" point of view that McDonough represents? Are there any more facets to an indigenous identity?

    So, then, I wonder, in my thinking: What about "Us mutts", we who are of varied and distant ethnic heritage, in these generations so far removed from any of the multiple indigenous origins of our own families? Can we begin to renew a concept of being indigenous in such a way that it might in any way include "Us"? without taking the Brave New World angle, of the narrator in Huxley's famous old novel? without pandering?  without being radicalized, and without radicalizing the discussion? Can we be indgenous, can we all be indigenous, in this modern world? and can we not?

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