NYT: Senate Democrats (To Call Tax Bluff?)


Tax the Rich.  End the War.  Live Love.
Tax the Rich. End the War. Live Love. (Photo credit: Lisa Norwood)


US Federal Income Tax Rate for Top Income Brac...
US Federal Income Tax Rate for Top Income Bracket 1929 – 2011 (Photo credit: Cory M. Grenier)


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/us/politics/senate-democrats-propose-letting-all-tax-cuts-expire.xml Democrats plan to let all tax cuts expire and force Republicans to vote up or down on middle class tax cuts. Scary yet article details support coming from liberal think tanks.It reminds me of Clinton’s welfare reform and deficit cutting.


Seemingly outrageous yet beneficial in the long run. (Yes, I know folks can fight over competing data but at least most everyone had opportunity to move forward in Clinton years. More importantly people believed it.)




NYT: Who’s on America’s Side? — Dowd Nails It

Hollywood On Trial
Hollywood On Trial (Photo credit: wgbhmorningstories)

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/opinion/dowd-whos-on-americas-side.xml NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd describes how the Republican efforts to smear Obama as UnAmerican are failing. Worse, many Americansseem to finally realize it’s the Republicans protecting corporate interests at all costs that threatens the Republic. Of course it’s not all, which presents the danger.

Read her piece along with NYT article on Chinese‘s elites flailing attempts to introduce reform at http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/world/asia/as-china-talks-of-change-fear-rises-on-risks.xml.There the elites lack any real connection to the people so discussions rendered moot. However, many recognize the dangers arising from this lack of contact as shown by both the original Chinese Revolution and (certainly) the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

red-color news soldier
red-color news soldier (Photo credit: the|G|™)
Albert Einstein The important thing is not to ...
Albert Einstein The important thing is not to stop questioning (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

The challenge lies in convincing folks it’s not only their right but their duty to dissent on issues of principle.