Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

“Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations Preview Importance of Filibuster Reform

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 As you probably know, the first day of each legislative session (ie: every two years) the House & Senate can set the rules for how that session operates with a simple majority vote. This is the ONLY day such changes can be made. After that, whatever rules are in place, Congress is stuck with for the next two […]

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December 3, 2012
Posted in: Economy, fake scandals, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Taxes

Tax Rate Reality: Under Obama, Filers Up To $284,000 Would Still Pay Less.

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 The Bush Tax Cuts were only supposed to be temporary. Let’s get that out of the way up front. I starting writing this op/ed weeks ago, but mothballed it because I didn’t have enough for a story at the time. But recent events… by which I mean the hysteria over “the looming Fiscal Cliff” (insert scary hand-gestures here)… […]

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November 26, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Money, myth busting, Politics, Taxes

Happy Macy’s Day!

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  Just a brief note this holiday. Every Thanksgiving I play a little game, listening for the number of times I hear the phrase: “Macy’s Day Parade”. It’s an odd homage to consumerism. Many of us said it when we are kids, and if you still haven’t caught it, you probably still do. It’s the […]

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November 22, 2012
Posted in: Money, Rants

Closing Arguments: Some thoughts on Romney

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 Over the past 18 months (since the first Republican debate in May of last year… yes, it has been that long), two things have always been clear: one, Mitt Romney would be the GOP nominee and two, Republicans hate him. This will be the first “post Citizens United” presidential race. And because of that, not only […]

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November 5, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Jobs, Money, Politics, Predictions, Rants, Taxes, voting

Why Would Anyone Vote for Someone With This Record (Romney)?

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 This past week, I’ve listened incredulously to reports that President Obama’s lead over Governor Mitt Romney has continued to shrink following Romney’s impressive first debate performance despite his embarrassing second debate humiliation and VP Biden also being seen as “the winner” in his debate performance. Team Romney is 1-for-3 (and likely 1-for-4 tonight), and “fact checkers” have not been kind to Romney’s […]

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October 22, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Energy Independence, Environment, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Money, myth busting, Politics, Taxes, War

A Compilation of Fact-Checks following first Debate

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 If you’re like me, you were probably stunned by the lack of push-back by President Obama during the first presidential debate. It seemed (and not just to me) that Romney was allowed to backtrack just about every position he’s ever held, make assertions he couldn’t back up with figures, distort the President’s record, and basically […]

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October 5, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Jobs, Money, Politics

Two Quick Videos from Conventions Past

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 Like me, you probably watched at least part of the unofficial first day of the Republican Convention in Tampa Bay last night. You may have heard Rick Santorum… who once claimed Romney was “THE WORST candidate to put up against Obama”… deliver a five minute speech about HIMSELF, hyping his favorite subject: “traditional marriage”, and not even mentioning […]

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August 29, 2012
Posted in: Election, General, Jobs, Money, Politics

Am I Supposed to be Impressed Both Ryan and Romney Paid Less Than 20% in Taxes?

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    The Penguin explains how political campaigns are won. (:41)[flv:http://www.mugsysrapsheet.com/4blog/video/Batman-Penguin_explains_campaigning.flv http://www.mugsysrapsheet.com/4blog/video/Batman-Penguin_explains_campaigning.jpg 368 256] The Right constantly whines how “our taxes are too high” and how our corporate rate is “among the highest in the world”. But who actually PAYS that top 36% tax rate? Not Paul Ryan and certainly not Mitt Romney. Romney… reportedly worth only a quarter […]

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August 20, 2012
Posted in: Election, Money, Politics, Taxes

Why Mitt Romney’s Taxes Matter

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 A few weeks ago, I wrote: “Possible Reasons Romney Is Suppressing His Tax Returns”, listing a number of things we could possibly learn should he ever decide to release them. But I didn’t discuss if any of those reasons were important when it came to choosing a president. Consider this “Part-II” of that review. I had an interesting […]

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August 9, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Infrastructure, Jobs, Money, Politics, Taxes

Democrats Would Rather Be Talking About Romney’s Taxes than Obama’s Record? Really?

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 Following two weeks of Democrats, Reporters and even many Republicans asking, “Why won’t Mitt Romney just release his taxes?”, the Romney camp is left with no choice (since actually releasing his taxes is out of the question) but to accuse the accusers of trying to distract you from the REAL issue: “President Obama’s failed economic […]

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August 6, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Jobs, Money, Politics, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes

When we find Romney paid no taxes, will we remember last years RW outrage over people paying “No” taxes? (UPDATED)

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 Last Monday, I surmised that one of the likely reasons Romney refuses to release his tax returns is because we would discover that there were times the multi-multi-millionaire paid NOTHING in income taxes. With each passing day, I become more certain that will be the result (in addition to learning he is FAR richer that we […]

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July 20, 2012
Posted in: Election, Money, Politics, Predictions, Rants, Taxes

Quick video: Romney on Blind Trusts

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 Just a quick post: Last night on the always excellent “Rachel Maddow Show”, she played an astounding clip of Mitt Romney from 1994 ridiculing the idea that “Blind Trusts” are truly “blind”. I just HAD to clip Romney’s recent defense of his “blind trusts” in Switzerland/etc vs his 1994 criticism, combined into one video:   […]

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July 18, 2012
Posted in: Election, Money, myth busting, Politics, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes