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Month: April 2011

The Week In Blog: Long-Form Edition

The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Kristen Soltis and I, as we discuss town halls, gas prices, unions & the long-form. Watch it below.
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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Most Influential Edition

Tea Party caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachman announces her desire to raise taxes on the poor and middle-class. House Republicans vote to run up more debt, then threaten to block raising the debt limit. Traci Olsen prays for Texas.
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The Week In Blog: Facebook Edition

The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Matt Lewis and I, as we discuss social media on the presidential campaign. Watch it below.
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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Abstinence Panties Edition

Bill Scher analyzes his utter wrongness over the 2011 budget deal, then proceeds to analyze the prospects for a 2012 budget deal. John Sheirer forgets what his taxes got him. Traci Olsen stabs the latest in teen fashion.
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The Week In Blog: Dare To Wonk Edition

The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Kristen Soltis and I, as we discuss the 2011 budget, 2012 budget, Medicare reform, Obama’s speech, Trump ’12 and the persistence of conspiracy theories.Watch it below.
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We are being taxed into the stone age, another myth

Conservatives have told us over and over again that are taxes are simply too high. We pay too much. Several years back I went to see J. C. Watts speak. I’m happy to say that I didn’t had to pay that much to hear him because he was on the tax thing. I’m paraphrasing – “when we get up in the morning we are reminded that we are paying taxes on our house. When we brush our teeth we are paying taxes on the water and tooth brush. When we kiss our spouses in the morning, there is a marriage tax. We get in our car there is a car tax. When we fill up with gas there is a gas. We are taxed to death which, of course, bring us to the death tax.” The conservatives were standing on their feet. I’m sure that some were crying with joy that someone was feeling their pain. I felt nauseated because Mr. Watts was shoveling garbage. He was mixing recurring taxes with one time taxes. He was mixing local, state and federal taxes all in one bag which is a great way to get conservatives frothing at the mouth but a terrible way to move us past rhetoric and towards policy solutions.

Today our federal tax burden is less than it has been since 1950. Harry Truman was president in 1950. The Peoples Republican of China was just formed. The Russians had just exploded their first hydrogen bomb. GM and Ford were stable companies. That was a long time ago. Republicans would have us believe that we are paying more in federal taxes than ever. That is simply not true.
From EPI:

This diminished tax burden on the wealthiest has contributed to the historically low federal revenue levels we are seeing today, and in turn, to higher deficits. The Congressional Budget Office projects federal revenue in 2011 will total 14.8% of GDP—the lowest level since 1950. At the same time that the tax burden has shifted away from the wealthy, this same top income group has enjoyed  massively disproportionate income gains.  Between 1992 and 2007, a time in which income for the average household and top one percent grew 13% and 123%, respectively, the income for the top 400 households grew fully 399%.

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: You Weren’t Using That Medicare Were You? Edition

Is the House Republican 2012 budget is making some Republicans nervous? Can Traci Olsen whittle down her stabbiness to five? How wrong can I be about what happened with the 2011 budget talks?
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The Week In Blog: Correctness Edition

The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Matt Lewis and I discuss the looming shutdown, the Ryan budget, the end of “Glenn Beck” and the rise of Donald Trump. Watch it below.
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The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Trump The Plant Edition

Donald Trump: Democratic plant? Joe Biden: Master negotiator? Obama’s CIA: Doing its job? Traci Olsen’s “Stabby Five”: More frothy or peanutty?
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The Week In Blog: Dey Took Ur Herps! Edition

The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Kristen Soltis and I discuss the ideological splits on Libya, the possible budget deal & Delaware’s curbside basketball poles. Watch it below.
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