Jeff Danziger for April 15, 2011

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    benbrilling  almost 13 years ago

    Stop kidding around and give them the royal shaft they so much deserve!

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    MLJ1728  almost 13 years ago

    So Ben, you want to take from people who are rich and give it to the government to use as they see fit. There is a way for the rich to pay more taxes at any time that they choose. If that is the case, why are there no rich liberals willing to give their money to the government unless they are told to? There is nothing stopping a single liberal from giving their hard earned money, no matter how rich, to the government. If that is the case, why doesn’t Pelosi or Kerry or Obama just pay extra taxes without being told to? Why doesn’t Oprah or Gates or Buffet or Huffington? Why? Because it is all lip service to get people like you to believe that they really care. Liberal or Conservative, neither really wants to give up their money without a fight.

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    HARVIN  almost 13 years ago

    And the people stood afar off while Obama went toward the thick darkness where Conscience was.

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    jkshaw  almost 13 years ago

    MLJ, do a little checking with Buffet, Soros, Bill Gates’s father. Get the list of millionaires and billionairs that have written to President Obama to TAX THEM, to RAISE THEIR taxes. As I recall there are more than 150 of them, speaking for themselves and their fellow gazillionairs.

    It’s big of you to speak out against the richest one percent of our citizens, very big of you, but not even checking if your ranting has any basis in fact, is rank stupidity. We little people don’t need, or want, your ignorant defense.

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    Dtroutma  almost 13 years ago

    Shed THEIR blood on the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, AND take away their profits, benefits, and very lives- then worry about them.

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    Spaghettus1  almost 13 years ago

    MLJ..Not everyone is like you. Some people actually realize when they have enough, and aren’t perpetually greedy for more.

    Even with their large fortunes, any one of the wealthy liberals alone cannot give enough to truly matter. With over 3 million millionaires and around 40k over 30 million, together they could help with some serious deficit reduction at a reasonable cost to each of them.

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    Spaghettus1  almost 13 years ago

    Even the some of the Republicans have spoken of shared pain, yet they plan to give further tax cuts to the wealthy. Where’s their pain?

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    kreole  almost 13 years ago

    Those less fortunate are not due to the rich tax is due to the government waste of tax dollars collected.

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    gbrucewilson  almost 13 years ago

    Here are the numbers from 2010:

    Top 1% earns 20% of total and pays 38% of tax Top 5% earns 34.7% and pays 58.7% Bottom 50% earns 12.8% and pays 2.7%

    Someone is not paying their share. The bottom 50%.

    But, you are all missing the point. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. We could lower taxes on everyone (creating more jobs) if we would cut government spending. When Bush lowered the tax rates, the revenue went up. This is a fact. Bush made the mistake of getting into two wars and going alone with the Dems on their wild spending. Both parties like to spend OUR money.

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    babka Premium Member almost 13 years ago

    Amen, HARWIN….

    the entire country suffers from Stockholm syndrome.

    meanwhile, Manning, half-mad and getting used to forced nudity is ready for this year’s pay-per-view Crucifixion as the gay thief…Julian Assange, bumped off the front page, has been cast as the hetero thief, and we await word as to whether Gabby Giffords will be well enough for center stage.

    always look on the bright side of life (cheery whistle) and we’re all in this together. Happy gluten-free Pesach, y’all.

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    lungdoc  almost 13 years ago

    Why don’t all you liberals give 95% (ala the Tax Man - Beatles). I’ve yet to see one do it.

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    Dtroutma  almost 13 years ago

    Take away 35% from $54K (median income) then take away 35% from $2 Million, and compare how much is left to “play” with for food, housing, and “expenses”. I’d be happy to pay the 35% on the $2 million!

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    Jason Allen  almost 13 years ago

    “Obama Bailed them out,”

    Bush gave them free money with no strings attached.


    “fennec–then let the poor stay happy and quit preaching the rich should supplement them.”

    Why should the poor be happy when they are supplementing the rich? Poor people aren’t the only “welfare queens.” Big corporations get millions of our tax dollars in government subsidies.

    I just paid $3.75 / gallon for gas. During the Bush Administration, oil companies are making record profits on the obscenely high price of gas while getting government subsidies.

    Before NWA was bought out, their workers took pay cuts to help the company get out of bankruptcy. As soon as the company emerged out of said bankruptcy, the executives awarded themselves pay raises. The workers got nothing.

    At one point in time, 1 out of every $7 paid in insurance premiums to HealthPartners insurance company in went to pay for the CEO’s compensation package.

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    RunninOnEmpty  almost 13 years ago

    Actually, the tax issue is a small enough part of the problem as to be a distraction. The wealthy few have been exploiting everyone else by violating labor laws, globalizing the workforce to make them compete with relatively poor foreign workers, and removing legal obstacles to mergers so the few who control the biggest corporations are essentially a monopolistic combination to oppose the majority.

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    CorosiveFrog Premium Member almost 13 years ago

    If a rich guy has 200 000$ total in his US bank accounts, but has five millions in swiss accounts, the givernment tax his 200 grands at 75 percent. That gives the State 150 000$ I say tax the dollars in swiss, too, but at 20 percent. Gives more than ten times what you get by pretending the offshore accounts aren’t there.

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    vhammon  almost 13 years ago

    The idea that taxes went up because Bush reduced tax rates is a myth.

    Nearly all of the economic ‘growth’ in the 00s of the Bush years was a result of deregulating the financial industry, resulting in a huge increase in new dollars created to loan out against inflated asset prices.

    Roughly 8% of the economy in 2005 was fueled by home equity loans….e.g. money created by the lending institutions against bubble-priced home.

    Yes, more tax revenues came in as the bubble driven economy frothed, until the Piper came calling for his due.

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    dannysixpack  almost 13 years ago

    ^^you are correct. revenues went up because the big boys leveraged the economy to triple and quadruople sane levels.

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