Federal Tax Fairness
is talking about Red State/Blue State tax inequity, as I did here
. He links to this
, which I am making available in Excel format
so you can play around.
For instance, the states that net paid in 2001 the most are (in order of most net paid)Connecticut
, New Jersey
, New Hampshire
, New York
, and Indiana
. That's a better than 2:1 ratio of Blue to Red. (Blue states voted for Gore, Red States for Bush).
Theodore Roosevelt on the Dean Heathcare Plan
"We'll help families get health insurance, and help small businesses provide it to their employees. And we'll ensure that those large companies that avoid their responsibility to provide insurance lose some of the special tax breaks and benefits that Congress has given them."
"We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal."
- Letter to Sir Edward Grey
November 15, 1913
Bob Graham's Accusations Ignored by the Mainstream Media
The Palm Beach Post reports today
"There was information which the administration and its agencies knew before September the 11th that was not acted upon. That same information is available today -- it's not being acted upon today. That failure to act contributed to September the 11th and the failure to act today continues (to put) Americans in a vulnerable circumstance," Graham said. "I want to underscore -- we're not talking solely about history -- we're talking about threats to the American people today."
Right now, news.google.com
has it as its top story. But there are no links to major news sources. I think it's an accident that the Palm Beach Post story became the top story. All of the rest are about the attacks in Riyadh (which is also covered in this article).
Ok, here's CNN
When pressed on what the administration knew before September 11, Graham said he could not be specific because the information is still classified. He said the administration is labeling much information as such because it is "embarrassing" to the White House.
Buried in the Campaigns section of the New York Times
"I know firsthand, as the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, how little this administration has done to provide real security at home, while it's directed attention away from the war on terrorism abroad," he said, adding, "Yet, instead of pursuing the most imminent and real threats, international terrorists, this Bush administration chose to settle old scores."
Mr. Graham told reporters later that the "old scores" he was referring to were what he described as the finishing of the war against Mr. Hussein that Mr. Bush's father started in 1991, and avenging a plot by Mr. Hussein to assassinate the elder Mr. Bush.
The article goes on to say that
The tough words attacking President Bush's security and economic policies were delivered in a languorous and at times halting speech that left many supporters squirming in the midday sun.
Hmmm.... How about instead of attacking Graham's speaking manner, you actually address what he is saying? The answer: this article, like many political articles seem to be, was probably written before the speech was made, and the quotes were filled in later. How else to explain the non-reaction to these shocking accusations?
Snow's Freudian Slip
Hard to believe, but Secretary Snow makes Sec. O'Neill look good. I missed Meet the Press, but the transcript
You know, a Democratic president advancing tax proposals some 40 years ago said that a rising tide raises all the votes. We need to raise all the votes in this economy.
It could be a transcription error--I don't know because I didn't see the original. If it's real, that's some Freudian Slip. Here is a good exchange
SEC’Y SNOW: The U.S. economy is very weak. In fact, I would say it’s the weakest I’ve seen it in 20 years. The economy we’re looking at is pretty bleak.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you agree with that?
SEC’Y SNOW: Oh, yeah, it was bleak. And the ’01 tax plans that we talked about helped bring us out of that and gave us the shallowest and shortest recession in modern times.
MR. RUSSERT: When you made those comments, Mr. Secretary, “the weakest economy in 20 years,” let me show you what the economic numbers were compared to now. The Dow was at 10,000; it’s now 8,600. Unemployment was 4.6; it’s now 6. There were 132 million people working; there are now 130, a net loss of 1.7 million. The economy is much weaker now than it was when you said it was the weakest in 20 years.
SEC’Y SNOW: Tim, you know too much about economics to believe that statement. Economies deal with leads and lags. And what I was saying is that I saw the economy that I was dealing with, the industrial sector, very weak. And that was a leading indicator for the rest of the economy. You know, that industrial sector still hasn’t come back to where it was.
Sec. Snow has certainly lost his grip on reality.
I read on Matthew Yglesias that Russert wiped the floor with Secretary Snow. It's being repeated on CNBC at 10pm and 1am. I'll have more comments tomorrow, after I watch it. I do not want to read the transcript yet, but if you do, here it is
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