So… #VoteWhite is an actual thing on twitter…
Wyoming Country Party nominee for the U.S. Senate, Joel Otto, at tonight’s PBS debate regarding public schools.
Communism … they keep using that word …(via stoneagechronicles)
The Mormon owners of a Mexican cafe in Denver says that they have gotten death threats, hate calls and fake orders after refusing to allow Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to make campaign stop at their restaurant.
“One person who called said, ‘Watch your back. We…
Ann Coulter’s dissection of the first presidential debate is chock full of her typical hyperbole and “shock” commentary, like her assertion that President Obama’s ears are too big and that he “looked depressed” and like he’s rather be playing golf.
The most egregious display of intentionally illogical trouble-making, though, came when the conservative pundit claimed First Lady Michelle Obama wanted to go home with Mitt Romney on her and the president’s anniversary night.
He looked depressed. He looked anemic. Those big ears poking out. The first time I watched the debate, I was mostly listening to it and Romney was killing. And then I watched it again and toward the end was actually watching it and the visual made it so much worse, Obama was depressed and looking down. You could see at the end of the debate, he know that, anniversary or not, Michelle wanted to go home with Mitt.
Can someone please send Ann Coulter back to the cave her crusty ass crawled out of?
Because they kinda do.
Fox News headline v. real headline of the day: sexist edition.
As far as the lady folk go, according to Fox Newsers, feminine is synonymous with pretty and this study is somehow relevant to politics!
Mitt Romney is facing a potential campaign killer this week, after Mother Jones posted a surreptitiously filmed video of a private fundraiser in which the GOP standard-bearer belittles the 47 percent of Americans who will allegedly vote for President Obama “no matter what.” These members of the electorate, Romney claimed at the May event, pay no federal income taxes, and have grown too “dependent on government.” My job, the Republican nominee for president said, “is not to worry about those people.”
In invoking the 47 percent figure, Romney was repeating a conservative trope that has often been hoisted as evidence of the expansion of the welfare state, and once even inspired a short-lived ”53 percent movement.” But is it true? Here, a guide to the claim that nearly half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes:
Is Romney’s claim true or false?
Technically speaking, it’s true. According to a 2011 study by the Tax Policy Center, 46.4 percent of households in the U.S. paid no federal income tax in 2011. The Americans who fall into this category either make too little to be taxed, or qualify for tax credits that mitigate their income tax. This chunk of the electorate is composed largely of seniors on Social Security, students, the disabled, and the poor.
So half of America lives tax-free?
No. The federal tax system is progressive (meaning the wealthy are taxed more than the poor), but state tax systems are less so. The households that pay no federal income taxes still pay state and local taxes, as well as sales taxes. In addition, all Americans working full-time pay federal payroll taxes for Social Security. In other words, “it’s factually incorrect for Mitt Romney to dismiss 47 percent of Americans as members of a dependency class,” says Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo.
Did more people used to pay federal income taxes?
Yes. The Great Recession pushed millions of workers out of the labor market, or left them making too little to be taxed. Furthermore, the Bush tax cuts “doubled the child tax credit, increased a number of other deductions and exemptions, and lowered marginal tax rates,” thereby erasing “millions of families’ federal income tax liabilities,” says Annie Lowrey at The New York Times.
Do Republicans want low taxes for the poor?
They used to. Indeed, this was once a consistent area of bipartisan agreement, stretching back to the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Conservatives liked the idea of tax credits for low-income families with children, as opposed to showering the poor with more federal spending. They saw tax credits as an “extremely low-cost way to recognize the fact that raising the next generation constitutes an expensive investment in human capital that will yield dividends for society as whole,”says Reiham Salam at The National Review. But there is now a strong conservative movement to reform the federal tax code so that everyone “pays their fair share.”
Does the 47 percent really support Obama?
No. There are plenty of Republican seniors, for example, who pay no federal income taxes. “Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him,” says William Kristol at The Weekly Standard. Still, this “maker’s and taker’s narrative seems fairly popular among wealthy Republicans,” says Megan McArdle at The Daily Beast.
God dammit, Fox.
Next time you look at this country and wonder “wow, I wonder how we got so far off track and why the mass population believes things that couldn’t possibly be true and GENUINELY BELIEVE that our president is part of a giant Muslim conspiracy to take over the world and he hates America and eats babies and loves communism,” know that this is why.
I’m so angry.
God dammit, Fox. You are shamelessly disgusting.