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Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 13, 2007

The Democrats have been skittish about taxes ever since their undoing the last of the Reagan-Bush deficit-causing tax cuts back in 1993 cost them control of Congress. Nice to see that the Presidential candidates at least are willing to say what needs to be said about this:

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Democratic presidential rivals called for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on some corporations Thursday and said any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait.”We’re not going to be able to dig ourselves out” of Bush-era deficits in the next year or two, said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of six Democratic rivals sharing a debate stage for the final time before Iowa’s leadoff Jan. 3 caucuses.

Asked about eliminating deficits, several of the Democrats responded by mentioning higher taxes on the wealthy and on big corporations.

“I want to keep the middle class tax cuts” that Congress passed during President Bush’s tenure, said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. But she said she favors raising taxes for the wealthiest income-earners and corporations.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina readily agreed. “The truth of the matter is the tax policy has been established by the big corporations and the wealthiest Americans,” he said. “What we ought to be doing instead is getting rid of those tax breaks.”

The nation’s infrastructure’s been hollowed out by the Republicans’ Grover Norquist “starve the beast” policy of running up huge deficits through tax cuts for the rich, done so that Democrats, who up to now have been afraid to say the T-word what with 1993 memories running through their heads, would be forced to cut social programs rather than risk raising taxes to pay off the debts Republicans incurred.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, 2008, Grover Norquist, infrastructure, taxes | Comments Off on FINALLY!

Real Journalism

Posted by MEC on December 13, 2007

Keith Olbermann will be on the next Bill Moyers Journal.

Check your local listings for day and time.

Posted in Good Things, Keith Olbermann, speaking truth to power | 1 Comment »

Trust Me, Michael, You DON’T Wanna Go There.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 13, 2007

Michael Brodkorb, Minnesota State GOP Chair Ron Carey’s favorite mouthpiece, is all upset this morning that the state Campaign Finance Board has dismissed the nuisance complaint leveled against Mark Ritchie by Brodkorb’s fellow Republican operative John Tomczak. (This is all of course part of the local GOP’s drive for revenge against Ritchie that I’ve discussed here and here.)

You know, if Michael Brodkorb wants to discuss the Campaign Finance Board, I’m more than happy to do so. Let’s look at this little news item from earlier this year, courtesy of Norwegianity:


For those who don’t like .pdfs, here are some screenshots of how the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board just spanked Michael Brodkorb with an $824.42 fine for a total of $1,648.82 (and yes, I’m a bit confused as to how that all breaks down). [click images to enlarge]

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt, especially when no one’s paying for your consulting services and your blog readership is steadily declining.

Let’s see: We’ve had one of the nuisance complaints dismissed, and the Strib reporter assisting the GOP in their oppo research went and did the exact same thing that Ritchie’s accused of doing. Just keep digging that hole, boys — you might hit oil or something.

UPDATE:  The CFB letter is after the jump.  Enjoy.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in blogger ethics, eedjits, Minnesota, Republicans acting badly, Silly Republicans | Comments Off on Trust Me, Michael, You DON’T Wanna Go There.


Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 13, 2007

Looks like David Obey got kneecapped on the budget bill.

When will the Dem leaders understand that the media is going to attack them no matter what?  As Paul Dirks mentions in the letters thread for this piece, Time magazine is solidly behind Bush’s pro-torture stance.  Trying to get on the good side of these people is futile.

Posted in budget, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Democrats | 2 Comments »

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