I've been saying this for some time that since Congress feels that the current Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour is "adequate", they should have to feel the pain of average Americans who cannot find anything out there other than minimum wage (or slightly above) jobs.
Congress (both the House and Senate) should have their pay tied to the Federal Minimum Wage with a maximum pay rate of three times the current Federal Minimum Wage and I've created a petition to try and force just that.
Since Rep. Allen West (R-FL-Looney Tunes) has publicly come out and proven that the GOTP will once again stoop to hearsay fear-mongering to drum up support, I think we need to let Congressman West, and the currently silent GOTP House Leadership, know exactly how we all feel about that.
Now that Mitt Romney has released SOME of his tax returns, he has inadvertantly blown a major hole in the GOTP meme that elminiating the Bush-era tax cuts for the top 1% will "kill job creation". For a person with his income level, the posted tax rate is 39%. Using loopholes and such, his effective tax rate for 2010 was 13.9%. Someone making $50,000 per year pays a 17% (or higher) tax rate! To justify this by saying that "Mitt paid a lot of money in taxes" is ludicrous! The bottom line is he didn't pay what the tax codes say he should have paid!
The House GOTP has held this country's economic recovery hostage for over a year while they pushed the falsehood that adding 1% back to the posted rate would push unemployment higher and higher. The current POSTED tax rate for the top 1% stands at 39% and, as Mitt has shown, the effective tax rate is FAR LOWER than that. The posted tax rate during St. Reagan's Presidency was 50%!
If this has shown anything, its that the tax codes need to be overhauled from top to bottom and many of these loopholes need to be elminated! I'm certain that there are a lot of us, making far less than $21 million per year, who would also like to pay 26% below our posted tax rate!
Mitt Romney even campaigns on the mantra of the tax code needs to be overhauled. Do I think that Mitt is the person to entrust with that overhaul? Not a chance in hell!
I've used this example a few times while attacking the "tax the poor" crowd, but I think it bears repeating again and again as the "Mitt Romney paid his fair share" crowd will now unashamedly take to the airwaves.
In light of all of the flack that Bank of America is receiving over its plan to implement a $5 per month fee for the "privilege" of using your own money to purchase things with your bank-issued debit card, the letter my son received this afternoon was highly enlightening.
Remember that BoA plans to implement this $5 monthly fee "early next year".
I just saw a status post on my Favebook account about NYC Mayor Bloomberg saying that "due to space constraints" there would be no room for 9/11 First Responders (NYPD & NYFD) at this year's 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the WTC site.
I confirmed this with Snopes (Snopes article). This is beyond disgusting!
With the GOP/Tea Party loons throwing around the phrase "job creators" like mad, I got to thinking, just who are the real "job creators" in this country. Follow along to see my spin on this latest GOP catch-phrase.
While rummaging through the recesses of a hard drive, my wife came upon this gem: An article written by Tony Parsons in the UK Daily Mirror on Sept 11, 2002. While most of it is some of the same stuff we have all seen before (America's restraint after 9/11, etc) my wife pointed out one paragraph (I've highlighted that paragraph below the jump) that summed up all that America was at this time and she lamented that, since the scourge that is the Tea Party and the Republican Party now, how far we've fallen in the last 9 years.
Its a bit of a long read, and I apologize for that, but it is interesting to see what America represented to a foreigner nine short years ago. I doubt, after the last year, that Mr. Parsons see us quite the same...
With this latest in a long string of recent, self-inflicted "crisises", I really have to wonder how long progressives, liberals, independents, those who fall to the left or right of center and even moderate Republicans (so-called RINO's), will allow a minority of the populace to continue to dictate policy for the other 70% or so of us.
Unemployment in this country is far too high, that goes without saying. Republicans are constantly saying this is a "job killer" and that is a "job killer" but what have they brought to the table that is a "job creator"? So far as I've seen, absolutely nothing!
Corporations and businesses do not directly create jobs - a healthy economy, with people with discretionary income create jobs by increasing demand.
Following the fold, is my concept for a plan that would create jobs, raise revenues for the Federal, state and local governments, get our economy back on track AND rebuild this great country once again.
Many people are still not sold on the individual mandate portion of President Obama's signature healthcare reform bill. Carl Hiaasen of The Miami Herald has presented a quite unique arguement for the individual mandate and its constitutionality.
More after the fold...
on Medicare/Medicaid is now, not once the real debate starts. I posted this as a reader comment to an article on The Huffington Post about the GOP lack-of-plan for Medicare/Medicaid. While it is not a perfect system, it beats voucherizing the program at the expense of all of us late baby boomers and those who came after us. I am reposting this here so that it gets a wider audience - its that damn important!
This is what needs to be sent to every Senator and Representative. Go to www.senate.gov and www.house.gov, look up your district representative and Senator and send this to them via their contact form.
I am strongly opposed to changing Medicare and Medicaid into a voucher program. Seniors, and those on fixed incomes, can least afford to be put at the mercy of insurance companies. Close the pay-and-chase gaps in Medicare to prevent fraud and save the money that way, but LEAVE MEDICARE/MEDICAID ALONE!
This needs to be done now to drown out the whines of the Tea Partiers!
In what has to be one of the stupidest reasons for firing an admittedly effective City Manager, officials in Fort Myers Beach, Florida voted 5-0 to fire their City Manager because he married an adult film star.