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  •  Remembering my (11+ / 0-)

    surprise during Health Insurance Summer from Hell that the majority of Americans have absolutely no idea what their health insurance premiums actually cost, and no idea what their premiums might be if they were not in a group from work, and the one special guy who had no idea what COBRA was and wondered to my R congresswoman why in the world Obama thought he could pay that without a job (she never corrected him but that's another story)...

    I don't think most middle aged Americans have any idea what's happened to the taxes in their own country during their lifetimes and why that leaves them with the most of the burden already.  

    I'm wondering if liberal politicians (besides Bernie Sanders who already is working it) should make more of an effort at teaching basic history.

    I'm wondering if DailyKos/OWS/ThinkProgress/Keith Olbermann/Rachel Maddow/Ed Schultz/etc should work extra hard at producing a proliferation of evidence that shows what has happened to tax rates in the US since the Civil War through Reagan and up to now.  

    Most people don't understand that until the Civil War all our Fed Govt debt was paid for by import tariffs and yet we still grew and thrived.  They don't realize that they'll lose all the programs they have come to depend upon if corporations don't pay for the resources they use and if the likes of Mitt Romney can offshore money without consequence.  Do they really think Mitt will leave if he has to pay taxes like he would have in 1950?  Maybe that's a question Mitt should have to answer.  

    The left is full of creative and smart writers and organiizers.  I think that just maybe a short phrase or soundbite could come out of it all that would cross all lines and be as effective as "the 99%."

    "If you go all day without hitting or biting anyone, it was a good day." Patrick, age 4

    by Meggie on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 10:06:49 AM PST

    •  I think that OWS is succeeding (2+ / 0-)
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      in bringing this issue to the forefront of the conversation, which leads to more and better information reaching more people.

      When the GOP shaped our the conversation for the media, all we heard about was how government spending and deficits were the big problem. Now that has changed and we're finally starting to discuss what's really causing the budget problems.

      We've got a long way to go certainly. Most people are still wildly misinformed or uninformed. But OWS has got the ball rolling.

      "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

      by aggressiveprogressive on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 11:35:41 AM PST

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    •  You should diary this (1+ / 0-)
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      Oblivion is a great political force...

    •  The Sin of the Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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      I have often wondered why the Democrats wont argue facts.  Republicans are living in a fantasy world and if someone would just point out reality they could destroy the right.  Whether it's privatizing government functions, war or taxes the Republicans are demonstrably wrong.

      It makes me wonder whether most Democrats want to win or whether they just want to keep playing the game.  I'm continually receiving campaign donation requests, but I have to wonder if it is really all about keeping the good salaries flowing.

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