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  •  Love the hats! (5+ / 0-)
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    I think the Robin Hood meme has promise!

    •  sfinx - I favor a transaction tax (2+ / 0-)
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      as long as the amount of the tax is thoughtfully applied. As an example you can't have a 1% tax when someone buys a short term note that pays 1% interest. However, the entire "Robin Hood" theme makes turning this into public policy much harder and should be dropped immediately. Just promote a transaction tax for Wall St trading, there is no need to poke the people we need to bring this to a reality. We need some Republicans on our side to make this happen. You will never bring any of the GOP on board with the Robin Hood theme.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:56:18 PM PST

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      •  Will never bring them along anyway (3+ / 0-)
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        The Robin Hood theme is well established in the drive for an FTT in Europe and Britain.  We were inititially a little bit reluctant about it, I think, but if we wanted to be part of the global campaign it was necessary and now that we got used to it, we love it.  And no modern Republican is going to get on board with this no matter how we frame it, so trying to make it appeal to them is a waste of time.

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:15:38 PM PST

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        •  David - this can't happen without some (0+ / 0-)

          bipartisan support. We even will need some help with the Dems. The 113th Congress will be looking at comprehensive tax reform and a transaction tax should be on of the items seriously discussed, particularly if the EU does implement one. The Robin Hood theme makes it impossible for the GOP to even consider and hurts us with moderate Dems as well. It buys us nothing and costs us a lot. It should be dropped.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:06:19 PM PST

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      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        It seems easy to play into their "takers vs. makers" nonsense. Just promote the tax straight-up as a Wall Street contribution to the nation's fiscal situation. That is a fight we can win.

        It might be easier to do this with election reform and public financing of federal elections.

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:16:18 PM PST

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        •  true of everything good... (2+ / 0-)
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          It might be easier to do this with election reform and public financing of federal elections.

          "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

          by Chico David RN on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:17:37 PM PST

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    •  Some good posts and thinking on this. (1+ / 0-)
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      I presume it really depend upon the target audience of the Robinhood campaign. Recall that during the Great Depression bank robbers were popular heros. So if the movement objective is to stirr up the common person, it may work.
      Republicans are a different matter. One quite, behind doors argument with Republicans could be to sell the transaction tax as a Wall Street fee, thus avoiding their precious pledge.

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:22:33 PM PST

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      •  I just can't see them (0+ / 0-)

        pissing off their corporate and financial overlords, especially when they're salivating at the chance to decimate ss and the Meds with "bi-partisan" support for the Catfood Commission report.

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