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  •  No, you don't... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sandy on Signal, Oh Mary Oh

    ...want your paper to be more like ours.  Their premier reporter is a guy who does straight news reporting covering the state capitol and also writes a sort of observation/opinion column every Sunday with a decidedly conservative bent.  He apparently sometimes has trouble telling which day it is.  I've never seen him write a straight news report where Gov. Quinn is not described as a "Chicago Democrat" and the recent temporary income tax increase from 3% to 5% is always described as a 66% increase, never a 2% increase.
    This morning's opinion piece was a classic example of how he thinks, as he called out egregious examples of last-week-of-the-session legislative sausage-making:

    Public aid fraud: Some proposed laws make you wonder why there weren't already similar laws on the books. House Bill 5682 is one of those. It makes is a Class C misdemeanor to assist someone in applying for welfare benefits in exchange for cash or a portion of those benefits.
    And I might grant him that.  That is, until I get to the very next item:
    School safety: In a move that could drive up the cost of school construction, a proposed new law would require all new schools to have storm shelters.
    Actually, Kurt, I find it a bit more flabbergasting that the second one isn't already a law.  But I guess that's just the difference in how conservatives think versus liberals.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 01:46:36 PM PDT

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    •  You can have your own opinions... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...but you can't have your own math. A tax increase from 3% to 5% is, in fact, a 66% increase, not a "2% increase," though one could describe it as a "2 percentage point increase," which is not the same thing.

      Intended to be a factual statement.

      by ipsos on Sun Jun 01, 2014 at 04:24:53 PM PDT

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      •  It's both a 2% and a 66% increase (2+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh, Sandy on Signal

        An increase from 3% to 5% is BOTH a 2% increase and a 66% increase, depending on what it's computed as a percentage of. It's an increase by 2% of income, and 66% in the tax rate.

        Given that there are two ways to describe the change, it's telling that they use the more dramatic version consistently.

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