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  •  Does anyone understand what MARGINAL means? (8+ / 0-)

    Seriously, am I the only one left who files the long form and does his own taxes the old fashioned way (with pencil, paper, and pocket calculator)?  Hell, I understand what the IRS means by "marginal tax rates."  It means you pay X% on every dollar up to $$$ and X+Y% on every dollar above that up to $$$$ and so on.  So only the portion above $250,000 gets taxed at the higher rate.

    Just once, I'd like to see Sen. Obama explain this to folks, who the McCain people apparently think are incredibly stupid and won't get it.  Maybe we are, and we won't, but somebody has to at least attempt to let the air out of this balloon once and for all.

    Half-baked ideas for sale - cheap!

    by Steaming Pile on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 07:27:47 AM PDT

    •  You make a wonderful point. But I'm afraid (1+ / 0-)
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      we'll have to invest millions into legitimate education reform, and have it play out for 20 years or so before we can get that kind of base industriousness back into mainstream society.

      I totally agree. Too many "easy buttons" are everywhere, even for simple tasks. Learning curve plummets because of. Note the Eloi in Wells' "The Time Machine."

      "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal

      by sapper on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 07:36:37 AM PDT

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    •  totally agree! the tax issue makes me crazy (1+ / 0-)
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      progressive taxes are FAIR.  

    •  He did explain in on the original video (0+ / 0-)

      or his encounter with Joe - a former Hillary supporter had posted it on HuffPost - I watched it yesterday.

      "Statistics are people with the tears washed away." Sociologist Ruth Sidel

      by Vicky on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 09:49:55 AM PDT

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