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  •  If Obama remembers the Left (1+ / 0-)
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    as contrasted by Bill Clinton, who forgot it almost as soon as he was installed in the WH, we can expect that the RNC will melt down, extinguished by their own involvement in the US Attorney scandal, the very issue still being portrayed by all the crap about the ACORN scandal.

    The RNC must be declared defunct in this new administration. That's if the pressures upon Barack do not do to him the same as happened to Bill.

    If this election goes the way it is seeming at this writing, we may see a surge of voters unlike any other in our history.  And we may be granted the sanity of a full house and senate for extra good seasoning.

    All these being possible as of today, the unthinkable that has happened will cease finally, and the Grass Roots will find a newly elevated status and permanent place in people's lives. We are bending the future because we can, all for the new politics of The Common Good.

    In this fashion, GW has been exactly what he said: A uniter.  And that Unity has been felt once more. If Barack can maintain his independence from the creeping supremacy of all things Corporate and Lobbyist, We The People may have a chance to finally carve out the life of Justice, civility, dignity and generosity that we have always envisioned.

    Who benefits most from a civil and just society? The rich.

    Ari Fleisherhas the full cravenness of the right wing's entire raison d'etre, saying, "My problem with Barack Obama is . . . the massive redistribution of income, a proposal he has. Under his policies, about 45% of this population would no longer pay income tax. . . You can't have a country be strong if about 45% of the country is excused from paying income tax." (at 13:00)

    A highly reccommended episode of the Daily Show...

    Moderation in everything, especially moderation.

    by CF Perez on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 06:30:23 AM PDT

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    •  As to Ari Fleischer (3+ / 0-)
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      that's a stupid quote. Of course you can - remember, when the income tax was first enacted, it was only supposed to apply to the RICH.

      The RICH. Not the poor, not the middle class - THE RICH.

      Way less than 45% of the population.

      The bulk of the taxes, if I remember my history, came from tariffs, corporate taxes, excise taxes, etc.

      Aha, found it

      By 1913, 36 States had ratified the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. In October, Congress passed a new income tax law with rates beginning at 1 percent and rising to 7 percent for taxpayers with income in excess of $500,000. Less than 1 percent of the population paid income tax at the time. Form 1040 was introduced as the standard tax reporting form and, though changed in many ways over the years, remains in use today.

      from US Treasury website, History of the U.S. Tax System

    •  When Obama is inaugerated President.............. (1+ / 0-)
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      .............the real contest begins.

      You can bet your bippy that the right will have lobbyists lined up to pull on his ear and make a progressive America sound like a pipe dream that cannot prevail. It has probably already started.

      BUT...........we have to continue to advocate for what our vision of America is and can be. And don't let up because Obama will need our constant support to quial the dogma of the right/corporatist/unchangeable greed that has infested our governance for decades.

      One way to do this is thru pushing Congress for changes that support us average Americans, demand it! And we must oppose Congress kritters who refuse to grasp the era of change, name them and get rid of them and replace them with pro-citizen governance.

      I sincerely hope Obama sets up some meaningful way for citizens to communicate their needs to him. IF that happens we can continue to support what this nation needs to grow towards our ideals.

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