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Mitch McConnell and John Boehner wish all you 30+ percent tax rate paying rubes a
Happy Tax Day. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
On Monday, Democrats in the Senate voted to establish the Buffett Rule, making sure that people who make over $1 million a year would pay a minimum of 30 percent of their income in taxes. Of course, Republicans voted against it and the bill failed.

Majority support doesn't count at all for Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said:

"This entire debate has been very illuminating for a lot of folks," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "It's revealed a lot about this president. By wasting so much time on this political gimmick that even Democrats admit won't solve our larger problems, it's shown the president is more interested in misleading people than he is in leading."
And:
"We have a president that seems more interested in pitting people against each other than he is in doing anything," said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner opined (on Facebook! He's such man of the people):
"In fact, the 'Buffett Tax' hike touted by President Obama has been called everything from a 'sham' to a 'hoax' to 'total gimmickry.'"
And:
[T] he clash shows "who is listening to the American people and focusing on their priorities."

Unfortunately for these Republican leaders, Boehner was right about the vote showing who is paying attention to priorities. He's just got it backwards. Yesterday's CNN/ORC poll [pdf].

Would you favor or oppose a proposal to change the federal income tax rates so that people who make more than one million dollars a year will pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes?

Favor 72%
Oppose 27%
No opinion 1%


Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:12 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:12:26 AM PDT

  •  I've seen better looking turtles in Looney Tunes (7+ / 0-)

    cartoons.....;-)

  •  Thanks for some breaking news though McJoan.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    'John Boehner is NOT dead'......details at eleven.

  •  where's the oppo-ads in the swing states on this? (8+ / 0-)
    Would you favor or oppose a proposal to change the federal income tax rates so that people who make more than one million dollars a year will pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes?
    Favor 72%
    Oppose 27%
    No opinion 1%

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:38:16 AM PDT

  •  This was a great move by Dems (11+ / 0-)

    Always good to have GOP on record for things like this.

    Fructose is a liver poison. Stop eating it today.

    by Anne Elk on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:40:06 AM PDT

  •  What is this sham talking point (7+ / 0-)

    That taxing the rich won't solve out problems? I've heard this nonsense from several people now and it seems almost farcical that they would argue for paying off the debt by reducing taxes.

    Are we so far down the rabbit hole that up is indeed down now?

    The only difference between (Mitt) Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney hasn't destroyed the American economy, yet - MoT

    by Herodotus Prime on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:40:39 AM PDT

    •  The conservative talking point... (11+ / 0-)

      ...is that the Buffett rule is bad because it won't single-handedly solve all our debt/deficit problems.  Apparently conservatives expect us to do nothing until we can do everything.  (All the while we're supposed to ignore that every conservative plan increases the debt/deficit.)

      •  That's their argument about so many things (1+ / 0-)
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        MrJersey

        It can be extended to renewable energy...global warming...almost any matter.

        It's as if there is some rule out that stating that no solution worth anything at all has more than one element.  

        Unless we can find that one single action or strategy that makes all the problems go * * poof * * into thin air, then we shouldn't do anything.

        The people that swallow their argument are simpleminded idiots.  The people that repeat their arguments while knowing they're false are themselves conniving liars.

         

    •  the misdirection argument ... (5+ / 0-)

      ... is that the Buffett Rule, enacted, would only add enough revenue to fund N extra hours/days of Federal spending.

      The misdirection argument sidesteps:

      (1)  The 1%, who already have a disproportionate influence on policy, have no business spouting off about the moral edification of work, etc., unless they have as much skin in the game, proportionately, as the 99%.

      (2)  The 99%, who want to help their children make progress, have no chance of doing so while lugging Mittens' & Co.'s share of the responsibility.

      (3)  Fair's fair.  Why do the haters hate "fair" so much?

    •  62% of the Bush Tax Cuts went to the middle class. (0+ / 0-)

      Buffet rule would not solve anything other than establishing more of a sense of tax fairness.

      •  What's wrong with tax fairness? (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        MrJersey, ShowMeMoBlue

        Do you support tax unfairness?  It's about paying your fair share since you are getting a disproportion of all the wealth and income in this country.

        The median wage for the middle class, despite the tax cuts, and adjusted for inflation, hasn't risen in 50 years.

        When you have Walmart - one of the biggest U.S. employers, promoting increasing the minimum wage so that the middle class and working poor can have more disposable income to buy their junk - then you know that this group of people is in economic trouble.

        If we don't raise taxes on the wealthy, they we have to cut the very programs the middle class and working poor depend on - taking even more income from them.  

        Therefore, the Buffet Rule makes perfect economic sense.

        •  Nothing wrong with fairness, but I was responding (0+ / 0-)

          to the parent comment, which refuted the idea that taxing the rich doesn't solve the problem.

          It doesn't.  Doesn't even amount to a drop in the bucket of the deficit.  

          As a matter of fact, you could tax the rich at 90% and it still wouln't make up for the other 62% of the tax cuts that went to the middle class.

          Taxing the rich is an emotional victory, but not a fiscal one.

          •  It isn't about reducing the deficit. (0+ / 0-)

            The tax increase on those making over $1 million is not only about fairness but about helping the middle class and the poor.

            Here's why:

            If we don't raise revenues then we have to cut programs that support and help the middle class, working poor, seniors, etc... We can't continue to have historically low taxes on the wealthy (who have all the wealth) and help grow the middle class who are the real job creators.  

            And the Buffet Rule is a good starting point, but shouldn't end there.

            •  Taxing just the rich will not raise enough revenue (0+ / 0-)

              to avoid cuts.

              It's only a drop of water in an ocean of red.

              The largest portion of the lost revenue for the Bush Tax Cuts went to the middle class, not the rich.

              You have to end ALL of the tax cuts to begin to address the problem.

              •  You can't raise the taxes on the middle class (0+ / 0-)

                because their incomes have already gone down in real dollars and because too many are already unemployed.  The middle class are the job creators by creating demand.  If you raise their taxes, and put less money in their hands, demand will go down and unemployment will go up.

                The tax cuts for the wealthy cost $42 billion/year - hardly a drop in the bucket - and an amount that could fund many programs the GOP wants to cut.

                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

                In addition to eliminating tax cuts for the wealthy - the bloated Pentagon budget needs to be cut.  

  •  The 1% in the poll that have no opinion (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, lostinamerica

    just get what they want?

    ;-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:43:04 AM PDT

  •  What is the plan to make the R's pay for this? (7+ / 0-)

    Not that I ever thought it would pass, but is there a play to make each Republican senator pay for his or her filibuster actions?

    I have never been able to figure out if Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party or is the Republican Party the political subsidiary of Fox.

    by Dave from Oregon on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:43:35 AM PDT

  •  Whuuut? I'm in a 72% majority, about something? (7+ / 0-)

    I feel all tingly inside.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:43:40 AM PDT

  •  Republicans don't seem to be living on the (13+ / 0-)

    same planet with the rest of us, do they?  They scream that Obama has made the economy worse, while most Americans have witnessed just the opposite.  They scream that Obama hasn't created any jobs when most Americans have witnessed just the opposite.  They scream that Obama has been a foreign policy disaster when most Americans have witnessed just the opposite and they scream that they will do a better job for Americans when most Americans have witnessed just the opposite.  Republicans must have fallen through the looking glass of life.  Either that or they think most Americans are total suckers for their lies.  My guess is the latter.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:46:00 AM PDT

    •  The GOP plan was that any MORAN could cake-walk (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FloridaSNMOM

      into the 2012 Election.....Now the meme is that if Obama is elected the world as you know it will end...Of course they have their SECOND STRING ready for 2016 when Hillary will definitely give them what they so awfully want.

      •  The second string is playing now. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        skillet, Raynfala

        In 2016, we get their starters . . .

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:01:51 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  'The Starters' misread 2010....they think people (0+ / 0-)

          actually BELIEVE the bullshit....Nope.....now was their time....Look at at Mitt...wallowing....begging for someone to like him.

          •  Do you think (0+ / 0-)

            the Republican leading men believe that beating a sitting president is easier than taking on a non-incumbent? I don't--Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum are not the first string.

            "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

            by bryduck on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:11:09 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  To Mrs Boehner and McConnell... (1+ / 0-)
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    PinHole

    ...good luck with "Buffett Rule" going away...it will only go away if we let it go quietly into the night.  This has to be one of the most obviously egregious issues of our time...that is not only unfair to the vast majority of taxpayers...it is also very important to keeping the economic recovery on tract.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:46:29 AM PDT

  •  Buffett Rule would be good to pass. But it's... (10+ / 0-)

    ...mostly symbolism. Resonates for election purposes, and its failure should be hammered home from now until November. But real economic reform, taxes included, requires a lot more than this kind of tinkering, no matter how good it works as a soundbite. When it comes to something along those lines—the Congressional Progressive Caucus's Budget for All, for example—way too many Democrats are voting on the wrong side. That budget is hardly a radical document, but in the House it only got 78 votes. Its fate in the Senate, had it been voted on there, would not have been much better.

    So, while shiny objects like the Buffett Rule deserve some push because they are shiny and popular, our efforts as progressives need to go far broader and deeper.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:47:00 AM PDT

  •  We have a friend/acquaintance obsessed with (6+ / 0-)

    this thing that 47 pct of the population pays no taxes. He says that is unfair and that the rich pay their share and it is time for everyone to pay a little something.

    We challenged him and he thinks everyone should pay..even if a person makes a few thousand per year, they should pay even 10 dollars a year.

    He is obsessed that the working poor are not paying taxes and he wants us to weep for the rich guy paying his share and for everyone else.

    This guy is far from rich but he works for  a prison in a union job making far better wages than he would for the same job in the private sector without a  union. Yet he is a Republican right winger except he favors public employees unions...because that affects him personally.

    He also is obsessed with people on welfare and watches them carefully and tries to spot them and see what car they drive and how they live....so bizarre..and why we stopped being his friend and he is more like aan acquaintance now..as he is just too strange..

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:51:01 AM PDT

    •  Multiply him by 60 million (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Apost8, wsexson

      and you get the Republican Party base.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:58:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The problem with is philosophy is that (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Radical Moderate, wishingwell

      the income distribution doesn't match up to his taxation goals.

      Today, strive to be the person you want to be.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:02:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  But, of course, that 47% do pay taxes. (3+ / 0-)

      They just don't pay federal income taxes.  They still pay sales taxes, property taxes, payroll taxes, etc.  If our goal is to get those 47% to pay federal income taxes, then the simple solution is to reduce income inequality, increase their pay to match their productivity, and thus bring them up to the point that they would pay those fed.income taxes as is instead of penalizing them for the audacity of not being wealthy.

    •  It's more about "fairness" than revenue (0+ / 0-)

      I have seen a lot of presentations about how if what the richies in the nation pay what is being suggested they pay, it would amount to about one day's worth of expenditures for the fed.  

      This is more about just getting the wealthiest in our nation to pay more than about what it would mean to our government revenue.  I have seen how the extra realized would pay for X number of students going to college or X number of people getting things they do not get now but at the end of the day, it really is just polito-speak creating an "issue" than anything else.

      Change. The. Tax. Code.

      That's how this gets done.

      Only horses should wear blinders.

      by independantman on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:00:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Your friend had better get his head straight (0+ / 0-)

      because those public sector union jobs make him the target of any Republican candidate on any level of government.  He should get his mind off the working poor's lack of tax payments and focus on the non-working rich's style of legal tax avoidance.  If he votes Republican enough, he will find out what it is like to be in the working poor as his job is privatized to the lowest Republican bidder.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:54:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's in his best interest. But not the 1% (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        wishingwell

        Eh, the 1% don't care one whit if he "stays" Republican.  He only needs to serve as a useful idiot for the next 3 or 4 elections and at that point the plutocracy will have everything locked down, dismantled, and privatized (in that order, and as applicable).

        It does not matter one bit if he sees the light after many years and eventually stops voting against his interests.... at some point there is simply nothing left to privatize or gut.    The plutocrats will thank him for serving as a sucker for so many years and then ship him off to Povertytown, as he carries off a voucher worth $10 worth of free 'private' medicare at CIGNA and a cat food coupon, both in a manila folder that's labelled "your retirement".

      •  Yes and we have a Repub Governor: Corbett who (0+ / 0-)

        so far has not touched the public sector unions yet or those state jobs. But he has made deep cuts in education and cut funding for healthcare and children's services and more.

        We think Corbett will do a Walker once he sees if Walker is recalled or not. So far , he said for now he is leaving the unions alone. But most know that will change especially should he get a second term.

        Corbett is talking about privatizing Penn State and state colleges and other services. It is only a matter of time until he privatizes and outsources these prison kitchen jobs too..as that is our friend does..he cooks for a prison and makes 70k per year. And he has the best insurrance and benefits.

        He will never make that as a cook in the private sector or if his job is outsourced.

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:56:10 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The will of the people. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    vacantlook

    Or as the GOP calls it, a"sham" or a "gimmick".

    Mitt Romney's Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!

    by kitebro on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:56:18 AM PDT

  •  Republicans everywhere are ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mungley

    ... calling the Buffett Rule a "gimmick" or "kabuki theater," even though they didn't give Paul Ryan's budget a similar name. What they don't realize -- or try to minimize -- is that the Buffett Rule is just part of a larger "comprehensive plan" to make the tax code fairer for regular folks, and not enrich the 1%.

    Republicans have taken the same tack with the just-announced plans from President Obama to curb oil market manipulation. Republican Speaker John Boehner is already on record as calling it a "gimmick." Again, this was part of a comprehensive proposed plan that includes administrative regulations (that the President can accomplish) and new congressional regulations and funding (that will require assistance from Congress).

    Like support for the Buffett Rule, a huge majority of Americans don't want the energy market manipulation of a few to unfairly enrich them at the expense of everyone else.

    What President Obama is doing is stretching the Overton Window so that we can see -- on the horizon -- a curbing of illegal and immoral energy market speculation (and see fair taxes on millionaires and billionaires), energize Democratic Party voters who want to see these comprehensive plans implemented, and to further distinguish Republican values (Corporations and Millionaires First!) from Democratic values.  

    The challenge is clear:  Gain a majority in the House and a working majority in the Senate.

    "I'm Mitt Romney, and I'm the real Mitt Romney. All the other Mitt Romneys are just mass-debating." -- Mittbot ver.12.0

    by Tortmaster on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:58:13 AM PDT

    •  Unfortunately, even that won't be enough, (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      mchestnutjr, splintersawry

      as our experience from 2008-2010 showed. What we need to do, if we get those things, is restore majority rule in the Senate. Without that, we're done.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:00:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's why I called ... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bryduck

        ... it a "working majority" in the Senate!  We do that by restoring majority rule in that body or electing 60 Democratic (or Democratic-leaning independent) Senators.

        (I haven't thought through "restoring majority rule in the Senate," I confess, so at this point, I just want to get 60 Senators who aren't brain dead!).

        "I'm Mitt Romney, and I'm the real Mitt Romney. All the other Mitt Romneys are just mass-debating." -- Mittbot ver.12.0

        by Tortmaster on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:05:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  And yet republicans are still getting elected (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mungley

    At what point will the American people start voting for the actual issues they believe in, rather than the Right Wing Hysteria Narrative of the Day tm ?

  •  Why is this a waste of Republican time (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson

    (cutting the deficit by billions), but it is OK to spend time on cutting Planned Parenthood, Acorn, etc., that cuts only a few million?

  •  End the (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bryduck, wsexson, Eric Nelson

    Today, strive to be the person you want to be.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:03:41 AM PDT

  •  "Has been called." Speaker Boehner, you have (0+ / 0-)

    been called a lot of things. That does not make them necessarily true.

    Please Vote for the Democratic nominee for President in 2012.

    by mungley on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:04:33 AM PDT

  •  What to do (0+ / 0-)

    Change. The. Tax. Code.

    With that many people in favor of this thinking, it can not be that difficult.

    What is the hold up?  

    Methinks most of the more-than-wealthy legislators from BOTH sides of the aisle see much of their exemptions and loopholes and investment rates taken away.  

    Talk is cheap, so they say.

    Only horses should wear blinders.

    by independantman on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:07:16 AM PDT

  •  Typically, I'm far too reserved (0+ / 0-)

    in manner to literally ROFL but this line

    We have a president that seems more interested in pitting people against each other than he is in doing anything
    from Tooter Turtle had me doing so.

      The Republican Party should seriously consider changing its name to The Alternate Reality Party.

    "...now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!" -French Knight From "Monty Python & The Holy Grail"

    by Kellybee on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:39:25 AM PDT

    •  I just wish he'd been this partisan since day one (0+ / 0-)

      We all knew how this would play out, the only question being whether Obama did too, and whether he actually prefers that Repubs be this difficult because it makes for good political hay and is a convenient excuse for his not passing progressive legislation that many of his biggest donors don't want passed.

      Yes, I AM that cynical. There are few truly good guys in this scenario.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:54:40 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I wonder if Obama still thinks (0+ / 0-)

    that his rediculous attempt to reach across the aisle when he first took office was a good idea. And please don't insult my intelligence with that equally rediculous explanation that it was all just a brilliant 11D Chess set up for his eventually going partisan, because the 2010 elections completely demolish that nonsense.

    Either Obama was a well-meaning fool, or it was all just cover for his intention from the start to pass legislation far more conservative than he led us to believe he would pass (or try to pass) during the campaign, i.e. his playing good cop to the Repubs' (and Blue Dogs' and Conservadems') bad cops.

    Because many of us saw how that play would unfold.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:50:32 AM PDT

  •  So, is anyone working on jobs? (0+ / 0-)

    Just askin'.

    Only horses should wear blinders.

    by independantman on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:03:04 AM PDT

    •  the rich cannot horde cash (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      wsexson

      and create jobs silly.  If they were taxed at a more fair rate then they would likely risk more in the marketplace and create jobs.

      •  That is one way to look at it (0+ / 0-)

        I have to think about taking more from the businesses that create jobs causing them to create jobs.

        Now, when we talk about the rich that just get money from investment income, they do not create jobs in the first place, so this does not apply.

        The "wealthy" that own businesses and hire/employ folks are most certainly hording their bucks.  I think that is because right now no one knows how this crazy-daisy economy of ours is going.  Taking money from them, on first blush, doesn't make sense.  Maybe you are saying that if we take away their profits, they will work harder to get those profits back somehow.  

        I have to think about that and get back to ya.

        Only horses should wear blinders.

        by independantman on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:32:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  this is a tired argument (0+ / 0-)

          if you invest in your business you get to write all of that investment off, every penny you invested to create jobs.  On the other hand, if you are rich, you make investments, and you more or less get to keep everything you make you really have no incentive to make real business investments or take risks.  It is the same as trickle down economics (there is no trickle to the middle class and poor).  If you make money without any downside you just keep it.

  •  if it was a gimmick then why not let it pass? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Raynfala

    Why risk the political fallout?  Oh, yea.  It was not quite a gimmick and the rich having to pay closer to their fair share of taxes is a big deal.

  •  McConnell: "We got a crisis here!" (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MrJersey, Raynfala

    Billionaires under assault. And who is advocating for them? The most oppressed minority in history. We already punished them for crashing the economy: with bailouts, bonuses, and tax cuts. Now is the time to stand with our billionaires and do what it takes to protect them from the lazy 99% who want to take away their decent white folk money.

    /snark

    Sometimes . . . I feel . . . like a redneck with chopsticks . . . Dreaming of squirrel while I'm sucking down squid . . .

    by Pale Jenova on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:20:42 AM PDT

  •  Dear Joan, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MrJersey

    was the huge photo of a scary turtle necessary?  Think of the children.  

    Vote For The Keyan. It's Important.

    by cheviteau on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:38:29 AM PDT

  •  The hypocrisy is almost mind-bending (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Raynfala
    "We have a president that seems more interested in pitting people against each other than he is in doing anything," said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
    Replace "president" with "Republican Party" and you may be onto something, Yertle.

    The only "left" the Democrats have given us is the last couple of decades is a Southpaw President

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 11:30:03 AM PDT

  •  okay tax day, everybody line up (1+ / 0-)
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    Raynfala

    no, not at the post office,

    At the offices and homes of Halliburton, BP, Exxon etc.  We will be provide an easy to read chart to let you know how much to pay them.  And for those of you who may be at a distance from some of these companies and execs, we will provide a list of local million and billionaires so that you can make your payment more easily at their locations.

    Thank you for your support...

  •  The 60-40 threshold (0+ / 0-)

    filibuster trigger is a travesty that has stymied our democratic process for long enough! It's got to go! While I guess it's true that the Senate can make up its own "rules" this "rule has got to go. It's un-American. The Senate has shot itself in the foot, cut itself off at the knees! Why? Could it be because (as Ralph Nader would put it) that is what their corporate masters demanded that they do? WE ARE SO SCREWED IN THIS COUNTRY. Anyway, have a nice day, all.

  •  When they say "The American People" (0+ / 0-)

    They don't mean the vast majority of people. They only count the wealthy as "the American people." The rest of us are not American OR people to them. We are only servants of the wealthy.

    Please sign the White House petition to Flush Rush from AFN (Armed Forces Network).

    by splashy on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 11:48:18 AM PDT

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