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|Defend Social security? Why shouldn't we go on offense instead? (With poll)
Why do we have Social Security at all? To put it simply, because we must . When people reach the age at which they can no longer work, we must have a mechanism in place by which they can obtain the ...
|A CO2 sequestration strategy for using coal to generate electricity
Coal exists in vast amounts in the earth's crust, and it represents an enormous energy resource. However, climate change considerations dictate that we must not emit CO2 into the atmosphere. That ...
|A Parable for your Republican uncle
Once upon a time (before tractors), there was a clever farmer. The farmer had a horse, a gelding which he used to help him plow his fields. Now, the horse, especially during plowing time, was as ...
|"Defense" spending?—who are we trying to kid?
Today, the United States, despite our protestations of being a peace-loving nation, is the most warlike nation on the planet. It is ludicrous to call military spending by the USA defense spending. ...
|$24 billion isn't chump change
The figure in the title is tossed around as though it were just another detail. The Republican shutdown of the government has cost the American people a serious amount of money. How serious? The ...
|The problem with our Constitution
The framers of the Constitution did a lot of things right. The system of checks and balances was a brilliant departure from the notion of government that prevailed elsewhere in the world in 1789. ...
|Larry Kudlow speaks
Larry Kudlow is well known to CNBC viewers as a proponent of supply side economics. His credentials are impeccable: He was Director of OMB during the Reagan years, and his long running program, The ...
|The three fatal flaws of Christian doctrine
There are three doctrinal issues that should trouble even the most fervent Christian. In the following discussion, I do not claim any special qualifications or insight except for that of a sentient ...
|Let us start a dialogue in search of sensible gun laws (with poll)
In this diary, I will make the case that extensive regulation of firearms is just as appropriate as extensive regulation of the automobile. The right of citizens to travel freely about the country, ...
|If we had any sense at all ... (a climate change rant)
When a new deadly strain of influenza is discovered, we humans move heaven and earth to develop a vaccine to combat it. We don't question the motives or the competence of the people who discover ...
|A Constitutional Amendment to fix a broken Congress (and an almost sure fire way to pass it)
Congress is broken; everybody knows this. The very fact that public opinion polls consistently put the approval rating of Congress at below 15% should cause Senators and Representatives, both ...
|Is there a God? (With Poll)
One of the things I admire about DKOS is that however you resolve—or don't resolve—the title question, you are still part of the community, and your views are very generally respected by fellow ...
|The Republican approach to Benghazi borders on treason
Republicans gleefully make political hay from the Benghazi attack, repudiating a long standing tradition of solidarity in the face of enemy attack. It is just common sense: if somebody attacks us, ...
|Is the Filibuster Constitutional?
In the wake of the shameful and immoral filibuster of a watered down background check bill, it's time for Harry Reid and the rest of the Democratic majority to ask the title question, and come up ...
|How we can stop the Republican efforts to hijack our government
President Obama's very fine inaugural address notwithstanding, I believe our Constitution is flawed, and perhaps fatally flawed. Please don't get me wrong; I very much admire that noble document. I ...
|The case for eliminating the Social Security tax cap
Predictably, conservatives won't like this idea, but I believe it would be best for the nation and its citizens to eliminate the cap on Social Security taxes. The argument of the very wealthy is ...
|The real reason for Republican obstructionism, plus a programming suggestion for MSNBC
The protests on Black Friday of Walmart's treatment of their employees are encouraging, and Kossacks supported them overwhelmingly, but the heirs of Sam Walton—and others like them—have rigged ...
|We OWE our brothers and sisters in Florida
Just last night I was thinking about the people who waited all those hours in lines that stretched for blocks. Waiting for what? To scratch a few pencil marks on a sheet of paper (or twelve)? The ...
|Anybody wanna play College Bowl? (Electoral College, that is)
I count just 10 states that are even remotely competitive. In order of electoral votes we have: FL 29 PA 20 OH 18 NC 15 VA 13 WI 10 CO 9 IA 6 NV 6 NH 4 Actually, I rate only 7 of these ...
|I'd love to hear President Obama deliver this speech
I truly wish I were President Obama's speechwriter. Mitt Romney's position on taxes, both his tax policy as a prospective president and his own personal taxes, are so vulnerable to attack. If I were ...
|A proposal to Mitt Romney regarding his tax plan
Mitt, you have been criticized for the vagueness of your tax plan. I have a great new idea for you to silence your critics with a single bold stroke. You like bold strokes, don't you? You say that ...
|I just gotta call out Mitt Romney on this
From a recent interview on 60 Minutes: In the “60 Minutes” interview, Romney defended his federal income tax rate, which at about 14 percent is lower than the rate paid by many Americans. “...
|Voter rights—A call for federal legislation
Of course, any federal approach to voter rights is too late for this election cycle, but there will be future cycles. The shameless Republican voter suppression attempts this year alone are good ...
|Mitt Rmoney has resigned (in effect) as the Republican candidate. What now?
Mitt Rmoney, by virtue of his terminally inept campaign, has effectively resigned as the GOP candidate. (He may disagree, which only highlights his cluelessness.) The rats are streaming for the ...
|What we learned from George W Bush, and what Mitt Romney didn't learn
Back in 2001, George W Bush proposed a program of tax cuts. These cuts, we were told, would led to greater prosperity. Democrats pointed out that the cuts seemed to disproportionately benefit the ...
|Richard Harter 1935 - 2012
I was saddened recently when I (very belatedly) learned about the death of Richard Harter via Larry Moran's fine blog, Sandwalk . Professor Moran gives many of the details of Richard's life and ...
|Republicans are not on our side
Not exactly breaking news, is it? By "our side" I do not mean the Democratic side. We all know that they are not on our side in the sense that they are Republicans and we are Democrats. I don't ...
|A Proposal to reform campaign finance and the entire electoral process
Recent events have prompted me to make this very practical proposal. It would help close the budget deficit, give real meaning to the votes of those people unfortunate enough to live in "safe" states,
|GUS: Totally Commit to Your Quit
GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. We avoid discussion ...
|Well done, President Obama!
It would seem that the progressive community is virtually unanimous in supporting the President's views on marriage equality. Of course, I am in complete agreement. But the title refers to Obama's ...
|The shameless GOP voter suppression scheme and how we can stop it
Among the slimiest of election tactics is the proliferation of Republican voter suppression laws. The notion that citizens must prove with state issued ID that they are qualified to vote has exactly ...
|In search of the ideal income tax system
The Buffett rule is not enough. Warren Buffett is rightly critical of the tax code, but the Buffett rule is just an important first step. Don't get me wrong, I support the Buffett rule, but only as ...
|The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Loaded guns in public? Really?
I am not under the delusion that this diary will draw universal acclaim; there may be a few Kossacks that disagree with me -- well, maybe more than a few. As the title suggests, I am calling into ...
|A public service message for Noobs, or how to tell if you really belong here
The political landscape can be confusing for the uninitiated, and I thought it might be useful to explain a few things to you folks that might have just stumbled onto this site by accident. The ...
|Lamenting what SCOTUS has become.
In my naive youth, I thought that when it comes to appointing a SCOTUS justice, the idea was to find the best moderate jurist in the land, and let him or her grow into the job. One of the best ...
|Some thoughts on the electoral college system
One of the curious facts about the primary process is that it forces the candidates to indulge in phony battles. Consider the Illinois primary as an example. The Republicans have zero chance of ...
|How are jobs actually created?
In these days of unemployment north of 8%, the question of job creation is a hot topic, and it should be. Below the orange thingie I want to explore this.
|Atheists are not electable for POTUS. Is this good or bad? (With poll)
It is widely accepted that an atheist or an agnostic could not be elected president today. According to Franklin Steiner , many of our early presidents were irreligious to varying degrees, but none ...
|The Religious Far Right and Their Sexual Agenda
The recent controversy over the political decisions of the Susan G Komen foundation has inspired this diary. I cannot for the life of me understand why politics ought to play a role in this arena. ...
|Mitt Romney's Mythical 100,000 Jobs
Mitt Romney claims credit for the creation of 100,000 jobs. Let's look into this claim. We start with Staples; they sell office supplies. Is this a newly discovered market that Bain Capital has ...
|Four Ideas for Fundamental Government Reform
My sig line calls for fundamental reform, but what do I mean by this? Politicians toss the word "reform" around without bothering to tell you what it means. All too often it means tweaking the law--...
|A Proposal for Funding Social Security
From time to time the funding of Social Security becomes an issue. The baby boomers are going to put it under some stress, as will the trend towards longer lifespans. And although it is currently ...
|Where We Are Headed if Republicans Get Their Way with the Tax Code
The current Republican candidates have all called for the elimination of both capital gains taxes and estate taxes. Presumably, taxes on dividends would also be eliminated, but even if not, there ...
|Understanding Biological Evolution
Daily Kos is a primarily political blog, and a diary about evolution might seem like a distantly related side issue. Nevertheless, I think it useful for educated people to understand the world ...
|Morality and Our Tax System
Morality? Tax system? How could one possibly marry these two concepts in a diary title? Below the fold, I hope to convince you that this is no shotgun wedding.
|The Devil Is in the Details -- State and Local Taxes
Roughly a third to a half of our total tax load goes to state and local taxing authorities. It is well documented that state and local ...
|Why Do We Have Regressive Taxes?
Of course the answer is clear: we have them because the 1% wants us to have them. By guile, propaganda, and sometimes thinly disguised bribery, the 1% have crafted an overall tax system in this ...
|A Heretical View of Corporate Income Taxes
In this diary, I will try to convince you of a very unpopular view, namely that we should eliminate corporate income taxes (CIT). Chances are that I won't convert you, but maybe I will have given ...
|Revisiting My Payroll Tax Suggestion
As I now realize, my suggestion to repeal payroll taxes was ill-advised--let's be candid, it was dumb--so I withdraw it. Is that allowed on DKos? :-) Project Omaha is about consensus, and my ...
|A Call to Repeal Payroll Taxes
Payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare comprise about 37% of federal revenue, making them the second biggest tax in the country, behind only the individual income tax. Why should we regard ...
|Our Beloved Income Tax
This is my second diary for this project. From this point on, I will simply use the tag "Project Omaha". My thanks to Angie in WA State for that suggestion. The title might make some Kossacks wince,
|An Ex-Republican Tries to Make Amends
Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is clearly just a gimmick with a catchy title. Why not 8-11-10, or 9-7-15? I find Cain a likable guy; he has a sense of humor, unlike most right wingers. (He hasn't been ...
|Examining the Tax Policies of the Right
The Tax Foundation bills itself as non-partisan. (Make your own judgement on the accuracy of that assertion.) The following is from their most recent blog by the president, Scott A. Hodge. I ...
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