Morning Reads- Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Filling in for the incorrigible, infamous, and ever wandering Ed.  So, happy hump day from Cataula.

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Will Durant
Will Durant

Florida House refuses to debate guns, but declares porn dangerous The House chose not to consider the bill that would lead to stricter gun control. But it passed a resolution claiming that porn is dangerous. The Democrats tried a procedural motion to get an assault weapon bill out of committee where it hasn’t even been given a hearing. It was defeated 36-71 largely down party lines. According to the Democrats the Republicans consider porn as a greater danger to the public health than guns. I’m thinking that their House Republicans may still be confused on the ol’ this is my… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

The Party of Redistribution are saying tax cuts are unpatriotic. Letting people keep more of the money they earned is unpatriotic? Wow! Y’all reckon that’s already in a Repub campaign commercial yet?

bethebalance
bethebalance

“Redistribution” is such 1980s hackery. Any difference in effective tax rates between any and all individuals or corporations is redistributive. And that includes tax credits/expenditures, like economic development incentives. But OK, let’s complain when we give food stamps to employees of corporations who don’t make a living wage while the shareholders reap profits from capital gains loopholes and low effective rates. Redistribution was an effective way to brand partisanship, though. Congrats on falling for a simple marketing tool. Otherwise, I was thinking about taxes and community, and I believe it’s true that you have to forego some selfishness, and have… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Give me a percentage number, Balance. How much of a person’s earning should the gov’t be able to seize? It can easily top 50% for high income earners. Thoughts?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Well, I’d say “seizing” is more of an enforcement concern. People can, without use of force, voluntarily decide to comply with the law, and pay their taxes as a regular component of their citizenship. As for %s, it’s just not so simple to me. Since you’re asking, though, as a starting point, I think it could be helpful to restructure some taxation so that they are more fee-like whenever possible. For instance, agencies like the SEC, EPA, etc., etc. all exist because without their regulatory efforts, there have been bad actors that injure and damage consumers and citizens. As such,… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Paying taxes is a form of community service. No, paying taxes is the cost of living in an organized and civilized society. We don’t want free market fire-fighters. If your house is on fire, do you really want to read them your credit card info over the phone so you can pre-pay the cost of the fuel for the truck, the water for the hoses, and the retainer for the fire crew? Roads cost money… but they also help society function by making it easier to move goods from place to place. Dams cost money… but they also help society… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Think you co-mingled mine and Noway’s posts- for shame! ;b
But for my part, I see voluntarily paying the costs of citizenship as the same as a form of community service. Not going out of your way to do good type of service, just subjugating selfishness or greed in order to contribute to community.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

In the tweeted words of LOL GOP, previously shared here, “I only want to pay for the nuclear weapons my family is personally going to use.” 6:58 PM – 20 Sep 2017

alpha male
alpha male

Shocker. The dems are doubling down on stupid. Surprised Nancy didn’t accuse anyone getting a slice of that tax cut of being a Russian bot.

The dem party going all in against tax cuts for the middle class may turn out to be a political miscalculation of historic proportions.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

A few pennies per hundred a week isn’t much of a tax cut for me. And those ‘other guys’ keep trying trying to sell me this as a ‘wage increase’. So insulting. I’m betting the dems are going to keep selling expanded medicare as the ship sinker.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Dems are just fulfilling their (our) traditional role of trying figure out how to pay for Repub vote buying.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Ellynn
Ellynn

Yale’s Famed Whiffenpoofs Singing Group Admits First Woman (Don’t worry, she’s a Tenor I)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/nyregion/yale-whiffenpoofs-first-woman.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

More options for healthy people, less options for people not born healthy…

https://www.axios.com/the-big-picture-on-trumps-health-care-changes-cc1f5b4c-89ae-4031-89f7-9fdb1ae08ee5.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

Florida voted 111-1 Tuesday to replace the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capital.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-bethune-statue-florida-20180220-story.html

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Georgia’s Alexander Stephens statute needs to go.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So the new Republican talking point is that the Stoneman Douglas High School students are Democratic plants and/or paid actors operating as as part of some Soros-funded attack on “teh gunz!” Typically, this is the kind of stuff you’d expect out of whackjobs like Alex Jones. But it’s being peddled by “intellectual” conservative (and convicted felon) Dinesh D’Souza. More disturbingly, it’s being echoed by “mainstream” Republicans like Rush Limbaugh, Jack Kingston, David Clarke, and Donald Trump, Jr.

Eiger, come get your boys.

The Eiger
The Eiger

You honestly think these are my guys? If the continued respect we have for each other is going to continue then these types of comments are going to need to stop.

Anyone who links to an Alex Jones article has no right to talk about anything. Including how many eggs go into an omelet.

Anyone who says that these kids are actors have no right to ever appear on a TV or radio again.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

More sarcastic than anything. Glad to see we’re in agreement that Jack Kingston can get punted into the sun.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Borrowing a tweet here as a reply, “Right now in America there are Republicans who received millions of dollars from the NRA accusing CHILDREN who survived a massacre of being PAID to speak out on Guns.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

A little perspective, NoParty. “Right now in America there are Dems who receive millions from Planned Parenthood and NONE of those children survive those massacres.”

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

It would be interesting to see the difference in campaign contributions of the NRA v Planned Parenthood and how many years it takes to reach the millions (plural) for each organization and candidate. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00314617&cycle=2012.