April 6, 2018 7:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, April 6, 2018 Morning Reads for Friday, April 6, 2018 By Ginny Politics 26 Comments Catching up with Aimee Copeland. Still looking for the pot of internet gold. Well, it IS Alabama. One article in, and now looking for a job. Ye Royal Hip Replacement. Tempest in a hand-forged teapot. Of course, Facebook excludes North American customers. Because they can. So make it just go away. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 26 Comments Andrew C. Pope Vice News conducted a good interview with Trey Gowdy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQt0gZt3zDg April 6, 2018 7:35 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Redistibutionists please read…then be quiet about the “pay your fair share” crap. https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-20-of-americans-will-pay-87-of-income-tax-1523007001 April 6, 2018 8:10 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Non-snarky response: Since 1980, the top 10%’s share of pre-tax income has risen from 35% to over 50%. Those are levels we haven’t seen since the 1920s. During the recovery from the great recession, the top 1% of Americans saw a 31.4% increase in their incomes. The remaining 99% saw 0.4%. (Even among the top 20%, the 80th to 90th percentile only saw average growth of 1.5%) 95% of post-recession income growth accrued to the top 1% of Americans. The richest 1% in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90%. The United States has a Gini coefficient (a standard measure of economic inequality) approaching the level of some Latin American banana republics. This is the result of decades of economic policies (from Republicans and Democrats) that have been aimed, not at creating new wealth, but at taking wealth from others and allowing it to accrue to those that already have it. For example, the carried interest tax loophole allows wealthy people to get their pay taxed at lower rates than yours or mine. There are economic theories out there that increasing the marginal tax rate for top earners increases pay for workers, as folks in the c-suite are less inclined to seek increases in their own pay. If you’re poor in the Untied States, you’re probably going to stay that way, as the U.S. has less economic mobility than Europe. Further, compared to other developed countries, we spend less educating the average poor child than we do educating the average rich one. To steal a line from Dr. King: “It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” This was a really long-winded way of saying… of course the top 20% are paying 87% of taxes, that’s where all the wealth and income is. Even now, the top 1% of income earners aren’t even coming close to paying their fair share. April 6, 2018 8:46 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Non snark response…”not coming close to paying fair share…” According to who, Drew? Those one percent are more successful in doing whatever it is they do to earn their seemingly, to you, obscene amounts of money. It is theirs, though. Maybe it’s a Gates, a Niclaus, a Federer, a Hanks, even. All people aren’t equally gifted, smart, motivated. Never will be. But yet, there will be legions of others who are damned determined to termite into their wallets. It’s unseemly and obscene. April 6, 2018 9:05 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You’re assuming that wealth is generated purely off of income. Over 84% of stocks are owned by the richest 10% of Americans. Those capital gains are going, by and large, to the wealthiest Americans, and they’re being taxed at a lower rate than what you or I pay on our income. Further, not only are the wealthiest Americans accruing an ever increasing percentage of income but our tax system is allowing them to hoard that wealth. It’s easy to point to Bill Gates or an athlete or actor and say “they worked hard for their money!” But for every one of those, there’s a legion of trust fund kids that aren’t particularly skilled or talented that are wealthier than Roger Federer or Tom Hanks, haven’t worked a day in their lives for the millions upon millions of dollars in their bank account, and are taxed at a lower rate than you or me. I mean, do Don Jr. and Eric Trump strike you as particularly intelligent or skilled? Don Jr. is 40 years old and he still has his dad writing statements and doing crisis management for him. Dude has never worked in a job he could be fired from yet you mean to tell me that he’s “earned” his money? April 6, 2018 9:17 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I wasn’t assuming that. That was your projection, I guess. Anyway, we will never agree on this issue. April 6, 2018 9:34 AM Andrew C. Pope You said that all people aren’t equally gifted, smart, or motivated. I countered that gifts, smarts, and motivation don’t always equal success. As mentioned earlier, there is a huge gulf in opportunity in the U.S. and some of the worst economic mobility in the developed world. The zip code of your birth is now more determinative of your success than your abilities or motivation. For poor and middle class individuals, trying to move upward socioeconomically is like Sergio trying to stay on the green at 15 yesterday… 5 out of 6 times, you’re not going to make it. We’ll have to agree to disagree. April 6, 2018 9:37 AM Noway2016 That was the defending Master’s champ chunking four in the agua. Very painful. Spieth off in 6 minutes! April 6, 2018 9:44 AM Dave Bearse A small distinction, but I would characterize it as an imbalance in power (that has been increasing) that enables the powerfully rich to reap nearly all of the gain due to productivity and technology, more than a taking of wealth from others. April 6, 2018 9:31 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse It took the Mayor Bottoms administration seven weeks to respond to a 26 Jan Open Records Request to provide former Mayor Reed’s credit card statements. It’s a virtual certainty there’s no valid excuse for the delay. It did coincidentally afford time for Reed to review records himself, and reimburse the city for some of the charges on the credit cards, prior to the credit card statements being released to the AJC. The GBI is already investigating alleged willful delay and obfuscation of the Reed administration with respect to ORR concerning city water bills of Reed, Reed family members and others in city government. It’s likewise a virtual certainty that the GBI investigation will expand to include the Bottoms administration delay in providing the credit card statements, if there was wrongdoing with respect to the water bills, especially since many of the same Mayoral staff were around for both. As to Mayor Reed’s credit card spending, which included an average $3,000 a week in travel expenses in 2017 and a few extravagant charges in addition to personal charges that Reed reimbursed the city for, Bottom’s spokesperson, who served as Reed’s spokesperson said, “In every instance, these costs were legitimate city expenses incurred in the course of his role as Mayor of the City of Atlanta.…” (The Mayor’s office not unexpectedly had no comment on the $40,000 that Bottoms as a Councilwoman voted to give to a Reed charity that the charity in turn returned to the city pay for a junket to South Africa that included first class air fare for Bottoms.) The Mayor Bottoms administration isn’t being smart by becoming involved in ORR matters that can only go south if they go anywhere at all. April 6, 2018 9:51 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse GOP prospects for maintaining the current advantage in the House in November are bad, very bad, or very very bad. The Senate is another matter. This column by Charlie Cook notes that toss up races in the Senate overwhelmingly tend to break one way or the other in a given election year. Dating to 1998, 7-10 toss up races per election with 80% going to one party or the other in that cycle. Cook currently has seven in the toss up category: NV, ND, WV, IN and MO currently Dem, and AZ and TN currently GOP; eight making a total of six Dem, if Scott runs in FL. National Journal: How to Handicap the Race for the Senate https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/666034?unlock=U5E1O9JOWDPF8ND0 April 6, 2018 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Dean Heller in Nevada is a Republican. April 6, 2018 9:58 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Thanks for the correction! April 6, 2018 10:17 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Whenever we camped, the fire was burning from sun up to whenever dad went to bed. water was being boiled for coffee, tea, and washing dishes long before I got out of my sleeping bag. While mom had a little electric fry pan for bacon and pancake production, I was in charge of the 4 sets of pudgy pie makers. I took the maker apart, wiped down the insides with butter, cracked and egg into it, and added salt before I set them in pockets I made in the fire under the grates holding the water kettle. Best wood smoked fired eggs I ever had. This was long before Alice Waters ever saw a ‘hand forged’ egg spoon. April 6, 2018 10:52 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Republicans rigged our democracy. Here’s how Democrats can fight back — David Faris at The Guardian :https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/31/republicans-rigged-democracy-democrats-fight-back “Gerrymandering, the Citizens United atrocity that declared money is speech, blocking US supreme court nominations and obstructing legislation are some of the Republican party’s tactics.” “Beginning with the Gingrich radicals who took over the House in 1994, the modern Republican party has been willing to exploit the constitution’s design flaws and the constitutional order’s reliance on informal understandings between political actors to sabotage the functioning of Congress, destroy the Obama presidency, and seize vastly more power than the American people would otherwise have granted it.” “When they retake power, Democrats should use those same [Constitutional] flaws to revive not the party, but our democracy.” “Step one in bringing this vision to fruition is to stop bringing pistols to the nuclear war. Democrats must be prepared to mimic their tormentors by intentionally destroying the Trump administration and then unleashing this dizzying array of electoral and institutional reforms when they recapture total power. Farris points out the unequal weight given to tiny red states by the electoral college system make it more difficult to repair the intentional Republican damage to democracy. The total population of Wyoming doesn’t even crack the top 100 of US counties, but it still gets two Senators and a Representative. If everyone in WY lived in one city it would only be the 32nd largest city in the US, behind Milwaukee. (But hey, the people of Washington DC don’t deserve any Congressional representation.) Unless corrected, I think our system is ultimately going to fail. The longer it goes on the worse the potential failure is going to be. April 6, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope In the interest of being evenhanded in calling out dumb ideas, I’ve got to say that the ideas in this article are completely dumb: 1. DC and Puerto Rico statehood. While DC is all for it, it’s not entirely clear Puerto Rico is. This is the least dumb of the dumb ideas, however. 2. Packing the Supreme Court and/or the lower courts and/or threatening court packing to end lifetime judicial appointments. Because this idea worked out so well for FDR. Lifetime appointments are a good thing, not a bad thing. Scrapping them would be a mistake. 3. Enacting proportional representation in the House to combat gerrymandering Ok, but the House can’t make that decision. That comes down to the individual states. So go win back some state houses and governor’s mansions and enact it. 4. Improve access to voting Outside of moving Election Day to a weekend (seriously why the heck is it on a Tuesday?!) ballot acces is a a State issue. The real answer is simple: Contest every election from dog catcher to President. Put the effort into winning local and state races. Win state houses. Win governorships. Draw electoral maps that are fair or enact a non-partisan map drawing procedure. Reinstate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Expand access to the ballot through more early voting, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, and reinstating the rights of felons after they’ve completed their sentence. Build up the party infrastructure in all 50 states and on a local level. Develop candidates that speak to their districts and their states rather than one almighty party doctrine. It really ain’t that complicated. April 6, 2018 12:45 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The ideas may be dumb, but the simple may not be enough. Some of it is baked into partisan distribution and inherent, and not avoidable. April 7, 2018 5:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Good God Almighty! Thissssssssssssssssssssssssssssss guy should be elected Prez! Drew thought he had a good Middle Finger Moment but Jeez Maneez, this guy get the Middle Finger and a couple of other body parts in there! This is gonna be included in every single Repub ad between now and The End of Time! I can barely even breathe!!! Mark Robinson is God!! https://www.dailywire.com/news/29119/watch-black-gun-owner-slams-government-trying-take-ryan-saavedra April 6, 2018 12:25 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope As we saw with Philando Castile, if that dude gets shot by the cops the NRA isn’t going to stick up for him in the slightest. April 6, 2018 12:47 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 THAT is your reply to that video? At least acknowledge the guy is spot on. at least to my side, in his 2nd amendment defense. April 6, 2018 12:53 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope More specific to the video? The city council was debating cancelling a gun show. No one is taking any right away from him (there’s no 2nd Amendment right to attend a gun show) and he’s more than entitled to go somewhere else to buy a gun. As to his side argument about how criminals will get to keep their guns and law-abiding citizens won’t: First, no one is proposing all-out gun confiscation. Second, if we followed the logic of “this law is bad because people will still break it” then we wouldn’t have any laws. Why have securities regulations if some traders are just going to commit fraud while the “good ones” won’t? Why have speed limits if some people are still going to drive 100mph? Why have privacy laws if Facebook is still going to give your personal information away? Restricting or limiting access to firearms reduces gun violence, this is a readily provable fact. In addition, laser gun laws mean more criminals with guns. In other words, the “crips and bloods” may keep their current guns but it would be prohibitively more difficult for them to obtain new ones. April 6, 2018 1:15 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wow! Ok. Your devotion to your side is admirable. Not even a tip of the cap to a powerful and passionate Regular Guy! This man is the definition of Common Sense. The best since Joe the Plumber. And as such, look for your side to descend on him like locusts. April 6, 2018 1:42 PM Andrew C. Pope look for your side to descend on him like locusts. Kind of like how the host of a nationally televised television program publicly belittles a teenager over not getting into the college of his choice? Or how multiple radio and television hosts, with an audience of millions, publicly insult and belittle teenage victims of a mass shootings and deride them as “crisis actors”? This man is the definition of Common Sense But it isn’t common sense. Opposing a law because people might break it is fundamentally illogical. It doesn’t make any sense. The guy was a good extemporaneous speaker, I’ll give him that. But his passion and his palpable anger don’t magically transform nonsensical arguments into cogent ones. Not even a tip of the cap to a powerful and passionate Regular Guy! If he stepped into the batter’s box against Craig Kimbrel and struck out, I’d tip my cap, because there’s no way I’d expect a “regular guy” to get a hit. But I’m not going to tip my cap for a “regular guy” failing to make a sound and logical argument something which he, by virtue of being an adult, should be able to do. I’m a regular guy, I can do it. Gather some facts and prove your point with those. Not with nonsensical arguments like “if you take my guns the bad guys will murder me!” April 6, 2018 2:11 PM Noway2016 Well, the Libs are doing their damnedest to screw Americans out of their 2nd Amendment freedom, now look at their efforts to do the same damn thing to American’s First Amendment liberties, too. Real Americans are watching and taking copious notes. November can’t get here soon enough! http://www.theamericanmirror.com/facebook-penalizes-pro-trump-diamond-silk-deems-duo-unsafe-to-the-community/ April 8, 2018 8:42 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Want to point to the part of the First Amendment that requires private companies to provide you with a platform for speech? April 9, 2018 7:14 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 As my ongoing public service here at GaPol, I’ve dialed my Maggot Monday back a day. I present to you…the Sunday Squash. Good Gal with a Gun saves family! Shotgun, no less. Joe Biden says everybody oughtta have one! She obviously listened to our esteemed Vice President! LOL! http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/37896075/coroner-woman-shoots-kills-intruder-armed-with-shotgun-after-home-invasion April 8, 2018 9:17 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.