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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Vice News conducted a good interview with Trey Gowdy:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQt0gZt3zDg

Noway2016
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

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

I wasn’t assuming that. That was your projection, I guess. Anyway, we will never agree on this issue.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

That was the defending Master’s champ chunking four in the agua. Very painful. Spieth off in 6 minutes!

Dave Bearse
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.

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Dean Heller in Nevada is a Republican.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Thanks for the correction!

Ellynn
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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.

Noway2016
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

Andrew C. Pope
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.

Noway2016
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
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/

Andrew C. Pope
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?

Noway2016
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