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I have this feeling that reading my blog is a guilty pleasure that most poeple don't admit, yet are willing to learn from me. I would prefer if people do take up my ideas that they understand them:Don’t increase taxes…Increase the tax base.What is the tax base? That is the group of people who pay taxes, which is part of the reason that this solution isn’t mentioned by the US political parties.This solution would be considered “socialist” since what it proposes is getting more people working. Although, if you consider the actual alternative, progressive taxation, where the rich pay far more in taxes. On the other hand, most tax proposals are regressive and effect the poor far more than the rich (e.g., increasing sales tax).The Republicans only get half the point here: the real issue is full employment.This is part of that dealing with inequality in that people need to be employed at jobs that pay a living wage, preferably above that level.
Laci The Dog:I had a conversation last evening with a retired sociology/criminology professor with at leasto one PhD. He's black, fairly liberal and quite intelligent. He was familiar with the news story about Flemming (R-LA) and his $4-600K to feed the family sob story. When I told him that Flemming was simply lying about his income and that he could go LOOK at the guy's financial disclosure forms on the web he showed no interest in doing so. I know this man is a "no doubt" vote for the dems but it's attitudes like his that make me wonder if ANYBODY outside of a fairly small percentage of the electorate even give a shit what's happening.