'Greater civic engagement. Increasing use for online access. More frequent digital downloads. And a strong desire for lower and fair taxes. That’s how Asian-Americans see wireless communication in their lives…'
…a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and…while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned—a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it “put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,” says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson.
…Starting this year, a healthcare surtax of 3.8 percent is applied to capital gains and dividend income of individuals earning more than $200,000 and a nine-tenths of 1 percent healthcare tax to wages over $200,000 or couples over $250,000. Together, the two taxes will raise an estimated $317.7 billion over 10 years…the justification is plain: We are becoming a vastly unequal society in which most of the economic gains are going to the top. It’s only just that those with higher incomes bear some responsibility for maintaining the health of Americans who are less fortunate…This is a profoundly moral argument about who we are and what we owe each other as Americans. But Democrats have failed to make it…
…the majestic draw of [the Caymans]…is starting to be [touched] by social and political tensions and threats to its tax haven status…[the] destination attracts a…broad demographic of residents. It is this which may…have caused a widening cultural and generational gap…
The geopolitics of Syria affect everything from oil to Iran to Israel to the defense budget—and those concerns might be what’s really driving the push to war. But the public sales pitch for war cannot dare admit that because such a truth is taboo. Thus, the warmongers are trying to appeal to our sense of self-worth. They assume that we are so narcissistic that it will be easy to build support for killing other people with long-distance bombs, as long as most Americans aren’t asked to sacrifice at all with higher taxes or casualties, and as long as all the ensuing carnage makes Americans feel like good, decent, moral people.
That’s the problem with subjecting every single policy idea to this political test: If the opposition party doesn’t want to cut a deal, there won’t be a deal. And if all coverage of policy is colored by that core political decision, then there’ll never be real pressure on them to make a deal, either. But there’s an alternative world on offer, one where the coverage of new policy ideas leaves their political future alone and focuses, at least at the outset, on whether they’re good ideas. If they’re bad ideas, then the conversation should end there. If they are good ideas, and people know that, then perhaps the knowledge will move a few Republican senators, or even—unlikely as it is—the public, and a policy that began with no evident path to passage will find a way forward. It’s…early to say whether the White House’s corporate tax overhaul and job-creation plans are good ideas. All we have right now are broad-brush previews…But it’d be nice to see these proposals covered in terms of whether they make sense for the economy rather than in terms of whether Republicans will accept them before they’ve even read them.
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Wealthy folk need to stop whining about ‘class warfare.’ Rich people having their heads impaled on pikes and marched through the town square is class warfare; paying three cents more in taxes on every dollar earned over $250,000 a year is not.