That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Mary Pops Back" above, from yesterday. I really enjoyed that.
What I do not enjoy are shaved 'facts' and distortions. That's why it's so difficult to follow most of the Wisconsin story. Time and again, so many 'left' voices demonstrate that you can't trust them. Bob Somerby has an interesting section in his post today:
Unknowingly, Schultz made Walker’s point about the problem with raising taxes.
Even after Illinois raised taxes, its rates are still lower than those in Wisconsin! So Schultz said, not realizing that this is the very case Walker makes.
Like other governors, Walker says he can’t raise taxes because employers (and high earners) will flee to neighboring states—to states with lower taxes. The analysts cried when Big Eddie reinforced Walker’s point.
So it goes on MSNBC, where the intelligence level seems to drop by the week.
By the way, this news report in the New York Times discussed the Illinois tax situation. Under Governor Quinn’s temporary plan, the state income tax went from 3 percent to 5 percent, for all citizens. Illinois has no higher rate for upper-end earners; everybody pays the same rate. By way of contrast, Wisconsin has a graduated state income tax—and its rate for the highest earners is 7.75 percent.
Despite these facts, Big Eddie tells us that Walker should raise Wisconsin’s rates, just like heroic Quinn! Illinois’ marginal rate in 5 percent; Wisconsin’s is almost three points higher. Despite this, Governor Quinn is the man—and Walker should take his rate higher! Meanwhile, this later report noted that Quinn’s bump in income tax rates was passed in January—and he proposed no additional taxes in last month’s full budget proposal, despite Illinois’ large shortfall. (“Even after Illinois raised income and corporate tax rates last month, Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing a budget that would cut aid to the poor, skimp on many services and count on borrowing billions to pay overdue bills.”)
Was Big Eddie twisting his facts just a tad? On MSNBC, if it weren’t for the twisted facts, would there be any facts at all?
How should the various states deal with taxes? We’d love to see a serious discussion, but it won’t likely occur on The True Liberal Channel. That said, the question is more complex on the state level than it is for the feds.
Like some -- I don't know how many -- I will pay higher taxes gladly if it would benefit all of us. (My husband and I are not wealthy. But we feel rich. We raised eight kids and they're all adults now. Our oldest has moved back home but he pays his own bills. And I'm thrilled he's back and love being able to help raise my first grandchild. But for the last two years or so, it's been amazing because we made do on two pay checks with ourselves and eight kids and now, all the sudden, it's like we're rolling in dough.) But I'm not going to be able to know that it would benefit all, am I?
Do you get what I mean?
If a proposal's made and it truly benefits all, I know/guess that Fox News will attack the proposal. I assume that CNN will play it down the middle. And I know that the channel that might have fought for it (MSNBC) has so disgraced itself that we just can't trust them at all.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: