The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on April 14th finding that middle class Americans are paying their second-lowest income tax rates in 50 years.

See the report here.

So just what is it again that this Teabagger crowd is so mad about? Lower taxes? Less Governments pending by Democrats than by Republicans? Less encroachments on the Consitution? Less job losses? A growing economy? The biggest deficit reducing bill in decades?

Oh, yeah! (He’s black!)

The Other 95%

April 15, 2010

The left’s answer to the media darlings of the TEA Party, the Other 95%.

Nice to see some political activism from people who actually understand the issues.

the Other 95

Tom Tancredo can’t stand up to Markos Moulitsas and storms off set. Poor little guy.

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Just further evidence that if the teabaggers around our country screaming and hollering about out of control spending really cared about deficits they would be FOR passing health care reform.

In an open letter, some of the nations top economists write:

Successful health care reform is vital to the nation’s fiscal and economic future. The legislation the House will vote on in the coming days will guarantee security of coverage, limit the costs of care, create incentives for improved quality of care, and set us on the path towards sustainable economic growth. In short, the House health reform legislation takes the steps necessary to promote our economic health.

Specifically, the bill:

* Reduces the deficit by over $100 billion in the first 10 years, and continues to reduce the deficit in subsequent years, as judged by the Congressional Budget Office.
* Takes initial steps to “bend the cost curve,” and thus might lead to even larger cost savings than official estimates suggest.
* Covers nearly all American citizens and legal residents.

We urge House passage of the legislation, which provides a historic opportunity to realize the long-delayed goal of significant health care reform.

Signed,

Dr. Henry J. Aaron, The Brookings Institution
Dr. Mike Chernew, Harvard University Medical School
Dr. David Cutler, Harvard University
Dr. Judy Feder, Georgetown University, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Dr. Dana Goldman, University of Southern California
Dr. Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Len Nichols, The New America Foundation
Dr. Alice Rivlin, The Brookings Institution
Dr. Meredith Rosenthal, Harvard University School of Public Health
Dr. Jonathan Skinner, Dartmouth College
Dr. Katherine Swartz, Harvard University School of Public Health

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has already reported that the Democratic plan would reduce the Federal Deficit while the recently released G.O.P. plan would actually add to it.

Any conservatives or teabaggers who say that current Democratic proposals for health care reform would add to the deficit are either liars, misinformed or tragically confused.

It’s Almost Cute

November 6, 2009

This just makes me chuckle.

On top of displaying a lack of understanding of civics, taxes or even manners, tuns out Conservatives can’t count either.

How many were there again?

From Thinkprogress.org:

After the 9/12 march on Washington, conservatives falsely claimed that over a million people attended, when in reality the closest thing to an official count — numbers given by the Washington DC Fire Department to ABCNews.com — placed the crowd at “approximately 60,000 to 70,000 people.” Though today’s anti-health care reform rally has been much more sparsely attended, that hasn’t stopped conservatives from inflating the numbers again. On G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show today, producer Franklin Raff, who was on the ground at the rally, told guest host Joseph Farah that the crowd is “just as big or bigger than” the 9/12 rally, which Raff estimated “at about a million.”

Capitol Hill police told NBC’s Luke Russert that the crowd was about 4,000.

In one of those rare moments of seemingly divine providence which almost seem like a bit of justice in response to an outlandish statement, Rep. Todd Akin messes up the Pledge of Allegiance after making the absurd claim that doing so “drives liberals crazy.”

Rep. Akins led the Pledge during terrorist Representative Michelle “wait til you see how crazy I am tomorrow” Bachmann’s “scare your congressperson into voting against you” march on Capitol Hill this Thursday.

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At the march, thousands of confused Americans showed up to fight against their own best interests at the behest of a few congresspeople doing their best to keep Insurance lobbyists happy.