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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    @Finagle - The Europeans, apparently.

    I love the concept that they're accusing Obama of 'trying to turn America into a European Socialist state', when I don't think many Europeans would think their countries are very socialist right now...
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    And of course 'the take the country back to the 1950's' crowd never seem to acknowledge that some of the legitimate prosperity of the era was based upon the groundwork of programs laid out in the New Deal era.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    @ Flabyo. I certainly wouldn't describe Britain as a socialist country right now. A little analysis from the beeb on the subject here.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    Also, wasn't the maximum tax rate something like 90% in the 50s as opposed to the 35% or so that is now?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012

    I'm not sure it was that high, but it was higher than it is now (which meakes me want to throttle those "Taxed Enough Already" Tea Party clowns who, once again, prove they don't know what they're talking about).
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2012

    It was that high. The top Marginal rate, I should note, which means that of every dollar past the first 400,000, 91 cents went to the government.

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2012
    The whole 35% marginal tax rate thing is a joke for the very rich anyway.

    The vast majority of their income are dividends and capital gains, which are taxed at 15% or 25%.

    You want to make the 1% squeal like raped pigs? Offer to lower the top marginal income tax rate to 30% "to help small business owners," but eliminate the whole privileged position for dividends and capital gains. Make it all count as salary.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
    The fuck is going on here?

    Three primaries tonight, Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado and Santorum is kicking the shit out of Romney in two and TIED with him in the third.
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    Wow. Santorum. Just...

    I mean...

    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
    You've fucking got me, mate, and I follow this stuff for fun. It's enough to make me sit down, flick my finger over my lips and go "Abbitty abbitty abbitty"
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    ...and even the bloody BBC is doing the whole 'surging Santorum' headlines schtick.
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
    Gingrich, Paul and Santorum will pop up now and then in states like this to give some meaningless victories. It just weakens the party by pulling support away from Romney, who still *will* be the inevitable candidate.
    • CommentAuthorG. Foyle
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
    Ech. "Surging Santorum" is a mental image I could've done without. . . .
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
    We share the pain.
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    Think how we few sane Pennsylvanians feel. It's a very Victor Frankenstein feeling: we spawned this monster, after all. This is the cream of the crop here in the state that's trying to declare this the Year of the Bible. Eventually the whole state is going to just light on fire and we'll be trapped with our monster as the whole infrastructure collapses around us. (I would've stayed faithful to the text and made a crack about the Arctic, but I couldn't figure out how to get the joke to work properly...)
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
    It's worth noting that voter turnout in most of the primaries where a black sheep candidate has pulled it out is extraordinarily low because so many people are disappointed in the options, leaving only the truly fanatic to show up and pull the lever.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012

    Yeah, but I've heard that Republican primaries, in general, are pretty low turnout, although if the last few have been even lower than that then that says something about the quality of the candidates.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2012
    I guess this kinda fits here more than anywhere else...

    How to get fired from Fox
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2012
    @Flabyo I thought Ron Paul's whole thing was "hey guys, anarchy might be fun"... politics is so hard to follow D: