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Why Tax Cuts Won’t Stimulate the Economy
Sep 15th, 2010 by Sam

To all the worshipers kneeling to the altar of tax cuts

This means that any tax cuts for new investment may hardly be used. Businesses aren’t suddenly going to invest more money, when they are more concerned about their own balance sheets and those of potential consumers of their goods. And even if they do, their spending is liable to be more of a “cash for clunkers” scenario than something that can help the real economy.

The same goes for any proposed maintenance of the Bush Tax cuts, which would just be pocketed or used to pay down debts on underwater mortgages by consumers. And, in some cases, those who may even be in good financial shape may elect to save money as their confidence is so low in the future of the economy.

Sep 4: The Samantha Clemens Show
Sep 4th, 2010 by Sam

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The Lucky Tax
Aug 27th, 2010 by Sam

Abigail Disney, a filmmaker and an heiress to the Disney family, defended the estate tax eloquently: “My grandfather [Roy Disney] would be the first person to tell you that he’d managed to amass his fortune not in spite of, but because of, the American system,’’ she said. “After all, without reliable and safe roads there would be no such thing as Disneyland; without high-functioning legal systems and a well-regulated business environment there would have been no copyright protection for Mickey Mouse.’’

It’s a simple, powerful point: Even if they’re talented and have made every right move, the extremely wealthy do owe something to a system that provides them with countless legal protections and business advantages.

The Distorted Lens of Islamophobia
Aug 11th, 2010 by Sam

What if we saw Christianity through the same lens that distorts Islam?

Many people have persuasively argued over the past several years that Islamophobia weakens our security and threatens our values. The fact that Muslim Americans strongly denounce terrorism, prove their patriotism, and serve their communities and nation every single day has been demonstrated in ways large and small. Yet anti-Muslim hateful speech still thrives.

SOURCE: AP/Mark Lennihan This building near Ground Zero in Manhattan is the proposed site of a future 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center.

Obama: I Don’t Want BP ‘Nickel And Diming’ The Gulf
Jun 5th, 2010 by Sam

The oil dispersant just pushes the oil down, oiling the fish who swim through it
May 28th, 2010 by Sam

Not good.  Really really not good….

Health Reform Myths
Mar 12th, 2010 by Sam

Paul Krugman clears up some of the baloney that’s been going around about the health care reform effort…

  1. President Obama is NOT proposing a “government takeover” of 1/6 the economy.
  2. The proposed reform DOES help control costs.
  3. Healthcare reform IS fiscally responsible.

Don’t believe it?  Read the article.

Michael Smerconish: For Me, the Party Is Over
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Sam

Michael Smerconish: For Me, the Party Is Over.

I think President Obama is earnest, smart, and much more centrist than his tea party caricature suggests. He has never been given a fair chance to succeed by those who openly crow about their desire to see him fail (while somehow congratulating one another on their relative patriotism). I know he was born in America, isn’t a socialist, and doesn’t worship in a mosque. I get that he inherited a minefield. Still, the level of federal spending concerns me. And he never closed the deal with me that health insurance is a right, not a privilege. But I’m not folding the tent on him. Not now. Not with the nation fighting two wars while its economy still teeters on the brink of collapse.

Human Culture Plays a Role in Natural Selection – NYTimes.com
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Sam

Human Culture Plays a Role in Natural Selection – NYTimes.com.

Biologists are finding evidence that culture has been interacting with genes to shape human evolution.
Should you be legally required to show your face?
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Sam

Five European states back burka ban

Do you think people should be legally obligated to show their faces?

More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times.

Cultural divide: women of different faiths in a street in Blackburn, Lancashire

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