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Sep 25: Tax alcohol for drug treatment? Yes or no?
Sep 25th, 2010 by Sam

Jim McManus of the Committee Against Repeal of the Alcohol Tax will join us to talk about Massachusetts Ballot Question # 1…  which would repeal the tax on alcohol which funds addiction treatment programs…

Should the alcohol industry be required to pay for the negative consequences of it being legal?  Should we do something for the businesses near the New Hampshire border?  What about other drugs, like marijuana?  Legal with taxes to provide addiction treatment?  What about gambling?

Their point of view is…

Alcohol is not a necessity and does not deserve a special tax exemption. The only goods in Massachusetts exempt from the sales tax are necessities like food, clothing, and prescriptions. If anything should be taxed, products like cigarettes and alcohol should be.

Revenues from the alcohol tax provide dedicated funding for healthcare services for more than 100,000 residents with behavioral health problems. Massachusetts has some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse in the country – the last thing we need is to take money away from prevention and treatment services to make alcohol more accessible. The alcohol tax literally saves lives by reducing teen drinking and funding treatment services to help people beat addictions and getting their lives back on track.

Nearly every other state has a sales tax on alcohol. With Massachusetts facing a serious budget deficit, don’t give alcohol a special exemption.

Sep 18: Suzanne Bump: Don’t destroy gov’t, audit !
Sep 18th, 2010 by Sam

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Suzanne Bump is candidate for Massachusetts State Auditor…  how thrilling is THAT?!

Well, the auditor is there to make sure that taxes are spent the way they are supposed to be spent…

So, if Tea Partiers and Republicans want to destroy government, you’d think the LAST thing they wanted is to have an effective auditor, wouldn’t you ?  They would NOT want to fix gov’t.

Suzanne explains what she wants to do, why she wants to the job, what are her priorities, and why being a CPA is not necessarily the most important thing.

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 11: 9/11, books burning, and the primaries
Sep 11th, 2010 by Sam

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9/11: how does the memory of 9/11 compare to other tragic moments in history? pearl harbor, JFK, Martin Luther King… do any other moments have the same resonance?

Book burning: is burning the Koran the same as cartoons of Mohammed? Why not? Why didn’t we have the same outcry for the cartoons? In fact, there were Facebook groups and movements for people to make more cartoons. What’s the difference?

Democracy in action: Tony Schinella, editor of Politizine.com, moderated the debate between Barney Frank and Rachel Scott. Amazing he agreed to it. Amazing to listen to it. Tony tells us how it went.

Video: Barney Frank debates Rachel Brown

Texas evangelist says ’100 percent’ that Quran-burning is off Saturday

Press freedom threatened

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

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