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Dec 11: Homeless, top 2% & Mark Alston-Follansbee
Dec 11th, 2010 by Sam

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The tax deal:  If you had to choose between extending low taxes for the top 2% and extending unemployment benefits for another year, which would you choose?

Should House Dems vote for the deal?

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Mark Alston-Follansbee will join us to talk about how things are going at The Somerville Homeless Coalition

Yep, they’re sitting around with nothing to do over there – money just keeps rolling in, there are no clients, too many volunteers, and they just keep getting more beds than they know what to do with.

And it’s ALL the result of the Bush tax cuts.  And the Lucky (estate) Tax down to zero.  Combined with spending cuts.

It’s magic.

Dec 4: Unemployment $$, top 2% $$, and Jonathan Swift
Dec 4th, 2010 by Sam

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Hope you’ll be there for The Samantha Clemens Show this Saturday morning from 10 to 11 eastern on WWZN AM 1510, streaming live at www.samanthaclemens.com.

  • Terminating unemployment benefits to folks who don’t have other money.
  • Increasing the after tax income of the top 2%.

How on earth does this make sense?? Well, as far as I can tell, here are the arguments coming from the right:

The poor are poor because they are lazy. Right? And the rich are rich because they are smarter than the other 98%. Right? Plus, the whole economy is better off the more money rich people get to keep? Right? So the poor would be even poorer if the rich weren’t so rich? Right?? And so it would be immoral to take even a dime from a rich person. And, anyone who gets money from the government is a sniveling groveler leech parasite on our society, while anyone who receives money from an inheritance who is… well, it doesn’t matter who they are because THE MONEY HAS ALREADY BEEN TAXED, YOU SEE… so it doesn’t matter what they are. Even if they lose the money they inherited, they are, by definition, producers of wealth.

Sigh. No, it doesn’t make any sense to me either. However, it’s ALWAYS been a problem, so we’ll look to history to see what we can learn. Hmmm, let’s see – we’ve got “Let them eat cake.” We’ve got “taxes are for little people.” But perhaps the best suggestions, the best insights, the best solutions come from Jonathan Swift.

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