Democrats fight the lies

During the health care debate of the last year, democrats didn’t refute the lies.
At least, not enough to counter the massive spread of misinformation by Fox and the right wing media.

This time around, with wall street reform, the democrats are fighting back instead of assuming that the public was smart enough not to fall for egregious lies.

Shortly after the president’s speech to wall street today, harry reid displayed video of republican senate leader mitch mcconnell and denounced it.

Video will be added later.

Meet the Tea Party

The Tea Party is composed of the far right – they are extremists.
Half of them think Glen Beck is news.

Here’s a video compilation of the tax day tea parties this year.

They adore the rich, even at their own expense (guess they must have HATED the tax rates under Eisenhower).
Some want to abolish public education (great, lol).

Pathetic CNN tax report misleads

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the video.
I’ll check again later.

Last night (this morning) CNN has a short segment explaining who pays what as far as taxes are concerned.

over $1,000,000 yearly income, pays 25%.
And incomes below that pay less (17% if I remember right).

So CNN, is making the claim that the wealthy pay more in taxes.
This is a BS comparison, and CNN should be ashamed of televising it.

The problem is that CNN completely ignores where the majority of our wealthiest make their money.
Which is NOT from a salary of more than 1,000,000 dollars (some CEOs yes, but a small group).
They make more of their money from investments in stocks bonds etc.

And money made from stocks is taxed at 15%, which is the long term capital gains tax rate after Bush got through with it (lowest rate in history).

So CNN’s comparison is pointless, and they help propagate the myth that rich taxpayers pay their fair shares of taxes.
They don’t.
They pay less than the bracket below them.

CNN, you aren’t Fox, and I give you credit for that.
But this incomplete, myth-encouraging segment had NO VALUE at all.

They killed Renee

As the great 24 nears its end, they’ve killed off yet another.
This time, Renee.

Part luke skywalker to Jack’s Yoda, part soul mate.

She got mean quick.
And she’s pretty.

What’s not to like?

On the other side of the ledger, my other favorite 24 girl got a promotion.
Chloe is running the show.

I’m not sure that is a good thing, though.

Jason Heyward starts big

The top prospect in baseball hit a home run in his first at bat, with the anxious crowd chanting “Let’s go, Heyward!” before his home run – in his first at bat at the major league level.

3B Chipper Jones, winner of 15 or so division titles and a world series, said “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard this stadium that loud”.

Responding to a question about how it felt rounding the bases, Heyward replied “I felt my legs but I couldn’t hear myself think, it was so loud.”

Its a good start.
Bravo Heyward, and good fortune to the Braves.