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Jerry Holbert

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 2 years ago

    GOP POLITICS” the Bull Label should read.
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    But if a fella’s paycheck is signed by Murdock of Rush Fox Noize, truthful labeling isn’t an option

  2. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, about 2 years ago

    Al Gored? Green Al-G?

  3. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 2 years ago

    It began earlier than 2003. I recall watching R. Reagan on TV during the early 1980’s. After giving the wealthy the first (of many to come) tax cuts, he then procedded to cut many tax deductions, like interest on credit card debt, and other home-owner deductions, which were of benefit for middle-class citizens. He then shuffled his papers, looked into the camera and said “there’s no more free rides folks!” After that, government policies were prompted by, and implemented for the benefit of the wealthy investors: deregulation, more tax breaks for the upper class, “trickle-down” justification. The rape of America began, and is still going on.

  4. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, about 2 years ago

    @MangeyMoose

    Whether the Tax Reform Act of 1986 actually harmed the middle class is up for debate. It is true that it removed interest from credit card debt and car loans as deductions, it also actually increased the home mortgage interest deduction as both an offset to the loss of other deductions and to encourage home ownership. It also increased the personal exemption and standard deduction, which was favorable to the poor and middle class. Having said that, it certainly reduced the top rate of the income tax structure from 50% to 28% (although very few ever actually paid 50%, based on deductions).

  5. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, about 2 years ago

    @MangeyMoose

    Oh, one more thing. Deregulation started prior to Reagan, with the airlines being deregulated under Carter’s term in office, as co-sponsored by Ted Kennedy and was worked on by now Justice Breyer. This has been highly successful for the middle class and poor, as air travel is much cheaper than it was, adjusted for inflation, and much more commonplace. To quote Justice Breyer from 2011:

    “What does the industry’s history tell us? Was this effort worthwhile? Certainly it shows that every major reform brings about new, sometimes unforeseen, problems. No one foresaw the industry’s spectacular growth, with the number of air passengers increasing from 207.5 million in 1974 to 721.1 million last year. As a result, no one foresaw the extent to which new bottlenecks would develop: a flight-choked Northeast corridor, overcrowded airports, delays, and terrorist risks consequently making air travel increasingly difficult. Nor did anyone foresee the extent to which change might unfairly harm workers in the industry. Still, fares have come down. Airline revenue per passenger mile has declined from an inflation-adjusted 33.3 cents in 1974, to 13 cents in the first half of 2010. In 1974 the cheapest round-trip New York-Los Angeles flight (in inflation-adjusted dollars) that regulators would allow: $1,442. Today one can fly that same route for $268. That is why the number of travelers has gone way up. So we sit in crowded planes, munch potato chips, flare up when the loudspeaker announces yet another flight delay. But how many now will vote to go back to the “good old days” of paying high, regulated prices for better service? Even among business travelers, who wants to pay “full fare for the briefcase?”

  6. TripleAxel

    TripleAxel said, about 2 years ago

    I would prefer to be in the cowboy-hat-wearing class.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 2 years ago

    What do you mean going?

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Curttis: I used to be able to fly from my small town, to connecting flights north or south. Not only is my local service gone, SO is the place I used to hook up with those other flight. It did take until this year to finally drive the final stake in this regional service. BTW: as a result of deregulation, the COST for me to take a flight to say, Orlando, from my home, increased over 500 percent! Doing in the regionals was a key airline reorganization, using “hub cities”, and actually greatly increasing their operating costs, dumb, dumb, and part of the REASON that profit share went down!!

  9. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 2 years ago

    @curtisls87

    I read your responses, and if the stats are correct, I cannot refute them. And, I concede some good things happened during his administration. But I also feel that during this time, Wall Street power and influence grew like never before. Clinton idolized Alan Greenspan, and let him have his way. And once Cheney and Bush II got in, all stops got pulled. I’ve commented about my view on this subject many times, and will not try other readers patience with another long recap. This country has changed drastically, at the expense (and lives) of MANY, for the benefit of a FEW.

    “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”
    Ronald Reagan State of Union Address 1986

  10. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, about 2 years ago

    @dtroutma

    With respect, this is a conflation of two different activities. The deregulation of the air industry of which I speak took place in the 1970s. To provide for smaller communities, the feds created the Essential Air Service to subsidize regional routes/airports. The changes you’ve seen are based on the regulation of these regional routes by the DOT under the EAS, so in essence, the changes you’ve recently seen are based in government regulation, not in deregulation. I am curious, what is your home town, and how far are you from a major airport? While I now live in CA, I grew up in the middle of Kansas, and it was not uncommon for us to drive 180 miles to KC, even with an EAS subsidized airport nearby. BTW, the cost of subsidizing these EAS routes averages $74 per seat across all flights and is as high as $801 on some flights – money that is paid by our taxes. With regard to your supposition of why profits went down, many more would say it was due to competition. When you book a flight, all other things being equal, don’t you look for the least expensive one?

  11. curtisls87

    curtisls87 said, about 2 years ago

    @MangeyMoose

    An astute response. I can assure you the stats are correct. I also agree with your points regarding Clinton, Greenspan, Cheney and Bush II. Now is precisely the time to wrest away the concentrated power and provide more liberty. Take care.

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