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Mike Lester

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    So, they’re standing under a cliff in the Caymans???

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Its only four per cent of the wallet.

  3. Cinci Steve

    Cinci Steve GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    He knows it will only pay for 8 days of government spending and will do nothing to help the economy, but it doesn’t matter. It’s “revenge” time.

  4. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    I’m sure President Obama’s spin doctors are doing all they can about making the best of a situation they have absolutely no control over.
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    The President fervently wishes congress would work for America and do what is necessary.
    But not even the President can force common sense on angry men.

  5. Random Nick

    Random Nick GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Cinci & Scott… I suppose that those that will not study history can still pull a 3.0 if they ace their other subjects. Or something like that.
    Historically, the way it works is that with higher taxes, businesses pump the money back into the company with subsequent higher employment and productivity. With lower taxes, they pull the money out and employment goes down. It’s a proven repeatable pattern.

  6. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    @Mr. King

    It’s absolutely factual. They’re quite right. Provided, of course, you look at 1957, when the income of the top 1% was less than 20% of the total GDP and they paid a marginal tax rate of 91% on unearned income and 50% on earned income.


    When the middle classes complained about having to pay taxes back then and wanted to tax the rich more, increasing the tax rate on the rich to 100% would have paid for 8 days or less of total government expenditures.


    Any decent academic will tell you that, once a calculation has been done, you can’t get published doing the same calculation again, so I’m sticking with the 1957’s 8 days. It’s not worth re-calculating just because the tax rate is less than 15% on people like Romney, and the income of the top 1% is more than 40% of total GDP.

  7. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    My money’s on the rich surviving this unspeakably horrible, crippling crisis. In fact, they are going to do quite well. No … they’re going to keep being and getting filthy rich and keep trying to not pay taxes forever.
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    That’s what “REVENGE” is, amigos.

  8. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    @cinci steve,


    what you have here is a specious argument (look it up). Let’s assume everything you say is true, it will only fund the government for 8 days. that’s 8 days more than right now. So it’s a move in the right direction. If you were starving to death, and you could only get 1 cookie a day, but were still free to look elsewhere, you would starve to death a lot more slowly (it’s amazing what little food humans can live on).

    now what you have is a matter of fairness. the framework of the republicans talking points is supurbe. no one is talking about taxing the rich more, we’re talking about TAXING THE RICH THE SAME. the republicans LOVED to scream about special interests. your argument is FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS. by definition, if you are giving 1% (certainly a special interest), special treatment – paying LESS taxes, then you are holding up the whole country for a special interest.



    comprehend english?

  9. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Mr. King

    “Where did this “8 days” figure come from?

    I’ve been hearing that for some time from multiple posters with no substantiated reference."

    I’m not completely satisfied with the explanation given here, but it does provide pertinent data and I will pursue this until I can find a really thorough explanation.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/28/Obama-Tax-Hike-On-Rich-Will-Fund-Govt-For-8-Days

  10. M Ster

    M Ster said, over 1 year ago

    brietbard.com is just another part of the rightwing echo chamber, along with Fox News, Rush, Beck, etc. Not a source of anything other than biased opinion.

  11. M Ster

    M Ster said, over 1 year ago

    My guess is that the 1% is not so concerned about their marginal rate going up from 35% to 39%, and are much more concerned about the loopholes that allow guys like Romney to pay 14%. For Romney, the difference between 14% and 35% is an additional $4 million in taxes (an additional 20% of his $20 million income). And Romney is small change compared with billionaires.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    And a million times what you ‘earn’.

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @M Ster

    That is the problem. I am trying to find something that presents objective data acceptable here, which means it is devoid of any partisan slant, but that includes a liberal bias as well.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Cinci Steve

    I don’t know where this bit of foolishness comes from. Private wealth in the U.S. is somewhere between $50 – $75 trillion. The 1% own over a third of that. That comes to around $16 to $25 trillion.

    The top 1% receive, about a quarter of the national income each year. That comes out to about $3.5 trillion a year.

    Any way you slice it, that’s a lot more than 8 days. I can only guess that whoever is telling you this lie doesn’t want you to realize how staggering the chasm between the 1% and the rest of the country has become in terms of wealth and income.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mickey1339

    Oh lord, save us from Breitbart. He lives in Neoconman’s guest house.

    Congressman Tom Price made a claim that Obama’s proposed tax change will only raise enough money to pay for an additional 8 days of government. If anything, that shows how mild Obama’s request is.

    Not one Democrat is saying that the tax hikes alone will balance the budget. It is a very reasonable part of the solution, though.

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