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  1. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 1 day ago

    No, all of it has happened and is still happening. Come out of the bubble sometime and visit us here in the real world.

  2. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    Well, let’s see: Shifting the tax burden away from the wealthy. Cutting spending that benefits the poor and middle classes while pouring unprecedented amounts of money into military pork. Weakening or eliminating regulations that kept the rich from stealing from the public (the Reagan Savings and Loan scandal, just for one example). Trade treaties that reward corporations for sending jobs to third-world dictatorships. Shall I go on?

  3. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    No, that’s what Republicans and other so-called conservatives are about. They’ve been plundering the middle class for the past thirty-plus years.

  4. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    In proportion to the share of wealth they control, the one percent — and the 0.01% much more so — pay relatively little taxes.

  5. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    Harley’s been refuted many, many times on this site. (See Jase99’s comment above for just one example.) He rarely responds and he always continues on with the same baseless assertions and specious arguments. There comes a point at which we just don’t bother anymore.

  6. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 3 days ago

    It must be nice seeing the world through blind faith that tells you the answer for everything. But back here in the real world, government can and does create jobs. The private sector can create jobs too, but won’t unless there’s a profit to be made by doing so. It doesn’t matter how much money they have or how many times you cut their taxes. They aren’t going to pay people to build and sell a product if there aren’t enough people who can afford to buy it.

  7. Gary Kleppe commented on Mike Luckovich 3 days ago

    Who?

  8. Gary Kleppe commented on Ted Rall 5 days ago

    You know the best way to limit collateral damage? Don’t start a f—-ing war in the first place.

  9. Gary Kleppe commented on Chan Lowe 15 days ago

    Well, right. The forty-seven percent number that the wingnuts like to throw around is the estimated portion of people in the USA who don’t pay federal income taxes. Many of them do pay state taxes and federal payroll taxes which tend to be more regressive. And as you say, anyone who doesn’t live in a cave pays sales taxes. If you have a place to live then you pay property tax. If you add it all up the working poor actually pay a higher percentage than the one percent. But the Willard Romneys of the world for some reason don’t want to mention any of that.

  10. Gary Kleppe commented on Chan Lowe 15 days ago

    First of all, the poor don’t refuse to work. Some can’t due to disability. But most of them would take jobs if they were available. They aren’t. This is a feature (as opposed to a bug) of the post-Dubya economy. The people with all the money like it when there are many more people who need work than jobs since it keeps wages low.

    Second, yes, the military-industrial complex does provide a product, but it’s not one that we need. It’s a made-up demand for something that helps no one (and does great harm when actually used). We could spend that money to pay the poor to do lots of jobs that would benefit everyone. But we’d have to pay them real wages instead of the table scraps they get now, and that would make the unemployed less desperate, so the 0.01% who call the shots don’t want it to happen and therefore it doesn’t happen.