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  1. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    “Fair tax” – Just one more way to disproportionately tax the poor (whose income all gets spent and thus would all be taxed) over the rich (who can afford to save most of their money and thus avoid sales taxes).

  2. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    I would say you’re preaching to the choir, but I think the preaching’s my job… ;)
     
    The tax-cutters’ dirty secret is that we’ve been trying their plan for 30 years. Their theory is that giving rich people more money would encourage investment and create jobs, but the reality is that it’s sucked the middle class dry, which created ballooning personal debt and finally crashed the economy – reducing demand, which actively DIScourages investment and lowers wages. It doesn’t work.
     
    No businessman hires people out of the goodness of his heart, or because he’s making a lot of money. He hires people to meet demand. No demand means no jobs, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen in this “jobless recovery.” The rich aren’t investing – they’re sitting on their money because there’s nothing to invest IN, due to that lack of demand.
     
    Compare the ratio of a CEO’s earnings to his average worker’s earnings between 1982 and 2012. What used to be around 40:1 has shot up to over 300:1, and it’s still rising. The economy’s not going to get better unless we can turn that ratio’s direction around. (Frankly, I’d like to cap it at 100:1. Make all the money you like, but not while paying your employees crap.)

  3. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    You seem confused. Hoover’s plan was pretty much the “compromise stimulus” we got at the beginning of Obama’s term – a step, but not enough. Compare it with the bigger steps that FDR was able to make (like the WPA), which is more like what I’m calling for.

  4. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    @Habanero Hound -
     
    I think that because it’s already happened. Obama proposed pretty much exactly that, and the GOP squashed it. See http://bit.ly/1glXcmY for details.
     
    Next question?

  5. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Forgot to mention – we’re going to have to repair our infrastructure sometime. It’s not going to fix itself, and the longer we wait, the more expensive it’s going to be. Low interest rates make the deficit spending less painful, the recession makes the labor cheaper, and hiring the unemployed makes it even less expensive because we’re not paying those unemployment benefits. It’s a win all the way around, except for the political costs to those who oppose it.

  6. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    Just for starters, raising the minimum wage will get lots of Walmart’s workers off of welfare, reducing the roughly $900K/year tax burden that each Walmart store costs its community.
     
    Imagine that – one of the biggest companies on the planet might have to pay its own workers instead of stealing our taxes to do it for them. THE HORROR!
     
    But then, I think we could use a good, solid infrastructure stimulus program for the next couple of years. Think of it as a second WPA – while interest rates are at rock-bottom, hire the unemployed to rebuild our national infrastructure. Yes, it’s short-term deficit spending – but it gets people off of the unemployment rolls and into useful jobs. They make money, they spend it, that creates more demand, the private sector needs to hire more people instead of just socking its record profits away in the Caymans, and by 2016 we could actually be out of this recession!
     
    Naaah, we can’t have that. Might hurt the GOP’s chances in the next election, and that’s WAY more important than silly little things like running the country, right?

  7. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Last Kiss 2 months ago

    You slimy beast! I’ll slug you for that!

  8. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 3 months ago

    (sigh) Yes, Obama killed all the jobs. He was so good at it that he managed to crash the economy before he even became President! The fiend!
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    It’s like economists have been saying: if cutting taxes on the rich created jobs, we’d be swimming in ‘em by now. After all, we did that for thirty solid years. Instead, today’s “giant sucking sound” is the top 0.1% vacuuming up more wealth than ever, at the expense of what used to be the middle class.

  9. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 4 months ago

    I think we need to impose a cap, at least temporarily, on the ratio of executive vs. worker compensation levels. That way, if the CEO wants a fat paycheck, he can’t do it at the expense of the workers.
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    In 1981, the ratio between CEO pay and median worker pay was about 50:1. Now, that ratio is over 300:1, and in some companies it’s over 1000:1. Cap it at, say, 100:1 for a while. Executives could either take a pay cut to meet the ratio, raise worker wages, or some combination of the two. Best of all, it doesn’t affect companies that are already behaving responsibly; all it does is rein in the greedy ones.

  10. RevBobMIB GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles 5 months ago

    There are two major options here: either you bought a junk plan after the ACA passed (and thus it wasn’t grandfathered in), or your insurance company is trying to scam you into joining a more expensive plan.
     
    Without seeing the letter you got or knowing the details of your plan, I can’t say for sure which of those is the case. However, both situations have been well-documented. As for who deserves the blame – clearly it’s unfair to blame the ACA if your insurance company’s trying to scam you, unless you’re blaming it for not being restrictive enough…which you aren’t.
     
    If you bought a junk plan after the ACA passed, though, that’s your own fault and you should’ve known better. As I’ve noted before, I currently have a junk plan – but I had it before the ACA passed, it’s grandfathered in, and I can keep it if I want to. (I don’t want to, though, since I can pay about the same premium and get much better insurance in the ACA marketplace.) I did my fact-checking during the ACA debates and knew not to change plans between the time it passed and the time the marketplace opened, for exactly that reason. Of course, that’s a matter of personal responsibility…
     
    See http://bit.ly/1bW6tQD for a discussion of the “junk plans” issue, or http://bit.ly/1bW6MuJ for details on the “cancel scam” problem.