Friday, September 24, 2010


Interesting headline from Robert Reich's blog today.
The Super Rich Get Richer, Everyone Else Gets Poorer, and the Democrats Punt
The super-rich got even wealthier this year, and yet most of them are paying even fewer taxes to support the eduction, job training, and job creation of the rest of us...Only twice before in American history has so much been held by so few, and the gap between them and the great majority been a chasm — the late 1920s, and the era of the robber barons in the 1880s...And yet the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which conferred almost all their benefits on the rich, continue...Democrats have decided to delay voting on whether to extend them for the top 2 percent of Americans or for the bottom 98 percent until after the mid-term elections.

Sure hope this doesn't hurt the Dems in races where the Huff Post reports this morning:

Are the Democrats experiencing a rebound on the Pacific Coast? Three new surveys, two in California and one in Washington State, indicate small gains for Democratic since mid-August. More specifically, two new California polls confirm that Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is maintaining a narrow lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina...The two new California polls also suggest a reversal of the previous trend favoring Republican Meg Whitman. The Field poll results released yesterday show Whitman tied with Democrat Jerry Brown (at 41% each), while SurveyUSA gives Brown a small but statistically insignificant advantage (46% to 43%). So while six surveys had shown Brown with nominal leads in August and early September, the five most recent polls show either a tie or a slight Brown edge...SurveyUSA also released new data this week in Washington confirming a similar rebound by Democratic Senator Patty Murray over Republican challenger Dino Rossi. The new automated poll gives Murray a two-point edge (50% to 48%)...Democrats also received encouraging news in Florida, where a new Mason-Dixon poll shows Democrat Alex Sink holding a six percentage point lead (47% to 40%) over Republican Rick Scott.
And then, there's The Daily Show POV. His take last night on the Republicans and their "brand new"(sic) Pledge to America.

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Nancy said...

I am just as disappointed with the Democrats as I am with the Republicans. It seems they cave to whatever is easiest, whatever gets them reelected, and then they get absolutely nothing done. Bleh

DJan said...

Right on, Nancy. I watched this video and wonder just what choices we as American actually have. Two parties that are deadlocked into doing absolutely nothing, and if the Republicans actually do win back Congress, we have only worsening gridlock to look forward to, with the rich continuing to get richer, and the rest of us watching our assets fade into obscurity.

injaynesworld said...

Word is Pelosi will introduce a bill in the House next week that will deal with the middle-class tax cuts only and for a vote. I sure hope so. It would be nice to see, especially since both sides are "saying" they favor such. Plus support ending the tax cuts for the wealthy is at a healthy 53%. I like Pelosi. She's a gutsy lady.

Love the Daily Show.


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