Friday, November 18, 2011

Do You Agree with the President?

Today the first few paragraphs from a very interesting article found in Rolling Stone magazine:
The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment hovering above nine percent for two straight years. The president, mindful of soaring deficits, is pushing bold action to shore up the nation's balance sheet. Cloaking himself in the language of class warfare, he calls on a hostile Congress to end wasteful tax breaks for the rich. "We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share," he thunders to a crowd in Georgia. Such tax loopholes, he adds, "sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary – and that's crazy."
Preacherlike, the president draws the crowd into a call-and-response. "Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver," he demands, "or less?"
The crowd, sounding every bit like the protesters from Occupy Wall Street, roars back: "MORE!"
The year was 1985. The president was Ronald Reagan.
Read the full article here:  If you are a Republican you are required to read it; for everyone else it is merely informative and at times fun.

For those who sympathize but don't understand why someone would volunteer to be arrested, read this account of one woman's experience at Occupy Oakland. Then pull out an old blanket or two and take them down to your local Occupy encampment, winter is coming.

[Private/Public note to one of my very best friends on the planet - stop skipping over the links I post here, you need to read them.]

art and primary article from Rolling Stone Magazine

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