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Obama wants your wallet’s vote 
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | 11:21 am [barack obama, politics]
Oh, the twisted path I trod to reach this one. Yesterday I checked out Bent Corner, as I do most days, and saw this post, a Barack Obama video. In the comments section, fellow Bent Corner regular Jesse Jace posted a link to a graph comparing the proposed tax plans of John McCain and Barack Obama.

The graph was generated by Viveka Weiley at
chartjunk, using data from the Tax Policy Center printed in the Washington Post a few weeks ago. Check it out below. 

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t such a twisted path I trod. But is that a shocking chart or what? McCain can brag that he at least won’t raise taxes on anyone, but he’ll also give the biggest cut to the richest people, who also comprise the tiniest portion of the population. Obama, on the other hand, has a bigger maximum tax cut, and gives it to the poorest people, who actually need it and whom make up a much larger chunk of America than the super-rich.
If you’re in the top 0.9 percent, Obama would raise your taxes 8.7%. If you’re in the top 0.1% — that’s $2,870,000 or more annual income — Obama would jack your tax rate up 11.5%. I have no problem with this. If I were making $2,870,000 a year, I still wouldn’t have a problem with it, because I could fucking afford it.
My darling Ashley would get a 2.4% tax cut under Obama’s plan, compared to a 0.7% cut from McCain, who saves his 2.5% cut for those making between $111,000 and $160,000 a year.

What’s up with that, John? Haven’t I always been cool to you? What’s your beef with my girl?
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | 07:51 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of abolishing the the personal federal income tax altogether and going back to the size of the federal government we had in 1997.

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | 10:16 pm (UTC)
Is that how the numbers fall out — without the revenue from income taxes, we could still fund the federal government as it was in 1997?

I'd be all for that. I'm not a huge fan of income taxes, though I don't consider them to be a form of theft as you do. If abolishing the income tax would only knock the government back to 1997 size, it doesn't seem so bad to me. Wasn't the federal budget balanced back then?
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | 10:47 pm (UTC)
It was never balanced since we were still trillions in debt. Just more play on numbers. The only person who suggested that was ridiculed, even by you.

Friday, September 19th, 2008 | 09:55 pm (UTC)
Ridiculed? By me?

That doesn't sound like me.
Saturday, September 20th, 2008 | 12:45 am (UTC)
So you did not ridicule Ron Paul and paint him as a Nazi?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | 10:54 pm (UTC)
If you have to force someone to pay something, then it is theft. It really is that simple. Voluntary donations are not theft.

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