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  • Piketty’s new gilded age which isn’t

    04/27/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 27, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Progressive hearts are all aflutter this week, riding high on the continued coverage of Thomas Piketty and his new book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” which continues to fly off the virtual shelves at Amazon. To say that Piketty’s basic premise is flawed is probably too much of a compliment. Ed already looked at one of the fundamental assertions last week – that median household income had only risen 3.2% over the past three decades – and found it to be off by a factor of ten. But there are other, deeper problems with the Piketty model. One of them...
  • Just 39% Think Federal Income Tax System Is Fair

    04/15/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 48 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/14/2014 | John Merline
    As millions of Americans rush to file their federal income tax returns on Tuesday, few will be thinking that the current tax code is the fairest one of all, according to the latest IBD/TIPP survey. Just 39% of Americans say today's income tax code — which features multiple tax brackets along with myriad deductions and exemptions — is the fairest. As to what sort of tax system would be more fair, the public hasn't made up its mind. Thirty-six percent say a flat tax is the fairest way to collect income taxes, while 19% would prefer a national sales tax....
  • Governed by Rules, Not Men

    03/12/2014 4:07:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    What kind of rules should govern our lives? I'd argue that the best rules are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision-making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at it. My mother worked as a domestic servant. That meant that my younger sister and I often lunched at home by ourselves during our preteen years. Being bigger and stronger than my sister, I seldom divided the food evenly, especially the desserts. After a tiring day at work, Mom would be greeted by sob stories...
  • Acting Like a Founder

    02/26/2014 5:07:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Most of us can remember feeling that someone had done us a great injustice. On those occasions, we want nothing more than to exact revenge. I remember being unfairly treated as a lowly ROTC cadet by one of the sergeants who resented the fact that my brother had been promoted to captain and company commander over him. I was ambitious and worked extremely hard, resulting in my promotion in record time to the rank of colonel and city executive officer. This individual was now firmly under my command, and I could have wreaked havoc in his life. Instead, I chose...
  • The ‘Fairness’ Fraud: Differences in outcome aren’t always the result of “social barriers.”

    02/25/2014 5:35:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if everywhere you turn these days there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward mobility, defined as an opportunity to rise, and actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead and the ones who don’t rise have been stopped by “barriers” created by “society.” When statistics show that sons of high-school dropouts don’t become doctors or scientists...
  • The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 9:35:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-25-14 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • Valuation: Freedom vs. Fairness

    02/02/2014 3:07:59 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-1-14 | Deborah C. Tyler
    Through the course of thirty-five years of practicing psychology, I have come to believe that the key to happiness and success in life resides in the power of valuation. True valuation is the ability to recognize the most important value in every circumstance and to behave in order to actualize that value. The happiest people automatically recognize and act upon true values. Applied psychology has not fulfilled its potential to make the world a better place because it has not focused on the powers of valuation. America's happiness and success as a nation have resulted from the one-pointed emphasis on...
  • Obama Turns To Income inequality, Changes Subject From ObamaCare Disaster

    01/07/2014 3:33:25 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 42 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/07/14 | LD Jackson
    If there is one thing President Obama is good at, it is changing the subject from what we should really be discussing. Since October 2013, he has been beset by all manner of troubling press about the disastrous roll out of his signature health care reform law. To say it has been a disaster and a train wreck is the ultimate of understatements. But, as we witnessed in the presidential election of 2012, Obama is adept at getting the press and certain segments of the American people to focus on issues that he prefers, effectively changing the subject from his...
  • One small step for income equality -- a modest proposal [Satire?]

    01/03/2014 11:23:26 AM PST · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    If we are to achieve President Obama's fantasy of more income equality, let's  start with our CongressCritters.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwqPBlSxb-0&w=640&h=390] Video linkMovement toward income equality -- for those who work productively and for those who don't -- is generally a bad idea. The result would likely be to reduce the benefits the economy derives from those who work productively and thereby earn more than their lazy, incompetent and/or disabled fellow humans, as well as more than some who work for the joy of working rather than to earn money. However, if we are to have more equality why not start at top: with...
  • Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got Average of $18,950 in 'Transfers'

    12/10/2013 6:11:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    CNS ^ | December 9, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.Taxpayers in the top 40percent of households were able to pay more than 100 percent of net federal income taxes in 2010 because Americans in the bottom 40 percent actually paid negative income taxes, according to the CBO study entitled, “The Distribution of Household...
  • Obama Agenda Promotes Unfairness

    12/09/2013 4:23:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Star Parker
    When presidents give speeches, the affair is choreographed like a Broadway production. The message is not just the words of the speech, but where it is given and who happens to be the chosen audience. So it was not by accident that President Obama chose a theater in a poor black neighborhood in Washington, DC, where the average income is barely half the national average, to speak this week about economic opportunity and fairness. What exactly was the President trying to achieve by sharing with a low-income black audience that “today’s CEO now makes 273 times more” than the average...
  • Fox News columnist rips Pope Francis, loses Catholic News Service gig

    12/07/2013 7:43:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 170 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | December 6, 2013 | David Gibson
    Fox News columnist rips Pope Francis, loses Catholic News Service gig Adam Shaw, an editor for the Fox News website, has been taking a lot of heat, even from some conservatives, for a rip-roaring assessment of the pope’s recent apostolic exhortation. His column is titled: “Pope Francis is the Catholic Church’s Obama – God help us,” which gives you a sense of where Shaw was coming from. But if Shaw’s Fox job is safe — hey, when Rush Limbaugh is blasting the pontiff anyone else looks tame — his other gig, as a film and video game reviewer for Catholic...
  • The Dark Side of Human Equality: Everyone should suffer just as much as me!

    11/16/2013 10:47:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/2013 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    It has long been my opinion that all notions of human equality, other than that of formal equality before the law, are destructive of human intelligence and sensibility. My opinion was confirmed recently when I read an editorial in the Lancet, one of the two most important general medical journals in the world.The title of the editorial was “Equity in Child Survival.” I could have written the editorial myself from the title alone, so utterly predictable was its drift: Although Indonesia has reduced child mortality by 40% during the past decade, data from 2007 show that children in rural...
  • Obamacare Architect: Genetic "Lottery Winners" Have Been Paying An "Artificially Low Price"

    11/14/2013 9:44:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Staff
    JONATHAN GRUBER, M.I.T.: Let’s start with understanding that we're not talking about the vast majority of Americans. This law is really leaving those with employer insurance, those with government insurance alone. We’re talking about a small minority of Americans that buy insurance on their own through the individual market. CHUCK TODD: Still millions of people. GRUBER: Exactly. It's 12 million people, about a third of which will end up paying more under this law. And that as you said in the introductions sort of the idea. We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been...
  • House GOP to push Obama, Biden into Obamacare

    10/15/2013 7:25:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Tuesday narrowed their attack on Obamacare to the issue of fairness, insisting that President Obama and his top political appointees all have to buy their insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges as part of a new bill to end the government shutdown and extend the federal debt ceiling. GOP leaders hope to put the bill on their chamber’s floor for a vote later Tuesday, with little time to spare before the Thursday deadline the Treasury Department has set for when it will run out of maneuvering room under the current $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. The new...
  • Fair play

    10/05/2013 2:04:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Renew America ^ | 10-3-13 | Lisa Fabrizio
    Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! is the national motto of France. Liberty, equality and brotherhood were first employed as watchwords for the French Revolution, during which very little of these virtuous ideals were employed by the revolutionaries toward any group but themselves. Here in the U.S., our Revolution used similarly noble words to express our national identity: 'Live Free or Die,' 'No Taxation Without Representation,' 'Don't Tread on Me' and later, 'All men are created Equal.' And to be sure, for most of its history, America has embodied those sentiments, when unrestrained by a government originally instituted to support them. Sadly, it...
  • A Battle Won but the War Continues to Defund Obamacare

    09/14/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-14-13 | David Bossie
    This week, thanks to a groundswell of opposition from conservative activists, the House Republican leadership decided to delay voting on their continuing resolution. Leadership would never admit it, but they canceled Thursday’s scheduled vote because they did not have enough support from Republican members. Using tactics that only Washington insiders could dream of, House leadership attempted a questionable parliamentary scheme which is known as "deem and pass." The goal was to give Republicans a chance to say they voted to defund Obamacare while simultaneously passing a bill out of the House that funds it. If that sounds confusing, that’s because...
  • Mapping the way to a more 'fair' wait for new livers

    08/26/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Mapping the way to a more fair wait for new livers Aug 20, 12:36 PM (ET) By LAURAN NEERGAARD (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, and your risk of dying while waiting. The nation's transplant network says it's time to make the system fairer - and it may take a cue from how politicians redraw voting maps. "Gerrymandering for the public good" is how Johns Hopkins University transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev describes a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country. The...
  • The 5 Attitudes That Will Cause You To Fail at Life In America

    08/03/2013 4:22:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?" -- Thomas Sowell "Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results." -- Tony Robbins Not only does success leave clues, failure leaves clues as well. That's how the...
  • Mike Lee Prepares to Buck Leadership, Fight to Defund Obamacare

    07/21/2013 3:31:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    <p>The Obamacare disaster is coming. Sure, the president is delaying or dismissing parts of it because they’ve proved either unmanageable or unworkable in the legally allotted time to set them up, but the most invasive and damaging aspects are still coming. But there is a chance to stop them in their tracks, IF Republicans have the courage to do it.</p>
  • Once more, with feeling: Oil companies pay plenty of their “fair share” in taxes

    05/30/2013 7:58:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/30/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    This isn’t breaking news or anything, but it never ceases to amaze how swiftly politicians will throw much-maligned, greeedy big-oil companies and market speculators under the bus whenever gas prices begin a precipitous rise. Although the Obama administration is momentarily occupied with their headlining policy agenda (immigration, his umpteenth “pivot” to jobs and the economy, the healthcare rollout), there were several pointed provisions about energy in Obama’s budget proposal, and I have no doubt we’ll hear about the many supposed sins of oil companies and the need to forcibly wean ourselves off of fossil fuels with renewed vigor before long,...
  • Wealthy win lion's share of major tax breaks (barf-o-rama)

    05/30/2013 5:25:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    (AP)Administration Propaganda ^ | 5-29-13 | andrew taylor
    WASHINGTON—Wealthier households benefit significantly more than lower earners from big tax breaks such as deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving, the government said in a study Wednesday. More than half the benefits of 10 major tax breaks go to the one-fifth of U.S. households at the top of the income scale, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The top 1 percent of earners reaps 17 percent of these tax breaks, which also include preferential treatment of investment income and the deduction for sales and income taxes paid to state and local governments. Other breaks, such as the per-child tax...
  • Obama's 'Fairness' Economy Has Backfired (The rich still get richer, while poor still remain poor)

    05/02/2013 1:55:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/02/2013 | David Harsanyi
    One of the most seductive parts of President Barack Obama's political message (and the message of progressive Democrats in general) is sympathy for the poor and a willingness to talk about the disparities of capitalism -- about the rich being too rich and the poor being screwed. In some ways, it's the predominant message of the Obama era. And though it's reasonable to contend that Republicans need to display more compassion -- if for nothing else than their own political survival -- isn't it also reasonable to take stock of how things have gone for the poor under four-plus years...
  • Rephrasing Conservatism For a Dense Electorate

    03/07/2013 5:16:48 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 5, 2013 | John Daly
    Ever since last November’s election, we’ve heard many talking heads in the mainstream media insist that the big problem with the Republican party is that they’re just not enough like the Democrats. They see President Obama’s re-election victory, as narrow as it was, as proof of a changing electorate that is moving away from conservatism and leaning more in favor of liberal ideas and progressive policies. The pundits probably really do believe that the country (at least enough of it) has finally caught up to liberalism, and that those stubborn right-wingers who continue to cling to their hallmark beliefs of...
  • Push for online sales taxes picks up steam in Congress

    02/15/2013 3:27:45 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Reuters
    U.S. states could collect millions of dollars in online sales taxes, with members of both parties in Congress sponsoring legislation Thursday that would resolve states' decades-long struggle to tax businesses beyond their borders. "Small businesses and states alike are suffering from the inability to collect due — not new — taxes from purchases made online," said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., adding the legislation is a "bipartisan, bicameral, common-sense solution that promotes states' rights and levels the playing field for our Main Street businesses." Legislation on the Amazon tax, named for the colossal Internet retailer, has languished for years. ..... <...
  • Tackling Fairness and Justice

    12/29/2012 8:46:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The last year has been a tough one for conservatives. The hope that four years of failed policy would be enough to repudiate the liberal/progressive ideology of the Obama administration ended when the majority of the American public voted to maintain their entitlements -- so long as someone else paid for them. And the conservative response to the debacle has been for the various factions within the movement to declare war on each other. It's time for conservatives to give serious thought to what they believe and how they can make a more persuasive case that conservative principles offer the...
  • Obama vs. America's Fiscal Health

    12/28/2012 5:14:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The reason President Obama and Republicans can't come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is that they don't share the same goals. This is also the key to understanding why President Obama appears far less worried about going over the cliff. Republicans are focused on restoring the nation's financial health by promoting economic growth and reducing our horrendous deficits and debt. President Obama's primary aim is to complete his project of fundamentally transforming America. I ask you loyal Democrats to please consider these things. Obama has demonstrated almost no concern for our crushing debt or deficits -- at...
  • Take a flyin’ leap (Obama is obsessed with the $250,000 figure)

    12/27/2012 3:41:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/27/2012 | Charles Gasparino
    Get ready, all you “millionaires and billionaires” with kids in college and taxes to pay on your homes in and around New York City. It doesn’t matter that you bring home just $250,000 a year and have a family of four or more. President Obama thinks you’re part of the evil 1 percent and you should pay higher taxes — a lot higher. That’s the unfortunate reality for many New Yorkers, no matter what happens during the fiscal-cliff negotiations designed to avert taxes going up on everyone, regardless of income, if a deal isn’t reached sometime soon. Those talks have...
  • Welcome to the Thugocracy

    12/12/2012 6:29:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    "I'm in the top two percent," said Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, this week on CNBC. "Right now, I'm paying 45 percent of my total income in income taxes ... You tell me, what's fair about that when medieval serfs pay 25 percent, I'm paying half? I don't care what the majority voted to do, they don't have a right to steal my money just because they vote for it." But according to most Americans, they do. And that's the problem. As America racks up more debt than God has ever seen on this earth, Barack Obama prepares...
  • Obama’s Kingdom of Fairness: Forget the debt. It's the role of gov't to soak the undeserving rich.

    12/06/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush’s much smaller deficits were “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, Obama’s annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion. Three ways to establish a long-term trajectory toward a balanced budget were under discussion....
  • The Kingdom of Fairness

    12/06/2012 4:11:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are still borrowing more than $1 trillion a year. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt in just his first term alone. Such massive borrowing is unsustainable. Someone somehow at some time has to pay it back. Obama would agree. He once alleged that George W. Bush's much smaller deficits were "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic." Obama himself vowed to cut the budget deficit in half by the end his first term. Instead, Obama's annual deficits have never gone below $1 trillion. Three ways to establish a long-term trajectory toward a balanced budget were under discussion....
  • Stupid people in Washington

    12/05/2012 6:09:13 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 7 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/5/12 | Judson Phillips
    The Internet is one of modern marvels of the world. It started out as a simple government project to allow the government to be able to communicate with other parts of the government in the event of a major disaster like nuclear war. When it was opened up to the civilian world, it became the major economic engine of the early 21stCentury. The Internet works amazingly well, so what are those geniuses we sent to Washington want to do? Here is a hint. The word “fairness” is involved. How?
  • Tax Fairness | Reverse Parity

    12/02/2012 4:30:25 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 13 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 2, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    It’s Magic!- By: Larry Walker, II -The current 2012 Tax Rate Schedule is shown below. Applying the Obama-Doctrine, single filers making over $200,000, and married filers making over $250,000 would get a tax hike. However, since there is no cut-off at either $200,000 or $250,000 in the current tax rate schedule, the 33% bracket would need to be split, resulting in a sharp tax increase for a handful of unfortunate individuals. Thus, taxpayers with taxable incomes between $200,000 ($250,000 if married) and $388,350 would see their taxes rise by 20%, while those with incomes over $388,350 would get that plus...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • 'FAIRNESS': w/ CA Prop 30, Just 144,000 California Households (1% of taxpayers) Pay HALF the Tab...

    11/27/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Yet even with 10% of wage-earners generating  80% of Golden State income tax revenue,  middle class schmoes making $48,000+/yr   still get socked with 9.3% on top of their IRS bill... You have to wonder if any of the heavily-taxed hipsters out in Cali realize that Russia -you know, that country that used to simply lock-up capitalists and take their stuff- now has a pro-business national flat tax of just 13%, with NO state/local income taxes to speak-of... when some people in high-tax US states will soon be paying combined state/federal rates approaching 50%. To add insult to injury, the new California 'Prop 30'...
  • What Price ‘Fairness’? (Will an even more progressive tax code solve our debt problems?)

    11/20/2012 7:03:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2012 | Mona Charen
    Realistic Republicans understand that President Obama and the Democrats head into fiscal-cliff negotiations in a far stronger bargaining position now than in 2011. When voters were asked on November 6 whether they favored raising taxes to reduce the deficit, a total of 60 percent said yes (47 percent favored increasing taxes for those who earn $250,000 or more, and 13 percent approved tax increases for all). So taxes will be going up. As a matter of political strategy — not to say survival — Republicans will have to agree to raise taxes on those defined as rich. It’s more than...
  • How Ideology Is Killing Education (and So Much Else)

    11/08/2012 3:22:53 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Nov. 3, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A teacher in Florida summed up the educational situation in her state: “There is an obsession with the worse-off students.” School officials there proclaim: “But what about the people with pathologies? They can’t advance very far. It’s fairer if we bring everybody along together.” Notice there is no obsession with curing the pathologies, or with devising better methods to help disadvantaged kids rise above their disadvantages. No, the answer is to reduce the better students to the level of the worse students. Where does this go? Suppose that half of the people in your city are sick. Do we best...
  • French President Hollande vows to ban homework as part of 'education reforms'

    10/17/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/17/2012
    French President Francois Hollande has vowed to ban homework as part of wide-ranging reforms to the country's education system. Hollande has expressed worries over the fact that privileged children benefit from parental assistance on take-home assignments and that disadvantaged children do not have support at home. "An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home," the New York Daily News quoted Hollande, as saying. According to a report by France 24, Hollande's extensive education reform plans also include increasing financial aid while combating truancy. He also intends to provide incentives...
  • Obama: 'We Don't Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country'

    10/05/2012 9:58:22 AM PDT · by tapatio · 142 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct. 5,2012 | Daniel Halper
    Obama: 'We Don't Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country'
  • Fox News poll: 79 percent say all Americans should pay income taxes (63% agree w Romney)

    09/27/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | 09/27/2012 | Dana Blanton
    A large majority of likely voters believes all Americans should pay some federal income tax -- even if it is as little as one percent of what they make. Seventy-nine percent say everyone should pay something, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats. According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year. Most voters (73 percent) are at least somewhat familiar with...
  • Democrats Used Fairness Doctrine to ‘Challenge and Harass’ Conservative Opposition

    09/23/2012 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (The following is the third of three excerpts from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment, by Fred Lucas; History Publishing Company. The adapted excerpt looks at the Fairness Doctrine.) The Democratic National Committee, with the approval of President Lyndon B. Johnson engaged in an effort that eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Fairness Doctrine. What would have been a major scandal had it been discovered, was revealed years later in former CBS News president Fred Friendly’s book “The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and...
  • Time for the Religious to Pay Their Fair Share

    09/20/2012 8:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/20/2012 | Benjamin Bull
    There is a movement underway in Europe to remove the tax exemptions churches have enjoyed for centuries. In Spain and Italy this attempt is being broadly pursued, while in Britain it is being done piecemeal. For example, in Spain and Italy the special tax status of churches and their ministries are being openly targeted by political leaders who want to get their hands into church coffers. Ricardo Rubio, a city councilman in Alcala de Henares, Spain, says he, and those who share his view, “want to make a statement that the costs of the [financial] crisis should be borne equally...
  • The Veil of Opulence

    08/14/2012 9:47:44 AM PDT · by pingman · 7 replies
    nyt ^ | August 12, 2012, 5:30 pm | Benjamin Hale
    More than 40 years ago the philosopher John Rawls, in his influential political work “A Theory of Justice,” implored the people of the world to shed themselves of their selfish predispositions and to assume, for the sake of argument, that they were ignorant. He imposed this unwelcome constraint not so that his readers — mostly intellectuals, but also students, politicians and policy makers — would find themselves in a position of moribund stupidity but rather so they could get a grip on fairness. Rawls saw clearly that principles of justice like the golden rule or mutual benevolence, are subject to...
  • Do the rich pay their fair share? (Short answer: YES!)

    08/07/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2012 | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman wrote about poverty in America in the New York Times. Edelman spent most of his time outlining what he sees as the causes of poverty in America, but he did offer some basic liberal fare when it came to solutions: We know what we need to do — make the rich pay their fair share of running the country, raise the minimum wage, provide health care and a decent safety net, and the like. But realistically, the immediate challenge is keeping what we have. Representative Paul Ryan and his ideological peers would slash...
  • The Latest News on Tax Fairness [top 20%'s share up, everyone else's share down over last 30 years]

    07/25/2012 11:05:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/22/12 | Ari Fleischer:
    If fairness in paying taxes means the amount you pay is based on the amount you make, then the only group in America paying at least a "fair share" is the top 20%—people who make more than $74,000. For everyone else, the tax code is a bargain. You wouldn't know this from President Obama's rhetoric, but our tax system, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), is incredibly progressive. Consider: The top 1% of income earners pay an average federal tax rate of 28.9%. (See the nearby table.) The average federal tax rate on the top...
  • French vs American Revolutions -- Vive La Différence!

    07/19/2012 3:29:55 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 28 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | July 19,2012 | Melanie Sturm
    The French celebrated Bastille Day last week, 219 years after beheading Marie Antoinette in the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. To this day, she's the poster child for upper-class excess, entitlement and insensitivity — the ultimate “1 percenter.” However, Think Again before believing every demonization you hear. In fact, though a privileged aristocrat, Marie Antoinette was not only a faithful Good Samaritan, she actually never uttered the notorious catchphrase “Let them eat cake.” Never mind — social justice was at stake! French revolutionaries declaring “liberty, equality and fraternity” ushered in an anti-democratic period of unlimited governmental power, civil strife and...
  • CBO: By the way, the rich already pay more than a fair share in taxes

    07/11/2012 7:20:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    "There's nothing wrong with asking the wealthy to pay a little more in taxes." -Barack Hussein ObamaI feel like I'm constantly beating readers over the head with the simple logic that, due to America's national percentage-based and graduated income tax, the country's wealthy already pay "a little more" than most people do in taxes --- why must President Obama insist on making me do that to you? It really would be much more productive if the President would just come out and say, why yes, I would like to take an even larger chunk out of the wealthy's success in...
  • Hoping for clout with women, Obama urges Congress to pass ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’

    06/04/2012 1:18:39 PM PDT · by central_va · 32 replies
    yahoo newa ^ | 6/4/12 | oliver knox
    President Barack Obama, his re-election fortunes heavily dependent on women, pushed Congress on Monday to "step up and do its job" by passing a bill designed to erase the wage gap between male and female workers doing the same job. With Senate Republicans expected to block the Paycheck Fairness Act when it comes up for a vote on Tuesday, Obama urged supporters of the measure to make an 11th-hour push on behalf of the legislation. "At a time when we're in a make-or-break moment for the middle class, Congress has to step up and do its job," the president said...
  • Adventures in Politicking II : No Shot

    05/27/2012 2:34:45 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 27, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Repetitious Rhetoric vs. Genuine PoliciesBy: Larry Walker, Jr.According to Barack Obama, “the President’s job is to make sure everyone has a fair shot." But as I explained in Part I, the United States Constitution declares that a President’s real job is, “to the best of his/her Ability, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Whether or not Mr. Obama has abided by the true standard will soon be revealed, with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare. However, when judged according to his self-contrived measure, based upon his job performance to-date, Mr. Obama’s policies actually ensure that...
  • 'Paycheck Fairness' Will Mean a Pay Cut for Men

    05/07/2012 6:52:58 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 7, 2012 | Carrie Lukas
    Team Obama calculates that its road to victory is paved with the votes of women, so the American people are now subject to a coordinated effort to cast GOP opposition to expanding government power as an assault on the weaker sex. But few women view public policy as a battle between the sexes. Women whose husbands, brothers and sons are struggling to find jobs find no comfort in women's comparatively low unemployment rate. Next up in the Democratic campaign is the Paycheck Fairness Act, supposedly necessary to achieve "equal pay" for women. Never mind that it's already illegal to pay...