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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, March 19, 2010

People to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to.....

An informal survey at the Tea Party Convention,
Tea Partyers also seem to have a very distorted view of the direction of federal taxes. They were asked whether they are higher, lower or the same as when Barack Obama was inaugurated last year. More than two-thirds thought that taxes are higher today, and only 4% thought they were lower; the rest said they are the same.

As noted earlier, federal taxes are very considerably lower by every measure since Obama became president. And given the economic circumstances, it's hard to imagine that a tax increase would have been enacted last year. In fact, 40% of Obama's stimulus package involved tax cuts. These include the Making Work Pay Credit, which reduces federal taxes for all taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 by between $400 and $800.

According to the JCT, last year's $787 billion stimulus bill, enacted with no Republican support, reduced federal taxes by almost $100 billion in 2009 and another $222 billion this year.

How much does a mailing list of the willingly gullible go for these days?


  • You simply can't have a functioning democracy if it's participants are insane. You just can't. It's like having business whose board of directors think it's sound policy to buy high, sell low.

    Separate thought... just as and exercise. I wonder if a MoveOn.org type of organization got ahold of that mailing list of the manipulable, if they (MoveOn) could change the narrative of the fools? I mean you could leverage the same paranoid fears, but redirect them toward big business and Republicans as the thieves of Freedom, blah, blah, blah. You have to still use the whole fear and conspiracy angle, but I wonder if this group could be manipulated 180ยบ...

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:08 AM  

  • It's my opinion that Moveon couldn't because the effect is the result of a reinforcing environment.Listen to Limabugh,news from FoxNews, echoed through personal relationships where politics is chosen topic because of agreement.

    I do think you could exploit the already existing reality to make money of their false beliefs. Like the people selling overpriced gold on Glenn Beck's show.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:02 AM  

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