White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer: “The American Jobs Act is being blocked by Republicans in the Senate who have voted in unison against these common-sense, broadly supported proposals, and Republicans in the House refuse to even give the bill a vote. Senate Republicans have offered their own alternative as an excuse to oppose the President’s plan, but a look at them side by side leads to only one conclusion: one is truly a jobs plan, and one is not.”
DC Decoder has looked at the GOP proposal twice, once for its rather slim pickings in terms of new proposals and a second time through the lens of Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler’s work (which was not kind to the bill.)
THE 53% MYTH: BELOW. The 53% Reality: Attack the poor with a campaign of misinformation ->
In response to the growing 99 Percentmovement that has tapped into the energy of Occupy Wall Street to unleash nationwide protests against economic inequality, a smattering of right-wing bloggers led by Erick Erickson and Josh Trevino along with conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson have created a new tumblr about the “53 percent.”
The tumblr features various people explaining their economic circumstances and often boasting of being self-made and not needing help from anyone. The flippant disclaimer for the tumblr explains that the 53 percent number was chosen because the site’s originators believe that this is the percentage of Americans that pay taxes:
So, like, when you’re, like, community organizing for solidarity and stuff, it’s totally cool to have this little hashtaggy thingy when you’re on twitter, so other people, like, totally know what you’re talking about and stuff. So if you’re, like, totally gonna spread the word about being one of the 53% of people who actually, like, pay taxes in America and don’t just, like, hang out protesting stuff all day… like, here’s the hashtaggy thingy. See you at the protest! #iamthe53
But the founding principles of the tumblr and the “53 percent” meme itself is flawed. It is true that 47 percent of Americans did not pay net federal income taxes in 2009 — the number is unusually high because of the depression in incomes following the recession — but it is completely false that only 53 percent of Americans pay taxes.
For example, if you look at state and local taxes, the working poor actually pay a higher percentage of their income in these taxes in every state except for Vermont. In “Alabama, for example, low-income families (which make less than $13,000) pay 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, while those making more than $229,000 pay just 4 percent.”
And it is worth noting that Americans who are too poor to be asked to pay net federal income taxes are not a good target for those complaining that some aren’t paying their fair share. If there’s one group of Americans that is paying less and less as the median American family is asked to pay more, it’s the super-wealthy. As this chart from Wealth for the Common Good shows, the top 400 taxpayers — who have more wealth
than half of all Americans combined — are paying lower taxes than they have in a generation, as their tax responsibilities have slowly collapsed since the New Deal era as working families have been asked to pay more and more:
SEE GRAPHIC ABOVE
In June 1995, Boehner distributed campaign contributions from tobacco industry lobbyists on the House floor as House members were weighing how to vote on tobacco subsidies. In a 1996 documentary by PBS called The People and the Power Game, Boehner said “They asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before we got to the end of the month and I complied. And I did it on the House floor, which I regret. I should not have done. It’s not a violation of the House rules, but it’s a practice that‘s gone on here for a long time that we’re trying to stop and I know I’ll never do it again.”
Think of how much better off government would be if Nancy Pelosi had this man’s job.
Sarah Palin’s Facts on BELLS!!!
Today is the first day in history that Sarah Palin and Wikipedia agree. There is a god.
and when wikipedia says so and I believe it because its put me through college.
this graphic shows us just how significant social media is becoming in the political world. 5000 tweets per second; opinions, voices, politically minded and concerned citizens. the internet and democracy are a match made in heaven.
until 2012 we can keep saying this louder and louder every day.
often times (more often than not) the press focuses on sensational stories and not facts. it is with great pleasure that I provide the facts on Obama’s accomplishments. since we put him on the job heres what hes done….
health care (overhaul and insurance for pre-existing conditions), american reinvestment act ($789 billion economic stimulus), the successful auto bailout, consumer financial protection agency, credit card bill of rights, credit protection, somalia pirate fiasco, increased international presence, bin laden capture, saving npr and planned parenthood - as well as other social programs, increased funding for violence against women act, lifted a decades long restriction on anything cuban, elimination of subsidies to middlemen of student loans, increased funding for national parks, pell grant access, repeal of don’t ask dont tell, prohibiting banks from proprietary trading (trading against customer interests for profit), prescription drug cost cuts by 50%, the creation of more private sector jobs in 2010 than in 8 years under bush, regulation of tobacco by the FDA, START treaty - new nuclear arms pact with Russia (Palin helped on this one by yelling nice things from her house), mandatory increase in average fuel economy standards: (35.5 mpg), issued an executive order to repeal Bush restrictions on stem cell research, $18 Billion stimulus for scientific research and development, troop withdrawals from the middle east before the end of his first term.
And most of this has been done with the opposition of one of the houses of Congress. This is exceptional leadership in action.
Please consider voting for this man.