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not paying taxes.

Not much time today, as finals are upon me and am using them as a excuse to procrastinate doing my taxes.

I did however hear a little diddy today on Here & Now from NPR on my long commute to Lincoln.

Over the past 30 years the overall capital gains pie is grown 40% larger, while the share of said pie for the bottom 90% (less than 100K a year) was cut by half.

Conversely, the people at the very top's pie-piece has grown from 22% to 44%.

Now this affects people who buy and sell stocks and businesses, but the idea here is that there is a ton of money going upwards.

David Cay Johnston says that rather than resembling a Trickle Down Economy as proponents would argue, it's a 'Niagara up' Economy.

Add to that the fact that the average income of most Americans has dropped to the 1966 levels.

Going back one year, Johnston measures this inequality as by stating that the bottom 90%'s income grew an inch in that time. The upper 10%'s income grew 5 miles.

In the past year that inch has apparently disappeared, and when peoples income goes down, those who do have stocks sell them off giving up their piece of the pie.

Johnston also states that the problem isn't just that wages are flat, income is going up for the top 10, productivity is up lending to higher profits, Union membership is going down, and taxes are continually being cut for the top 10, it's also really easy to cheat the IRS when your super wealthy.

Johnston states, "it's almost impossible to cheat on your taxes if you earn your living in wages, because most taxes are deducted from your check before you are paid. On the other hand, people who own business and those who make most of their money from investment "self-report" their income, which creates many opportunities for mistakes and for cheating."

Food for thought as you pay your fair share tonight at 11:53pm tonight where JP will be popping his hosting cherry.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.

These guys...

It's telling that the reemergence of the Bush-Gang in recent months clearly delineates the roles that were likely occupied during their 8 year reign.

The documentary about Donald Rumsfeld where the interviewer admits that "I was surprised by how little I found out"

The secrecy behind the build-up, architecture and management of the war is still an issue, and Rumsfeld has still not been taken to task for his roll. He has done well to stay out of the spotlight and avoid questions that he obviously does not want, or doesn't believe he has to answer.

Then there's Cheney, who has been vocal lately in his criticism of Obama's foreign policy while never being questions as to his authority in matters of foreign policy.

But then he totally feels okay with the decisions he made on torturing the crap out of people even though it had no real or measurable intelligence outcomes.

Then there is the figure-head, the face of the policy and the ultimate salesperson of the War in Iraq and , our friend the Gee to the Dubs. He has also kept quiet, only to emerge as fodder for late night television.

He's a painter everybody! Forget the lies! He painted some shit!

Clearly we have two individuals who ran the show who behind the scene's and out of sight developed a policy justifying infinite war, tortured people in the name of 'safety' and to this day have not been taken to task.

Then the whole thing was sold by an affable and charming, yet goofy simpleton who now paints pictures of himself in the bathtub, and thinks Putin was a nice guy simply based on looking deeply in his eyes.

Yeah, Putin is a real stand up dude.

The consequences of their decisions are still felt, the war they built is never ending and continues to radicalize more people who we have to fight, who are then further radicalized, and so on and so forth.

We can only hope that the people in places like Afghanistan succeed in defeating extremism without, and despite our efforts.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.

These guys...

It's telling that the reemergence of the Bush-Gang in recent months clearly delineates the roles that were likely occupied during their 8 year reign.

The documentary about Donald Rumsfeld where the interviewer admits that "I was surprised by how little I found out"

The secrecy behind the build-up, architecture and management of the war is still an issue, and Rumsfeld has still not been taken to task for his roll. He has done well to stay out of the spotlight and avoid questions that he obviously does not want, or doesn't believe he has to answer.

Then there's Cheney, who has been vocal lately in his criticism of Obama's foreign policy while never being questions as to his authority in matters of foreign policy.

But then he totally feels okay with the decisions he made on torturing the crap out of people even though it had no real or measurable intelligence outcomes.

Then there is the figure-head, the face of the policy and the ultimate salesperson of the War in Iraq and , our friend the Gee to the Dubs. He has also kept quiet, only to emerge as fodder for late night television.

He's a painter everybody! Forget the lies! He painted some shit!

Clearly we have two individuals who ran the show who behind the scene's and out of sight developed a policy justifying infinite war, tortured people in the name of 'safety' and to this day have not been taken to task.

Then the whole thing was sold by an affable and charming, yet goofy simpleton who now paints pictures of himself in the bathtub, and thinks Putin was a nice guy simply based on looking deeply in his eyes.

Yeah, Putin is a real stand up dude.

The consequences of their decisions are still felt, the war they built is never ending and continues to radicalize more people who we have to fight, who are then further radicalized, and so on and so forth.

We can only hope that the people in places like Afghanistan succeed in defeating extremism without, and despite our efforts.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.

So that finally happened

Our Socialist Utopia is at hand! Obamacare is in full effect and is destroying our nation exactly as intended!

Now I haven't signed up yet, I've run into some of the website problems and am kind of still waiting for PA and the Fed to agree on Corbet's 'plan' to expand Medicaid. Because as it stands I can't afford much.

Plus I might just avoid the .gov site entirely and sign up through the private market where, luckily, I've found at least one semi-affordable option.

One thing I'm curious about, as a metric for the laws success or failure, has to do with some Red State/Blue State Federal Government dependency studies I've seen over the years.

The idea presented in the studies states that predominantly Red States are more reliant on the Gov, pointing out the hypocrisy of many 'small government' conservatives.

The most recent study I found is here.

I'd be interested to hear others opinion on this one, I'm no economist and can't tell if it's a good study or just a bunch or cherry picked data. Although based on other studies I've seen (like per-capita dependance on food-stamps is higher in poorer red states) the conclusion seems consistent.

As far as Obamacare goes, what states have higher enrollment in Medicare? Hard to say as most Conservative States said no. So how do we measure it's success in covering those most in need?

Just some thoughts for this evening. Hope you can make it.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.

Seriously? Lost Wasn't a movie, it was a TV show

No time to rant today, midterms have been keeping me from paying much attention. Although I heard they confirmed a satellite image of the Smoke Monster trailing the missing Malaysian Air flight. Any Confirmation on that?

Strange how it was likely a tragic and random crash resulting in a tremendous loss of life rather than the Alien Abduction/Random Black Hole the media was hoping for. Just tragic.

Hope you can join us this evening to discuss.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.

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