So I think when the president says fair share, I think there’s a couple of points here, and earlier this hour I said I think there should be a disclaimer underneath, which is the reason why we’re putting up this graphic for you. Because if in fact you’re paying tax on ordinary income and you’re in the highest tax bracket then you’re paying thirty some percent, but then if you take that money that you’ve already paid taxes on and you go and invest and you make a profit, a long term profit more than a year of investment, then you pay another fifteen percent on top of it. And by the way, with the fair share argument forty seven percent of Americans don’t pay federal income tax….But that didn’t get into it, but that is also part of the fair share. So if we are going to be fair to everyone, should those people then start paying something?

Gretchen Carlsson, village idiot of Fox and Friends, attempting to explain why the poor in America should pay even more in taxes, when they can barely pay their taxes now.

Can she just get off her high horse and her head out of her butt? Not everyone in America is a millionaire. Is she that censored and oblivious from real American reality?

People are losing their homes, struggling to pay their bills, having a hard time and wondering when the next time they eat is. And Retching and her delusional Fox News cohorts think that 47% of Americans don’t pay any taxes? They want the dirt poor to pay more?

What a bunch of greedy stuck-up bastards!

How about they switch places with the poor for a change? Then maybe they would start reporting the news the way it is actually happening.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

I still can’t believe they’re bringing out that old chestnut of bullshit and asshattery. 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income tax… they pay federal payroll tax, on their income. Which is paid at the exact same rate, through a different channel. Also, Social Security taxes are disproportionately heavy on the 99%, since they are capped. So, when RNCResearch says that the average tax rate in America is 11%, they neglect to point out the extra 20% that I pay, and most of you pay, and that Mitt Romney only paid on $110,000 dollars, which cost him $13,652.40. In Mitt Romney terms, peanuts. Oh, and Medicare tax works the same way. So, here’s the truth to remember: Every statistic, fact, and figure that you hear from Fox News, Pew Research, or the Republican National Convention, has been doctored into a lie, spun into a lie, cherry-picked into a lie, or it started out as a completely fabricated lie.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)


Now that #occupywallstreet has got its legs underneath it, and every major news distributor is trying to figure out what to make of it, I’d like to put in my own predictions. The spin factories of the right are going to present a new batch of cooked statistics and anecdotes to try to refute #OWS’s core assertions. Faux News is going to start running rock-the-clock bullshit from serious-looking men that Wall Street, and the top 1%, really are suffering as much or more than the rest of us. They’ll try different tactics, but it’ll mostly revolve around cup-and-ball tricks with numbers to try to change the argument, and personal stories from honest-looking men and attractive-looking women to try to convince viewers that the corpocrats and uber-rich are not profiting. The bestest trick that the right-wing has is playing the victim, and I expect them to make that their go-to strategy, but to do that they have to plead for pity for the wealthy. They’ll dummy up some proof that the super-rich are hurting SO BAD, and they’ll whine that the big bad protesters are slandering them and blaming them for stuff, and that if they could just get a few more tax breaks, a little less regulation, then everyone will be okay again and everything will be happy.

Let’s see if I’m right in the coming weeks.

Also, I predict a lot more hostility and violence towards protesters. This stage in the game has only just begun. The real opposition is yet to come.