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(Washington Post)   "It's the biggest tax increase in history. Granted, it's almost as big as Bush '90 and Clinton '93, but nowhere near as massive as Reagan '82. Yes, THAT Reagan, the one from the stained-glass window on your trailer   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 11
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2012-07-02 12:45:05 PM
2 votes:
It's the most avoidable tax in history. Just get yourself some health insurance, and you're all set.
2012-07-02 03:31:16 PM
1 votes:
You Are All Sheep
and how much is that health insurance now? I know our rates jumped 25% last year in waiting for this.

That's what's known as insurance companies farking you over.

I wonder how many claims had to be denied so that the CEO of United Healthcare could make hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years? Hmm..

What's sad is that the ACA is the most we could get in this farked up country. If politicians weren't so in the pockets of the corporations and people so brainwashed by right wing propaganda, we'd have single payer insurance.
2012-07-02 02:21:11 PM
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: Really I'm the first to think of this:

Homer: Woo-hoo! A perfect day. Zero bears and one big fat hairy paycheck.
[opens it up]
Hey! How come my pay is so low? $5.00 Bear patrol tax! This is an outrage! It's the biggest tax increase in history!
Lisa: Actually, Dad, it's the smallest tax increase in history.
Homer: Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.
Lisa: That's home-_owner_ tax.
Homer: Well, anyway, I'm still outraged.


Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
2012-07-02 01:50:19 PM
1 votes:

bloatboy: For those of you who do not remember that era, before Reagan took office, the top tax rate was 70%. When he left office, it was 28%.
Yes, he (and congress) did increase taxes, after he (and congress) slashed taxes in 1981 and 1986. But the increases were less about increasing rates and more about closing loopholes.
The biggest increase in tax was agreed upon as a package of taxes (which passed) and budget cuts (which were agreed to, and never materialized).


Please note that it was the marginal tax rate.

Reagan drastically cut taxes in 1981, only to raise them in 1982 because he realized he had made a mistake. The rich benefited the most during his years in office, of course, and the gap between rich and poor widened as a result.
2012-07-02 01:20:44 PM
1 votes:
Really I'm the first to think of this:

Homer: Woo-hoo! A perfect day. Zero bears and one big fat hairy paycheck.
[opens it up]
Hey! How come my pay is so low? $5.00 Bear patrol tax! This is an outrage! It's the biggest tax increase in history!
Lisa: Actually, Dad, it's the smallest tax increase in history.
Homer: Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.
Lisa: That's home-_owner_ tax.
Homer: Well, anyway, I'm still outraged.
2012-07-02 12:53:18 PM
1 votes:
Much like Eisenhower the idea that Reagan could survive the weapons-grade derp of a GOP primary today is ludicrous.

"Reagan? The divorced Hollyweird actor who ducked WWII and was the president of a union?"
2012-07-02 12:51:36 PM
1 votes:

Budhisatva: It sounds to me like Republicans have won,


If only the Republican nominee hadn't already imposed a very similar "tax" on the state he governated.
2012-07-02 12:47:29 PM
1 votes:
Several months ago, the argument centered around whether the ACA was or was not a tax.
Today, we apparently agree it is a tax, but are questioning if it's the biggest tax increase ever or just in the top 10.

It sounds to me like Republicans have won, and Democrats haven't even noticed yet. The battle is for the argument; the war is for the framing of it.
2012-07-02 12:40:46 PM
1 votes:
*wishes that someone in the press who call BS*

Sighs heavily...

\continues to weep whist reading the politics tab.
2012-07-02 12:37:21 PM
1 votes:
The funny thing is, the Republican talking heads will parrot this point over and over on legitimate news shows (i.e., not Fox) and yet NOT ONE of the so-called journalists will whip out this chart and call them on their bullshiat. Seriously, I'd like to see some conservative go on CNN or NBC and say "this is the largest tax increase in history" and have the moderator/interviewer pull up this chart and say, "So what you're doing here is lying, right?"

But it won't happen. And that's why we can't have nice things.
2012-07-02 12:31:09 PM
1 votes:
To be fair to Reagan, he thought he was signing a peace treaty with space aliens.
 
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