Cutting libraries is a little like cutting Meals on Wheels--both programs are life-savers, not only for the nutrients they provide but for the community they engender as well. We have the money to fund all the war toys we want, so that OUR playground bully can exchange threats with other playground bullies on a world stage, but no money for libraries and Meals on Wheels. We can fund a passel of Tomahawks and "the mother of all bombs" to destroy other countries, but can't fund the social infrastructure of our own. And then locally we are supposed to be happy to have Raytheon, who makes the war toys, donate to our pathetically underfunded public schools. Don't get me wrong, as a public school advocate, I AM happy that they participate. I'm just sorry that our (and their) economic health depends on the destruction of resources worldwide. I just wish that their business contributed to REAL world security, instead of just their donations.
It's medication time! Quit posting and chat with your buddy JHuppent while the two of you wait in line for your methadone. The rest of us can take a breather and we are very appreciative of that.
I've demonstrated outside McSally's office, but I'd call myself a constituent, not a political opponent. Isn't there an interim between elections when a representative should be thinking about keeping promises (McSally did promise to only support a health care plan if it provided better and more affordable coverage than the ACA), addressing constituents' concerns, and even keeping her oath to support the Constitution?
When I was young, I practically lived in the Woods branch library during the long, hot, boring summers here. Not to be too melodramatic, but I remain convinced to this day, that going on adventures in books in an air conditioned place surrounded by caring adults and fellow bookworms, saved my life. A few of my friends chose alternate adventures outside in the real world and are still paying for it today.
Funding cuts to libraries, the arts, and health care and research are a miniscule amount in the overall budget, but have a devastatingly huge impact in the lives of ordinary citizans, the ones repubs clearly care nothing about. But the cuts help keep the rabble uneducated and sick, two barriers to knowing what's truly going on and doing something about it. These proposed cuts are not only ill advised and mean, but a means to the end of their bigger picture goal, and must be stoped. Why people continue to cut off their noses to spite their faces is truly beyond me.
Keep them coming, Brian. You're such an artist with the camera.
I couldn't agree more about the benefits of libraries.
When I was about 12, It was in a public library in a small rural town back east that I discovered a special National Geographic spread on Mexico. I was infatuated and wanted to visit at once. (I also became the star student in Spanish classes in high school.)
In fact, I could trace that first stirring of that curiosity to my now living close to the border and to spending as much time as I can in beautiful and welcoming Mexico.
To cut Federal funding to public libraries must not happen!
Ah, the old red tape parade. No wonder most people can't stand environmentalists.
Brian, you are correct. France went down the path recommended by Ken Groves above.
Since 1980, France has lost 3 billion hours of work, while the United States has gained 87 billion hours of work. The European Union countries had a GDP 30% higher than the US in 1980, today they have a GDP 20% lower.
Our problem now is that we have added a bunch of Obamacare taxes, a lot of state and city level taxes and another 20,000 pages to the Code of Federal regulations. Small company formation is hugely below the rate of the 80's.
We are now Europe and there are very few jobs for our young adults.
Groves is saying that more of the poison is the cure. He believes Picketty when Picketty says that all modern industrial economies grow about the same. Since when is positive 87 billion equal to negative 3 billion?
I watched while the Democrats celebrated the death of the Republican Party over the last 8 years, and they forgot to look in the mirror. Democrats are no longer happy with their party. They will split into liberal Republicans and Socialist/Communist/Marxist Democrats. But any way you slice it, they will be the minority. Hard working young people have figured out that once you tax all the rich, the rest of us are next. We must ignore the false promises and get spending under control.
Nothing but more empty promises won't cut it.
Running on higher taxes and more welfare plus dollars for schools with no plan for how that improves education and no plan to curb illegal immigration.
This is probably not a winning platform in Arizona.
But it does work. You just have to know ALL the facts.
However, the numbers, crunched by Heritage's Brian Riedl, show otherwise (see chart below). In 1980, the last year before the tax cuts, tax revenues were $956 billion (in constant 1996 dollars).
Revenues exceeded that 1980 level in eight of the next 10 years. Annual revenues over the next decade averaged $102 billion above their 1980 level (in constant 1996 dollars).
Any increase in budget deficits was therefore the result of spending increases rather than tax cut-induced revenue decreases.
To espouse the contrary is basically ignorant or deceptive.
I think the word you're looking for is "regressive," Michael S. Ellegood, not "repressive."
What doesn't work to improve education is handing people like those running TUSD more money without simultaneously increasing oversight and transparency. But that is just what the sold-out establishment Dems keep proposing. Guess they don't realize just how much they have egg on their faces after what has been revealed about what the district did with the 301 funds, or the 123 funds the Dems connected with TUSD helped Ducey secure from the land trust.
But keep talking about "the poor kids!" while averting your eyes from what is actually done with money the Dems have begged for on behalf of "the kids!!!" No doubt some portion of the electorate will always be ignorant enough to keep falling for this shell game.
I'm old enough to remember the 'good old days'. The difference between then and today is noticeable. We had strong public schools in most communities, people made a decent paycheck and lived reasonably safely.
What changed, two things, we stopped taxing the the very wealthy and mega-corporations. They both pay about a quarter of what they used to. Corporations paid 30% of the federal budget then, today, 10%. Your taxes, those of the lower 85% of Americans has been raised to cover the some of difference but it doesn't nearly cover everything. Tax cuts for the rich were made, about 14-15 rounds of cuts, on the promise of great rewards for all of us. It never happened. All it did was make the rich tremendously richer, like never before, and cut government services.
Second, the advent of a well funded, extreme hard right echo machine that has saturated the radio dial, and TV to some extent, for the last 45 years or so. For the last 45 years they have maintained 95-98% of all political talk on the radio. Even more, it's been an extreme set of views and largely fact free, relying on a constant attack mode to denigrate any opposition. So extreme that the Russian cyberwarfare division flooded the US presidential election with a partisan attack of full out lies and ludicrous accusations and most people didn't even notice any difference.
Yes, a good start would be to tax the rich, to return to the way it worked.....'in the good old days'.
The time has come to start the discussion on raising revenue. For 25 years we have methodically lowered taxes using as a promise that lowering taxes will boost the economy, employment will rise, the economy will boom and the increased economic activity will make up for the short term loss in revenue. But....after 25 years of this it is time for a reality check. Guess what? IT DOESN'T WORK!!!. Instead our state is in an endless cycle of fiscal crisis and, sadly, our greatest resource our kids have born the brunt.
We need to start, at least, to reversing this death spiral, yes we need to raise taxes.
Now consider our choices: Raise income and corporate taxes, raise the property tax or raise sales taxes.
Already our State sales tax is the 11th highest in the nation while our property and income taxes are 5th and 6th from the bottom. Sales tax is generally considered repressive in that it disproportionately impact the poor. So there you have the sad data, read it and weep. Yes we need to raise both income and property taxes. Time to start the discussion. David is right on.
Let's make some educated guesses about what "support public education" may mean to Democratic Party candidates, based on what kinds of governance and policy our local establishment Democrats have been seen supporting and / or endorsing:
Increase funding to public school districts without taking the trouble to ensure that even the most basic financial transparency and accountability protocols are in place. Look the other way when funds end up pooling in the pockets of overpaid central administrators while classrooms and teachers go begging. Outsource part of your teaching workforce, reducing their pay and destroying their ability to qualify for benefits, which will worsen your existing teacher supply problem and further degrade teaching and learning conditions in classrooms, especially in schools that serve primarily low-SES families. Then, when you campaign for re-election, don't forget to repeatedly state that you firmly oppose outsourcing, while receiving large campaign donations from an executive in the company to which labor has been outsourced. Do nothing to effectively prevent the spread of crap curricula and toxic, mindless multiple choice tests. Then slam the door shut and lock it. Never NEVER tolerate any policy that would allow a non-plutocrat family to remove their children from the mismanaged disaster of an "educational" institution created by a persistent, reform-proof, entrenched and toxic combination of ignorance, cronyism and negligence.
Sorry. Not voting for Garcia or Farley or ANY candidate who is part of the network that is responsible for what some of our large institutions of public "education" (?) have become in Southern Arizona. And, for the millionth time: our schools have become this way NOT just through under-funding. They have become this way also by decades of tolerating and / or encouraging and rewarding egregious mismanagement. We certainly don't need more of THAT, and elevated to state-level, not just local, office.
The government is not in the business of improving lives. If they were they would fix the potholes. Their promises and their lies are much much bigger than that.
Let me guess. In the Democratic Party dictionary:
--Annual income of 0-$20K per year = poor
--Annual income of $20K - $40K per year = middle class
--Income between $40K per year and the level of income it takes to be a MAJOR Democratic Paty campaign donor = "THE WEALTHY!!!" Tax the hell out of them and if they want to send their kids to college, make them indenture themselves and their kids to the banks to do it.
--Special class never to be discussed: the truly wealthy who fund campaigns. Let them off the hook for everything, always.
The devil is in the details, David. The Democratic Party has been complicit to such a degree with the financial "industry," no plan that omits what is meant by terms like "closing loopholes," "the rich," "the middle class" means anything. We've seen far too many "plans" concocted behind closed doors and sold to constituents who work for a living that sound like they'll defend our interests and don't actually end up doing so.
Kathryn was my dance instructor for 4 years. She was a beautiful person inside and out. We didn't agree on some things but She believed in what she did. She helped young women feel confident about themselves through dance. She was fun to be with and had stories to tell. She was a great film producer and a top advocate for humanity. She will be greatly missed in the belly dance community amongst other areas she participated in. I'm proud to have known a women of her stature and call her friend.
Smart thoughts David. I have been thinking along these same lines. But, I offer this back. Closing loopholes IS about increasing taxes on the wealthy and maybe a great first step? The second step is that government, more properly funded, can help improve people's lives. Then, the people would be more willing to trust government with more of their hard-earned dollars.
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