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Re: “The Skinny

The welfare meme has gotten old and stale and only works on the racists and bigots. It never ceases to amaze me that the poor republicans cling to the idea that the rich deserve more than the 99 percent and should pay less. Perhaps John Steinbeck was right when he said "socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." As for socialism itself, it touches every day of your life, even as you flush the toilet, and turning the "have a little" against the "have nots" is an old fascist trick that seems to be working. Eisenhower pretty much called it when he warned that militarism will rob us of community, planet and country as it sucks our pockets dry. WWI created 21,000 new millionaires. Can only imagine what continual wars since then have wrought for the rich and cost the poor.

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Posted by soundcloud on 11/30/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

We can also look at this differently, from a historical perspective. What happened in similar situations in the past?

After Reagan reduced tax rates from 70% to 50%, we had economic growth of a stunning 7.3% in 1984. The highest growth year in the last 65 years. Obama's highest growth year was 2.9%.

After Reagan reduced tax rates from 50% to 28%, we had economic growth of 4.9% and 3.6% in 1987 and 1988.

After Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding reduced income tax rates from 75% to 25% in 1921 legislation, economic growth in the 1920's was 37% in their term as compared to Obama at 12%.

After Kennedy reduced tax rates from 91% to 70%, economic growth was 6.5% and 6.6% in 1965 and 1966.

After Clinton reduced capital gains taxes by 29%, economic growth in 1998 and 1999 was 4.5% and 4.7%.

After Bush the younger reduced tax rates in 2001, he had economic growth of 19% for the remainder of this term.

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Posted by on 11/30/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

What a joke.

The stock market is up $1.3 trillion in just the last 60 days. The "rich", read companies and small businesses, have already paid for this tax cut.

Instead of talking to a make-believe economist, let's study the leading economic indicators that great economists study to predict the future:

1. The stock market is $29.4 trillion dollars, up $5.8 trillion since election day and up $1.3 trillion in the last two months as the tax package moved to the finish line. The stock market is forecasting over 5% growth for our 330 million people.

By comparison, Obama never even had a 3% GDP growth year, the first president to fall short since Hoover started the Great Depression.

Also, by comparison, Europes stock market is at only $8 trillion, forecasting 1% growth for their 510 million people.

2. Consumer confidence index, 101.4, is at its highest since the economy grew 3.8% in 2004.

3. Unemployment, 4.1%, is at its lowest since 2000, when the economy grew 4.1%. Our insured unemployment rate of 1.4% is the lowest of all time.

4. M2 Money supply is the highest ever, $13.7 trillion dollars, up 650 billon since Election Day, more than enough fuel to grow 10% next year. There is $800 for every $1,000 of GDP as compared to only $550 in 1984 when our economy grew 7.3%.

5. Average weekly manufacturing work hours: 42 hours per week, only three periods higher since 1944

6. The U.S. unemployment insurance claim rate is the lowest in recorded history.

7. Corporate Bonds rate, 3.60%, is lower than 57 of the 58 years since the second quarter of 1959, when the economy grew 9.2%.

In short, the leading indicators relied upon by economists to predict the future say that the tax package will have a very powerful and healthy effect on the economy.

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Posted by on 11/30/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “The Skinny

A Democrat has about as much chance of winning an AZ senate seat as Tucson has of a white Christmas.
Democrats want to tax the rich to give Americans welfare while bringing in immigrants to take their jobs. Republicans aren't much better but at least they're more honest about it.

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Posted by bslap on 11/30/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

I know, everyone wants a free ride. But the guy who scrimps and saves to afford the car sometimes gets tired of the freeloaders.
Seriously, even if I pay more, if they simplify the tax code, even a little bit, it's a huge win.

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Posted by bslap on 11/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Ghosts of Christmas

After looking at the ghost of Dickens, I want to start a Christmas party. I see a beautiful Christmas item in a site. Can you give me some advice?
The web site is

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Posted by 陈嘉豪 on 11/30/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

I guess McCain may be more influenced by helping his family avoid taxes upon his imminent death than by worrying about the education of his constituents at PCC and UA., etc.

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Posted by gcb1 on 11/30/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

I'd have to say she is an excellent candidate for alcoholism. Here's hoping someone will help her head this off or, if she does, in fact, become a practicing alcoholic, that someone will help steer her into recovery.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 11/30/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “The Beautiful People

I'm glad to see something resembling an actual review for a change.

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Posted by PickyPalate on 11/30/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Beautiful People

Nothing on the Dropouts' menu looks the slightest bit inviting or interesting.
Living with an executive chef, I am always looking for something new or exciting food wise.
Not here........

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Posted by Dee Friedman on 11/30/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “$59 Million Can Focus the Mind, Even If You're Facebook

The Tucson Weekly is simultaneously running two articles relating to internet policy: an article saying that the FCC needs to prevent Comcast from censoring websites they don't like, and this article saying that Facebook should censor posts it doesn't like. Bravo.

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/30/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

The gang of 8? That should be the gang that couldn't shoot straight.


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Posted by Mona S on 11/30/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Fight the FCC

I will support net neutrality at the ISP level when you support net neutrality at the platform and domain name registrar levels. All this talk of "internet equality" is bunk so long as twitter, facebook, youtube, etc., and other high market share platforms are permitted to engage in content censorship. And worse, no one is talking about domain name registrars denying registrations or critical infrastructure providers like Cloudflare denying service to people with whom they disagree politically. If we believe in net neutrality, we should believe in it at all levels of internet service. By focusing only on the ISP level, we're essentially taking Silicon Valley's side in a intra-industry, hypothetical dispute against the ISPs, when we KNOW that Silicon Valley engages in content censorship.

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Posted by Nathan K on 11/30/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The Skinny

One man's fiasco is another man's economic boom. Obama spent eight years solving poverty and finding jobs for black youths. It didn't work. Socialism never does.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/30/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

McCain just announced he's voting for the bill. YES!!!

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Posted by CW13 on 11/30/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “The Skinny

News out yesterday that McCain's cancer is "back" (truth is, cancer never "leaves"), and today he announces his support for the tax "reform" fiasco.
Rest in Peace, John.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 11/30/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The Beautiful People

The buzz will soon fade... we'll see what happens when the summer doldrums hit.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 11/30/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

The gang of eight in the photo should have saved their travel money and helped those they pretend to represent.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/30/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Thank you Sen McCain for lighting up the American economy with jobs, pay raises, home sales, and destroying the Progressive/Socialist nightmare.

Now it's time to resign.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/30/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Just heard McCain will vote for it. YES!!

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Posted by CW13 on 11/30/2017 at 9:23 AM

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