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Please, God, Please... Let It Be a Trump-Palin Ticket In 2016!!!!!

But, I'm not religious. So someone who is will have to pray for this freak show to be the 2016 GOP presidential ticket.

What's The Moral Basis For Giving Capital Gains A Tax Break?

A point could be made that dividends might be taxed at the corporate level and shouldn't be double taxed... and that if someone sells a house they've lived in the income it should be tax free.

But why should the income from gambling on Wall St, such as speculation in stocks, get any tax break? If one is at the highest marginal income tax rate of 39.6%... the highest tax rate they pay for capital gains is 20%, a 50% break. It's a loss of revenue other taxpayers... today or in the future, have to make up for.

Good news for Bernie Fans

I have made it pretty clear in the short time I have been on this message board that I am no fan of Bernie. However, I think he is going to crush Hillary and probably make his way to the white house. I also agree with Bernie on many of the problems we face as a country. But my problem with Bernie are his solutions to those problems. Everything Bernie wants to do is more government, more taxes, and more regulation. When has the middle class ever won in that type of environment? Never.

TPP Update

Now that the trade deal has been released for review, People like Paul Krugman have had a chance to evaluate it.

Sounds Like Thom is Coming Around to a "Bernie or Bust" Position

Thom is, clearly wrestling with his conscience about this, and, ultimately, I think he is going to come to the realization that he CAN'T support Hillary if she is the nominee.

Seems that Cruz lost the NY Vote

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-daily-news-ted-cruz_56989bc...?

Does he have inside information about "New York Values" from his wife who is a VP with Goldman Sachs?

BATA BING, BATA BAM, BATA BERNIE - Points Bernie should make in the NEXT debate and more - to educate & inform voters of differ

**** EDIT - just this first paragraph - because today, I just watched the Democratic Debate which was Sunday Night 1/17/2016 - I wanted to add an addendum in regards to that - - - after watching that debate which Lester Holt the moderator claimed would show the differences moreso; I have a few more thoughts . . .

Attacking the GOP with informercials featuring Jim Hightower, Robert Reich, and Brad Friedman

The world that corporate-leaning network news has been creating with lies, false equivalencies, and blatant hypocrisy should be a flimsy one. But with the right crafted talking points repeated for months and even years, the facade has more rigidity than physics should allow. This "GOPtopia" would be riddled with holes if extended logic, a sense of humanity, or any ability to identify hypocrisy were in play.

But they are not.

Not Good News

The U.S. version of aljazeera is to shut down 4/30/16.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2016/jan/14/al-jazeera-america-shutting-d...

Easily the most informative news outlet on TV, it's just another example of the poisonous corporate domination of network news.

Example Of The Old Fairness Doctrine At Work: CBS Spectrum 1972

Back in the days of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine... CBS radio ran a series of commentaries called Spectrum... from wiki

Spectrum was a daily broadcast series on CBS Radio, c. 1970-1992, featuring a varied range of opinions on political and social issues. At first its five-minute segments ran three times a day, and rotated commentary from six print journalists: M. Stanton Evans, Jeffrey St. John, Stewart Alsop, Jon K. Jessup, Nicholas Von Hoffman and Murray Kempton.

MoveOn Endorses Bernie!!

Members of the Progressive Group "MoveOn" voted overwhelmingly, to endorse Bernie Sanders over the weekend!

“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” said MoveOn.org Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman. “MoveOn members are feeling the Bern."

An Historic First: Fox News dot com Posted a Good Picture of Bernie Linked from it's Home Page

http://a57.foxnews.com/media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2016/01/07/876/493/694940094001_4690346168001_fc27ab05-0d43-414f-be3b-66245e2a7528.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

Elizabeth Warren and Wall Street React to Bernie Sander's Plan

The reaction is in to Bernie Sanders's big, bold plan to break up the big banks and tackle Wall Street fraud.

Elizabeth Warren loves his plan:

"I'm glad Bernie Sanders is out there fighting to hold big banks accountable, make our economy safer, and stop the GOP from rigging the system."

Is Cruz a Natural Born Citizen

Trump and McCain have both brought up the fact that Rafael Cruz is not a natural born citizen. He was born in Canada to an American Mother (rumor is that she renounced her citizenship) and a Cuban Father. Recently he renounced his Canadian citizenship. What forms were filled out for his American citizenship. Does he have a birth certificate for "Americans Born Overseas" issued by the US Embassy? Has he renounced his Cuban citizenship? His father was Cuban. What says that he is not a Cuban citizen? Communist plot to get a Cuban in the Whitehouse?

More thoughts on NOT Voting for Hillary

People who say "we have to" vote for Hillary if she is the nominee, because "the Republicans are worse" are missing the bigger picture. This election is NOT about whether Democrats are better than Republicans on issues of political policy. That is like arguing about whether Democrats, or Republicans, would be better at "arranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic."

Latest Headlines

One Iowa Caucus Delegate Comes Down To Coin Toss

The Iowa caucus convener flipped a coin. Bernie Sanders supporters called "heads" and it landed on tails.

Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by 31 points in N.H.: Poll

Sanders was at 61 percent support in the University of Massachusetts Lowell/7News poll, followed by Mrs. Clinton, at 30 percent

Martin O'Malley suspends presidential campaign after Iowa caucuses

The announcement came after O'Malley barely registered in Iowa against his better-known rivals Clinton and Sanders, failing to meet already low expectations

Corporate-Managed Trade Deals Screw America

The New Hampshire primary is now just one day away, and differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton couldn’t be clearer, especially when it comes to so-called free trade.

While Secretary Clinton’s views on corporate-managed trade have changed a lot over the years, Bernie’s haven’t.

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