Please encourage Sen. Sanders to introduce a Bill to eliminate income tax on Social Security payments. When FDR started SS which he called "Old Age Insurance" there was no income tax applied to it. Reagan in his huge overhaul and doubling of payroll taxes also subjected 50% of Social Security payments to Income Tax. Then the best Republican President ever, Bill Clinton, increased the taxable amount to 85%. I was shocked when I had to take early Social Security after losing my job and found I had to pay taxes on it, too -- really cuts what already are meager monthly payments.
I was in Sun River with an esculation of fear swirling around me, buried in my blog is documentation of my 'paranoia'. I feel like I need support and don't know how to get it other than going National. thanks thom and many blessings.
Did you ever notice,….
"Thom Hartmann now hosts one of the most successful such programs — of any political stripe — in the United States. His internationally syndicated, progressive-oriented talk show originated in Vermont." (Seven Days - Burlington, VT, 8/24/2011)
My only problem with the story is the opening sentence which asks if the the left has found its own Rush Limbaugh ... to which I answer NO! Thom is thoughtful, educated, well researched and honest - a diametrically opposite.
Many progressives have voiced their concerns (that's an under-statement) with regards to the T-Mobile/AT&T merger. Having worked in the telecommunications industry for the past fifteen years, I would like to offer a nuts-and-bolts perspective. First and foremost, deregulation is the true culprit here, I'm sure most of us can agree on that. All essential public services that have mutually shared benefits should be held in the public domain with no profit motivation. Unfortunately we're not there...and I don't see any viable path in that direction.
It's obvious the wealthy in France possess higher I.Q.'s than their American counterparts. If the French banking system collapses and takes down the French economy, much of their wealth will disappear and life as they know it will disappear as well. On the other hand the ability of America's Corporate elite and the wealthy lack the capacity for rational thinking and can't accept the same fate is awaiting them here. The cost would be more than 3%. Corporate America rolled the dice and gambled their future rested in places in other than America.
I am hereby swearing off the second-guessing of our President. Not only did he take out Bin Laden without huge loss of life or treasure, when the Security Party, the Law and Order Party couldn't do it in 8 years.