Daily Archives: April 12, 2011
While I’m sure the tea-party types (and, hell, most of the Americans who have bought the Koch Brothers’ self-indulgent crap) will yell like wounded hyenas over this, an increase in taxes for those earning the big bucks has to happen.
Here’s a clip from HuffPo… but go in and read the whole thing:
- Obama Puts Tax Increases on Budget Table (abcnews.go.com)
- Obama first to put tax increases on budget table (sfgate.com)
- Frustrated Millionaires Demand Higher Taxes (abcnews.go.com)
- Obama to offer tax hikes in budget showdown (cbsnews.com)
This is a great piece by poet Taylor Mali and should be listened to by all these idiots who think teachers are the cause of our economic disaster (you folks in Scott Walker’s Administration in Wisconsin REALLY need this).
Taylor Mali (http://taylormali.com), one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet., gives his mind on what teachers make. Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.
He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.”
My wife is a teacher (Hagerstown Community College) and I believe she is one of an entire community of essential Americans. Politicians are definitely NOT essential.
…Couldn’t sleep… got out of bed and toured the blogosphere ending up at Rising Hegemon where Attaturk dropped this quote by Joseph Stieglitz about our economic miasma:
The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1 percent eventually do learn. Too late.
Maybe it IS too late… maybe those of us in the “other 99%” will actually rise up and DO something that will make the top 1% pay for their share of this country. Perhaps we can get them back to the 91% of income they paid during the Eisenhower years and pay off all our debts (we could get out of the THREE WARS we are in right now, too.)