Friday, March 9, 2007

OK, I hope you all don't mind me getting all political on you, but I find it really difficult not to be when our government is just so asinine

Here's is an article from -- the article is a little long, so I've only posted the part that got me really fired up here for your reading pleasure. Let me just say that we live in a sad and scary world.

The Low Post: Medicare Vs. Britney by Matt Taibbi

"Not only does it make many of Bush's tax cuts permanent, but it envisions a complete repeal of the Estate Tax, which mainly affects only those who are in the top two-tenths of the top one percent of the richest people in this country. The proposed savings from the cuts over the next decade are about $442 billion, or just slightly less than the amount of the annual defense budget (minus Iraq war expenses). But what's interesting about these cuts are how Bush plans to pay for them. Sanders's office came up with some interesting numbers here.

If the Estate Tax were to be repealed completely, the estimated savings to just one family -- the Walton family, the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune -- would be about $32.7 billion dollars over the next ten years. The proposed reductions to Medicaid over the same time frame? $28 billion." ...

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