Friday, April 12, 2013

Assorted thoughts for a Friday

  •  Some people claim that taxes are higher than they've EVER been.  Of course, this is simply untrue.  Without even straining myself too much, I found a website that shows the highest tax rates since 1913.  Let's compare 2013 to a year under Ronald Reagan.  Say 1985.  Which would be the first year of Reagan's 2nd term.  Let's look at the data. Federal income taxes aren't everything, of course. But it's still interesting.  Another interesting note.  The highest tax rate from 1951-1964 was 91%.  So there's that.  The highest rate on regular income went above 50% the first time in 1932.  It was 50% or higher from 1932-1986. 
  • Senator James Inhofe argues that climate change is a hoax fueled by Al Gore, the United Nations, the Hollywood Elite, George Soros, Michael Moore,, and others.
  • Rand Paul's fillibuster may have improved his chances of running for President in 2016. Hillary Clinton is still heavily favored to win in 2016 if she wants to run.  Despite the usual complaints that the Republican party is full of old angry white men, there is a handful of youngish presidential candidates on the Republican side.  If Clinton doesn't run, the next choice is Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo, and Kirsten Gillibrand. 
  • Mitch McConnell is one of the most unpopular Senators in the country.  He might have a primary challenge.

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