Monthly Archives: July 2011

the “half of all Americans pay no taxes” myth debunked

Basically stealing my post today from Fred Clark, who links to two excellent posts by Kevin Drum dismantling the oft-repeated lie, most recently trumpeted by supposed pastor Rick Warren, that “half of all Americans pay no taxes.” Drum first points … Continue reading

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we have prisoners! take our prisoners!

Sara at Prison Law Blog writes that Louisiana has too many prison cells and not enough prisoners, while West Virginia has the opposite problem. Unfortunately, the West Virginia constitution prohibits transporting prisoners out of state. Well, I’ve searched for “crime,” … Continue reading

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on zombie economies

Michael Lind writes depressingly in Salon of the coming collapse of protected elite professional sectors and the likely rise of populist nativism. I don’t have a lot to add, and I’m not sure if I buy it or not, but … Continue reading

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more on the debt ceiling charade

Last week I wrote that the argument over the debt ceiling was pure showmanship, that the Republican leadership fully intends to vote “yes” at the last minute, but that they’re taking things to the brink in order to extract more … Continue reading

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the Norway attacks — what they don’t prove

Several bloggers at The Atlantic are piling on about this egregiously wrong-headed post by Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, in which she speculates that the recent bombing and shootings in Norway prove how dangerous it would be to cut … Continue reading

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but the prison guards will work for free out of sheer patriotism, right?

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic has a pretty amusing post up about people who contend that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we’ll still have “plenty of money for debt service, military payrolls, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” While … Continue reading

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is my Pandora feed racist?

On Pandora I have a “Flight Of The Conchords” channel. The Conchords, as you probably know, are New Zealand’s 4th most popular folk parody duo, who lovingly — gleefully! parodically! — skip along the top of various genres, including hip-hop. … Continue reading

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