Monday, April 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Start at top and boost taxes

batson column sig

By
From page A11 | December 20, 2013 | 77 Comments

A Daily Republic columnist recently wrote about the evils of income redistribution by taxation. Should we continue such an unfair practice?

I certainly hope so.

I hope we agree that the government has to be fully funded in normal economic times. For approximately 30 years we’ve gotten used to someone else paying for some of it as we gaily ran deficit after deficit. I’m gratified that everyone now seems alarmed by the resulting national debt, so this long-lasting delusion has hopefully dissipated. No more of “deficits don’t matter.”

I predict taxes will go up after the economy begins humming again; a bit for us and more from those who can well afford it, the very wealthy. Let’s clarify: Taxes are not punishment. They don’t select out “job creators.” Few of them go to “lazy people.” We’re simply trying to pay for the quality of life we Americans have become accustomed to and to balance the federal budget. Someone’s got to pay more.

Please don’t tell me what budget line item you object to, dear reader, so you can wiggle away. The gridlock you see in Washington, D.C. is proof positive that there are powerful constituencies for each and every program we have. Cuts will be nominal. Taxes must rise.

If you don’t want to “punish success” we can exempt multimillionaires and billionaires as the Republicans want, and you and I can close the deficit with taxes on our declining income. That would allow the people who have doubled their incomes over the past 30 years to accumulate even more assets.

This is your choice.

Vote Republican if you want to protect the billionaires. Vote Democratic if you want them to pay more (because they can). All else is screen static: abortion, immigration, Ayn Rand, Benghazi and that Muslim guy Obama. But believe me, the brass ring for the billionaires is tax rates. They use all those other issues to distract (and pretty effectively, too).

Let’s assume that the direction from the above paragraph is obvious. You will hear, “We billionaires already pay so-and-such percent of all income taxes; more is unfair.”

Here’s your answer. Many super-rich are rich due to inheritance. They did nothing to earn their wealth. Their tears don’t impress me.

For entrepreneur-billionaires who innovated something, welcome to the 442 billionaires in the U.S. I admire you. But you didn’t get there without the help of the rest of us. For those corporate executives who have put pliant friends on their boards who return the favor by giving ridiculously high compensations, I suggest your pay be cut to the low millions.

But listen up, all of you fat cats. I want to put a dent in your conceits. You piloted your corporation to new products and markets. I’ll bet the ideas came from a bright subordinate. You assigned a committee to check it out. It checked out. You gave the thumbs-up.

Could someone in Fairfield who was fortunate enough to have been there done it? I think probably so. So lots of other people were important to your success.

I want you to become very wealthy, but wealthy enough to influence the government, national elections, the Supreme Court? Not that wealthy, and you are. Plutocracy – rule by the rich – is a near reality, right now. Look at the last election. Two rich guys running whose major platform was cutting taxes on the rich. Meanwhile, cut Medicare and Medicaid.

Your taxes represent payback to society. We taxpayers paid for a lot of the schooling for your assistants and executives. We made the roads and airways and kept them safe. We paid for the courts that protected your patents that you registered at our expense. We kept war and criminals away with military expenditures and police forces. Your employees had no concern for food poisoning and waterborne diseases.

The way corporations are seeking relief from corporate taxes makes me wonder if they think these things were their rightful due. Real corporate taxes are low, one of the reasons why you get such ridiculous levels of compensation. So pay higher taxes instead as just payment for services rendered.

Yes, taxes need to go up. Start at the top of the economic ladder. The top has doubled its income over 30 years. The top 1 percent has taken every bit of increased national wealth produced since the end of the Great Recession four years ago. I think that’s disgraceful.

But if you don’t think so, vote Republican and let’s hope that the wealth trickles down . . . maybe . . . someday.

Yes, this is called income redistribution, and I’m in favor. The GOP calls this “class war.” But the GOP began income redistribution to themselves 30-some years ago, and as billionaire Warren Buffet said, “Yes, there’s class war, and we’re winning.”

It’s not punishment; it’s called paying for the government. So increase taxes; start at the top.

Jack Batson is a former member of the Fairfield City Council. Reach him at jsbatson@prodigy.net.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 77 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • CD BrooksDecember 20, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Jack, I am on record stating I'd pay taxes for specific issues. Number one of course a fully staffed Traffic Division within FPD. Clearly, that is a tax that directly affects we folks in the city with a solid revenue source, controls traffic and safety while keeping the bad guys under surveillance. In other words, bang for our buck, a tangible product we can actually see and get an immediate benefit from. But here's my problem and I think we all have the same concern; we all ready pay a lot of taxes. Where does all that money go? Into the pockets of the wealthy and out to other countries "needing our help." What about US? What about keeping that money here at home fixing our problems? Why do we have homeless people in America, shortages of resources meant to protect us and keep as healthy as the "number one country in the world?" Mismanagement of so many of our dollars, obscene abuses of Americans and ignoring our own broken system while rebuilding "theirs" That does zero to generate excitement about being "good honest hard working, tax-paying citizens." Toss the tax code and rewrite it. DO something for us, we've paid enough.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ? "Car 54, Where Are You" themeDecember 20, 2013 - 7:32 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocra_xWHnlg

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 7:50 am

    CD: Jack predicted your kind of response. If you don't like how tax money is spent, fight it at the expenditure level, not the tax level. Plus, are you in the top few percent? If not, why are you speaking for them? As for dedicated funds for local services, that takes a 2/3 vote, thanks to Prop 13. Two ways around that: Go for a 50% and fight at the expenditure level as I've already suggested, or use the mechanism of a benefit assessment district, if possible.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksDecember 20, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Rlw895, I’ve said it here often, I’m not a money guy so I guess I just don’t get it? Paying more and getting less doesn’t work for me. If I were in the top two percent I wouldn’t be sitting here wasting my time, I’d be out spending your money. As it stands a lot of American citizens are suffering for no good reason.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 9:33 am

    CD: I know we're on the same side on values here, and I figured you, like me, are middle class, not the top few percent Jack is writing about. So I really want to understand your argument, it's so different from mine. Jack (and I) argue for a return to a more progressive tax system on income and wealth. We can do that without killing the goose that lays the golden egg, which means encouraging a large middle class with a quality lifestyle while economic superstars are encouraged ad well. The fraction of the rich--by no means all--that puts the preservation and enhancement of their wealth above ALL ELSE have promoted the "government is bad" (Reaganites even say "evil") argument when, in fact, government is our only salvation. We should all get busy being sure our government is working, but we should not let any disappointments there deter us from fixing the revenue side of our fiscal house and correcting for income and wealth concentration. It's after tax income and wealth concentration that matters most.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksDecember 20, 2013 - 9:44 am

    rlw895, I'm probably way out of my league on this issue. If you guys believe that system will work and benefit us all, then I am all for it. But I can't get past the amount of money we "give away" then complain about needing more.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Due to fiscal austerity that too many people believe--due to propaganda--is the hallmark of good government, we don't "give away" much. There have been huge cuts in the "social safety net" with the recession, and foreign aid has never amounted to much of the federal budget.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 20, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    rlw, We pay about 65 percent of my income in taxes and we're middle class. How much is enough? In a recent poll, 71% said big government is our biggest problem. You and Jack are in the minority. Government is the problem, not our salvation.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Mr.P: And if we had a more progressive tax system, you wouldn't have to pay so much. Government is not "the problem," any more than we let it be by caving in to the demands of a fraction of the 1%.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 20, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Blow up the tax code and start over.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 21, 2013 - 5:28 am

    It could happen. It's happened before. Reagan did it. Now maybe it's Obama's turn. I don't care as long as we end up with a more progressive tax system.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensDecember 20, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Yes, taxes must go up in California but not mine. And the jobs, industry, business along with 2 parent families must go up in my state too while being decreased in yours, Mr. Batson. That's what increased taxes and out-of-control spending do for California.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • alhambra15December 20, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Jack it appears you are a Liberal Socialist.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Yeah, yeah, what else have you got other than that yawn-generating "response?"

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • PornacDecember 20, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Hoping, looking, waiting for some trickle.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rick WoodDecember 20, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Excellent column, Jack. The best solution to our national fiscal problems and the problem if concentration of wealth and income is not some sort of socialist-dream direct redistribution of wealth but rather a more progressive tax system. We shouldn't be jealous of wealth and income earned by other Americans; our system is supposed to generate that. But that presumed we all benefit from that wealth and income much more than we do now. And this isn't new. All we need to do is look at our own tax history. Income taxes used to be much more progressive. That changed with Reagan and we've never gone back. Today, we see the result.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Dave ShreeveDecember 20, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Facts can be stubborn things and liberals can never be bothered with them when they don't fit their own world view. According to government figures, in 1986 the top 1% of all individual income tax payers paid 25.39% of all tax receipts for individual tax returns. By 2005 it was up to 38.42% for the top 1%. it is even higher today. Conversely, the bottom 50% of all individual tax payers saw their share of total receipts fall from 6.67% in 1986 to 3.17% in 2005. Again, it is even lower today. I am no way near being in the top 1% of tax payers, but when the hell is enough going to be enough? Libs love to talk about going back to the top marginal rates when Eisenhower and Kennedy were in office. Yes the top rate was 90% back then, but there were loopholes large enough for several Mack trucks to go through. Time and again it has been proven that cutting the rates and closing loopholes generates more economic activity and increases revenue. The New York Times has even admitted that the Reagan tax cuts brought in more revenue to the government. They waited decades before admitting it, but they did do it. Currently revenue coming into the government is at an all time high, but for big government liberals it is never enough.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    That's all true, probably. But did you ever think to compare income of the top 1% between 1986 and 2005? It went from about 12% of national income to about 20%, or an increase of about 67%. By your figures, share of taxes only went up about 50% for the same period. There is nothing at all wrong with high marginal income tax rates and lots of opportunities for deductions (“loopholes”) as long as those deductions are designed to encourage positive behavior. That can’t be done as well with low marginal rates. There are lots of ways to stimulate the economy while maintaining a highly progressive tax system. There are diminishing returns from higher and higher top tax brackets, but that doesn’t mean what we have now is optimal. We should have more income tax brackets, with rates going up to 70% for taxable income over $4 million. That may not generate more revenue for the government, but it’s not all about the amount of revenue. How that revenue is distributed is important too. Finally, if you are going to talk about percentages, look at percentages of payroll taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes the top 1% pays compared to everybody else.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • B. ThiemerDecember 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

    "I hope we agree that the government has to be fully funded in normal economic times." Nope. You have not defined 'government', nor what services said government should provide. Some feel a government service includes maintaining wars in faraway countries.. should that be fully funded? Others feel government should subsidize oil/corn/cigarettes/banks etc.. should those be fully funded via tax dollars?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 9:15 am

    "Please don’t tell me what budget line item you object to, dear reader, so you can wiggle away." Wiggle, wiggle.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TJ BairdDecember 20, 2013 - 9:07 am

    The solution in America is always "more money will solve the problem". If we just put more money in education, we will have the best educationed children. If we more money into the war on poverty we will start eliminating poverty. This hopeless argument can be made for a number of situations that challenge our country. Yes, we can certainly eliminate tax loop holes and have the uber-rich pay more. That is a good and right idea. The problem is that without federal discipline with it's spending it won't be long before burn through all the "rich" people's money and then the middle class will be in it's sights. More revenue - how amount more jobs that will create more revenue.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Another wiggler who feels compelled to argue the current winning side of our class war!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TJ BairdDecember 20, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    "895" I have always argued this side the discussion, so if it is "winning" the class wars currently it must be winner. However, this isn't really a contest between left/right it is battle for the hope and future of the country.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    You'll have to rephrase that for me.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Maybe i can rephrase that for tj: "i believe ecerything that they tell me on Fox." Was i right?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TJ BairdDecember 20, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Sorry Mike, independent research is the source of my views. I just happen to lean right (but always willing to listen to all sides - because that is usually where the solutions are) long before Fox existed.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    Good grief...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    How do you define "independent"?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsMDecember 21, 2013 - 11:06 am

    I meant to say "...argue FOR the current winning side..." If you have any doubt who is the winning side, check out the link provided.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 10:34 am

    Great article, Jack. I do have one point of disagreement, though. America has been a Plutocracy for many, many years. It is not something we should fear in the future, it is here today. The progressive income tax and estate taxes are the best way forward, but to get there, we need open, free elections with reasonable campaign limits. Again, nice piece. Have you considered writing a weekly column? Lord knows this paper could use a little less right-wing propaganda - You could take Thomas Sowell's wasted space on Sunday.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 20, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    There is already an equal amount of left wing propaganda in this paper.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Name two.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 20, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    You and Maureen Dowd

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 20, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Now it's Mike's turn to see your two and raise you.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    Dowd? That's a stretch. When was she last in this paper? That's my point, Mr. P. There aren't two. But i bet we coukd both list a bunch of right wingers. What are you so afraid of? The truth?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • B. ThiemerDecember 20, 2013 - 11:52 am

    An underlying position of the author believes we need government to keep the uber-rich in check. A strong case could be made that the uber-rich acquire and maintain their wealth & power –because- of the government. If you make a claim to one million dollars of someone’s wealth, it is worth $999,000 to them to refute and deny your claim. Thus, the money will be spent in the halls of government; resulting in more power between your ‘plutocracy’ and the ‘public servants’; leaving the average joe out in the cold. The curt reasoning provided why reducing the government footprint won’t happen is that same reason why tax increases won’t happen.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895 http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=7December 21, 2013 - 11:16 am

    If that's what you think is the only choice, you've swallowed the Republican lie hook, line, and sinker. In case you haven't noticed, the Republican Party has completely sold out to that fraction of the 1% for whom the preservation and enhancement of their wealth is the first priority. They don't care of it's through deregulation or using government regulation to their advantage. They are not anti-government per se, as long as they can control the government to their economic advantage. It will be a HUGE fight to extract them from where they are now, and what you are saying is you're not up to it. You prefer anarchy to taking your government back. America is not for wusses. Get some backbone. Join the Democrats before they are completely lost too.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Google.....Who killed Glass Steagall WE NEED THW WHOLE TRUTHDecember 21, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Republican/Democrat same same both sides work for the Globalists WAKE UP U rlw U....From Wikipedia...Starting in the early 1960s federal banking regulators interpreted provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act to permit commercial banks and especially commercial bank affiliates to engage in an expanding list and volume of securities activities.[5] By the time the affiliation restrictions in the Glass–Steagall Act were repealed through the GLBA, many commentators argued Glass–Steagall was already “dead.”[6] Most notably, Citibank’s 1998 affiliation with Salomon Smith Barney, one of the largest US securities firms, was permitted under the Federal Reserve Board’s then existing interpretation of the Glass–Steagall Act.[7] President Bill Clinton publicly declared "the Glass–Steagall law is no longer appropriate."[8]

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act?December 21, 2013 - 11:32 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0k2PmF-o5Q

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SavetheRepublicDecember 21, 2013 - 11:39 am

    The Clinton Administration proposed sweeping changes in the nation's banking system that would permit commercial banks to sell insurance and underwrite securities. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin outlined the new proposal, which would allow banks to "affiliate" with Wall Street firms, insurance companies and other financial service providers. It would repeal several federal restrictions, including the Depression-era Glass Steagall Act, which forbids banks from underwriting securities or selling insurance. Banks for years have been seeking a repeal of Glass-Steagall. Their efforts were blocked by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee until the Republicans took control of Congress last month. A Dingell staffer told TIME Daily that the congressman's top concern is to make sure any reforms include protective "firewalls" to prevent federally insured deposits from being used for risky stock investments. Read more: CLINTON PROPOSES BANKING REFORMS -

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George Miller wants you to pay a Carbon TaxDecember 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ro6gNT9LX8

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ?December 21, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    What did Bruce Wayne have hanging above his crib?........Anyone?......Anyone?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ?December 21, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    A Bat Mobile

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George Miller...Have you called him yet? Is he a co-sponsor?December 21, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgNi1zbsJ2c

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • What is interesting about this also is......December 21, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    This was the Spring of 2009?.....Put it on "full screen" and look at the sign in back...it says ....MakingHomeAffordable.gov.....this was the program that basically said to lenders to use no income verify, inflated loans to everyone regardless of ability to repay....An element of the planned?....Housing Bubble.....What most people do not know is that Mr. MIller is Nancy Pelosi's "right hand man" so to speak they work very closely on getting legislation passed...also that Mr. Miller was roommates with Senator Chuck Schumer in DC........Senator Schumer ( ? in place on 9/11 ? )

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 21, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Can't you even delete the footnote numbers in your cut & paste line-inch wasters?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • U rlw U......What a naughty boy U RDecember 21, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    What with NOT ignoring StR....but I am flattered by your attention...Thank IOU1 I mean U......OK now U can get busy w/trying to get my posts rotated off the "comments" screen...Good Night Aunt Pitty Pat !.....Say Hi to Dame Edna for me.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • I'll Make a Man out of UDecember 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FIPGHL7ZZI

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rick WoodDecember 21, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Republicans and Democrats aren't the same when it comes to preservation and enhancement of wealth among the already wealthy, either by using government to help or by getting government out of the way. Compare, say, Elizabeth Warren to Mitch McConnell. I remember early in the Obama administration when McConnell emerged from a budget meeting and the first words out of his mouth were about how the Republicans held off increased taxes on high income.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SavetheRepublicDecember 21, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    I agree that privatizing Social Security at this time would be a disaster, the stock and bond markets, metal markets, futures markets are all controlled by the elite Global powers....the core issue really is getting our money supply out of the hands of the Federal Reserve.....but we should all realize that the Global Powers that control both Democrat and Republican sell outs in this Country have all the reins of power now and can crash the economy anytime they want.....Do they really care if the Fed goes BYE BYE....they at some point plan to crash the economy whether the Fed is in place or not.....plus the globalists have control of the oil supply......BTW the really rich and mega corps just move their assets off shore or off the books....so that the really really rich do not pay taxes.......In my opinion everybody making over 25,000 per year should have to pay something...even if it is only 1%.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Read the Book....The Public Bank Solution by Ellen BrownDecember 21, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    If we had in place the Public Banking option, then we could slowly transition to letting people invest some of their mandatory retirement savings into a Public Bank type options set up.....BTW.....Everyone does realize that Multi-national corporations are not necessarily our friends...correct?......rlw if you have lots of time to research....research this....Why can we not make our own Tennis Shoes and Underwear in the United States.....or the History of the Industrialization of China.....I feel each country should maintain it's sovereignty, and each country should produce as much of it's own consumer goods as possible, even if this means enacting some tariffs....if we want to help a poor country we should just give, not loan them some money to start some industry that will employ or feed their people and not expect poor people in the third world to work at slave wages......

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • RonDecember 20, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    "A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget.... As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance." - John F. Kennedy , September 18, 1963.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    What a wonderful idea. Let's do that. Let's change our tax rates to what Kennedy had during his presidency. You do realize, don't you, that Kennedy was talking about reducing income tax rates from Eisenhower's 90% top rate? That's the trouble with a sound bite, sometimes you are the one bitten. Do your homework.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TJ BairdDecember 20, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Mike, You are right the tax rate was about 90%, however, being the intelligent guy that you are, you understand that the reason for tax reductions was that the economy was staling out and the President knew that he could not get any more out of the wealthy, so he was willing to try something different.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    Yes, just as now. I guess we should just agree to split the difference between. 38% and 90%. 64% should be the top rate for income over one million dollars a year.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TJ BairdDecember 20, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Mike, I could live with that since that isn't a tax bracket that I need to worry about.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    Fine. Done and done. How would you vote if you were doing better? Would you spend your money trying to convince voters that make less than you that they should cut the top tax brackets?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895 http://taxfoundation.org/article/us-federal-individual-income-tax-rates-history-1913-2013-nominal-and-inflation-adjusted-bracketsDecember 20, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    In 1963, there were 25 income tax brackets with the top rate for a married couple filing jointly of 91% on income over about $3 million (adjusted to today’s dollars). After the Kennedy/Johnson tax cuts, there were still 25 brackets, but with a top rate of 77%, still on income over about $3 million. There is NO comparison to today’s much more regressive income tax system with its mere seven brackets and top rate of 39.6% on income over $450,000. We could easily add four or five brackets with a top rate of 70% on income over something line $4 million and generate more income while providing a reduced share of taxes put on everyone except the top 1%. Do your homework.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensDecember 20, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Your State is full of Jack Batsons. It's also full of unemployed people, bad government employees, illegal aliens and welfare cases. It's also the ground zero for homelessness, lawlessness, crime, and an oversupply of bad politicians and voters who want "more of the same".

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mike KirchubelDecember 20, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    It also has you. Good grief!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensDecember 20, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    Hey----he kind of looks like McCain.....LOL!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ?December 21, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Valerie Jarrett is described as Barack Obama’s “eyes and ears.” Her great-uncle is longtime Bilderberg member Vernon Jordan and her mother, Barbara Taylor Bowman, appointed Tom Ayers—William Ayers father—to the Erickson Group’s board of trustees. Valerie Jarrett's father-in-law—Vernon Jarrett—worked for the same Communist-leaning newspaper—the Chicago Defender— as Frank Marshall Davis. Vernon Jarrett became the Chicago Tribune’s first black writer and landed an assignment at the Chicago Sun-Times where he used his columns to promote up-and-coming superstar - Barack Obama. .................Even wilder is the fact that Obama also met and was tutored by Zbigniew Brzezinski during this time. Brzezinski is a CFR member and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller. Now, how often does a poor college kid from a broken family get to be mentored by one of the most powerful men in the world? Brzezinski was one of the first people to endorse Obama’s candidacy, then served as his foreign policy advisor during the campaign. Between Columbia and his pilgrimage to Chicago, Obama worked for the Business International Corporation, a CIA front that specialized in recruiting left-wing organizers to use as assets. In a recent book entitled Barack and Michelle, best-selling author Christopher Andersen contends that Ayers is the author of Obama’s Dreams From My Father. “The book’s language, oddly specific references, literary devices and themes bear a jarring similarity to Ayers’s own writing.”

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ?December 21, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Obama met his wife, Michele, at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin, where Valerie Jarrett hired her. One of this firm’s major clients was Tom Ayers (father of Bill Ayers), while Michelle’s mentor was Bernadine Dohrn - the wife of Bill Ayers.............. Subsequently, Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson (now Michele Obama) to work for Mayor Daley’s political machine, and is also cited as the reason why Barack moved to Chicago. In this sense, one of Davis’ associates—William Ayers—drew Obama to Chicago from one end, while another Davis connection— Valerie Jarrett—drew Michelle in from the other. Again, the similarities between Bill and Hillary Clinton’s “prearranged relationship” cannot be denied...................... Jarrett also had close ties with fellow slumlord Tony Rezko (Obama’s bagman), and was the person first mentioned to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat (leading to the Blago pay-to-play scandal). Judicial Watch lists her as one of the nation’s top 10 most corrupt politicians, and it is she who traveled to Copenhagen with Michelle Obama to make a final bid for Chicago to be the Olympic host city in 2016. Lastly, Jarrett brought self-avowed Communist Van Jones in as the green jobs “czar,” while also completing Obama’s inner circle with David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and company......................Everybody google Cloward–Piven strategy

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/news597_obamafather.htmlDecember 21, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Full text...at

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • But remember....December 21, 2013 - 9:01 am

    All ----- Carter/ Bushs / Clintons/ Obama / Kerry / Romney / Gore.......... were all pre-selected by the Luciferian Globalists/ those elites/rich / Bilderbergs/ Committee of 300/ Club of Rome / Aspen Institue-Society types....and that 9/11 was an inside job on the Republican NEOCON watch with the help of the top Democrats and corrupt elements of the FBI and CIA and NSA ( not all members of these agencies have been corrupted ), also with the help of MI5/6...the Israeli Mossad....with Saudi Arabian and Pakistani ISI assists.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • I wish I could convince myself that it just wasn't real but that's not the way it isDecember 21, 2013 - 10:28 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TWOl8LaiE0

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 26, 2013 - 9:12 am

    StRs voluminous and generally unread posts have driven good conversations like this off the comment page. We all need to work to revive them from the purgatory to which StR has sent them. Hey DR, how about having a special comment section for StR posts only; she needs quarantining.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

    rlw, it's a slippery slope to decide what is "good conservations" and what isn't. One could argue that there anything, anymore is unique and furthers discussion. It's 90 percent the same people saying the same things over and over. Most of us that have been on here could probably write each others comments to any given subject. It is what it is. I would rather see the DR use it's limited resources on content.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SavetheRepublicDecember 26, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Actually about 5 times I have posted a link to...and twice if I remember correctly l long list of the actual names of the conspirators involved in 9/11...did anyone see this...or has this info just been getting mirrored back to me....What I see at my end may not be the same thing you guys are seeing from me? So if we want to talk about content...then yes I think I provide lots of content.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Clint Richardson - Common Core, Agenda 21, And Global PrivatizationDecember 26, 2013 - 10:15 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglZEZz_YcE

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw89December 26, 2013 - 8:50 pm

    Mr.P: This forum IS the DR's private property. They can do with it as they wish. I was merely asking them to agree with me that StR takes up all the oxygen in the room and is harming their site. Are you telling me you actually take the time to read the StR posts?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalDecember 27, 2013 - 6:56 am

    rlw, I read her posts very selectively. That being said, I don't find the multiple, irrelevant postings annoying, at least not on the site. I was more bothered by the alerts blowing up my in box, I just delete them immediately and review content later.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895December 27, 2013 - 7:21 am

    I stopped using the alerts a long time ago.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Google...December 26, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Albert Einstein: “A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth” Washington’s Blog December 26, 2013..................Albert Einstein said: A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. SmithDecember 26, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    Mr. P: I'm with RLW on this one. StR generally adds nothing to these threads except gobbledy-gook, which causes posts to scroll away into the ether way too soon. We have pleaded with her to stop it and join in on a more rational basis--all to no avail. Its not a matter of "one person's treasure is another person's junk." It is annoying, to say the least.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.ae911truth.org/en/news/41-articles/405-colorado-democrats-call-for-new-911-investigation-an-insider-tells-us-how-they-did-it.htmlDecember 26, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    Colorado Democrats Call for New 9/11 Investigation: An Insider Tells Us How They Did It

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • OK here is some ContentDecember 26, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    OK now for some Girly Talk.....One time at a meeting I sat next to Mr. Batson and although we probably disagree Politically,..... I think he is very attractive!....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Rodriguez musicians win big in Reno

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

 
 
Hundreds turn out for Kroc Easter Egg hunt

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1

Jelly Belly artist finds her work sweet

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Heroes for Hire event goes haywire

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

Center offers baby mammal care class

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield police arrest 6 in alcohol sting

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A3, 3 Comments

4-H Paper Clover Campaign starts

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
9th Annual Peace Summit on calendar

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Tour past, present, future in Mountain View

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Best of the best compete at dog show

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Event allows for safe medication disposal

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Kids Fishing Derby to take place Saturday

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Church offers document shredding

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Suisun City to host 3rd annual MS walk

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Club plans home garden tour in Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Local government meetings

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Il Fiorello to host mushroom class

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Silent movie night set in Rio Vista

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Fairfield police log: April 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: April 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: April 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: April 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Street-sweeping dealership comes to Fairfield

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

Networking event at Solano College

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

 
North Bay Pediatrics marks anniversary

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

Firm facilitates building lease in Fairfield

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

 
Weather for Monday, April 21, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

.

US / World

Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Bee colonies damaged after almond pollination

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Recreation areas reopening after Yosemite fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Nurse in critical condition after stabbing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: ‘We can’t move’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Opinion

Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer

By Ann McFeatters | From Page: A8

 
Local voices, important choices

By Rod Keck | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Question of the week: Will Flight 370 be found?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon for April 21, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Legislature critic is selective

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

By Cynthia M. Allen | From Page: A8

.

Living

Today in History for April 21, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

My friend’s wife drinks too much, verbally abuses her husband

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes for April 21, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes for April 22, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
‘Capt. America’ tops box office for third week

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

TVGrid April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

 
Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Chavez gets 1st win, A’s complete sweep of Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
NBA: Refs missed foul call in Warriors-Clippers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Posey, Lincecum lead Giants to 4-3 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Young Clippers try to mature against Warriors

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Westwood wins Malaysian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Prep baseball: Pair of 10-run innings powers Vikings to win

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Prizefighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Red Sox remember Boston Marathon victims

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Business

 
.

Obituaries

Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
.

Comics

Pickles April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Zits April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard Of Id April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Word Sleuth April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Cryptoquote April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Crossword April 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C. April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard Of Id April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sudoku April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote April 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7