Monday, October 29, 2012

Mitt Romney Style Will Bring About The Zombie Apocalypse

Both of these videos have made me laugh recently, and given the crush of the end of the campaign and the overwhelming nature of all things political right now I'll take some levity anywhere I can get it...

Also you might want to sign up for a parkour class just in case...

(Joss Whedon via JC, Mitt Romney Style via sort of everywhere)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Take A Look It's In A Book...

We grew up with Reading Rainbow and some of us also grew up with our parents old Doors albums and well Jimmy Fallon must have too...

How did I not know about this before now?!  Many thanks to WAMU for playing a clip of Kojo asking LeVar Burton about this earlier this year on the radio today; otherwise I still wouldn't know what I was missing.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Read This Now - Mitt's Mendacious Tax Plan

Bloomberg has the simplest, most straight forward break down of why Mitt Romney's tax plan won't work...

Mitt Romney’s tax plan has three key planks. He cuts personal income tax rates by 20 percent across the board; he eliminates deductions, exclusions and credits so that the deficit does not grow; and he doesn’t make the tax code any less progressive. Unfortunately, as the Tax Policy Center has shown, only two of these planks can co-exist.

Conservatives have reacted aggressively against the TPC report. It seems that Mitt’s plan should be viable: If you cut tax rates proportionally across the board, and eliminate tax deductions proportionally, it seems progressivity should be unchanged. In fact, if you eliminate tax breaks starting with the wealthy, as Romney says he would, it seems he should be able to make the tax code even more progressive.

The idea is intuitive, but wrong. And it’s wrong because of something people don’t realize: The tax preferences that exist today overwhelmingly benefit people with lower and middle incomes, not the wealthy. While tax rate cuts reduce income tax burdens proportionally, as TPC notes, there aren't enough tax preferences for wealthy people to offset Romney's cuts at the top.
Read the whole thing for the details (you've already read almost half of the original post if you've gotten this far, why stop now).

(via BOTM)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Positive Political Ads

This one is somber, but I'm putting it into the positive category because it's main focus isn't trashing the opponent.  My biggest disappointment with the current election cycle is that it's taking us even farther away from the issues than we often get and mostly degenerating into name calling, speckled with mendacity and outright lies.

This ad made me feel a little bit better about things though...

Maybe it was just Morgan Freeman doing the voice over, he always makes me feel like things are going to turn out alright, I mean he got to fishing after all.

(via TPM)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How They Handle Hypocrisy In Australian Politics

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had just about enough hypocrisy from the leader of the opposition...

That's on the floor of Parliament no less.  I appreciate that the Aussies, like the Brits, don't dance around the issues, obfuscations, and out right lies in their political dealings, they up and call it like they see it.

The NY'er has the back story for the speech, which is worth taking a look at as well.

(via the NY'er but their video link was broken so I got it here via @FiredBigBird)