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Sunday, 13 January 2013

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Depardieumania

00 Sergei Yolkin. Depardieumania. 2013

Depardieumania

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Gérard Depardieu decided to move after new French President François Hollande introduced tax reforms that imposed a marginal tax rate of 75 percent on income over a million Euros (40.57 million Roubles. 1.34 million USD. 830,000 UK Pounds) a year. On 3 January 2013, Depardieu became a Russian citizen.

10 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130110/917564884.html

 

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Friday, 22 July 2011

22 July 2011. “Shit! The Guard Dies but It Doesn’t Surrender! NO! We WON’T End the Tax Cuts”… Hmm… the Guard DID Die in the End, Didn’t It?

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Read this:

http://theweek.com/article/index/217476/taxing-the-rich-why-the-gop-is-just-saying-no

Note this:

The rich may be getting richer, said Michael Franc in NationalReview.com, but they’re also paying “a disproportionate share of the overall tax burden.” Our progressive tax code now asks little of the lower half of wage earners. As a result, the share of all federal taxes paid by the top 1 percent of wage earners has doubled over the last three decades, to 38 percent. Is it fair to demand that 1 percent carry even more of the burden? The GOP has no choice but to take a stand, said Jennifer Rubin in Washingtonpost.com. Obama and the Democrats will raise taxes endlessly to pay for bigger and bigger government; Republicans “want smaller government and are unwilling to provide the taxes to fuel an expansion of federal power.” It’s a matter of principle—and strategy. 

Earth to Mr Franc! If the tax code were progressive, it’d mean that about 50 percent or more of the taxes would be collected from the richest 1 percent, as that group owns 35 percent of the income. Therefore, according to the rightwing’s own figures, it’s REGRESSIVE… the rich are paying FAR LESS than their proper share of it all. That is, if the tax rates were progressive, there would be HIGHER rates on large fortunes. If the income share is 35 percent, and the tax burden is 38 percent, it means that there’s NO progression in the tax rates. Note well that both the New GOP and the Internationalist Democrats defend slashing the taxes of the Five Percenters still further. NR has gone downhill precipitously since the death of William F Buckley… David Frum and Ranesh Pronaru are lightweights… the old pizzazz and élan are gone. It’s much like First ThingsGeorge Weigel and Jodie Bottum are dreary and boring rightwing ideologues, with none of Neuhaus’ wit and panache. Look at the map below:

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Sales taxes are even more regressive than the present income tax structure is… and you can see that Republicans have no compunction on levying them on the ordinary wage-earner. Interestingly enough, New York State, which the rightwing fanatics excoriate constantly, has one of the lowest state sales tax rates… New Jersey’s is almost 100 percent higher!

Take a look at this:

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In short, the ballooning deficit is due to hellishly expensive and pointless wars in foreign parts to make the world safe for transnational profiteers and inordinate tax cuts to the Five Percenters… it’s not due to “entitlements” at all. You know what to do… vote in November 2012… as the New GOP nutters said last year, “Just vote them out”… that’s a right top idea, isn’t it? Let’s see how Boehner, Ryan, and Paul like the unemployment line…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 22 July 2011

Albany NY

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