First of all, let’s clarify what the NASA budget is. Do you realize that the $850 billion dollar bailout, that sum of money is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA?
And so when someone says, “We don’t have enough money for this space probe,” I’m asking, no, it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of money that you’re spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.
You remember the 60s and 70s. You didn’t have to go more than a week before there’s an article in Life magazine, “The Home of Tomorrow,” “The City of Tomorrow,” “Transportation of Tomorrow”. All of that ended in the 1970s. After we stopped going to the Moon, it all ended. We stopped dreaming.
And so I worry that the decision that Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow’s gone. They’re playing for the quarterly report, they’re playing for the next election cycle, and that is mortgaging the actual future of this nation, and the rest of the world is going to pass us by.
“There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.”—
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”—Steve Jobs (via putorti)
Does it mean that the tax payments will help the suffering? Except for extending unemployment benefits, that isn’t true. Giving every person who ran out of unemployment insurance $60K would cost about $25B, aka chump change. Plus extension already passed.
Does it mean that they will pay less in taxes? Certainly not, as no one is proposing a tax increase on the middle class. Interest rates (an implicit tax) are going to remain stable, and would only change dramatically if we get into default shenanigans.
Then again, if taxes were raised on corporations, you could probably expect more unemployment.
The quote here implies some sort of solution to the suffering by agreeing, but they are actually irrelevant.
The only real solution is to cut spending. Maybe stop those wars? Maybe revoke the prescription drug benefit? Maybe remove the incentive to tie insurance to an employer, thereby giving more power to consumers. Hell, raise taxes even, but don’t give me bullshit reasons about the suffering of the middle class.
The solution to the problems of the middle class and poor are hard. It isn’t some quick fix in taxing the super rich. If only that was a solution, that would be great!
“If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine — most likely by a lot.”—
More meaningful to me would be the percentage of people that live in those areas. Districts have a way of rounding things out. It could easily be that a majority of people near a Whole Foods voted for McCain. I doubt it, but this stat is bunk.
Also, I wonder what percentage of people living in a food desert voted Obama? Lovely intersection of poor and often urban. I guess voting rates would be another interesting stat about them.
I don’t expect a nuanced response to a shout from a crowd, and I’m not sure why we even pay attention to stump speeches and debates designed to avoid real ideas.
In this case, Mitt clearly thinks that the shareholders and employees of a corporation are what make it what it is, and taxing that is taxing those people. It is a reasonable perspective, and certainly more reasoned than a shout of “corporations!”, anonymous in a crowd.
Overall, I’m shocked we agree to participate in this farce. The joke is that cynical demagogues will somehow come together and make good policy. I’m not talking just about Romney. I’m talking about everyone. To get elected to national office, you essentially need to forgo any notion of reason and logic, and appeal to people with far less education than those reading this sentence. Why do we participate in a system so doomed to mediocrity?
You mean if a benevolent dictator were able to decide policy for a day, we’d be ok? The problem is congress, by design. Assuming you can get legislation like this passed is assuming we have a different system, i.e. extremely impractical.
The only real solutions are those that can be accomplished in spite of government, not because of government action.