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James John 
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Re: “Bernie Sanders Recorded a Folk Album. No Punchline Required

And McCloskley... what a sorry excuse for civic engagement you are. Your note is composed merely of insulting language, zero understanding.

Why should the members of a society be called beggars or idiots if they want fairness? If they want a better life for their children? If they want more peace and security in their future?

BTW, Bernie has not proposed that "good" billionaires be exempt from fair taxation. That's your delusion.

What Senator Sanders advocates is plain common sense: working people should not have to pay higher tax rates on their income then the wealthy do on theirs. Making the capital gains tax one half the rate of earned income was a great evil, deeply injurious to the nation's budgets while accelerating the increased power of narrow financial interests over the general welfare. You may know that the former is NOT advocated in the US Constitution, but promotion of the general welfare IS.

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Posted by James John on 07/12/2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders Recorded a Folk Album. No Punchline Required

brethoffman, so poorly informed or blind.

Or is someone paying you to repeat the lies that there is little or no inequity in income, tax laws, or the justice system?

Even the simplest examination of how income is taxed show that those who earn money by investing pay half the tax rate of people who work for a living...plus they get to deduct all their interest and fees used for their investments. Meanwhile, poor working shmuck can't deduct interest payments for the credit card debt he accrues from not earning enough to live. Can't deduct the cost of travel to and from work. What the working shmuck needs is a genius like you to show them how fair our laws are.

In short, our tax laws, and so much else in our public policies, create advantages that make life sweet and easy for the wealthy at the expense of working people. The easiest thing to do in America is to earn money...if you already have enough money to live on investments. The hardest thing to do in America is to increase your income in meaningful amounts...if you have to earn it by working for it..

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Posted by James John on 07/12/2015 at 5:37 PM

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