Tag Archives: Ezra Klein

Sandberg, Millennial Journalism, and Evolution

What do they have in common?

Pretty much nothing.

But the Sandberg stuff and the journalism stuff have been pricking people’s underbellies recently. I thought I could helpfully share some of the more helpful entries in these latest blogosphere buggaboos.

The evolution thing is just cool.

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Look at the Whole Tax Rate

Ezra Klein does things with charts that, were I still into hip hop, I’d call dope.

Total Tax Bill by Income

“That’s really what the American tax system looks like: Not 47 percent paying nothing, but everybody paying something, and most Americans paying between 25 percent and 30 percent of their income — which is, by the way, a lot more the 13.9 percent Mitt Romney paid in 2011.

“When politicians try to convince you that half of Americans aren’t really paying taxes, it’s usually because the real data undermines their preferred policies. For instance, you wouldn’t look at these numbers and think tax cuts for the rich need to be a huge priority. And that’s one reason people who want more tax cuts for the rich don’t like to show you these numbers.”

Click on the link to see break downs by federal and state/local taxes as well, showing that the lowest income brackets pay a great deal more in payroll taxes than in federal. And since payroll taxes have an income cap, higher income earners pay proportionally much less. That’s why we need to look at the whole tax bill to understand what’s really going on.

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The View from the Watch Party

Watch Party!

You know, when like-minded citizens gather at a lovely host’s house and nibble little baked cheesebuttons and trade watches.

So here’s the thing: from the watch party, Obama knocked the moon off its orbit.

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Ryan’s Speech Breaks the Media

I have been trying not to get sucked into the media maelstrom spinning with hurricane force around the convention.

Metaphor purposeful, if perhaps a bit disrespectful.

But then I saw this post on the reliably neutral Wonkblog, about Paul Ryan’s convention speech.

Ezra Klein wanted to stay neutral! He really did! But there were just too many lies!

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Some Good Political News?

I don’t have time to explore this fully today, but I just caught this surprisingly optimistic post from Wonkbook’s Ezra Klein.

A few freshman Democratic senators are proposing filibuster reform.

Klein’s talked to people who know people. He presents this heartening idea: there is momentum in the Senate to be less dumb. If Democrats win the Senate, they can have the majority to pass the rule. If Republicans win, they will want the credit of filibuster reform on their records. It may happen?!?!?

Say WHAT?!?!?

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