Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Texas Progressive Alliance has not been wiretapped by the UK as it brings you this week's roundup.
Off the Kuff covers the big redistricting decision and what it all means going forward.
SocraticGadfly takes Rachel Maddow's big fluffery over Trump's tax returns (and Maddow herself) to the cleaners.
John Coby at Bay Area Houston publishes Texas Lt Gov Dan Patricks response to the Texas masturbation bill. "I will beat this bill off with both hands!"
A whiff of the Eighties -- specifically Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone's vault -- accompanied Rachel Maddow's big reveal and subsequent letdown of Trump's tax returns last Tuesday evening, at least according to PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.
Neil at All People Have Value said that Trump budget was a pornography of self-mutilation and cruelty for Trump supporters. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
Easter Lemming reminds people that Pasadena, Texas has a chance to put voter discrimination behind them in this mayoral election. He is busy working for Pat Van Houte's campaign.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme marks another week of Republican hate cloaked in religion harming women, children and the poor.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
Nipuni Gomes deconstructs Dinesh D'Souza.
Dan Wallach has some practical advice for buying “Internet of Things” devices.
The Lunch Tray implores a school food visionary to come to Houston.
The TSTA blog reminds us that vouchers offer neither reform nor choice to schools.
Beyond Bones identifies seven native Texas bugs that you don't want to touch.
Shari Biediger found it to be not too hard to cope with SxSW in Austin without Uber or Lyft.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The best chance Pasadena, Texas has of putting it’s voting discrimination past behind is electing as new mayor the current at-large council member who has been a consistent opponent of the illegal redistricting.
The GOP propaganda that we are overtaxed. Those making over $200,000 have the lowest tax rate in 75 years while those making less have a much lower share of national income but higher taxes.
Effective income tax rate by year by income -https://qz.com/74271/income-tax-rates-since-1913/
The top 1% before 1980 had 25% of the wealth before 1980 but now have over 43% of the wealth because of changes in income and taxes.http://inequality.org/wealth-inequality/
The only group doing better than the wealthy in terms of taxes are corporations. As their taxes decline, our taxes have gone up.
The biggest increase in federal revenue has been on employment taxes, where workers, but not the wealthy because FICA taxes are capped by income, pay for Social Security and Medicare. Now the wealthy want to reduce those benefits and divert the revenue elsewhere. This is next on Trump's and the GOP agenda after healthcare/tax cuts for the wealthy Congressional fight we are seeing over Obamacare.