Comments on: Obamacare word games, Arianna’s real deal, and Spanish power Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Plainsspeak Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:12:30 +0000 “….the Republican ideological phobia against raising taxes”

It passed without Republican support. The anti-tax language was needed to get DEMOCRATS to support this mess. It deserves it’s doom, whether in the courts or the next congress/administration.

By: skimish Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:20:21 +0000 With regard to the constitutional argument about Obamacare, I would assert that if it looks like a tax, affects economic activity like a tax, and is collected like a tax, then it must be a tax. Everyone in their right mind surely knows it was called a penalty in order to get around the Republican ideological phobia against raising taxes. If the Republicans were fooled by the cosmetics, they still went along with it and Obamacare is still the law of the land and should be upheld as the law of the land.

By: limapie Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:05:33 +0000 RE #1 There’ll be a “penalty” for having cadillac plans
which is regressive. Go figure.

RE#3 A generator is a nice thing to have. Storing
petro, though, is the only downside.

RE #3, also: On our electric bill, we pay a “tax” for
the poor or people who are having difficulties paying for
their heat. I’d be all for this ’cause it is only right
and fair, however, this money doesn’t go to them. Much
of this money is siphoned off and given to landlords to
improve their business asset. Landlords could use their own cash to make window tighter etc., however, they’d rather save their own money and use it to purchase more
assets to rent out. I’ve been badgering my lawmakers for ever on this because this is not right and fair and it is a total snow job to people like me who scrape and scrape to afford my own heat without assistance AND scrape and scrape to afford improvements like making windows tighter.

By: Bartolo Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:20:49 +0000 I’d like to see a story on just how much additional federal tax various income groups would pay if the Bush tax cuts were to expire. All it would take is a simple table.

This would be useful for politicians and the public alike, since the expiration of these taxes would go a long way to decrease the deficit.

By: Gillyp Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:26:53 +0000 Yea what she (Gil McCarthy) said

By: edgyinchina Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:59:51 +0000 I enjoyed your points in the ‘Who’s got the power’ sequence – despite the mis-spellings.
I have witnessed hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, snow storms and ice-storms since the end of WW2, and still cannot for the life of me figure out why these power companies haven’t buried the cables yet…. after 65 years, you’d think that they would learn, and that the public would demand this… But I guess not…

By: MarketForce Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:08:14 +0000 #1 is interesting, but not really a story. Tax is a poison word. They took their chances on an insurance word (penalty) and this whole shiny turd was headed to the Supreme Court anyway.

#3 is interesting because utilities are under-discussed in general. Most families pay more in utilities than they do in income taxes, it’s a non-competitive service…. and we hear almost nothing about the racket.

The others are not interesting. No one cares about Ariana Huffington; College athletes are spoiled rapists (Old news); And GE is the bank and the organ-grinder in the military-industrial complex. Everybody knows that already.

So…. #3.

By: CarlOmunificent Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:59:38 +0000 “Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and worked with a Democratic-led state house to close a budget shortfall. He signed a healthcare overhaul that required nearly all state residents to buy insurance or face PENALTIES. Massachusetts’ healthcare law became a model for President Barack Obama’s nationwide healthcare overhaul, enacted into law last year.” 9/us-usa-campaign-romney-idUSTRE7AH2O020 111129

By: Boxster550 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:05:35 +0000 To # 3, Despite some faults, (What’s perfect?) Hydro Quebec, a government owned,though arm’s lenght, utility comes to mind. There performance during and since the ’98/99 winter ice storm has garnered them a lot of respect. They also, deploy crews when called upon to aid neighoring states and provincial utilities.

By: Alexthen Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:44:59 +0000 Steve, I just found your work and I am now one of your fans. I rarely find a voice that is clearly not bought and paid for with Corporate needs and funding. But I did today. Keep at it.
Gil McCarthy