Friday, January 20, 2012
Remote Newsbiting - Friday, January 20, 2012
Ya know... point of fact... I'm actually getting used to blogging from the library!
Anyway, folks, did you watch the Republican Presidential Debate last night? Bottom line, I'd give Newt the "decision," but it certainly wasn't a knockout.
Romney had some good moments... but he also had some terrible moments - for example trying to finesse the tax return issue.
Romney convinced a Republican crowd that "investment returns" are as worthy of respect as are direct return on labor... meaning paychecks... but does that mean that he'll be able to convince independents, "moderates," and even populist conservatives (never mind "Reagan Democrats") that the rich who live off their "investments" (including trust funds set up in their names which they benefit from simply by being born into wealth) should be paying a lesser percentage tax than a middle class individual or couple who earn two salaries, both in the mid-high five figures... or perhaps the skilled professional who earns in the low-mid six figures, but who physically busts his or her ass doing so?
I don't know, folks... you who are regular readers know my views on tax policy. It seems to me that just as we have graduated "progressive" rates on income tax, so too should capital gains be taxed according to the amount of the gain.
(Any questions... feel free to post 'em as comments or else email me.)
How'd Santorum do? He was hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold...
Frankly since Santorum has no chance of being the nominee it's a waste of my time to go in-depth with a debate performance critique - so I won't.
Ron Paul? Once again, folks... if Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum spent more time latching on to Dr. Paul's ideas and gave him more credit where credit is due...
Oh! Almost forgot! The big loser last night...? CNN. Leading off with the ex-wife slam... well... something tells me their purpose wasn't to set the stage for Newt Gingrich receiving yet more standing ovations while they themselves were roundly booed.
Anyway... on to the newsbites!