Yeah, I love how when it is Republican Billionaire supporters that are politically active, then the narrative is all about how they control the party, but when we have the same thing working on the other side, as is the case with Billionaire George Soros, then it is either ignored, or dismissed.
The Tea party:and the Tea Party seems to be in control of the GOP.
House - 62 members of 435 representatives (242 GOP) 25% of GOP
Senate 4 members of 100 Senators (47 GOP) 8% of GOP
I dont see how the Tea Party can have control of the GOP considering the minority percentages above. One could argue the Progressive Caucus controls the Democrats. Consider their margins:
The Progressive Caucus:
House - 82 members of 435 representatives (192 Dem) 43% of Dem
Senate 1 member of 100 Senators (51 Dem) 2% of Dem
What is the source of their control?...Soros?
If people only look at Norquist via his infamous tax pledge, they are badly missing the entire picture. Read this
Grover Norquist Power Extends Beyond Americans For Tax Reform, A Brief look at Who is Really Running Your State Legislature and Training Private Companies To Get What they Want « Frederica Cade's Blog
Grover is one of the most influential people behind the scenes with ALEC. I am always shocked when most people do not even know what ALEC is. Here in Michigan, we have seen one far right measure after another come through the Michigan legislature in the past eleven months and they are almost always traced back to ALEC and their water carriers and members here.
ALEC is trying to bring a new American breed of fascism to the USA and have modeled their own structure after the Italians under Mussolini where corporate representatives are given representation and sit right along side the elected representatives of the people and have rights of participation.
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Yes, because Thomas Jefferson was an infamous fascist....
They sound absolutely militant authoritarian......The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council is…
… to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.
… to promote these principles by developing policies that ensure the powers of government are derived from, and assigned to, first the People, then the States, and finally, the Federal Government.
… to enlist state legislators from all parties and members of the private sector who share ALEC’s mission.
… to conduct a policy making program that unites members of the public and private sectors in a dynamic partnership to support research, policy development, and dissemination activities.
… to prepare the next generation of political leadership through educational programs that promote the principles of Jeffersonian democracy, which are necessary for a free society.
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Wow. I really thought I was going to come back to this thread with a ton of flack for my changed position on capital gains taxes.
I would like to add that these capital gains taxes would NOT apply to a 401K, or some other form of retirement...they would only apply to those capitals gains that are, essentially, income.
Leave everything else alone, though. Don't raise taxes on incomes, anymore than they already are. Making a capital gains tax competitive with income taxes is, at it's core, simply closing an existing (giant) tax loophole.
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