What Abraham Lincoln Said About the #Occupy Movement ...150 Years Ago Today
December 3, 2011
Your Republican friends have almost certainty seen a quote from Abraham Lincoln that reads:
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
This quote has recently experienced a revival in popularity as a criticism of the #Occupy movement. It has been widely distributed through viral emails, and has been posted on numerous right-wing web sites and even on FaceBook.
And it's completely FALSE.
Conservatives Get It Wrong
Yet Again About Oregon's Business Climate
August 11, 2011
It seems that one of the characteristics of conservatism is a
belief in things that are not true and disbelief of things that
are true. One of the clearest examples of this phenomena is the
conservative meme that Oregon is bad for business and that
high taxes on Oregon businesses is stifling economic growth
and driving business from the state.
As we pointed out earlier,
isn't true. In fact Oregon has one of most business friendly
tax structures in the nation as documented yet again by a new
report prepared by
Ernst & Young LLP in conjunction with the
Council On State
Taxation (COST) titled "Total
state and local business taxes, State-by-state estimates for
fiscal year 2010 July 2011." This report ranks states by
total business tax as a percentage of private sector
gross state product (GSP). It turns out that Oregon has the
fifth lowest total business tax in the nation.
The Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis
As a Teachable Moment
technology marketing executive and democratic activist
Jon Perr in another excellent post on his
Perrspectives blog turns the debt ceiling hostage
crisis into a teachable moment about Republican perfidy and
hypocrisy when it comes to taxes, deficit spending, and the
. If nothing else, the
debt ceiling crisis provided what Barack Obama is so fond of
calling a "teachable moment." Hopefully, that extends to the
President himself. After seeing his nominees blocked, his
legislation filibustered and popular upper-income tax increases
delayed by Republicans who withheld their support from his
watered down stimulus and health care programs,
President Obama nevertheless continued to seek common ground
with those whose only goal remains his political destruction.
The result was as painful
as it was predictable.
Conservative Tax-Flight Myth Debunked
January 2010 Oregon voters approved Measures 66 and 67 which
increased taxes on corporations and high-earning individuals.
Anti-tax forces insisted these tax increases it would
damage Oregon's economy which was already struggling under
the effects of the Great Recession. Invoking a common argument
against state tax increases, opponents of Measures 66 and 67
claimed is that the new tax rates would drive business and
individuals in the Portland metropolitan area over the border to
Washington where there is no income tax.
It didn't happen.
How Republican "Voodoo Economics" Cost $9.2 Trillion and
Ballooned the National Debt
Economist Dr. Steve Stoft presents a
concise explanation of the
origin of the national debt and points out that it's the
Republicans, not Democrats, who are responsible most of our
current debt. In fact, between the beginning of the Carter
administration in 1977 and the beginning of the Great Recession
in 2008 the national debt ballooned during
Republican administrations and decreased during Democratic
Dr. Stoff puts the blame where it belongs -- on
Republican Supply Side economics.
Conservatives Get It Wrong
Again About Oregon's Business Climate
Republicans believe --
and are happy to tell everyone -- that Oregon has a hostile
business climate, and Oregon's tax structure discourages
business investment. As we've pointed out previously, this
Debunking the Republican Myth
that Cutting Taxes Increases Government Tax Revenue
Since the arrival of
Economics during Reagan
administration, a constantly repeated Republican theme used to
justify tax cuts for the wealthy is the counter intuitive idea
that tax cuts result in increased government tax revenue. The
theory holds that tax cuts pay for themselves by stimulating
economic growth so that people and bushiness end up paying more
taxes on more income and profits. Republicans believe the resulting
increased tax revenue more than makes up for the decreased tax
It would be nice if this were true. Unfortunately, it isn't.
Oregon Tax Facts: Good for the Wealthy and Corporations, Not So Much for the Rest
honor of Tax Day, the
Oregon Center for Public Policy provides some surprising
information on taxation in Oregon:
How to Solve the Budget Problem ...
It's not that hard to solve the U.S. budget problem. No, really
it isn't. You can do it yourself
Or you (actually Congress) can solve the problem by simply doing
nothing. That's right, absolutely nothing!
and Income Inequality in America
No matter how you slice it, when it comes to income and
wealth in America the rich get most of the pie and
the rest get the leftovers. The numbers are shocking. Today the
top 1 percent of Americans control 43 percent of the financial
wealth (see the pie chart below) while the bottom 80 percent control
only 7 percent of the wealth. Incredibly, the wealthiest 400
the same combined wealth as the poorest half of Americans --
over 150 million people.
Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts:
Who Wins and Who Looses?
The Republicans have succeeded in
framing the budget issue
around budget cuts that impact the poorest and weakest in our
while leaving the tax breaks for corporations and the
You Balance Federal the Budget
It's Easier Than You Think!
New York Times provides an easy on-line tool that lets you make
the decisions about how to balance the federal budget. You will
find that it's easier than you think to balance the budget
without resorting to massive tax increases of draconian cuts in
Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your
options have more short-term savings and some have more
long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both
2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it
Federal Stimulus Projects in
Find out how American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act
Benefits Curry County
February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The law represents a major
effort by the federal government to jump start our economy and
create and save jobs.
Along with funding to help states maintain critical health and
education programs and billions for tax cuts for the middle
class, the ARRA will fund thousands of projects nationwide that
will improve our critical infrastructure and put Americans back
to work. As of April 2010, Curry
County has been awarded approximately $16 million in ARRA
Inconvenient Truth: The U.S. Economy Always Does
Significantly Better Under Democrats
Republicans have always
extolled the virtue of fiscal conservatism as if it were an
indisputable law of nature. But in this case, a different law applies.
That's Steven Colbert's famous law of political reality:
"Reality Has a Well Known Liberal Bias." It turns our that for
at least the last 60 years the economy has always done
significantly better under Democrats. This has been a well known fact for many years, but it has
almost no recognition in the mainstream media, in spite of the
alleged liberal bias.
Ezra Klein takes up the subject in his September 8, 2010,
column in the Washington Post titled "Why elections matter, in
The Brookings Tea Party Lies About the Democratic Tax Plan
Brookings Tea Part web site is full of lies and distortions
acquired from various right wing publications and web sites. One
particularly egregious lie comes from an article copied from the
web site of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization run by the
famous anti tax crusader
Grover Norquist. It states that Democrats want to raise
taxes on everyone: "Look for tax increase that will impact you."
There is even a nice list showing how much taxes will go up.
Two Billionaire Brothers with
Ties to the Petroleum Industry Fund the Tea Party
Two multi billionaire
brothers, David H. and Charles Koch, are major funders of the
Tea Party and other right wing causes to the tune of hundreds of
millions of dollars. Jane Mayer gives us the details in an extensive investigative report
published in the August 30
issue of the
New Yorker magazine.
Report Prepared by a Group of Oregon Business People Punctures
the Myth that Oregon is Bad for Business
reported in the
Oregonian, a group of six Oregon businesspeople took a
look at the Republican meme that Oregon is unfriendly to
bushiness. They published their findings in a report titled "Is
the Grass Really Greener in Other States?"
Top Five Republican Social
Have you heard that Social Security is
bankrupt? Driving up the deficit?
In crisis? Well none of that
is true. These are all myths that Republican opponents of Social Security
have been spreading to scare people into accepting benefit cuts
this fall. But the myths are taking hold — so here's
a list of the top five Republican lies about Social Security, along with
the real story. Check out the list and then share it with your
friends, family, and coworkers.
Ten Republican Lies About the
Bush Tax Cuts
In a post on
Crooks and Liars
Lies about the Bush Tax Cuts, Oregon businessman
demolishes Republican lies about taxes and the economy.