If we want a real overhaul/simplification of the tax code, the way to do it is to tax land value. It might be the only tax we need. No sales tax. No income tax. No payroll tax to fill a social security trust fund. No corporate income tax that, as we can plainly see, off-shores profits. No need to tax labor and industry at all. Just tax the stuff that humans had nothing to do with creating, and therefore have no basis to claim ownership over at all. …
Urban land, scarce by definition, is very valuable. There is no reason to let a small group of rich landlords extract its value, when what created the value are parks, subways, local restaurants, and other things the landlords didn’t provide.
"Huge chunks of Internet traffic belonging to financial institutions, government agencies, and network service providers have repeatedly been diverted to distant locations under unexplained circumstances that are stoking suspicions the traffic may be surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to its final destination."
Look, I’m hardly the guy to go all rage-against-the-machine on the rich — I earn my living giving advice to and ghostwriting for bankers, lawyers, and executives — but come on. “Fuck you; I got mine,” is not the right fiscal policy for a developed nation. (And why does this executive not care about consumer demand, anyways?)
“And [fallout from the book] will hit Christie first. Halperin and Heilemann make abundant use of a vice-presidential vetting file dropped into their hands by someone in Romney’s orbit to illuminate secrets about the governor. Delivering the documents to the authors was a stunning breach of political decorum that can only be read as a giant middle finger at Christie and his aides.”—Review: ‘Double Down,’ on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The book comes out Nov. 5.
As Congress has increasingly injected itself into people’s lives by randomly disrupting them for no obvious reason, interest in the minute-to-minute goings on of these strange chambers of democracy, as evidenced by Google analytics, is on the rise among the general public. For those of you just walking into the theater, we thought a quick primer on some of the coded language the Capitol Hill press corps uses might be useful.
You have surely noticed that story after story is powered by the musings of anonymous congressional aides, lawmakers and White House officials. Can you believe any of this? Yes. But it depends.
If just one child has been inspired to pick up a can of paint and make some art, well that would be statistically disappointing considering how much work I put in. Outside is where art should live, among us, and rather than street art being a fad, maybe it’s the last 1,000 years of art history are a blip, when art came inside in service of the church and institutions.
But art’s rightful place is on the cave-walls of our communities, where it can act as a ‘public service’: provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities.
The world we live in today is run by, visually at least, traffic signs, billboards, and planning committees. Is that it? Don’t we want to live in a world made of art, not just decorated by it?
I haven’t been able to get anything published in the Wall Street Journal in ages. Yesterday, its editors literally dubbed Suzanne Somers a health policy expert. Her column used quotes no one can verify and has, so far, been subject to two corrections/amplifications.
Maybe I should pack it in and go back to bartending.
“Today’s announcement is groundbreaking.”—RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, on the hiring of 23-year-old Elliott Echols to a new position that is to focus on youth voter outreach. Groundbreaking stuff. Echols said he identifies as a conservative because he “majored in economics” in college. Well OK, then.
I guess I was pretty good at sports as a kid. I can remember in grade school, playing kickball, I’d stand maybe 20 feet away from some gullible fool on second base and dare them to run to third. They would, and I’d promptly bean them with the ball. Out. It was really too easy, but I never got tired of it.
Watching the House GOP press conference. I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed or whatever, but I don’t know what the shut-down is even over at this point. The House GOP is now demanding … a meeting?
“Traditional politicians such as Boehner have no playbook for dealing with a powerful faction that’s completely uninterested in strategic or pragmatic concerns.”—Ezra Klein: The shutdown is a Republican civil war