A core problem with economic policy is too many people find it too complicated to follow. That’s in no small part because those who benefit from the status quo want as few people engaged in the debate as possible. They hide deep injustice behind jargon and bury cruel decisions about real people in opaque formulas. So below is an infographic that boils down what’s truly at stake in the latest Beltway fight over how our government raises and spends money.
Taxes are at the center of this debate, and as Imara Jones has written, fights over tax policy have long been proxies for our national debate over racial equity. “Until the country is able to tell itself the truth about taxes and race, it will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past,” Imara wrote last week. “The current debate is not about who should pay and who should benefit. It is actually a simple one about justice. Unless we can admit as much, Americans will continue to be lost in sorting out economic rights from economic wrongs.”
But as they say these days, a little data visualization is worth a thousand words. So here’s Hatty Lee’s visual rendering. Please pass it along if you find it helpful.
YOU GUYS WE ARE ELECTIONED THE F*CK OUT ON OUR HOMEPAGE RIGHT NOW.
Seriously, if you are as wired as we are, check these out:
- Our interactive, map-based guide to voter suppression and poll problems. We are updating this all day. A LOT.
- And, of course, the full 47 percent video… for extra GRR this morning.
VOTE, people. Then get everyone you know to VOTE. Then call strangers and ask them if they need a ride to VOTE. And keep your eyes on us for the latest!
reblogging for the links
The Huffington Post has obtained the transcript of a 2000 phone call made by pro-life Congressman Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, in which he pressured his former mistress to have an abortion.
In the call DesJarlais asks his lover to terminate a pregnancy.
“You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” he tells the woman who he met when she was a patient of his.
They also discuss whether he will accompany her to the clinic for the aforementioned procedure.
“You told me you would have time to go with me and everything,” she says.
“I said, if I could, I would, didn’t I? And I will try,” he replies. “If I can [find] time, you’re saying you still will?”
Let me guess: he was a special exception because his abortion was the only moral abortion?
Oooh, let’s see how he’s voted on abortion issues in the past!
Yes on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act
Yes on barring Obamacare from covering abortions
Yes on prohibiting federal funding for abortion
Yes on defunding Planned Parenthood
What a sack of shit. And yes, she was his patient. Unbelievable.
This morning, on her show, Ms. Harris-Perry made the above mentioned statement. It was heart-felt and passionate. Of course, since it was in response to a comment by a conservative guest, Monica Mehta (who’s bound to get elevated to Right-Wing Martyr Of The Week because she parlayed her snide disapproval of Welfare into 15 minutes of shame) Harris-Perry’s comments will be viewed by some as an “angry black woman” rant, which far from the truth.
The reason why this comment has become so popular so quickly is because we’ve been waiting for someone, other than President Obama, namely his fellow Democrats on Capital Hill, to say SOMETHING, ANYTHING close to what Professor Braids said this morning, for four years! We have had all this political party back and forth and sideshow antics under the guise of defending American, while We The People have been standing on the outside asking, “um what about us?” The American public is THIRSTY for real discussion about US, real attempts at dealing with the issues that affect the 99% of all walks of American life and we haven’t had discussions and/or attempts at dealing with those issues from Capital Hill. We finally get someone to say HEY AMERICANS ARE CATCHING HELL OUT HERE and it’s not a member of Congress, it’s a weekend cable news show host.
Capital Hill should be ashamed.
You can view the video of the segment of the show where Harris-Perry’s quote was spoken here.
It’s almost 11 minutes long, but a great discussion worthy of the time. If you want to cut to the chase, go to the 7 minute 40 second mark to hear her comments.(via thehuskybro)
To this piece I give a hearty “Right on!” Drop Dead Quirky’s shop is currently closed while she moves, but check out her sold items for some choice stitching.
Anyone of the 99% that votes Republican, is just screwing themselves.
- Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), in an interview on MSNBC, on why as a small business owner he can’t afford a tax increase. (via wtfwhiteprivilege)
That’s cool. I just have an overdrawn bank account.
lol really because after i feed myself i’ll just have nothing unless i manage to find some pretty decent coupons.
our struggles are so alike white rich guy with a combover. let’s do our nails together!