#231 Because of Jim Buchy.

Jim Buchy is a Republican Ohio state legislator who is currently doing his best to illegalise abortion in Ohio with the exception of cases where a woman’s life is in danger. 

In the recent Al Jazeera documentary The Abortion War, Buchy was asked the question:

What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?

His reply:

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Now, see what happens when we let old white men into politics? 

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Give me five minutes to explain taxes to you:

The top marginal tax rate is currently 39.6 percent, which remember, is an altogether different thing from the effective tax rate that wealthy people end up actually paying after taking advantage of various tax loopholes.

What does that even mean - a ‘marginal tax’ rate of 39.6 percent?

Does it mean the average person pays 39.6% in taxes? No.

Does it mean that the income earners in the top one percent pays 39.6% in taxes? NO!

Here’s what a marginal tax rate of 39.6% means:

First, as of 2013 the top tax rate for individuals currently doesn’t begin unless you earn $406,750 dollars. Actually, that tax rate doesn’t even take effect until you make $406,750 + $1 dollar. Got that part? That’s important.

Here’s the tricky detail that most people miss: the 39.6% tax rate is only applicable on anything OVER $406,750 dollars. So if you made $406,752 dollars, then only two ($2) of those dollars will be taxed at the highest rate of 39.6%…and the other $406,750 is not.

Of course, this does not take into account the numerous tax loopholes that I alluded to earlier. Thus, if the top marginal tax rate is 39.6 percent, then after using any number of tax loopholes, write offs and various other cheats, it’s entirely possible earn over $406,750 dollars per year and still pay even less in taxes than a working class American earning much less.

SN: this applies only to people who do actual work for a paycheck. If, on the other hand, your primary income is from inheritance or stock investments and you pay all your bills off of that interest (aka “capital gains”), then your taxes work differently altogether (hint: they’re even lower). Take multi-billionaire Mitt Romney, for example. In 2010 he only paid an effective (real) tax rate of 13.9 percent, odds are that’s much lower than the tax rate you (or your parents) just paid.

Here’s the last thing you should remember: Only one percent of Americans make $400,750 a year or higher. Stated differently, the top income tax rate effects around 3.5 million —out of 350,000,000 Americans. And that’s only on the dollars ABOVE $400,750.

BOO HOO right? Approximately 3.5 million Americans might, maybe, perhaps *possibly* have to pay the top federal income tax rate…but only on anything above $406,750 dollars…and only if they refuse to take advantage of ridiculously huge tax loopholes so big you could fly a jumbo jet through them.

THAT is what conservatives are crying about when they complain about the top tax rate. That’s it.

—  This is why whining about the top tax rate is a joke and Republicans are the party for the Greedy One Percent (and the deluded suckersfuture millionaires" who repeatedly vote for them)

The results of a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week found that 60% of Republicans would be upset if their child was gay.

The study of more than 1,000 adults asked several questions on LGBT issues, including “If you had a child who told you he or she was gay or lesbian, would you be very upset, somewhat upset, not very upset, or not upset at all?” 23% of Republicans said they would be “very upset” and 37% said they would be “somewhat upset.” In contrast, 12% of Democrats said they’d be “very upset” and 16% “somewhat upset” — higher numbers than I would like to see!

In line with what we already know about public opinions on LGBT issues, younger people were more likely to be accepting of hypothetical LGBT children. The groups more likely to be upset include white people, married people, people in the South and those who don’t know any gay people.

Other highlights from the study include the fact that 71% of people surveyed claimed to have a friend, colleague or family member who was gay, 37% of people claimed to oppose same-sex marriage and that 83% of people said that a Congressional candidate’s sexuality would not affect how they would vote.

The most divisive issue surveyed was over whether marriage rights should be a state or federal issue, with 43% favoring states’ right to decide, 50% considering it a federal issue and 7% unsure. 59% of Republicans thought it should be left in the states’ hands, while only 32% of Democrats felt that way.

Sometimes I wonder who writes the questions for these polls, but random as it seems at first glance, this is actually quite telling. Weird. 

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two counts Friday, accusing him of abusing his veto power by threatening to withhold funding from the Travis County’s public corruption unit if the district attorney did not resign following her drunken driving arrest.

The Travis County grand jury, led by special prosecutor Mike McCrum, indicted Perry on one count of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony.

The punishment range for the first count is 5 to 99 years in prison and on the second count, 2 to 10 years in prison, McCrum said.

"I’m ready to go forward," McCrum said. Asked about the effect on Perry carrying out his duties or eyeing higher office, McCrum said, "I took into account we’re talking about the governor of a state… When it gets down to it, the law is the law."

McCrum said he will meet with Perry’s lawyer and the judge to set up a time for Perry to come before a court to be arraigned and be given notice of the charges against him. The date has not been set.

Calls to Perry’s office and his lawyer were not immediately returned Friday evening.

Mary Anne Wiley, general counsel for the governor’s office, Gov. Rick Perry, issued a brief statement: “The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor’s lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.”

Grand jurors for months have been looking into whether Perry violated the law last year when he said he’d kill funding for the Travis County district attorney’s public corruption division unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned after a messy drunken-driving arrest.

Perry carried through on the veto threat when Lehmberg stayed on the job.

Austin watchdog group Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint with prosecutors last year over Perry’s threat. The group, which tracks money in politics, contended that with the threat, Perry violated laws against coercion of a public servant, abuse of official capacity, official oppression and, potentially, bribery.

Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, said the legal system worked.

"The grand jury decided his bullying was actually lawbreaking, just as we thought it was," McDonald said. "These were exactly the acts we believed were illegal, so the grand jury believed our complaint had merit — and now the legal system can work. The governor will have to defend his actions in court."

—  The Houston Chronicle, "Perry Indicted On Two Felony Charges"
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