7 thoughts on “Clash of the Titans

  1. Titanic Twits need Tar & Feathers (OT)

    According to an op-ed by EJ Dionne of Washington Post

    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) has put a hold on the extension bill, but one of the key reasons the measure is blocked is the effort of Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to use it as a way of forcing a cut in the estate tax. Kyl is essentially leveraging the unemployed to get a deal on estate tax relief that would cost $138 billion over the next decade, according to estimates by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The estate tax has already been cut sharply, so the reduction Kyl is pushing along with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) would affect the estates of fewer than three out of every 1,000 deceased, according to the Tax Policy Center.

    The proposal helps estates worth more than $7 million in the case of couples. I guess struggling millionaires deserve the same empathy we feel for those without a job.

    And notice this: Especially in the Senate, what passes for “bipartisanship” too often involves a Democrat such as Lincoln allying with a Republican on behalf of the wealthiest interests in the country. And we’re supposed to cheer this?

  2. Maha,
    Where ever did you find a video of Jim Bunning and John McCain in the Senate dining room? : ^ )

  3. Dear Maha,
    I must be on SERIOUS hallunicgenics. Senator Bunny is holding his breath till he turns blue over this 10 billion dollar bill to extend unemployment because how will we pay for it? (clutches pearls) think of the children. So I’m reading and this trojan horse contains ONE HUNDRED THIRTY EIGHT billion in tax breaks for the unfortunate rich who are subject the inheritance tax. You know – I really hated the French revolution – but I’d really like to start knitting like Madame Defarge and maybe Madame Guillotine had a point.

  4. There was a time when my yard was ruled by squabbling squirrels. Fought all the time over their horded peanuts. Then a big, tough, battle-scarred cat moved into the neighborhood and now all the squirrels can do is chitter helplessly from the tree tops.

    I think there’s a parable in there somewhere.

  5. Isn’t it funny how the estate tax provision didn’t get discussed, just the unemployment and stimulus (read “guvmint givaway”) spending? It is so clear whose side most of our legislators and newsbodies are on.

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