Romney went to the trouble of filling out a Form 4684 (Casualties and Thefts) to report losses of $39. One can only wonder what was broken or stolen. I like to think that the $39 were lost in the world’s smallest shipwreck. I guess it’s just the romantic in me.
In the real economy – the place where the 99% live and work – it’s hard to take Mitt Romney’s plan seriously; but let’s try to make sense of it anyway, unhindered by logic, arithmetic or the laws of time, space and gravity.
We can climb down the fiscal cliff in three steps: let the “temporary” Bush tax cuts for the rich expire on January 1, let military spending fall as the war in Afghanistan winds down, and wait for the economy to improve.
The fact that the average American household today has an income of $50,000 instead of $100,000 can be attributed entirely to the fact that inequality has risen over the past four decades instead of declining.
To keep corporate income taxes low, either we have to keep individual income taxes high or we have to cut back on government services. In other words, it’s corporations versus people. That’s not class warfare. That’s simple arithmetic.
The United States once taxed the nation’s wealthiest at substantially higher rates than today. In those high tax years, this new Tax Day report from the Institute for Policy Studies documents, Americans prospered. And the federal government never went begging.