Day: July 20, 2011

Wednesday Afternoon News Roundup

John Brennan, President Obama’s terrorism advisor, said something really stupid about no collateral damage from predator drones. For some reason, Glenn Greenwald has taken him seriously. Anything that includes man has to include some amount of error. We are not perfect. I don’t care how diligent we are at looking at photos and reviewing intelligence. We can still make errors. Just today, as I was walking out of the Biltmore estate a very nice gentleman offered my condolences since “my wife fell.” Nope, my wife did not fall. (I was actually walking with my mother, but no biggie). We make mistakes

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Tax Increases of Ronald Reagan

Some in the Tea Party and some GOP hardliners would like you to believe that Ronald Reagan never raised taxes. They would like you to believe that the magnificent economy that created millions of jobs under Ronald Reagan was because of his brilliant tax cuts. As usual, the real story is far more complex. Legislated Tax Changes by Ronald Reagan as of 1988 (h/t Bruce Bartlett) Tax Cuts Billions of Dollars Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 -264.4 Interest and Dividends Tax Compliance Act of 1983 -1.8 Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 -0.2 Tax Reform Act of 1986 -8.9

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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