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Couple of Polls

American people seem to want something different from what the GOP is pushing.

From Capital Gains and Games:

June 9 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 61 percent of people believe higher taxes will be necessary to reduce the deficit.

June 7 Pew poll found strong support for tax increases to reduce the deficit; 67 percent of people favor raising the wage cap for Social Security taxes, 66 percent raising income tax rates on those making more than $250,000, and 62 percent favor limiting tax deductions for large corporations. A plurality of people would also limit the mortgage interest deduction.

May 26 Lake Research poll of Colorado voters found that they support higher taxes on the rich to shore-up Social Security’s finances by a 44 percent to 25 percent margin.

May 13 Bloomberg poll found that only one third of people believe it is possible to substantially reduce the budget deficit without higher taxes; two thirds do not.

By |2011-07-11T07:06:08-04:00July 11th, 2011|Party Politics|Comments Off on Couple of Polls

Outsourcing is killing the middle class

It would seem that this would be obvious to almost everyone, but…

From TP:

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released this morning finds that 44 percent, a plurality, of Americans think the economy is getting worse, rather than staying the same or getting better. With unemployment hovering around 9.6 percent while economic inequality is at levels not seen since the Depression, many Americans feel as if the economy is leaving them behind.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Corporate America certainly isn’t doing its part to help bring America out of its economic malaise. The paper surveyed employment data by some of the nation’s largest corporations — General Electric, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Chevron, Cisco, Intel, Stanley Works, Merck, United Technologies, and Oracle — and found that they cut their workforces by 2.9 million people over the last decade while hiring 2.4 million people overseas.

The paper notes that this is actually a sharp reversal from trends in the late 1990s, when these major companies were creating more jobs in the United States than overseas. Yet by 2001, things took a turn for the worse, and these corporations have been adding more jobs abroad than at home, as is illustrated here:

By |2011-04-20T06:55:28-04:00April 20th, 2011|Business, Economy|Comments Off on Outsourcing is killing the middle class

The Errington Thompson Show 6-27-09

Cenk Uyger from the Young Turks is in the HOUSE!!

  • Buncombe County Dems announcement.  Rally today!!
  • I would like to start the show by saying Happy Birthday to my wife.  She is 29 today.
  • I will be playing Michael Jackson today.  As everyone knows by now, he died on Thursday.  There is some speculation that he had a narcotic overdose.  I was a big fan and saw him in concert three times.  I will focus on the positive.  I will be playing some of his lesser known songs because I was a fan.  🙂


  • A new SurveyUSA poll in South Carolina finds that 60% of residents think Gov. Mark Sanford (Republican) should resign, while 34% think he should remain in office.


  • In an 8-1 decision the Supreme Court of the United States held that 13-year old Savana Redding’s constitutional rights were violated when school officials suspecting her of hiding prescription-strength painkillers and strip-searched the girl. The only dissenting justice was Clarence Thomas.


For my Dare to be Stupid segment – I serve up – JON, KATE… AND THE GIRLFRIEND?

  • That’s right. 23-year-old Deanna Hummel will appear on Jon and Kate plus 8 when the show returns in August. She’s the lady the photogs caught with Jon, prompting the couple’s split on national tv. Sorry, Jon, but you’ve lost all sympathy

Let’s Rewind

  • Waxman-Markey is a big split personality of a bill. Its efficiency and renewable requirements would make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions, even if not a very big one. But the cap-and-trade at the heart of the legislation is another story. Why do we need cap-and-trade, a carbon tax or anything similar? If we could just flip a switch and turn off emissions quickly, there would be no need to discuss complex schemes. In that case, the best approach would just be to notify everyone they were required to stop polluting a year or three from now. Because greenhouse gas emissions are so interwoven into our infrastructure, we’ll have to phase out this type of pollution slowly, over decades.
  • House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their healthcare reform plan Wednesday but said they didn’t know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it or how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it.”

I discuss current events with Cenk Uyger of the Young Turks who has an opinion or two to share with us!!!  This is a great interview.  We talk about events here at home and in Iran.

By |2012-05-07T15:19:44-04:00July 4th, 2009|Civil Rights, Domestic Issues, Healthcare, Iran, Music, Podcasts, State and Local Politics|Comments Off on The Errington Thompson Show 6-27-09
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