Stupidest career "progressives" on the face of the earth
TBogg really does exemplify F. Scott Fitzgerald's dictum that "There are no second acts in American lives." Act One, Scene One: The Obama campaign, 2008... And then the curtain never drops. The same "hardest working shill in show business" schtick, the same infantilizing tactics, the same smug manipulation of class and cultural markers: It just goes on and on and on, rather like a Kos thread when Obama fans attack.*
So here's why people might "whine" who live outside The World o' TBogg:
Because of the expiration of the payroll tax cut, a worker earning $50,000, for instance, would pay $1,000 more in taxes next year; meanwhile, a worker earning less than $20,000 a year would pay about $100 more in taxes. Someone in the upper fifth of households, making $150,000 a year, will pay about $2,200 more.
I don't know about you, but to me $1,000 is a meaningful amount of money: Five months of server time, or almost two months of fuel. And $100 is a meaningful amount of money: Half a month of server time, or a half cord of wood.
Now, I'm happy for TBogg that these sums are trivial to him, but they are not trivial for the rest of us being fucked over at the margin by the banksters, the legacy parties they own, "Our President,", and the career "progressives" like TBogg who run interference for the whole ugly process.
NOTE * To be fair, did we even have iPhones back in 2008? It's been so long I forget. Of course, the brain bleach helped.
NOTE From a public policy perspective, I'm not saying "tax cuts are good." I'm saying this: The payroll tax holiday proves that Federal taxes can be used to regulate the economy, just as MMT advocates said: Lower them in bad times, raise them in good. So, the legacy parties, after regulating the economy upward in good times (success!), are now regulating the economy downward in bad times (stupid and/or evil, I don't care which). That doesn't necessarily mean recession, because other factors are in play!