'Fair' has been the buzzword of the cuts from the start. From the emergency budget announced by the Chancellor in the summer of 2010, to the last budget plans of April this year, we have been assured over and over again that these cuts will be fair. "We're all in it together," we were told. "The most vulnerable will be protected," the line went.
Oh man this “We Are the 53%” movement. It is actually very sad! Basically, conservative pundit Erick Erickson has started a campaign called “We Are the 53%,” to counter the “We Are the 99%” and Occupy Wall Street movements. According to Erickson’s (very simplistic) math, 53% of Americans pay more in federal income taxes than they receive back in deductions or credits, and so 53% of people are subsidizing everyone else. Which is… where to even start? Even people who don’t pay federal income tax still often pay property taxes and payroll taxes; everyone pays sale taxes. And part of the OWS argument is that corporations and many of the highest-earning Americans are paying very little in taxes, due to a series of loopholes and tax breaks.
Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to write a follow-up post with more of her insights, which you’ll find below.
Yesterday Sarah Palin made the startling announcement that she would not follow up quitting her governor job with a run for the White House. Apparently this is major news, based on the coverage I’ve seen everywhere.
Over on Loop21.com this week I wrote about the problem of GOP voter suppression in the upcoming 2012 election cycle. It’s going to be bad folks. A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice quantified just how many voters the new laws put in place by Republican legislatures across the country will affect: 5 million friggin votes!head of time.
By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about Occupy Wall Street. Inspired by Adbuster’s call for action in July, protesters have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York City since September 17th. I’ve covered the story since the beginning, and am in full support of its stated goals. But I want to talk for a minute here about my hopes for the future of the protest, and in particular the importance of its continued radical inclusivity.
Melissa Harris-Perry wrote an article for The Nation looking at slipping liberal support for President Obama and arguing that white liberals hold Black politicians to a higher standard than white politicians. The backlash against the piece was intense. Professor Harris-Perry responded with a blog post I am incredibly grateful for, in which she outlines and refutes some of the main arguments hurled at people who claim race matters in the US at all.
Yes, it’s true! I am also putting up two posts a day, apparently. Because, long story short: This is really racist and sexist. And it deserves a response. And it’s getting a response, from a lot of people. That response deserves your attention. My letter is quoted below, with only three edits. All of those edits were for the purpose of adding links, or embedding a link rather than simply quoting the HTML. Because: I don’t know Melissa Harris-Perry. At all. But I know that people shouldn’t have to deal with attacks like the one just written by Gene Lyons, as a common result of having done their jobs.