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Buffett Rule dies in Senate, but Minnesota Democrats say issue lives on

Sen. Al Franken

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  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 04/17/2012 - 09:39 am.

    Lst Us NEVER Give Up Hope

    Remember how many years it took for a variation of Rep. Tim Walz’s “stock act” to become law.

    No doubt the Republicans tried to pass that off as a “gimmick,” too, right up until the “60 Minutes” story revealed how rampant highly-profitable “insider trading” was for SOME key members of congress.

    Change WILL (eventually) come, probably just as soon as Americans come to realize that unconscionable corporate profits, corporate cash hoards, outrageous CEO compensation, and low wages for workers are a private tax on their lives:…

    private taxes which offer them NO benefit whatsoever, and currently FAR outstrip anything government may be asking of them (government resources, of course, providing at least SOME shared befit for all of us).

  2. Submitted by Joseph Skar on 04/17/2012 - 12:37 pm.


    If the President and the Dems in the Senate wanted the Buffet Rule why didn’t they just let the Bush tax cuts sunset? Effectively it would be similar enough on top earners then you presumably anyone worth a damn could have passed the AMT fix, middle class rate adjustment after the fact. Now all we hear is the Republicans will not get the bill out of committee…. wow I’m so shocked who would have ever seen that coming….everyone. I only person who deserves blame if you are a progressive is the President you elected, how could anyone in the highest leadership position in the world not see this coming. I think this President would have difficulty operating a paper bag with IKEA instructions.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/17/2012 - 03:14 pm.

    When the average American

    is paying 10-12% of their income in federal income taxes and 47% pay nothing at all, why should it matter to them that millionaires pay 15% on their investment income? Especially when those investments fund the average American’s retirement plan?

    I guess I’m missing something that only the envious would be upset about.

    And given his history of “forgetting” to pay his taxes, Al Franken is not the guy who should be chastising others.

  4. Submitted by Curt Carlson on 04/17/2012 - 04:57 pm.


    Did Kristin Sosanie really say that Minnesotans are “clambering” for tax fairness? They’re climbing awkwardly for it? Or are they clamoring (becoing loudly insistent)? Was this a misquote that slipped past the editor, or a malapropism? Youth wants to know!

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