Originally posted on Berkeley on the Prairie:
We left the Senator at the Carleton Hotel, June of 2013, assuring Oak Park’s Business and Civic Council and other concerned citizens that the fiscal crisis in Springfield was being overblown by over-zealous Republicans.
The senator continued in a vein of all-conquering optimism with praise for the January 2011 temporary income-tax rate increase — from 3% to 5%, which he helpfully explained was a 2% raise, though “Republicans [the rascals!] say 67%.”
He also helpfully ignored well known Republican outlets such as Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and Huffington Post, each of whom called it a 66% raise, the latter unconscionably adding that it was a “massive increase.” Conspiratorially.
So what? The senator had something else in mind, a “fair tax” — higher rates for higher earners — that would satisfy budgetary and vote-getting needs simultaneously. He was being clever about it, rebranding the graduated or “progressive,”…
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