Citizens for Tax Justice's provides a short paper (only 11 pages!) describing ways to fund health care reform. I've long argued that the kind of "sacrifices" the pundit class always tries to push on us aren't necessary -- hell, I've argued that tax increases aren't necessary if we just have the will to stop handing out corporate welfare, and certainly when the pundits argue for a national sales tax (!) or a tax on benefits paid by employers (!!) or more "health" "savings" "accounts" (!!!) they're doing a bait-and-switch. But we could also, you know, start taxing the rich again. Raising the top rate on capital gains taxes, expanding the range of incomes taxed for Medicare and then creating a high-income rate for that, treating investment income like it's, you know, income and not something to which we hold the rest of the economy hostage -- those are just some of the things CTJ recommends, and that's before we get around to making the income tax more progressive again, which the CTJ report doesn't even include. Rick Santelli probably wouldn't like any of this, but Rick Santelli is so, like, February already.
Contrary to what I said yesterday, that Nancy Pelosi's story on her knowledge of Bush Mobb torture techniques hadn't "evolved," I now admit, after reviewing factcheck.org's article on the subject, that she has, at the very least, relied on a very lawyerly way of asserting that she didn't know about waterboarding in 2002. She heard about it a few months after a CIA briefing from "an aide," she said after the relevant CIA memos came out -- though these memos may not be entirely accurate, either, as Senator Rockefeller has raised objections and they've already been corrected in the face of some rather meticulous diary-keeping by former Senator Bob Graham. So Ms. Pelosi story has "evolved" slightly after all, and she sounds like she's lying, at the very least about not protesting torture even when it wouldn't have made a difference. With all that, I find that my main point from yesterday's third paragraph -- generally, that Old Media sucks, and specifically, that Howard Fineman sucks -- survives my incompetence.
Obviously, Congress is off for a few days, as are many-if-not-all of you, so I won't post again probably until after the holiday. "Thieves in the Temple" wishes all of you a happy Memorial Day weekend -- and remember, as I said a few years ago, that the Iraq/Afghanistan soldiers have not died in vain; their deaths remind us of the terrible price we pay as families and as citizens when we permit our leaders to lie and fearmonger us into war.