Tag Archives: Occupy Wall Street

Why the rich already pay their ‘fair share’ — or, what’s ‘fair’ to you?

I’m watching CNN’s program Your Bottom Line, and I have the TimeWarner DVR paused because I don’t believe my eyes.

In 2009, the top 5 percent of U.S. earners — those making $154,643 or more per year — paid 58.7 percent of the nation’s taxes, according to CNN with the Tax Foundation and the IRS as sources.

Better yet, the top 1 percent of U.S. earners — making $343,927 or more — paid 36.7 percent of the nation’s taxes, again, according to CNN with the Tax Foundation and the IRS as sources.

One percent of U.S. incomes provided more than 36 percent of the nation’s taxes. What does “fair” mean to you?

Really — what does “fair” look like?

Thank you, Will Cain!

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ — The Occupy Gotham Movement

In “The Dark Knight Rises,” Batman’s nemesis, Bane, purports to give Gotham back to “the people” in the same way that the Bolshevik Revolution gave Russia back to “the people” — with kangaroo courts and steady streams of executions.

Read all of this week’s Strange Days column, “Occupy Gotham.”

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