Tuesday, April 27

The right and technology

Mary Katherine Ham does an excellent job engaging the issue of the right's use of new media.

A case
study of the Brown campaign’s social media presence by Word Stream
,
a search engine marketing company, actually identified Brown’s momentum
before polling or the political class did. Their final count found he
had a ten to one advantage in web traffic, ten to one in YouTube views,
three to one in Twitter followers, and four to one in Facebook
followers.

Perry proclaimed himself a “gadget guy” to a group of Austin
technologists over a beer at the Chili Parlor. “It’s a very normal thing
for me in my life to be using a GPS when they first came out, and LORAN
before that,” referring to the radio-based navigation system that was a
precursor of the modern GPS.

His staff says he often surprises people when they see him tweeting
on his mobile phone. “Governor Perry has made [technology] a priority in
his everyday life. It’s because he can change the way he interacts with
the people of Texas,” says Will Franklin, director of new media for the
campaign.






Monday, April 12

Fulsom: Supply Side Economics Not New Deal Broke Depression

Well worth the read.

Congress—both chambers with Democratic majorities—responded by just
saying "no." No to the whole New Deal revival: no federal program for
health care, no full-employment act, only limited federal housing, and
no increase in minimum wage or Social Security benefits.


Instead, Congress reduced taxes. Income tax rates were cut across the
board. FDR's top marginal rate, 94% on all income over $200,000, was
cut to 86.45%. The lowest rate was cut to 19% from 23%, and with a
change in the amount of income exempt from taxation an estimated 12
million Americans were eliminated from the tax rolls entirely.


Corporate tax rates were trimmed and FDR's "excess profits" tax was
repealed, which meant that top marginal corporate tax rates effectively
went to 38% from 90% after 1945.


Georgia Sen. Walter George, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee,
defended the Revenue Act of 1945 with arguments that today we would
call "supply-side economics." If the tax bill "has the effect which it
is hoped it will have," George said, "it will so stimulate the expansion
of business as to bring in a greater total revenue."


He was prophetic. By the late 1940s, a revived economy was generating
more annual federal revenue than the U.S. had received during the war
years, when tax rates were higher. Price controls from the war were also
eliminated by the end of 1946. The U.S. began running budget surpluses.

Wednesday, April 7

Double Standard of Abortion and Death Penalty

RedState.com shows how the pro-life Nebraska bill demonstrates what a true liberal believes:

  • There should be zero chance of any suffering for even the most heinous criminals while they work toward the ultimate goal of having no executions.
  • There should be zero consideration of any suffering for babies in the womb while they work toward the ultimate goal of having no abortion restrictions.