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Shaking Down the Rich Is
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Posted By: DanvilleBill, 11/15/2019 8:30:59 PM

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy. One of the more exhausting rituals of presidential campaign season is the effort to make every new proposal “add up.” Sure, it’s better that politicians try to come up with a plan to pay for their wish lists. The problem is that the explanations are often a disguise that make the impossible seem possible, even practical. Fake budgets are the tribute that pandering pays to pragmatism. You could confiscate the wealth of every billionaire and centimillionaire in the country and it wouldn’t come close to paying

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Reply 1 - Posted by: hammondb3 11/15/2019 8:38:51 PM (No. 236286)
NOT a democracy. Never INTENDED to be a democracy. If it is EVER a democracy we are doomed.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MFM 11/15/2019 8:40:21 PM (No. 236288)
JG needs a Civics education..
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Reply 3 - Posted by: snakeoil 11/15/2019 9:23:04 PM (No. 236301)
Nice tutorial on economics from Jonah. I used to love to read him because of his humor. Where did the humor go?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janylou 11/15/2019 9:38:25 PM (No. 236319)
Jonah, you should think about that as you bad mouth the president because you sure are doing you best to see one of these socialists gets elected.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Vesicant 11/15/2019 10:49:54 PM (No. 236351)
Everybody and their dog knows that the math doesn't work, and has known it for years. What is the point of jonah weighing in now, except column inches?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 11/16/2019 1:48:34 AM (No. 236383)
Republic, Jonah. Words mean things. Lazy, sloppy. I agree with the headline, but that's it for me. Jonah has made so much of a mess of it since Nov. 2916 that I won't bother any more.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 11/16/2019 1:56:02 AM (No. 236387)
Worse part is Bernie and the faux squaw pushing the issue are wealthy. Will it exclude them ? Envy is a sin and it's gaining traction thru politics. If not for the wealthy, who would have a job? Divide and conquer seems to be working thanks to Obola and company.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: doctorfixit 11/16/2019 2:21:17 AM (No. 236395)
Hey dummy. It's a Republic.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: George R. 11/16/2019 6:15:02 AM (No. 236450)
Why post crap from a do nothing, know nothing, "Never Trumper" like dirtbag Jonah?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Chuzzles 11/16/2019 8:50:54 AM (No. 236545)
So sad to see somebody who used to be a must read now a must avoid. Your ignorance is painful Jonah. Let it hurt the democracy all it wants to but leave our REPUBLIC alone. A democracy is a democrat invention anyway.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: riabks 11/16/2019 10:22:00 AM (No. 236627)
I have been reading Lucianne for several years and feel enriched by the experience. The lady who is the hostess of this salon has provided it to help disseminate info that we need to keep our republic. No matter what you think about Jonah’s beliefs or writing, I think it would be well to remember that he is her son, and if only for respect for her, leave the vitriol and name calling at the door when you enter HER salon. I, too, used to love Jonah’s columns, but disagree with him about President Trump. To each his own.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wendybird 11/16/2019 6:12:20 PM (No. 236962)
Sorry Jonah. Unfortunate you didn’t inherit any sense from your mother. Didn’t help N. R. any either.
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