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DR Congo: the politics of suffering | openDemocracy

DR Congo: the politics of suffering | openDemocracy | Politicality | Scoop.it
The recent report by the United Nations Group of Experts, backed by other sources - western media, Human Rights Watch, Congolese politicians - have put the blame solidly on neighbouring Rwanda for the current problems.
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Rain, political risks force Obama's speech indoors - The Seattle Times

Rain, political risks force Obama's speech indoors - The Seattle Times | Politicality | Scoop.it
ABC NewsRain, political risks force Obama's speech indoorsThe Seattle TimesPresident Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to scrap plans to accept his Democratic nomination before a massive crowd outdoors was as much about trying to mitigate political...
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Platform politics and religion - NBCNews.com

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NBCNews.comPlatform politics and religionNBCNews.comPlatform politics and religion. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov.
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Behind the 'People Who Pay No Income Tax'

Behind the 'People Who Pay No Income Tax' | Politicality | Scoop.it

by ANNIE LOWREY, New York Times

 

Mother Jones has published a video of Mitt Romney at a private fund-raiser making incendiary remarks about Obama voters – and, well, about half of the electorate.

 

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Mr. Romney said. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it, that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

 

“These are people who pay no income tax,” he added.

 

I’ll address just that last part in this post.

 

Mr. Romney is absolutely correct that about half of American households do not pay federal income tax. (He is also tapping into a now long-running vein of conservative anger at those households.) But he is missing some crucial context on why they do not pay federal income tax.

 

The nonpartisan and highly respected Tax Policy Center derived the 47 percent number – it is actually 46 percent, as of 2011 – and published an excellent analysis of it last summer.

 

It found that about half of the households that do not pay federal income tax do not pay it because they are simply too poor. The Tax Policy Center gives as an example a couple with two children earning less than $26,400 a year: The household would pay no federal income tax because its standard deduction and other exemptions would simply erase its liability.

 

The other half, the Tax Policy Center found, consists of households taking advantage of tax credits and other provisions, mostly support for senior citizens and low-income working families.

 

Put bluntly, these are not households shirking their tax liabilities. The pool consists mostly of the poor, of relatively low-income working families and of old people. The tax code is specifically designed to reduce the burden on them. [MORE]



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Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies - CBS News

Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies - CBS News | Politicality | Scoop.it
Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemiesCBS NewsWASHINGTON — It's unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truth-stretching in this year's presidential campaign has political fact-checkers busier...
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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports™

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports™ | Politicality | Scoop.it
Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on (RT @RasmussenPoll: #Obama: Strongly Approve: 25%... Strongly Disapprove: 44%...
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