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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

What to Talk About

This is what the Democrats should be talking about all day and every day:

The biggest political land mine for Republicans is their proposal to prohibit people from deducting their state-and-local taxes, or SALT, from their federal bill.

The idiotic Mueller scandal will not bring any votes. The people who follow it are all already eagerly voting Democrats. 

Voters clearly want populism and more of it. But the DNC is not listening. In Illinois, Democrats seem to be planning to run the corrupt and politically inexperienced billionaire Pritzker for governor. Because it’s so smart to have two dumb rich assholes fighting it out in the election. Folks, you know how I feel about Rauner. But my level of enthusiasm for Pritzker is lower than zero. I was going to go out and knock on doors for any half-decent candidate. But I’m not doing anything for some dumbass billionaire.

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26 thoughts on “What to Talk About

  1. Demotrash on said:

    I’m actually rooting for the Kennedy in that primary. Judy shows the sad state of affairs we’re in there.

    Here in Ohio, Dems are running on a populist message like they always do. They may not win, but they’re not morons.

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    • I don’t see the point swapping one rich entitled dick with no experience in politics for another one. And I wouldn’t vote for anybody named Kennedy on principle.

      This is beyond disappointing. The first election that I can participate in and the one I deeply care about yet there’s nobody to vote for. Maybe I should move to Ohio. It’s a beautiful state, I love it.

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      • Demotrash on said:

        There’s at least one decent candidate in the Illinois primary. Unlikely to win the primary, but I’d go ahead and at least vote for them.

        For the record, the Kennedy actually does have political experience and from what I hear OS a decent enough legislator. But I agree that it’s a horrible set of choices. We have great people running here in Ohio, I especially like Joe Schiavoni and Nan Whaley.

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  2. The other egregious item in their tax proposal is the demise of the 401(K). Now you can save up to 18K a year in a tax-deductible manner and pay taxes when you retire; the new tax plan will reduce this limit to 2.4K!

    I am just livid, and I don’t understand why more people are not. The plan punishes people who are responsible and are actively saving for retirement, instead of encouraging them!! Ever since I started working, I have been putting away as much as I can in my 401K; that is how I am going to retire. If I put in post-tax money, it is going to cost me a lot more to build up the same level of savings, and 2.4K a year is way too little.

    I really don’t understand why the Democrats are not talking about this!

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  3. Shakti on said:

    The 401(k) proposal and the SALT proposal are classic wedge issues for middle class to upper middle class Americans. Not everyone has a 401(k) from their employer and only people who have deductions over the standard deduction are able to deduct state and local taxes as part of their itemized deductions.

    What I don’t know is if people who just voted for Trump because they vote Republican on taxes would actually change their vote from Republicans over that. It really doesn’t matter if they’re anti-Trump but vote for a bunch of other Republicans because the whole Mueller-Russia nonsense can only be solved politically. Would it cause those people to stay home?

    “You work hard, you play hard, you sacrifice to provide for your family and so that you can relax when you retire. But the Republicans don’t care about that. They’d rather raid your piggybank than go after fat cats in Washington. They want to plug a leak in their budget by draining your bathtub. Call XXXX now and vote for someone else!”

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    • “The 401(k) proposal and the SALT proposal are classic wedge issues for middle class to upper middle class Americans. Not everyone has a 401(k) from their employer and only people who have deductions over the standard deduction are able to deduct state and local taxes as part of their itemized deductions.”

      So what’s the solution? Forget about these voters and go after the working classes? Which are already making it very clear they have zero interest in the Democrats with their obsession with cisgender male privilege but only when it has to do with low-paid jobs and not with gubernatorial candidates? That will work just fine.

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      • Shakti on said:

        That’s not what I’m saying.

        I’m simply pointing out who is affected by it. People in places with high state and local taxes will care about SALT. People in Florida (no state income tax) won’t. :-p

        Will people call or write their rep if you ask them? Sure!

        But will people change their voting behavior in general elections based on that? That’s the question.

        A win is 1)people who voted for Republicans who so are affected by these proposals vote for Democrats instead or 2)they stay home. Anything else is “no effect.”

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      • paranoid on said:

        For me this is absolutely a wedge issue. My family’s income is well above the U.S. median, and we’ve only ever had one or two years when our deductions just barely exceeded the standard deduction.

        Less than a third of filers itemize, and some people don’t make enough to even file. When I heard my Democratic Congressman talking about protecting SALT, the message I got was that both parties want to protect people richer than me, and neither cares about the average person who doesn’t make enough money or have an expensive enough house to itemize.


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  4. David Bellamy on said:

    “The idiotic Mueller scandal will not bring any votes. The people who follow it are all already eagerly voting Democrats. ”

    I do not believe this. I am an exception, since the nonsense going on makes me inclined to vote Green. But Mueller’s investigation makes me more inclined to vote Democratic. I suspect there are others like me.

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    • David, I’m sure you will agree that at this point in your life child tax credits and 401K are not your major concerns. You are comfortable and can enjoy the show. But for many people these are major, major issues and they have no time or energy for the show.

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    • Dreidel on said:

      “Mueller’s investigation makes me more inclined to vote Democratic. I suspect there are others like me.”

      Well, it might be entertaining to give the Democrats the House in 2018. If that highly unlikely victory occurs, the American Republic will relive the political nonsense of 1868 and 1998 — when two Presidents were impeached by the House of Representatives and found not guilty by the Senate, and then served out their full terms.

      One of the better quotes from history’s long line of stupid men (Karl Marx): “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.”

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