The (rapidly growing) cost of becoming president
The typical U.S. historical marker raises more questions than it answers, and many of the signs are rife with errors and bias. Artist Norm Magnusson’s I-75 Project uses the form for a different sort of provocation. (via utnereader)
Seth Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner
“Donald Trump said recently he had a ‘great relationship with the blacks.’ Though unless ‘the Blacks’ are a family of white people, I bet he’s mistaken.” (via brooklynmutt)
“How can I get by on one house? I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the power, we’ve got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That’s the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle-class shrinks…
So these crybabies, the multi-millionaires and billionaires, these people who are making out like bandits, they are crying and crying and crying, but their effective tax rates for the top 400 income earners in America was cut almost in half from 1992 to 2007. The point that needs to be made is when is enough enough? That really is the essence of what we are talking about. When does greed— and greed is, in my view, it’s like a sickness, it’s like an addiction. We know people on heroin, they can’t stop, they need more and more.
I would hope that for these people who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, they will look around them and say, ‘There is something more important in life than the richest people becoming richer when we have the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world.’ Maybe they will understand that they are Americans, part of a great nation which is in trouble today. Maybe they’ve got to go back to the Bible or whatever they believe in understanding that there is virtue in sharing, in reaching out, that you can’t get it all.
How can anybody be proud to say that I am an multimillionaire and I’ve been getting a huge tax break and one-quarter of the kids in this country is on food stamps?”
― Bernie Sanders
Bill O’Reilly: “A lot of Americans feel you’re a big government liberal who wants to intrude on their freedom. Now, they also say that you’ve been moving—.”
President Obama: “I think that a lot of the folks who watch you, Bill, believe that.”