(Tonight's post is by AnonymousNFS)
We drop to 12th in rate of college grads. We close school in Hawaii on Fridays. In California, state workers stay home. In DC, metro escalators lie broken and dormant, while people climb down the stairs and ride in 30-year-old cars that are no longer safe. Around the country, teachers, firefighters, nurses and others worry about keeping their jobs. The reason, they tell us, is money. There isn’t enough of it. At the same time, a tiny few of the super rich pledge to give away half of their money, at least when they die. Perhaps it is in anticipation of this private dole that the Republicans fight to keep the Bush tax cuts for the super wealthy? Does no one else think this is nuts? We should not just restore the pre-Bush tax rates; we should restore taxes to the rates of the 1960s. We should open our schools, pay our cops, help our young people graduate, and stop an insanity that--in a land where free once meant equal--borders on criminal.