Sure, why not? Heck, a candidate in France wants to tax the rich at 75% and surely we will not want Frenchies to best us? Oh wait, now Obama will think like I do and come out with my plan! LOL
(BBC) — The Socialist favourite in France’s presidential election, Francois Hollande, has said top earners should pay 75% of their income in tax.
“Above 1m euros [£847,000; $1.3m], the tax rate should be 75% because it’s not possible to have that level of income,” he said.
Speaking on prime time TV, he promised that if elected, he would undo tax breaks enacted by Nicolas Sarkozy.
The tax proposal was condemned by his political opponents.
Opinion polls suggest the gap between the Socialist candidate and Mr Sarkozy has narrowed.
The two are tipped to reach the run-off on 6 May, after eliminating other rivals on 22 April.
Mr Hollande himself renewed his call on Tuesday, saying the 75% rate on people earning more than one million euros a year was “a patriotic act”.
“It’s a signal that has been sent, a message of social cohesion, there is an effort to be made,” he explained.
“It is patriotic to agree to pay a supplementary tax to get the country back on its feet.”
(The Hill) — House Democrats went after Rush Limbaugh Wednesday for his attacks on a university student who recently testified before Congress on women’s reproductive health.
Limbaugh on Wednesday called Georgetown Law Center student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her support of the Obama administration’s new birth-control mandate.
Behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the Democrats said Limbaugh’s remarks were uncivilized and misogynistic. They’re asking Republican leaders to denounce the popular conservative radio host.
Limbaugh’s attacks, the Democrats said, “are outside the circle of civilized discussion and … unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country.”
“We call upon the Republican leaders in the House to condemn these vicious attacks on Ms. Fluke, which are in response to her testimony to the Congress,” they added.
Fluke has become something of an unwitting celebrity on Capitol Hill this month after Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee denied the Democrats’ request to have her testify on Obama’s new birth control mandate. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) argued that the policy concerns religious freedom, not reproductive health.
Democrats pounced, hoping to portray the Republicans as out-of-touch with women’s healthcare needs. To highlight the saga, Democratic leaders had Fluke discuss the issue last week before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
That testimony led Limbaugh to claim Wednesday that Fluke “wants to be paid to have sex.”
“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her?” Limbaugh asked. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.
“She wants to be paid to have sex,” he added. “She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
Tornado damage in hard-hit Harrisburg, IL — before and after.
At least 12 dead, many injured across multiple states after massive storm system produces tornadoes as strong as EF4.
Mother, Child Both Born on Leap Days.
Giant stick insects presumed extinct found on tiny, remote island.
Graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging violate free speech, judge rules.
Son of Transportation Secretary, other Americans barred from exiting Egypt allowed to leave.
Betty White and Slash together at last in a series of surprisingly informative promo spots for the LA Zoo’s new LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) exhibit.
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And as I shut everything down and go to bed, I leave you with this: