Some props before I launch into today's galactic hatefest: Glamour, you done good with Glamocracy. God, that is a fucking imbecilic name, but not only do your political blogs' commenters prove that not all your readers are as dumb as your editors seem to assume, but some of the women you've chosen to write are pretty sharp. Now for the one who makes me reach for the sharp objects: Conserva Calendar Girl Amanda "Hasselbeck 2.0" Carpenter. Oh god she is a witty one:
The feminist blogosphere is up in arms because Mike Huckabee pardoned a rapist and signed a petition that asks women to "submit graciously" to their husbands, but these same bloggers give him a free pass on taxes. This make me think of that terribly stereotypical Teen Talk Barbie from a few Christmases back. "Math class is tough!" she said. I'd hate to think that taxes are too "tough" for the Barbie blogs to address today.
Okay Larry Summers, let me make this easy on you. Taxes are tough. The most refreshing least fascistic tenet of Huckabee's campaign is that he wants to actually acknowledge that.
Put simply, the people with the best accountants in the country send the lowest percentage of their income to the IRS. Just ask Warren Buffett:
Warren E. Buffett was his usual folksy self Tuesday night at a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as he slammed a system that allows the very rich to pay taxes at a lower rate than the middle class.
Buffett cited himself, the third-richest person in the world, as an example. Last year, Buffett said, he was taxed at 17.7 percent on his taxable income of more than $46 million. His receptionist was taxed at about 30 percent.
Unfortunately, most rich people don't have quite as strong morals as Warren Buffett — see Jeff Skilling; Jeff Epstein; any rich guy named "Jeff", the career of Eliott Spitzer — so instead they funnel gobs of untaxed dollars to anyone who will preach — in church, in congres, whatevs — the ideology of small government and low taxes while systematically undermining said ideology in whatever cases (war, telecoms legislation, ethanol subsidies, whatevs) it can line their pockets. Said ideology distracts motherfucking Barbies like you from recognizing the fact that there is absolutely no societal benefit to recklessly perpetuating the ever-widening income gap. I just hope your daughters don't have to grow up to be stripper webcam cheerleaders for you to get that through your motherfucking head. No really, I hope they don't. I'm not into schadenfreude like that around the holidays.