It’s been a long time …

Just long enough to have yours truly feeling even crankier-than-usual as I sit squarely at the bottom (yes, the VERY bottom) of my bracket group after just one day of March Madness.  So, to cheer myself up, I am focusing on baseball and adding another Phillies blog to my sidebar list … this one, Beer Leaguer.

Perhaps I will be able to interest HollyCornblog …

The new .. the real news, I mean … is so sad/scary as to be virtually unreadable.  There is the unfolding tragedy in Japan.  And then there is the unfolding tragedy in New Hampshire … where the likes of Neal Kurk and Tom Kean and other nasty legislators would have us believe that spending cuts … and the dismantling of an already frayed and weakened safety net … is necessary in order to be responsible stewards of the State Treasury.

This is beyond despicable.  NH does not have a spending problem … it has a revenue problem.  This legislature is fixing N-O-T-H-I-N-G and is simply creating untold suffering while it punishes people for being poor, homeless, mentally ill, disabled … really just for not being like Neal and Tom and crew.  Oh, and they also want to roll back the rights of women just a tad while they’re at it.

So what’s the truth about NH?  Well, for starters, we have the highest median income in the country at $65,028 according to US Census figures published last fall.  Not only that, but according to another report I read, NH ranks 8th in the country in number of millionaires, with “more than 27,000 millionaire households.”  That’s 5.34% of the population.  NH ranks just above California and just below Alaska in this little race.

And NH ranks just below Alaska in another little race … that for the lowest tax burden.  NH’s millionaires have no income tax to worry about … and the tax burden, in total, is estimated at 8% of income.  (Alaska is 6.6%.)  Interesting chart here, with the rankings.  And here’s Forbes’ listing of the 400 richest Americans, FWIW.

Inequality is alive and thriving in the USA … and is being foisted on us in the name of the Founding Fathers, Tea, and Apple Pie.

I, personally, do not mind contributing tax dollars to the common good.  Why is it that so many of the rich apparently do?  And why is it that so many of the most vociferous supporters of this inequality are the ones who suffer the most from it?

Ugh … back to the brackets …

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