Defining Rich In America

There is a battle being drafted and defined in the Democratic Party which I think has legs.  Given the economy, and the way people view Wall Street and banks this battle will gain momentum as we head into the presidential election. 

At the heart of the battle is who should help pay for the fiscal problems this nation finds itself.  Should budget cuts that impact programs and services for the lower economic classes be the only way to correct the economic woes, or should the wealthy also pay their fair share of the burden?

“If we’re able to draw a very clear line — people above a million dollars should pay their fair share — it’s much easier to win that argument,” said Schumer, who is also in charge of political messaging for Democrats hoping to maintain control of the Senate. “And I think we’re winning it. For the first time since Ronald Reagan, we’re beginning to turn the tax debate around.”

Still, polls show Democrats may be on to something. In a new Washington Post/ABC News survey, 75 percent of those polled said they support raising taxes on millionaires, including 57 percent of Republicans.

“If we can affect the tax debate by drawing this line, we make it easier to get a grand compromise on deficit reduction,” Schumer said, because Republicans’ opposition to tax hikes of any kind “will no longer be the political high ground.”

House Democrats, meanwhile, are reassessing their position on who is most deserving of higher taxes.

Rep. Sander M. Levin (Mich.), the senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said ending the Bush tax cuts for families earning more than $250,000, as Obama pledged to do during the 2008 campaign, would generate about $39 billion a year. But the vast majority of that money — 79 percent, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation — would come from the 315,000 households that earn more than $1 million a year, the richest 0.2 percent of taxpayers.

Did Water In Oceans Come From Asteroids And Comets Which Crashed Into The Earth?

A cosmic mix.

Scientists using the mega-powerful Herschel space telescope have been looking at a comet called Hartley 2.

They say it contains a rare type of hydrogen that matches the hydrogen in the Earth’s oceans.

That might mean the water in our oceans was brought here by asteroids and comets which crashed into the Earth.

Scientists believe the Earth used to be rocky and dry but at some point it started to be covered with water. That water had to come from somewhere!

Hitler Comment By Red-Neck Hank Williams Jr. Ends ESPN Run

The only part to this story I do not understand is why it took days to complete.  ESPN had every right to flush Hank Williams Jr. the moment it came to light what he had said about President Obama.   This is not about free speech rights for Williams, but instead has everything to do with the face and image that ESPN wants to project.  For Williams to spin it any other way is only for a face-saving attempt that falls flat.

There is certainly a red-neck segment of America, but it does not need to be condoned by the media.  Thanks to ESPN there will be one less red-neck allowed air-time.  For that I say “Hurrah”!

Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” the network announced Thursday.

In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends” will no longer be part of the MNF opening. 

“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” ESPN said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”

On his own website, Williams said he was the one who made the decision.

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

In an interview Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams, unprompted, said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”