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Campus Question – November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

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Campus Question – November 29, 2012

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For tonight’s discussion we offer the opening of this existential exegetical analysis by TPM‘s Josh Marshall:

Descending from the Jesuits and their probabilism and the Rabbis and their Talmudic interpretations, official Washington is now deep in a complex exegesis of the Norquist anti-tax pledge. Is it eternal? Is it limited to a single term? If a tax rises in the forest but no one voted to rise it, did it really rise?

  • NCrissieB
  • NCrissieB

    Please read Josh Marshall’s piece in full, but please put down your drink first. It’s a belly-laugher, wonderfully written, and very astute.

    That said, this is probably why we will get to January 1st without a tax and spending deal. Republicans know there’s no way to make the budget math work without tax rate increases, and polls show support for that. So they’ll wait until that happens automatically … then join with Senate Democrats to pass a tax cut – i.e.: restore the Bush-era tax rates – for 98% of Americans.

  • addisnana

    Particularly since it sanctions what we might call the Zombie tax hike, ones that simply come into being on their own without anyone actually voting for them.

    Do we have an expert opinion on how Zombies feel about income inequality? Do we have any idea how Zombies feel about issues of debt and deficit? Are Z’s considered foreigners?

    So many questions and so few answers.

  • winterbanyan

    Zombie tax increases enacted by the equivalent of a Shabbos goy? I am laughing so hard! Evidently the absurdity has gotten to Josh . :lol: