Author Archives: John Lusk

Nazism is back

Welp… Here we are.

Not Worth Its SALT: Tax Cut Proposal Overwhelmingly Benefits Wealthy, White Households – ITEP

This is interesting. When Ryan and Trump went after the SALT deduction, I figured it was just anti-liberal-city bias, but…

«The disparities between white families and Black and Hispanic families in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York—four states whose congressional delegations account for more than 90 percent of the new “SALT Caucus” seeking SALT cap repeal—are even more pronounced. Across these four states, Black families are between 44 and 54 percent less likely than white families to receive any tax cut. Hispanic families are between 49 and 60 percent less likely than white families to receive a tax cut.»

Don’t Fall for the Right’s Favorite Lie About Taxes

«You will grow old and gray waiting for conservatives to expound on the unfairness of sales taxes.»

(Looking at you, Florida.)

The favorite lie being to narrow the focus to the *federal* *income* tax and claim it’s a soak-the-rich scheme, instead of looking at the total tax picture. Social Security (FICA/OASDI) taxes are only paid on the first $140k of your income, so the rest of your $10 mil income last year? Not taxed! \o/

(At least, not subject to FICA, which is a pretty dang big chunk.)

Anyway, here’s the 2020 ITEP report:

Five Best: Books on the Confederates’ Lost Cause – WSJ

“Anglo Saxon.” 🙂

«The False Cause

By Adam H. Domby (2020)

4. At the unveiling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina in 1913, the former rebel Julian Carr spoke of “what the Confederate soldier meant to the welfare of the Anglo Saxon race during the four years immediately succeeding the war.” He also recalled the time he “horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.” The monument—known locally as Silent Sam—was toppled by the university’s students in 2018. Adam Domby illustrates how Lost Cause memorialization in North Carolina in the late 19th and 20th centuries was not merely nostalgia: It was “a crucial rhetorical tool for white North Carolinians in their efforts to justify segregation, disenfranchisement, and racial discrimination.” This perhaps explains why Lost Cause believers have been compelled to attribute exceptional powers to the rebel soldier. Mr. Domby points out that “surrender, desertion, retreat, cowardice, and defeat” were in fact serious problems in the Confederate army. Yet the notion of Confederate military superiority—a view historians today challenge—still prevails in popular accounts of the war.»

Can’t remember who I got this from on Twitter, and now it’s refreshed, and that twig is way past me on the river on its way to the sea.

“Slow down”

“Slow down” is such good advice. Applies to many human interactions.

Patrick Skinner (@SkinnerPm) Tweeted: In that way, it’s the same in writing as it is in real life. Ignore the obvious trolls. Slow down. Don’t be so sure. Never quickly assume bad intentions in uncertain situations. Don’t do that on the street as a cop & don’t do that writing about being a cop. And that’s it

Weird history rabbit hole to investigate sometime


(Fun thread, btw.)

Jacob Lee (@jacobflee) Tweeted: *Cracking my knuckles in preparation for laying out my argument that the Seven Years’ War was, to no small degree, the unintended consequence of France’s failed wars against the Chickasaw Nation in the 1730s and early 1740s*