Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Morning Reads: March 9 Edition

Nathan Johnson delves into the details that South Dakota has 3rd most regressive tax structure in the nation.
According to a recent study by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (ITEP), South Dakota had the third-most regressive tax system in the United States as of the beginning of 2013. The bottom 20 percent of the state’s earners pay 11.6 percent of their income in taxes. The top 1 percent pay 2.1 percent.
“One could rightly say that the rate on poor people in South Dakota is 552 percent higher than the rate on those in the top 1 percent,” said Reynold Nesiba, an associate professor of economics at Augustana College. “I think most outside of the top 1 percent of the population would agree that this is grossly unfair and by no stretch of the imagination equitable.”
A self-described liberal gun guy is shilling his book. My take-away doesn't fit the general tone of the interview, so read it for yourself. My take-away:
"The people who buy most of the guns are middle-aged white men who have not finished college.. . [because] gun guys derive [self-esteem] from their guns"
The title alone makes it worth the read: The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble

Brew another cup of coffee and enjoy.

1 comment:

David Newquist said...

Maxine Swann's examination of Professor Frampton is the most incisive look at an academic personality that I have read. I have dealt with and represented some of these personalities in academic due process proceedings, and this reportorial essay provides a detailed perspective on how very bright can descend to utter foolery. The academic ego sometimes is a barrier to seeing and understanding the world outside the boundaries of what the ego has defined as a discipline. And the article shows how that ego can result in the self-deceptions that lead one to thinking one is exempt from the rules of human behavior. It also shows some pitfalls in the way academic society operates.