Today I’m starting a weekly feature where I will share all of the stuff I did not in posts throughout the week. They will be miscellaneous stories/videos I find worth viewing, or follow up to what I’ve written. Without further ado, enjoy!
- RollingStone has an interview with Jon Stewart. I definitely would not like to be the guy who has to catalog all of that news footage.
- The best part about the GOP debates so far has been the audience. They have cheered the death penalty, want the uninsured to die, and booed a gay soldier. The Washington Post has more, while the New Yorker gives a booing guide. And of course SNL has its own take.
- Apparently college Republicans are still doing affirmative action bake sales, because there’s no better way to get people on your side than by being offensive. After all, white men don’t have near enough privilege in this country.
Justice For All? – Follow-up
- A panel discussion on NPR about Troy Davis and the Death Penalty.
- Also from NPR, apparently a lot of pro-lifers including Catholics don’t get the moral failure of the death penalty. The public at large still supports it, largely because they falsely believe it’s cheaper than life imprisonment.
Lost Generation – Follow-up
- A great companion piece to my post from the Atlantic, “Are Today’s You Really A Lost Generation?” outlines how the Great Recession has impacted Gen Y.
Making Out Like Bandits – Follow-up
- White House Adviser David Plouffe makes the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to debunk Republican talking points on taxes. He explains how ordinary Americans pay plenty of taxes (notably payroll and medicare), if not income tax. Also, the rich certainly do not bear a disproportional tax burden.
“And the top 400 richest Americans, all making over $110 million per year and making an average of $271 million per year, paid only 18 percent of their income in income taxes in 2008. In fact, since the mid-1990s, the share of income paid by the wealthiest 400 Americans has fallen by nearly 40 percent, from 29.9 percent in 1995, even as their average incomes roughly quadrupled.”