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Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year | Alternet

15 Sep

Another day, another out-of-touch statement from Mitt Romney. Speaking today on ABC’s Good Morning America program, Romney said the typical middle-income household in America earned a quarter of a million dollars a year. Wouldn’t it be nice if, for once, we all lived in Romney’s America? More…

via Romney Says Typical Middle-Class Homes Earn $250,000 A Year | Alternet.

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A Tale of Two Janesvillians: Paul Ryan & Me | One Teacher’s Perspective

25 Aug

Like Mitt Romney’s running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, I am in my early 40’s and live in Janesville, Wisconsin with my wife and three kids. Purportedly, Rep. Ryan likes the Pack, Spotted Cow, brats, Wisconsin cheese, and the great outdoors–like most Wisconsinites and me. Similar to Ryan, I am loved by my family and generally well liked by my colleagues and others. I, too, serve ably the People of my community and am full of big rambling ideas related to socioeconomic reform.

While I don’t know Rep. Ryan personally, our histories overlap with Irish ancestry, tours of duty at McDonalds, long-time interests in politics, and short (unsuccessful) stints at soccer. Further connected, Rep. Ryan and I both grew up in small midwest towns, attended Catholic schools, and served as altar boys. Most coincidental, Paul Ryan lost his father to a heart attack at a young age–just like me. We are two Janesvillians with somewhat similar stories. More…

via A Tale of Two Janesvillians: Paul Ryan & Me | One Teacher’s Perspective.

Romney tax plan would force $2,000 tax hike on families with children > Education Votes

4 Aug

Mitt Romney’s tax proposal would force a $2,000 tax hike on average middle-class families with children, while the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans — including Romney — would get a tax cut of $87,000. That’s the conclusion of an independent analysis released today.

According to the study by Brookings Institution and the Tax Policy Center, Romney’s plan “necessitates a shift in the tax burden of at least $86 billion away from high-income taxpayers [incomes of $1 million or more] onto lower- and middle-income taxpayers.”

The assessment goes to some lengths to make favorable assumptions about the features of Romney’s plan, including factoring in higher economic growth than at present. Even so, the “unprecedented” loss of $360 billion in the Republican presidential candidate’s revenue-neutral tax plan would require “deep reductions” in many tax benefits for low- and middle-income families and children. Continue reading

NEA – Letter to Senator Harkin Supporting his Middle Class Bill

30 Mar

March 29, 2012

Dear Senator Harkin:

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we would like to offer our support for your proposals to help strengthen the middle class. We thank you for your leadership in introducing this legislation and in particular for your focus on investments in education.

Today’s middle class is struggling and many previously financially secure families are finding themselves falling into poverty. The faltering economy, the housing crisis, rising food and gas prices, and attacks on workers’ rights have combined to undermine and destabilize the middle class.

Public education is the greatest tool we have to maintaining, increasing and strengthening the middle class. Every day in schools across the country, hard working educators give children the skills they need to become successful learners, agile problem solvers, and creative thinkers, preparing them not only to enter the workforce but to think and act as citizens. Continue reading

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