After reading the bad news that the estate tax (a compromise) passed the House, I decided it was time to get out my guitar and play some Dylan, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, and Indigo Girls for my ever-appreciative audience of three cats and a baby. Then I decided to go online looking for some sources of good folk music. I found The Online Folk Festival and listened to a duet by Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, some Traveling Wilbury’s, Paul Simon, and more.
And now, about that estate tax. It looks as though the Republicans are succeeding in their plan to turn the United States into a Third World country. They are willing to decrease our revenue via this tax compromise by an estimated $750 billion dollars over the next 10 years. So when we look at our country 10 years from now and find that we have more slums, more homeless families, more uninsured people, less quality public education, less social advancement, and more gated communities for the ultra-wealthy, we’ll know who to thank.
By the way, both Kennedy and Langevin opposed this compromise.