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Mitt Romney’s tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth

Here’s what we’ve all been waiting for, folks:

The couple gave away $7 million in charitable contributions over the past two years, including at least $4.1 million to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The Romneys sent somewhat less to Washington over that period, paying an estimated $6.2 million in federal income taxes. According to his 2010 return, Romney paid about $3 million to the IRS, for an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent.

For 2011, Romney estimates that he will pay about $3.2 million, for an effective rate of 15.4 percent. That’s in line with his earlier estimates, but sharply lower than the rates paid by President Obama and Romney’s closest Republican rival, Newt Gingrich.

Here’s some perspective for you.

The 15% tax bracket for 2011:

  • Single filers: $8,501 - $34,500
  • Married filing jointly: $17,001 - $69,000
  • Married filing separately: $8,501- $34,500
  • Head of household: $12,151 - $46,250

The Romneys paid a comparable tax rate to what a person living below the poverty line could pay. The poverty threshold for a single person is $10,890. Due to tax credits and deductions, people at that level would typically get a refund - if they fill out their taxes correctly or pay someone to do it. 

Because of tax credits and deductions, the Romneys were able to take that tax rate and make it their own. 

No wonder he kept emphasizing he paid only what he “legally” had to pay. At least Gingrich was much closer to the nearly 35% tax rate for his income bracket.

By asking to Mitt Romney and similarly situated people to pay more in taxes, we’re not punishing success. We’re asking them to pitch in their fair share. If Romney wants to push for a bigger military, well, then I’m going to push for higher taxes. He can damn well pay for it. After all, my tax burden is heavier than his, since we’re apparently paying in at the same rate.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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“Throughout Eclipse, we’re presented with some of the most damaging, dangerous, and utterly offensive themes I have ever seen in popular culture. Women need men to be whole people. Marriage is an institution that demands respect, not because it is an act of love, but because it is a necessary transaction to complete the soul. There are distinct roles that men and women must follow or there is something deeply wrong with who they are. Racism. Transphobia. Misogyny. Sexism. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Classism. It’s the worst of the worst. It’s like a buffet of all the terrible things that hurt this world and directly affect those who are oppressed by these institutions, by the minorities who lack the privilege that a rich, white, Mormon author exerts on a daily basis. And, at heart, that’s what a lot of this book felt to me: A person who holds nearly every privilege in the world (no male privilege) rubs this in our faces at every single moment she can. You aren’t a real woman. You aren’t a real man. You aren’t worthy without a nice car. You aren’t worthy unless your skin is white. You aren’t worthy unless you believe in God, in marriage, in traditional gender roles, in the subjugation of the woman to the man, in everything that makes ME a worthy part of this world. Fuck you, Stephenie Meyer. Because on top of all of this wankery and bullshit, you cannot fucking write. If we remove every bit of wank you’ve subjected us to in the 629 pages of Eclipse, you have one of the most poorly written novels ever committed to paper left over. You lack an invigorating vocabulary. You have multiple errors that any amateur editor should have caught. You cannot develop and maintain interesting and consistent characters. You have no idea how to introduce a plot in any of your novels and, even if you were trying to experiment with an alternative narrative technique, you absolutely can’t do that well either.”

Quoted from Mark Reads Twilight.

ALL OF THIS. ALL OF IT. This man is my best friend ever.

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Yes. Mark Reads Twilight is a completely genius site.

Why am I posting so much Twilight hate at the moment? Well, I had a discussion with someone yesterday who compared Stephanie Meyer with Shakespeare. Motherfucking Shakespeare.

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