My new piece looks into how and why Bachmann, Perry and Huntsman have adopted a line that used to be reserved for conservative pundits -- you know, people who didn't have to face voters. They're saying the problem with tax rates is that 47 percent of people have dropped off the tax rolls, not that the people who pay the highest taxes aren't paying enough. (One factor I didn't really get into, though it's in the links, is that the current code allows some very wealthy people to pay less than peope making less than $50,000.)
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
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Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
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- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
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Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.