Show Details for the week of January 7th, 2013

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This week’s show looks at more misconceptions and misinformation – as created and (mis)reported by the corporate media. Our interviews are:

  • Unconstitutional Surveillance Powers passed While Media Focusing on “Fiscal Cliff” – an interview with Michael Figura
  • Class Taxes Going Up – How Billions Could Be Raised – an interview with Nicole Woo

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More about this week’s guests:

Michael Figura is the 2012-2013 legal fellow with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. He is a recent graduate of City University of New York School of Law (CUNY), where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the New York City Law Review and was awarded several fellowships, including the Haywood Burns Fellowship for Civil and Human Rights and Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Summer Fellowship. Since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2006, Michael’s student internship and prior experiences including serving with the Center For Constitutional Rights, CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility) Law Clinic, Office of the Appellate Defender of New York, and the New York Civilian Complaint Review Board. Michael’s legal fellowship with BORDC is made possible through a generous grant from the Muslim Legal Fund of America.

Related Info:

See related article by Shahid Buttar. Also see from CNET: “The snoop state’s still alive and well (Anybody notice?)

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Nicole Woo is the communications director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research.  Woo noted that under the deal, an individual making less than $113,700 (the bottom 98 percent) would see their taxes rise by 2.0 percent, while an individual making $400,000 will see their taxes rise by 0.6 percent. Someone making $600,000 would have their taxes increase 1.9 percent. [Seechart.]

Related Info: See recent article by Dean Baker just wrote the piece “Obama’s tax threshold concession bodes ill for debt ceiling talks

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One thought on “Show Details for the week of January 7th, 2013

    Stephen said:
    January 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I heard on the show yesterday someone spout that the tax rates when the Federal Income Tax was first instated were as much as 93% for top income earners. Then this was repeated a few more times as if that makes it any less false. The facts are very different. Income tax rates from 1913-1915 topped out at 7% (allowing earners to keep 93%) for earnings above $11.3 million (when adjusted for inflation). Those earning from $0-$400,000 were taxed at an astronomical rate of 1% with a sliding scale between the two extremes. The highest tax rates we have ever ‘enjoyed’ was 92% for those earning $1.2 million (adjusted for inflation) in the early 1950s.

    I don’t mind a healthy debate on any topic, especially taxes, but rattling off statistics that are false, blatant lies is completely unacceptable. As a challenge to your intellectual integrity, I think an on air correction is in order.

    Reference:
    http://taxfoundation.org/article/us-federal-individual-income-tax-rates-history-1913-2011-nominal-and-inflation-adjusted-brackets

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