Give Lincoln his due
"We did not even have a federal income tax in this country until 1913."
Very close to the top
"The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world."
Some context missing
Since parole abolition, Virginia's "crime rate has fallen to third lowest in the country, our recidivism rate is down 20 percent and that’s the second lowest in the country."
Claim has legs
"All (Maryland) crabs are born in Virginia."
Not quite that high
"The United States ranks second worst in income inequality across developed countries," after taxes and transfers.
Can't dismiss the 1930s
"Income disparities in the United States are the worst since the 1920s."
A rosier scenario exists
"In just 17 years, spending for Social Security, federal health care and interest on the debt will exceed ALL tax revenue!"
Some of the corporations are dormant
The Commonwealth Institute
Says "roughly two-thirds of (state) corporations didn’t pay any income tax in Virginia."
Many reasons for gap
"By age 65, the average woman will have lost $431,000 throughout her working career was a result of the pay gap."
But there's some debate
"We've got 40 years of study now that show that, with a good preschool start, you're less likely to be on public dole, you're less likely to be in prison."
Right on testing, off on spending
"...Over 30 years, federal spending on education has grown by 375 percent, but test scores remain flat."
But it's not unique
"One third of our age group (Millennials) have moved back in with their parents."
Results vary with definitions of income
"If you look at the income of average Americans...they’re absolutely flat in constant dollars since 1979."
Have concealed gun permit, will travel
Virginia House Democratic Caucus
Assault weapons and handguns are allowed in the state Capitol while bullhorns, trumpets, helium balloons and flags on poles are banned.
But little of their pay comes from taxpayers
"We have a system now where in 40 states, the highest-paid public employee is the state university’s head football or basketball coach."
A little complexity to Howell's actions
"Bill Howell has been the consistent force behind every major tax increase in Virginia in the last decade."
But Obama's action is more sweeping
"Every president since Eisenhower has taken executive action to address immigration issues."
Many caveats to NRA's support
"The NRA supported background checks..."
But not your traditional origami
"$2.4 million of the NIH dollars was spent on ‘origami’ condoms."
Different studies reach different results
In 1968 "the average corporate CEO made 20 times the average worker’s pay. Today that multiple is about 350."
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