Estate Tax no gain? I disagree.

There is a debate raging in Washington about repealing the estate tax. I recently was forwarded a piece written by @StephenMoore

I take issue with a number of points that the author makes and want to share them here.

1 – The fact that he calls it a “death tax” makes this is a propaganda piece. “Death Tax” was coined by Andrew Mellon specifically to garner wider support for repealing the estate tax even though it didn’t effect most Americans.

2 – We should get rid of the tax because, you know, it doesn’t really effect the budget that much. If that is the standard by which our government makes policy why does the GOP go after planned parenthood with vicious regularity? I mean their budget is only about 300 million dollars. A mere pittance against a multi-trillion dollar budget.

3 – Warren Buffet?That money isn’t “sheltered” they are giving it away to charities. He’s pledged to give away 99% of his fortune. Bill Gates? Same.

If the Koch Brothers and the rest of the billionaires effected by the repeal pledged to give most of their money away they wouldn’t be affected by the tax anyway.

4 – “Wouldn’t the smart way to create jobs be to make sure that the next generation can grow these enterprises rather than sell them off at auction to pay this economically destructive and fiscally inconsequential tax?” It’s a really stupid argument. If I’m a business owner I’m not going to decide to hire more people because I pay less taxes. Who would do that? I’m going to hire more people because demand for my goods and services have outstripped supply. What causes demand to out strip supply? More capital to more people so they can actually spend it.

Yet that reality tends to elude conservative economists who keep talking about trickle down economics. As rich executives continue to make more money year over year that demonstrably has not turned into greater salaries for others as shown in the graph below.

Or put it another way, rich people spend less. You can only consume so much stuff. You’re going to hit a point with your income that you just can’t spend anymore of it without giving it away. So the rich aren’t pumping dollars into the economy.

But they are investing you say. Yes, they are so maybe some percentage of that is indirectly going to businesses that may or may not be operating in the US. However, it’s not a guarantee that a billionaires investments are even tied to on shore assets where as a single Mom making 40k a year is mostly likely putting all her money into the national economy buying the stuff she needs to live.

5 – the fact that we’re even having this debate is kind of ludicrous. Congress shouldn’t have spent time even bringing this bill to the floor since it only does effect a few thousand people. Shouldn’t the GOP led Congress be focused on more pressing things?


Tin Can Margaritas Recipe : Emeril Lagasse : Food Network

Summer’s coming. We tried out this margarita recipe. It was pretty good. The only modification I might make next time is to add a 1/4 can of water.


1 lime, cut in wedges
Coarse salt, for glasses
1 large can frozen limeade
1 full can good-quality tequila
1/2 can triple-sec
1/2 can lemon juice

Rub rims of glasses with a lime wedge; place salt in a saucer and dip rims. In a pitcher combine remaining ingredients, stir well and fill up with ice. Serve in salt-rimmed glasses with lime wedges.

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An Oral History of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ | Rolling Stone

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is my favorite Christmas movie. There are so many things to love about it. Here’s a post in Rolling Stone that talks about some behind the scenes stuff that went on.
Xmas or Bust: The Untold Story of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’


Crowdrise is a platform for fundraising.

It’s a great example of a company that does content writing well. This site was discussed as a case study in a presentation I saw of Anne Handley @MarketingProfs


Schneier on Security: Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance


Internet Provider Sonic’s CEO: Title II Is Only A Regulatory Burden If You’re Doing Something Bad | Techdirt


Hillarious George Lucas Special Edition version of the Episode VII trailer


This is really cool –
Space Station’s 3D printer makes it’s first part.


The POSSE (Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere) espouses the idea that all content should be owned by you. The content lives on your own site and then is broadcast to all the other content silos on the internet (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

The technology that allows WordPress to support this is handled through the IndieWeb plugins. One of these plugins allows activity in silos on syndicated posts to be put back onto your website. What this means is if I post a status message on my WordPress blog, Twitter displays it, someone replies on Twitter, than that reply is displayed on my website.

How I do this is through a third party service called You can read about that if you want to set it up.

When I got everything running I noticed that I was seeing activity on my posts but they were not displaying on my site. I use Studiopress Genesis + Mindstream themes. I did some digging and figured out the problem.

Two quick changes to the main Genesis theme will fix displaying a webmention on my site:

The first in the function genesis_do_comments()

if ( have_comments() && (! empty( $wp_query->comments_by_type['comment']  ) 
    or ! empty ($wp_query->comments_by_type['webmention'] ) ) ) {

The second in genesis_default_list_comments:

function genesis_default_list_comments() {

    $defaults = array(
        'type'        => 'comment',
        'avatar_size' => 48,
        'format'      => 'html5', //* Not necessary, but a good example
        'callback'    => genesis_html5() ? 'genesis_html5_comment_callback' : 'genesis_comment_callback',

    $args = apply_filters( 'genesis_comment_list_args', $defaults );

    wp_list_comments( $args );

$webmentions = array(
        'type'        => 'webmention',
        'avatar_size' => 48,
        'format'      => 'html5', //* Not necessary, but a good example
        'callback'    => genesis_html5() ? 'genesis_html5_comment_callback' : 'genesis_comment_callback',
    wp_list_comments( $webmentions );


This is not a perfect solution. Everytime Studiopress updates their themes I’ll have to reply this change. It also doesn’t allow you to interleave mentions and comments in time order. As you can see, it displays comments first them webmentions.


Dave, great post. I’m really struggling with also. I have the Twitter back feed coming into my site but for some reason the comments are never actually displayed.

Glad to see more people adopting this though.

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