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One of the great political writers, Hendrik Hertzberg:

The Republican argument of the moment seems to be that the difference between capitalism and socialism corresponds to the difference between a top marginal income-tax rate of 35 per cent and a top marginal income-tax rate of 39.6 per cent. The latter is what it would be under Obama's proposal, what it was under President Clinton, and, for that matter, what it will be after 2010 if President Bush's tax cuts expire on schedule.

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"At least in Europe, the socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives," McCain said the other day—thereby suggesting that the dystopia he abhors is not some North Korean-style totalitarian ant heap but, rather, the gentle social democracies across the Atlantic, where, in return for higher taxes and without any diminution of civil liberty, people buy themselves excellent public education, anxiety-free health care, and decent public transportation.

 

Edit: basilisk was too humble to note that the UK is also above the US on that list. I'm sure that's because he knows that Carlos Tevez skews the entire country's income math(s). :D Something to remember as you drive your Vauxhall from the Fresh & Easy / Tesco.

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Okay okay, Dutchies are above the UK, and they don't really pay anyone huge salaries other than Ibrahim Affelay. Must be something to do with these babies:

 

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Edit: basilisk was too humble to note that the UK is also above the US on that list. I'm sure that's because he knows that Carlos Tevez skews the entire country's income math(s). :D Something to remember as you drive your Vauxhall from the Fresh & Easy / Tesco.

 

Looks like even Signor Tevez may have to cut down on his purchasing of Ferraris.

 

 

Okay okay, Dutchies are above the UK, and they don't really pay anyone huge salaries other than Ibrahim Affelay. Must be something to do with these babies:

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Ireland and Iceland are way above us too, but I guess the statistics may flatten out a bit next year when we will be glad to compare ourselves favourably with Zimbabwe.

I think this is probably the tulip bulb of our age:

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The odds look very, very good for Obama. :D

 

But take nothing for granted. Lines may be long in some places, but hang in there. The Republicans will try to steal this motherfucker again, so we can't get complacent. With all the dirty tricks and efforts at voter suppresion/disenfranchisement we've seen, it's very important that we get every last voter out to the polls. And wherever you are, there is probably an Obama HQ near you. Hit up the barackobama.com website to see where they're at (front page has changed to a zip code-driven HQ/election night party finder), and bring them some coffee & bagels tomorrow morning if you can't stop by for an hour of phone banking.

 

Find your polling place at voteforchange.com.

 

GOTV!

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Here I am, up at 2:30 am unable to sleep anymore, and polls don't start closing until 3pm PST. Woe is the political junkie!

 

Final Poll Porn:

 

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Pennsylvania is the big enchilada for McCain. He can't win without it. Things aren't looking good there:

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The most conservative winning margin is 'Kerry states plus New Mexico, Colorado and Iowa (273 EVs).

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Woohoo! Got invited to a democratic "watch party" at the Governor's mansion tonight. Should be fun.

 

I'm gonna bug as many people as I can about changing Kansas to split Electoral votes like Nebraska and Maine. I think if every state did that, you wouldn't be able to win the electoral college without popular vote any more and it might make every candidate adopt a 50 state strategy.

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