By Dan McCaleb Guest columnist Should those who make more money pay a higher percentage of their wages in state income taxes than others who make less?I have a strong opinion about this topic but concede it's a fair question and one we should engage around honest debate. "Honest" being the key word in that last sentence.So far, the discussion has been anything but.Supporters of what's called a graduated income tax have the propaganda machine locked and loaded and already spitting out intellectually dishonest information about it. The dishonesty stems as much from what's not being disclosed as what is."The rich in Illinois have to pay more. It is a moral imperative," the union-owned Chicago Sun-Times wrote in an editorial this week, before presenting a one-sided argument to support their position.Taxpayers need to see the whole picture and decide for themselves.Illinois' constitution currently requires a flat income tax. Wage earners pay the state 4.95 percent of their income to … [Read more...] about We need honest debate about what a ‘fair’ tax will mean
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WASHINGTON (Circa) — Facebook’s policies aimed at upholding standards for political and offensive content have given rise to new allegations it is engaging in exactly the kind of bias it is trying to prevent, as new research shows most Americans believe social media companies are censoring political speech they find objectionable. Leading up to Independence Day, the Liberty County Vindicator in Liberty, Texas set out to publish the text of the Declaration of Independence in 12 daily posts. The tenth, containing paragraphs 27-31, was blocked after Facebook determined it “goes against our standards on hate speech.” Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett posted an article about the incident on the paper’s website, complaining about the difficulty of contacting Facebook to appeal the decision. Facebook did not identify the exact cause for offense, but the editor speculated it was the reference to “merciless Indian Savages.” Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook faces questions after flagging country song as ‘political’ content
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I sat on a panel a couple weeks ago about whether #MeToo is a movement or just a moment. The two-hour discussion was broadcast live on KPCW and hosted by the Park City Area Project for Deeper Understanding, a group seeking to fight cultural polarization through public education. Together, we explored the notion of whether today’s heightened visibility of sexual misconduct and assault will have lasting impacts, or if it will be found by the broom of silence and swept back under the rug. The seven panelists — who ranged from survivor advocates and researchers to public servants, attorneys and high school teachers — all agreed. #MeToo is most certainly a movement, and it ain’t going anywhere. Still, there are legit questions to be explored. Will its momentum move the pendulum of justice too far in the right direction as we seek equilibrium, and end up wrongly punishing innocent people and strip real accusations of their validity? Or, conversely, will … [Read more...] about Gomberg: Might our confusion about consent stem from how we treat our kiddos?
Maeve McDermott USATODAY Published 8:20 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 A series of bombshell developments in the Weinstein legal saga unfolded on Friday, as the disgraced movie mogul turned himself into the New York Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney's office, after which he was charged in Manhattan court with felony sex crimes. Weinstein now faces charges of first- and third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sex act, stemming from encounters with two women. He has consistently denied any allegations of non-consensual sex, and his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he would plead not guilty and "fully expects to be exonerated." Below, learn more from legal experts about Weinstein's charges and the powerhouse court battle that is set to follow. Why did Weinstein turn himself in? "A defendant will choose to turn himself in rather than endure a potential circus-like atmosphere where he is taken from his home in handcuffs where it is likely that news … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein on trial: All the questions about his legal battle, answered