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Much has happened since I last posted. I have finished a 400 mile move, which will hopefully be my last for a very long time. I’m positively sick of moving every damn year. The Pats lost to the Bills in one of the strangest games I’ve ever been unable to watch. And the Red Sox were eliminated in a particularly humiliating and historically accurate way. I’ve had one of my teeth rebuilt. And I’ve finally gotten a job. With whom, you ask, hoping that I’m finally living up to my potential, as my 3rd grade teacher used to say, and fulfilling my dream as a policy advocate for the ACLU. But no Puffin. I must disappoint you. I’m working at an unnamed national chain bookstore. For minimum wage. With no benefits.
More later Puffin. I have to go to day 2 of indoctrination. And I have to go buy pants.
Here are some graphs, presented (mostly) without comment.
What do Burma, Liberia and the United States have in common? They are the only three nations that still refuse to adopt the metric system. Can we please get over ourselves? Please?
And on a more serious note
I apologize for my brief absence. After a brief power outage, I was left with carrier pigeons as my only means of communication. And, as you may know, their html compliance is questionable at best.
Much to my surprise, I found that G4TV has done some excellent epidemiology of the various zombie outbreaks over the last few years. I present it to you in your favorite form.
I hope my own research into the field will bring about a better world. But for now, this should suffice.
It should come as no surprise that your love of infographics has spread to me. This chart, in all its bellowing and swirling in its red, white, and blue glory, represents the tax burden by income bracket since the income tax was first levied. Red represents a harsh burden, blue a less severe one.
So in a nutshell, the chart shows that until around 1940, tax burdens were low for everyone, in historical terms. Then they rose sharply for everyone until about 1970. At that point, the rich and poor began to diverge. Those making around $10,000 to around $50,000 per year enjoyed a comparatively low-tax period in the 70s, but by the early 80s they were taxed slightly higher than the historical average. In the 2000s, their tax rate came back down a bit. By contrast, those making more than roughly $200,000 a year saw a sharp decrease in their tax burden starting in the 80s. That trend has continued to this day.
It certainly makes one wonder just where the government gets money to pay for all those wonderful toys, like your F35s you so dearly love.
All the best,