55 donors gave $3,535 in only 55 hours

On Tuesday, at around 5:00 PM, I donated $100.00 to Peter Goldmark’s campaign, and challenged you all to give what you could to Peter and Darcy Burner by the midnight, August 30th reporting deadline. I’m thrilled to report that over the past 55 hours, 55 of you answered my call and donated a total of $3,535.00.

While we fell a bit short of yesterday’s goal of doubling the number of contributors to my ActBlue page, we far exceeded my expectations for total dollars raised. I’d only hoped to average about twenty bucks per donation, and maybe a couple thousand dollars tops. But your generosity blew that target away.

Netroots fundraising is still in its infancy, but it’s obviously more mature here than virtually anywhere else. 120 HA readers have now contributed a total of $6,778.36 to Goldmark and Burner via my ActBlue page. With average daily traffic of about 2400 unique visits a day, that’s an astounding response rate of 5 percent… a response rate most direct marketers wouldn’t dare dream of.

Compare that to the National Netroots ActBlue page, which has leveraged a combined readership of over 600,000 readers a day to raise about $620,000 from 7,600 donors. That’s respectable, even impressive, but on both a donor and dollar per reader comparison, HorsesAss readers kick ass.

I want to thank you all for your generosity and support. With your help we can take back Congress this November, and finally bring some accountability back to the other Washington.


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    “Gee, I was going to make some comments about this, but really, I don’t even know where to start….” Commentby rhp6033— 8/31/06@ 8:34 am

    Roger Rabbit’s suggestion: How about kicking off with a discussion of “Republican values”?

    That’s not a complicated topic: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. 3

    sgmmac spews:


    There has been many Presidents, Senators and Congressmen since Reagan. Their strike was illegal and they got fired. Period.
    Now, I do agree that they need improvements, many improvements, but blaming Reagan in 2006 is a bit much!

  3. 4

    Doctor JCH Kennedy spews:

    I’m for illegals coming to the USA, but ONLY if they live in Cape Cod, MASS. That would include ALL illegals in the USA [20 million]. Get the picture now???? hehe, JCH

  4. 5

    sgmmac spews:


    Exit polls have been wrong for years. They employ kids and pay them a couple bucks an hour to ask who people voted for. Most people don’t even answer the questions and they don’t get a representative sample of the population.

  5. 6

    howcanyoubePROUDtobeanASS spews:

    *HIJACK ALERT* (Now you can’t whine, you’ve been warned)

    Well let us see if the seattle loonies that post here have a brain cell between them and can carry on a serious conversation for more than a nano-second.

    I’m going to post an article, an editorial, really. I would really like folks to read it and then explain the implications of the facts of what you’ve read. Ignore the authors point of view and focus on the facts upon which he based his opinion. Tell us your very first thought upon reading it; tell us what it says about those that perpetuate/perpetrate those facts.

    I KNOW Puddy, JCH, Mark, Janet, Cynical (if he was still here), Richard, Sgmmac, Americafirst, RUFUS, GS, and the rest of the RIGHT thinkers will have the courage to admit the problem/implications they will immediately see. The question is, will the the wrong… er, LEFT thinkers do the same or will they predicatably ignore the implications they don’t like to see and/or resort to foul language and name-calling?

    I know where I’m placing my bet!

    In all seriousness, I think reactions to this will be definitive of each reader and should be quite interesting.

    Sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity

    Let the exercise begin.

  6. 7

    My Left Foot spews:

    I am always amazed at the lack of depth, intelligence and civility in JCH’s comments. What my father, the Jewish father who stood at the gates of Dachau when the concentration camp was liberated, the father who cried when he showed us pictures and told the story of what he saw, taught me is so true: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

    Now JCH knows that several of the posters, and the blogs owner, are Jewish, yet the fact that he insists on making “fun” of something so horrible as the Holocaust is completely reprehensible. I got mad a few times and then I realized that he is one of a sad, pathetic group of folks…people who have never accomplished anything of substance in their entire lives… who feel the need to draw that anger from which they derive the energy to continue on in their sad, pitiful journey.

    JCH embodies what the rest of us are fighting against. Selfishness, racism, ignorance and discrimination against those they perceived to be weaker or less than themselves. The truth is, they are the ones who are weak. They shout in the hope to hide their weakness, to appear strong. We are no longer fooled. Their power base is about to collapse. Like drowning men, they are grasping at anything they can to save themselves.

    We are no longer fooled and they will drown.

    I pity the people like JCH, they will never be happy. They will only know anger and bitterness their entire lives.

    Carl Grossman
    Liberal, Democrat, Patriot

  7. 8

    My Left Foot spews:

    No matter your position on the issues, JCH’s position of having his head up his ass not withstanding, you have to respect Goldy and his willingness to speak out and work actively for what he believes to be the correct thing to do.

    That I happen to believe just as strongly in the same causes, that after all, is what drew me to HA in the first place. (I admit that when Michael Brown blamed the blog for losing his job, I was tying the web address into my browser to see who had the guts to call him out). For the most part, I read and did not comment. Now lately I have taken to standing up to the RightWingNuts. Sometimes with intelligent comment befitting my education. And other times I can’t resist a good gutter fight.

    But I have taken other steps too. They are small, but I am just learning how to be politically active. Some of the steps involve posting here, or donating to candidates I support (as I did today). I also have taken to wearing politically aware t-shirts and posting signs for candidates I support.

    Silence won’t cut it and I have David to thank for making me aware of how important speaking up really is. If we remain silent, if we do nothing, then we deserve exactly what we get.

    Thank you David.

    Carl Grossman
    Liberal, Democrat and working to help change what is wrong.

  8. 9


    #11 What? You mean the people that control the flow of oil, gasoline, and price are going to let it come down a little, to benefit the Bush Crime Family’s wonderful GOP alliance. Whatever they lose in profits will surely be returned if the Republicans keep control of congress by way of tax cuts on their TRILLIONS IN EARNINGS, and holding back the emergence of alternative energy sources as much as possible. Heck they may even give another tax break to Hummer buyers (bigger than the last one) or something.

    What I wonder is how the Republicans are going to say they won “close” elections this time if the exit polls say the Democrat won by 20%.

  9. 10

    For the Clueless spews:

    I blame Clinton for NAFTA and breaking his campaign promise to negotiate fair trade agreements.

  10. 11

    Jim King spews:

    It is okay to blame Reagan- just don’t dare blame Clinton for anything…

    As fo the “baby killer” epithet, that belonged to the anti-soldier “peace” crowd long before the Right-to-Life folks found it. And tied to “war criminal” it is most defintely a lefty slogan. Just real hard to keep those anti-soldier sentiments contained, especially after listening to Lt Ehren Watada…

    Finally, the only reason the Republican states are portrayed in red is because, after the networks first used blue for Republican and red for Democrat, the Democrats complained that the networks were slurring the D’s by using Socialist red for D states. So the networks reversed it in later elections.

    In this state, color coding of ballots gave us Democrat red, Libertarian blue, and Republican green. One Libertarian I know said you got Republican Green by taking Libertarian blue and mixing in some yellow stripes…

    Historically, neither party has been self-identified with a color, but feel free to take your orders from the mainstream media…

  11. 12

    sgmmac spews:


    My post at 9 was directed to Left Turn who said this at #4:

    The GOP with the help of Ronnie RayGun destroyed the air traffic controllers union. Now we have a system that’s far less valuable and where we receive far less protection for possible crashes thanks to the “we want less government” types in the GOP.

    As for the union and the strike, well, I don’t know too many people in charge of the country who would put up with it. If the state workers here went on strike, I would give Gregoire 2 weeks of negotiating and then if they didn’t go back to work she’d fire all their asses!

    Current COLA right now is 4.3 (July figures) the state workers union asked for a 5% raise, Gregoire offered them 2.5, it looks like they settled for 3.2%

    These are workers who didn’t see a raise at all for 4 years (?), last year they a small raise, but the union got almost half of the raise, tell me how the state union is “taking care” of their workers, they are NOT, they are taking care of themselves. The contract that they signed last year also screwed the workers over big time on overtime and several other issues………….

    The Governor and the legislature are all controlled by Democrats, why arn’t THEY paying their workers???????

  12. 14

    Leftout(of their minds!) spews:

    It seems to me there are a lot better horses to put your money on than these 2 ready for the glue factory nags. The sad reality is that gas will drop to $2/gallon in most states by Thanksgiving due to flat demand and excess supply where speculators are being caught in a squeeze. Declining gas prices up to Election Day will favor Conservatives who have an understanding of basic economics.
    It will also allow Conservatives who drive big gas-guzzling SUV’s to have more disposable income to give to their favorite Conservative candidate….as opposed to the Bike & Prius driving crowd where the upcoming major reduction in gas prices won’t matter.

  13. 15

    LeftTurn spews:

    Carl I’ll show sensitivity when the world is rid of JCH, Puddybutt/Webb, Proud Ass and all the other right wing swill.

  14. 16

    LeftTurn spews:

    Jimmy you cum drunk bitch what would you have us do? Listen to the liars at Faux News? Who gives a good golly fuck what you think?

    I’ll ask you the same question I asked your boyfriend ProudAss..

    Did your mom start hooking before or after you were born?

  15. 17

    sgmmac spews:

    The union destroyed itself with it’s illegal strike.

    As for your comments on wishing a horrific death to anyone voting Republican, they are obscene.

    I thought the liberal left preached tolerance, now we don’t have the freedom to vote how we want to, you will only appreciate our rights and tolerate our votes if they agree with yours?

  16. 18

    LeftTurn spews:


    Like I have been saying all along. If you look at what you get with a republican controlled government, you have to realize there’s a price to pay for their policies.

    The GOP with the help of Ronnie RayGun destroyed the air traffic controllers union. Now we have a system that’s far less valuable and where we receive far less protection for possible crashes thanks to the “we want less government” types in the GOP. If we took the money we’re pissing away in Iraq and put it to use protecting people right here in p[aces like oh, how about Kentucky, it would make for a safer America.

    The only bright side of this is that it was probably a plane full of republicans that went down. Serves em right for voting for the GOP!

  17. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Actually, Sgt. Simpleton, I wasn’t “blaming” Reagan. I simply pointed out that firing the controllers didn’t solve the systemic problems that caused them to strike — and that Reagan made no effort to address those problems.

    In fact, firing the controllers had nothing to do with the strike itself. It was for Russian consumption. This happened right after Reagan took office, and he wanted to establish a “tough guy” image. It was all intended to make an impression on the Kremlin; firing the controllers was merely a useful tool for that purpose, with the added attraction of breaking a union and fucking over some unionized workers.

    Was the strike illegal? Yes. Should the controllers have gone on strike? What other recourse did they have. FAA management bore as much responsibility, if not more, for the illegal strike as the strikers themselves, who were driven to it by desperately bad management. And Reagan (and subsequent GOP administrations) did absolutely nothing to solve the real problem.

    Republicans manage air traffic control like they manage port security: They inspect 1/2 of 1% of cargo containers, and vote against any increase in funding for port security so they can give more tax breaks to rich people.

    My point is, Republicans aren’t problem solvers. They’re the problem, not the solution.

  18. 23

    My Left Foot spews:


    I am proposing taking our banter off the blog. Feel free to email me at carlgrossman99 at gmail. Now when you have something to say to me you can do it privately. Whatever you do, John Craig, don’t give out this address to anyone.

  19. 25

    For the Clueless spews:

    27 – ASS, I wouldn’t click on one of your wingnut propaganda links if you paid me. However, I thank you for not spewing it in the thread like you used to do in the “Golden Age” of ASS.

  20. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    ” … Conservatives … have an understanding of basic economics …”

    Let’s check this statement.

    “When you cut right through it, right-wing ideology is just ‘dime-store economics’ intended to dress their ideology up and make it look respectable. You don’t really need to know much about economics to understand it. They certainly don’t. It all gets down to two simple words. ‘Cheap labor’.”

    (Source: http://tinyurl.com/lnzs3)

    Here’s was cheap-labor conservatives understand about economics:

    High prices + cheap labor = fat profits

  21. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    I think it’s more likely they were Republicans, because they called the guy “baby killer” as they were beating him up — this language usually is used by right wingers in reference to liberals who support legal abortion. Also, they wore red baseball caps, which is a sure sign they were “red state” Republicans.

  22. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Further evidence that the assailants were conservatives is the fact that nearly all of the while male felons who voted illegally in 2004 were Rossi supporters.

  23. 29

    For the Clueless spews:

    ASS – the subject of this thread and all threads here on HA.org until election day in November is taking back the country from the corrupt, lying greedheads and chickenhawks you cheerlead for everyday of your miserable life.

    If you don’t like it – LEAVE!

  24. 31

    Joe Libertarian spews:

    How can a Jewish person be a Democrat and still have a clear conscience? Or a gay person? Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are creating safe futures.

  25. 32

    GS spews:

    Gregoire gave all herself a 17% increase in spending and all the big shots in her staff a 10k raise, and then these Libs try to tell us which party is taking care of the top 1%..

    Keep talking you hipocrits……Gulp Gulp


  26. 33

    GS spews:

    Per Canttrustwell’s newest campaign ad

    “We should be cutting taxes on the people of this state”

    While she votes against the Sales tax deduction extension

    While she votes agains Estate tax relief

    What taxes exactly this year have you cut?

    F’n Hypocrits!

  27. 34

    GS spews:

    Looks like Canttaxtoomuchwell is taking campaign lessons from Gregoire’s campaign where she stated that she had never raised taxes on the citizens of this state……..

    Yeh right Queen………Billions and Billions later every tax and fee in this state has skyrocked into multi Billion dollar surpluses…..and a few thousand new state employees to add to the budget busters.

    Lying Hipocrits!

  28. 35

    GS spews:

    Stuff a few billion dollars down the nearest rat hole for all of us will ya….Gulp Gulp Gulp Gulp

  29. 36

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    From the New York Times:

    “(Aug. 31) — With paper ballots from the 2004 presidential election in Ohio scheduled to be destroyed next week, the secretary of state in Columbus, under pressure from critics, said yesterday that he would move to delay the destruction … a team of statisticians and lawyers, say preliminary … ballot inspections show signs of more widespread irregularities than previously known.

    “ … Bill Goodman, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, (said) ‘There is a gap between the numbers provided in the local level records, which until recently no one has been allowed to see, and the official final tallies that were publicly released ….’

    “After eight months inspecting 35,000 ballots from 75 rural and urban precincts, the critics say that they have found many with signs of tampering and that in some precincts the number of voters differs significantly from the certified results. In Miami County, in southwestern Ohio, official tallies in one precinct recorded about 550 votes. Ballots and signature books indicated that 450 people voted.

    “The investigation has not inspected all 5.6 million ballots in the election because the critics were not given access to them until January. That followed an agreement by the League of Women Voters, a plaintiff in another election suit against the state, that it was not contesting the 2004 results, Mr. Goodman said. …

    “Steven Rosenfeld, a freelance reporter formerly with National Public Radio, said the investigative team analyzed … poll books used by officials to record the names of voters casting ballots, signature books signed by voters and used to verify that signatures match registration records, and optical scan and punch card ballots, used by 85 percent of the voters in the state. The rest used touch-screen machines. … (He) said … ‘we found … shoddy handling of ballots, and … indications of … ballot stuffing.’”

    This article is quoted under the Fair Use doctrine; for complete story and/or copyright info, see http://tinyurl.com/ll2uy

  30. 37

    Mark The Redneck spews:

    Day 10 August 31, 2006 Where’s Goldy?

    Mayor Nickels’
    unprecedented tax increase proposal
    Tim Eyman’s opposition campaign
    not only screws the taxpayers into paying extra for basic services, but it also really puts Goldy and the rest of you seattle moonbats in a helluva predicament. I’ve been taunting Goldy for some time now with my “Where’s Goldy” series, and he still won’t tell us where he stands. No doubt, he’s between a rock and a hard place trying to figure out what to do. So as a true compassionate conservative, I’ll lay out the options here for ya Goldy:

    1) Open up your wallet and pay more and more property tax every year until you are forced out of your home. Even if you can do it, do you want to make seattle a place where only the rich can live? Or do you not give a fuck about anybody else?

    2) Join Eyman’s campaign to fight defeat the tax increase, and expose yourself to be the fucking hypocrite that you are. Admit that you are wrong about taxpayer rights, and thank Tim in pubic for giving you the right to vote on major policy issues.

    3) Support the tax hike and agree that the tax money has to be raised, but make somebody other than you pay. You could take the tried and true class envy approach and make those “rich people” in Magnolia and Queen Ann pick up the tab. Remember, a “fair tax” in moonbat parlance is a tax that the other guy has to pay.

    4) Or just keep quiet and hope I go away. That’s not gonna happen.

  31. 38

    LeftTurn spews:

    I hear that Christian conservative republican HAQ has a hearing today for killing the worker at the Jewish center.

  32. 39

    Mark The Redneck spews:

    Best of Moonbat Economics:

    A “capitalist” is someone who makes other people take all the risks, bear all the costs, and takes all the profits for himself. And the whole fucking point of being a capitalist is so you can be a lazy ass who does no work and produces nothing.

    Commentby Roger Rabbit— 5/30/06@ 8:17 pm

  33. 41

    GS spews:


    Canttrustwell has cut ZERO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Taxes this year and what is she telling all of us in every campaign add this season??????????????????

    “We should be cutting taxes on the people of this state”

    Yes we should be…………….Where were you?

    Lying SOS

  34. 42

    GS spews:

    Below are the results of a three-day poll in the state of Washington. Results are based on telephone interviews with 800 likely voters in Washington, aged 18+, and conducted August 25-27, 2006. The margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

    Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Christine Gregoire’s job performance?
    Approve 43%
    Disapprove 49%
    Undecided 8%

    Do you approve or disapprove of the State Legislature’s job performance?
    Approve 40%
    Disapprove 48%
    Undecided 12%

    If the Election for Governor in 2008 was between the Democrat Christine Gregoire and the Republican, Dino Rossi, whom would you vote for?
    Dino Rossi 51%
    Christine Gregoire 43%
    Undecided 6%

    Are you confident that Washington has overcome the problems that hindered the 2004 Election and that there will be no problems with the 2006 Election?
    Yes 13%
    No 70%
    Undecided 17%

    Do you think Washington is headed in the right direction or the wrong direction?
    Right 30%
    Wrong 60%
    Undecided 10%

  35. 43

    rhp6033 spews:

    Reading some of yesterday’s post, I was surpised to learn that Mary Carey, the California porn queen and Republican candidate for governor in that state, indicated last year that she was contemplating running for governor of Washington state (after receiving a deferred prosecution for violating Lakewood’s exotic dancing regulations). Her comments to the media:

    “After her court appearance, Carey told reporters she felt that exotic dancers should be allowed to touch themselves during their performances, and that she might consider moving to Washington State to run for governor and change the law….

    Other Carey political ambitions included attending a private dinner in July at the White House, accompanied by Kick Ass Pictures President Mark Kulkis. Kulkis serves as an honorary chairman on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Council.

    “We thought it would be good to remind President Bush and other Republicans that the we are businesspeople too,” Kulkis told XBiz. “You won’t find a group of people more pro-business than pornographers. We contributed more than $10 billion to the national economy last year.”


    Gee, I was going to make some comments about this, but really, I don’t even know where to start….

  36. 44

    My Left Foot spews:

    I see that MWS is making some noise at post # 13.

    He is so busy making personal attacks, focusing on a typo (he knows I am a fastidious speller) he fails to make a point. The Republicans are screaming terrorism and touting the low price of gas. No one believes the Democrats are going to open the gates and allow the terrorists free entry.

    As for immigration, the Republicans are trying to build hate for the Mexican nationals living here, very similar to the way Hitler blamed the Jews. The parallels are frightening.

    Rhetoric is just that. Results are tangible evidence. Rhetoric is just hot air. Republicans have already lost the November elections, Pat Buchanan the noted Republican said on MSNBC today that tough talk is all the administration has left, and it had better work or both houses of congress are lost. He did not sound or look confident.

    Time for the liberal prayer, since Bush just invoked God as having ordained him and the Republicans as the leaders of the world.


    Protect me from your followers.


    Carl Grossman
    Liberal, Democrat and daring the RightWingNut side of this blog to place their real names behind their vile, hateful musings.

  37. 45

    My Left Foot spews:

    OOOOOOOOH, Left Turn @ 5:

    Ouch! I wish you had not mocked the deaths on the plane. You were doing well with the safety issue and air traffic controllers.

    Death is always tragic. Sensitivity, LeftTurn, would have been, in my opinion, a better choice.

    Carl Grossman
    Liberal, Democrat

  38. 46

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I wonder why Stefan isn’t all over this? I mean, if he really cared about election integrity, wouldn’t he say something in his pathetic little blog about Ohio, where the irregularities were much greater than in Washington, and the evidence of outright election theft is infinitely stronger?

    Unless he’s just a partisan hack whose interest in safeguarding our democracy selectively extends only to safeguarding GOP candidates’ chances. Or is Stefan a propagandist with a self-interest in promoting the GOP’s “we wuz robbed” lies and myths, without regard for truth or facts? Gee, ya think it’s possible?

  39. 47

    Mike Webb Sucks spews:

    Thanks for the early morning service not available. I rewrote it better!

    Five liberal white guys in a SUV (I thought libs hated SUVs) beat up a black National Guardsman while in his uniform. This beating is their initiation to the Librully Drinking Club starting in Tacoma: Meconi’s Pub, 709 Pacific Ave Every Wednesday, 8:00 pm onward August 30

    The driver pulls up to the black man and hurls military epithets (baby killer, warm monger, etc.) at him. The driver jumps out brandishing a gun (don’t libs hate guns?) and holds him at gunpoint while his buddies try to beat him into a white man! Isn’t this a hate crime. Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is John Lewis? Where is Julian Bond?

    Where is the Seattle Times on this: Five men allegedly beat up man. Isn’t he in the hospital with beating wounds?
    Where is the Seattle PI: Guardsman is attacked
    Where is Goldie: News makes moonbats look bad & MIA
    Where is Carl Grossman: Trying to find mom’s whorehouse & MIA
    Where is Furball: Looking for his pelt & MIA
    Where is Clueless: MIA & Clueless
    Where is LeftTurdAsHisBrain: Brain MIA, took a shit
    Where are the Furballettes: No direction from Furball so MIA
    Where is Dr. JCH: Mentioned it
    Where is MWS: Blogging it now

  40. 48

    Mike Webb Sucks spews:

    You moonbats are so transparent (not tranparent Carl). If it’s against a black in uniform moonbats want it to go away quickly.

  41. 49

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    “The union destroyed itself with it’s illegal strike.” Commentby sgmmac— 8/31/06@ 5:24 am

    A typically facile comment of a typically shallow conservative mind. Completely overlooked is the bad working conditions that led the relatively well-paid controllers to stake their jobs and union on an illegal strike in the first place — and the provocations by FAA management that led them to walk out.

    Reagan’s peremptory action of firing the controllers and crushing their union did nothing to solve the air traffic control system’s problems, which are still with us today — antiquated equipment, understaffing, debilitating shift rotations, ham-handed management, chronic underfunding.

    Way to go, Republicans. The conservative approach always is: Kill ‘em all, and let God sort ‘em out. It saves them the trouble of having to solve complicated problems or spend taxpayer money on anything except pork, corruption, wars, and tax breaks for the rich.

  42. 52

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    What do YOU produce besides hot air, Mark the Gasbag?

    P.S., pay your gambling debt to Goldy, cheapskate!

  43. 53

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Carl — always keep our objective clearly in view. Remember, these bastards aren’t interested in negotiating or compromising — and neither are we. Our objective is their unconditional surrender, to be followed by trials.

  44. 54

    Mike Webb Sucks spews:

    That’s why 55 donors gave $3,535 in only 55 hours! To support people like those five moonbats in Tacoma! Spartacus would have been proud!

    I think McMorris, Doc Hastings, Mike!, and Dave Reichert should trumpet this as why libruls can not be in charge!

  45. 55

    Daddy Love spews:

    I’ve always wondered how warm mongers got so warm. I’ll bet it’s the SUN that heats the warm mongers!

  46. 56

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Mark the Gasbag is full of shit when he claims I denied there is a link between cutting tax rates and subsequent increases in federal revenue. He’s also full of shit when he denies there is no link between cutting tax rates and subsequent decreases in federal revenue.

    A 0% tax rate produces no revenue. A 100% tax rate also produces no revenue, because there would be no economic activity. Somewhere between the 0% and 100% tax rates, there is a tax rate that maximizes federal revenue. If the existing tax rate is less than this figure, cutting the tax rate will decrease revenue. If it’s more, cutting the tax rate will increase revenue.

    Let’s test this against real world facts:

    2000 – $1,372,376,000,000 (baseline year)
    2001 – $1,297,063,000,000
    2002 – $1,152,413,000,000
    2003 – $1,069,364,000,000
    2004 – $1,146,664,000,000
    2005 – $1,279,114,000,000 (estimate)

    (Data from official sources)

    Yup, Mark the Gasbag is full of shit.