France Tax Hike Lends Perspective To Debate In The U.S.

Leave it to France to put socialist economic policy on full display. The reports are out that French president Francois Holland is seeking a new budget plan that would establish a top marginal income tax rate of 75 percent, meaning after your income hits a certain level—in this case about $1.2 million in American dollars—you can count on paying three out of every four dollars earned to the gov... More

Preferential Option for Envy

Among those of a leftist political bent, it is worse to be known as rich than as an abortionist or an adulterer. For while the DNC fights for abortion and loves Bill Clinton, it continues the tired rhetoric of class hatred, notably in its platform: [Republicans] think that if we simply eliminate protections for families and consumers, let Wall Street write its own rules again, and cut taxes for th... More
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Santorum gives an excellent defense of his proposed 0% tax on manufacturing

Yes, Rick Santorum is a leader on life and family, but he’s also proposed some great ideas in his economic plan. And his economic plan is very pro-worker and pro-family. His plan would be a big help to families, as it calls for a tripling of the child exemption. And of course, this gives the Wall Street Journal fits. Most disappointing is the Pennsylvanian’s proposal to triple the tax ... More

America, welcome to the “Chicago way”

CatholicVote.org happens to be headquartered in Chicago, the windy city and the home of President Obama. In fact, the billion dollar re-election campaign offices for President Obama are just a few blocks away from our own. Living and working here, we have grown accustomed to the “Chicago way.” We are surrounded by the stories of blatant crony capitalism, phony community organizing,... More
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Reader: Perry attacks Romney for hiring illegals, Candidates slam 9-9-9 plan, Cain says no exceptions for abortion

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The Republican presidential candidates had another debate last night. ABC reporter Rick Klein summed it up well: “Perry gets personal. Romney gets angry. Cain gets … confusing. http://cvote.to/5u Rick Perry attacked Mitt Romney for having illegal immigrants mowing his yard. (I think this was a cheap... More

Photo: Blessed are the Peacemakers

I saw this incredible image on a friend’s Facebook wall: The context: “A Greek Orthodox Priest tries to stop a rioter from throwing a Molotov cocktail at Greek Police.” The background: Greece is in social and political crisis right now — crippling national debt and rising taxes are crushing the middle class, eliminating jobs and tearing at the nation’s social fabric,... More

Reader: Catholic group gets Univ funding, Factcheckers refute Obama on taxes, 4 abortion centers close in TX

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Wisconsin is not establishing Catholicism as the State Church by including a Catholic student group called the Badger Catholic in the list of groups which receive funding from the University of Wisconsin. Five years of lawsuits later, the University will now provide the student group with $500,000 in back f... More

Reader: Cardinal O’Malley slams euthanasia effort, NPR’s abortion story, Gardasil researcher changes sides

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston denounced an effort to get physician-assisted suicide on the Massachusetts ballot. “We hope the citizens of the Commonwealth will not be seduced by language [such as] dignity and compassion, which are means to disguise the sheer brutality of helping people to kill themse... More

Papal Economics 101: President of the Vatican Bank Condemns Raising Taxes (and Explains Why) in L’OR

Vatican Bank President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi We’re going to be hearing a lot about raising taxes this year and next, and especially about the need to raise taxes on “the rich” in order to force them to pay their “fair share.” That’s because the American public has woken up to the fact that our government has been outspending itself at a furious pace — and ... More

Are more babies needed to save Social Security?

James Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center outlines one of the little-recognized problems with government-run pension programs like Social Security. “Foreign as it may sound to the modern ear, a motivation for having children in earlier times was economic security in old age. As parents became frail and less productive, it was expected that one or more of their adult children woul... More
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