TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

The Thursday wrap

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
 

The Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector notes that the federal government now considers a family of four in New York City to be “poor” if its pre-tax income is below $37,900 — even with full medical coverage. The “poor” threshold is $42,500 in Oakland, Calif., and about $40,000 in Washington, D.C., and Boston. Leviathan's new face of “poverty” in America is shockingly close to America's 2011 median income of just more than $51,000 a year. ... Manhattan Institute scholar Robert Bryce notes that the environmental protection crowd — namely the Sierra Club — has been strangely absent in defending the environment from the excessive noise caused by wind turbines. It's yet another stark example of the difference between “environmentalism” and “conservationism.” ... One of the uglier “fiscal reform” stories circulating in Washington these days is that the Obama administration and/or Congress wants to fiddle with the tax deferral of 401(k) savings plans. Currently, money invested in such plans is taxed only when withdrawn. Washington being Washington, count on it to treat middle-class investors the same way it treats “the rich” — taxing them twice (or thrice) then complaining that nobody is paying his “fair share.” What's Washington going to do when it runs out of people to rob? Once upon a time, Americans fought a revolution over such tyranny.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Tesla home battery at $7K, partnered with rooftop solar system, may help reduce power bills
  2. Previewing the the 2015 WPIAL baseball championships
  3. Consistency keeps Cellone’s Bakery customers coming back
  4. Designs for special needs an untapped market
  5. Sewickley native Palmer calls new music collection ‘Southern soul’ sound
  6. Pirates notebook: Morton’s return to Pirates means Liz leaves
  7. NFL notebook: Bears release DE McDonald following domestic violence arrest
  8. After Indianapolis 500 win, Team Penske starting to pull away
  9. Child luring reported in Hazelwood
  10. Cops: Man shoots 11-year-old with BB gun; boy is critical
  11. Veteran Morton turns in solid performance in win over Marlins