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Question of the Day
He’s not done yet: Here comes “Cain’s Revolution on the Hill” as tax day looms. Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has big doings planned for the nation’s capital; he arrives in town April 15 for a reception to honor the late Andrew Breitbart, followed by a “999 Patriot’s Summit” and a tax day rally at the Capitol the following afternoon. See all the plans here: CainConnections.com.
The 9 percent flat tax on individuals, businesses and sales that was Mr. Cain’s rallying cry during his campaign last year is still very much intact.
“It is fair, simple, transparent and efficient. It taxes everything once and nothing twice. It taxes the broadest possible base at the lowest possible rate,” he says.
THE GREAT DIVIDE
Empathy does not cross political lines. So says a new University of Michigan study revealing that we can look beyond gender and/or national origins, “but if you’re a Democrat and someone else is a Republican, that person seems extremely different. … Political values are emotionally charged. People get really fired up,” says lead author Ed O’Brien, a graduate student in psychology on the campus.
Test subjects in the study were given a short story to read, chronicling a “left-wing, pro-gay rights Democrat and a Republican proponent of traditional marriage” who go hiking in winter but get lost with no food, water or extra clothes. The results: Readers clearly empathized most with the hikers who shared their politics.
“Even if you’re feeling shared pain, you may not let that connection affect your opinions of people who are very, very different from you,” observes Mr. O’Brien, who published his findings in Psychological Science.
POLL DU JOUR
• 61 percent of Americans are following the news about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
• 80 percent of blacks and 59 percent of whites are following the story.
• 46 percent overall say Trayvon’s race did not factor in whether Mr. Zimmerman was arrested after the shooting.
• 20 percent of blacks and 49 percent of whites agree.
• 39 percent overall say Mr. Zimmerman would have been arrested if the person he shot was white.
• 73 percent of blacks and 35 percent of whites agree.
• 35 percent of Americans say racial bias was a “major factor” leading up to the shooting.
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