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Republican Houston Councilwoman Helana Brown Denies Full Time Work & City Health Benefits To Her Staff—Is This How We Want To Live?

Republican Houston District A Councilwoman Helena Brown could offer her City Hall staff full time work and health benefits, yet she chooses not to do so.

From the Houston Chronicle

Houston District A Councilwoman Helena Brown, whose lone “no” votes against city spending have differentiated her from the rest of the 17-member council, also is an outlier as an employer: She is the only council member to hire an entirely part-time staff that gets no health insurance or other benefits.

“The Council Member and all her staff were offered benefits but declined, choosing to opt for their own health care coverage in the private sector where it is more cost effective for employees, and let us not forget, for the City too!” according to a statement from Brown’s office.

Sure—Part time work and buying health insurance with the fewer dollars you make when you are working part time is best for all of us.

Is that how you want to live?

The facts are in front of us about what will happen we turn our society over to these folks on the right.

Part time work and no benefits for hard working Americans ,while Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than do everyday people.

This is all being done right out in the open. People are just going to have to decide what kind of future they want.

February 9, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. “while Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than do everyday people.”

    I don’t know what you consider “everyday people,” but let’s say it’s people (or couples) making between $25,000 and $75,000 a year. That’s about the middle one-third of filers, about 52.5 million of them. They pay an effective income tax rate of about 5.5 percent, per the most recent IRS data.

    Mitt Romney’s effective income tax rate was 13.9 percent.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 9, 2012

  2. Many millions of everyday working Americans make far less than Mr. Romney and pay a higher tax rate. This is unfair.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 11, 2012

  3. How many million would you say, and what income level are we talking about? I ask because average effective tax rates don’t get up to Romneyan levels until you hit the top 5 percent of the income distribution, and I didn’t expect you to be a champion of the wealthy.

    Here are the average rates for various income levels:

    $0 – $32,396: 1.8% tax rate (69 million returns, the bottom 50%)
    $32,397 – $66,192: 5.6% tax rate (34.5 million returns)
    $66,193 – $112,123: 8.3% tax rate (20.7 million returns)
    $112,124 – $154,642: 11.36% tax rate (6.9 million returns)

    The “99 percent” that gets bandied about so often here paid an average effective income tax rate of 8.4 percent.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 11, 2012

  4. I am neither a champion or a foe of the wealthy. Everybody is an individual.

    Governor Romney enjoys tax benefits attached to how he makes his money.


    The system is rigged to help most those who have already been helped.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 12, 2012

  5. The top 1 percent of filers pay an average income tax rate of 24 percent.

    The 99 percent pay an average rate of 8.4 percent. Half of those are paying an average income tax rate of less than 2 percent.

    If the wealthy are rigging the tax code for their own benefit, they’re doing a lousy job at it.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 13, 2012

  6. I don’t think much of anything is done well in this society.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 13, 2012

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