Cranston prayer banner, Whitehouse tax bill get NYT editorialsJanuary 31st, 2012 at 11:44 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
One editorial – “A Brave Stand in Rhode Island” – is explicitly about events here, offering support for Jessica Ahlquist in her fight to get rid of Cranston West’s prayer banner. ”The kindness, friendship and other values the prayer champions are universal, but a statement of religious belief has no place in a public high school auditorium,” The Times declares.
The second editorial – “Turning the ‘Buffett Rule’ into Law”- is national in scope but centers on the effort by Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to require millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes, which it calls “only the beginning” of efforts to change federal rates.
“Republicans are certain to filibuster Mr. Whitehouse’s bill in the Senate or try to ignore it in the House,” the paper says. “But explaining a tax code that allows the wealthiest to escape their responsibility is getting much harder to do.”