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Brown getting Ted Kennedy's seat, but not his desk

Associated Press
Republican Scott Brown will be taking over the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat on Thursday, but not Kennedy's desk.

An aide says Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) is claiming the mahogany desk on the Senate floor, which Kennedy used for nearly 47 years. Until now, Kerry has been seated at the desk once used by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the late senator's assassinated brother.

Kennedy was partial to his own desk, No. 83, because it had once been used by President John F. Kennedy. Edward Kennedy even left it in the back row of the chamber -- when his seniority would have allowed him to move it down front -- because that was where his brother sat.

Following Senate tradition since about 1900, all senators inscribe their name on their desk's drawer.

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A little perspective is missing from this article. What is the standard practice in the Senate? I have upgraded my office furniture in the past when someone has vacated their space.

Posted by: sghilde | February 5, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this article smacks of a journalism intern. Here's some advice. Get off your a..; ask someone what is important to Americans; perform as a watchdog. You should contribute something shouldn't waste time with drivel like this article.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | February 4, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I think it so arrogant for Senator Kerry to steal the desk of the Senator of Massachusetts and think it is just fine to do so. This is the people of Massachusetts seat not Kennedy's seat. That desk holds Senator Brown from Massachusetts. How dare Kerry steal that desk! This is pathetic and petty for a Senator to move in on that desk. That just turned my stomach. You know Senator Brown is a humble man unlike Kerry so he probably will not say anything but boy does this speak volumes about the lack of character of Senator Kerry. This was shameful but it was no surprise.

Posted by: greatgran1 | February 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Elmer--consider a few REAL tax facts.

According to the H&R Block tax calculator, a family of four that has no deductions, and did not have any tax withheld, still gets a "refund" of $2000.

I don't know where you get the idea that the standard exemption and personal deduction have shifted taxes to the rich. Ever since the first Bush administration, people making over $136,000/year have had their deductions phased out. The higher your income is, the lower the dollar value of your deductions. In 1978, the top 1% of tax payers paid 18% of the total income tax paid in the US. By the time GWBush left office, the top 1% were paying more than twice as much--40% --of total income tax. In the meantime, the bottom 40% of tax payers don't pay any income tax at all--and some of them still get a "refund" in the form of the earned income tax credit (introduced during the Reagan administration).

If you are middle class, and your tax burden seems heavy, it's probably because of PAYROLL taxes for Social Security and Medicare, not income tax. You might recall that Democrats have opposed all efforts to change these programs in order to meet with our changing demographics, just as they filibustered the 2005 attempt to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who were busy creating a housing bubble.

I can't imagine why you think things were better in the 1970's, when we had years of double digit unemployment and inflation.
Marginal rates don't matter when you can't find a job, and have no income.

Posted by: Burke7 | February 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You have to love the various bellyachers who come on here and crab about how the rich are getting richer because of this or that tax break. It's time to start standing up for the rich because they are not the beneficiaries of tax breaks; rather they are the job creators and drivers of capital investment in this world...and not just in the USA. To say they are getting richer because of tax breaks is like saying taxpayers exist at the pleasure of the government. Wrong. Government exists at the pleasure of the taxpayers folks, and the rich by FAR pay the most taxes. Quit complaining and start THANKING them for paying your share. Remember, every dollar they pay over what you pay is a SUBSIDY and a HANDOUT to you. Progressive income taxes are SOCIALISM at work.

Posted by: omahajayhawk | February 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

When will the media understand this was never "Kennedy's seat, although he occupied it for a long period of time. This is a seat that belongs to the people. The White does not belong to Obama he just get to live in our house for the time that we want him to! We need to put term limits in place so that all politicians understand that they do not get to own anything in Washington.

Posted by: rgray222 | February 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

John Kerry will likely be busy
at his new desk, arguing with
his imaginary friends.
Has he cleared this Huge decision
with his wife?

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 4, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Beginning with 1980's "Reaganomics" working people have been steadily & stealthily robbed by the biggest tax cut & tax shift in the history of the world:

> 40+% income tax cut for the wealthy; (top tax rate cut from the 70%'s to the low 30%'s) - while raising social security taxes a whole lot (for working people) & cutting future benefits in half - resulting in a huge tax shift from the wealthy -to- everybody else: (THE REASON the rich have been getting richer and everybody else has been getting poorer -ever since).

>A second way Republican Economic Policy (Reaganomics) has been used for the past 30 years to shift taxes from the wealthy to everybody else is by use of the "standard deduction and personal exemption". (which is; the amount of money Congress decides it probably should have cost you that year to live indoors, eat, get to work, and take care of any dependents). You get to subtract that amount from your income, then pay taxes on the remaining amount.

By the early 1980's the standard deduction & personal exemption had become so out of step with reality, so ridiculously low, that Time magazine published this fact:

-If the standard deduction and personal exemption of today (early 80's) was the same in constant dollars as it was in the 1970's, a family of 4 would pay no income taxes until their income exceeded $34,000. By that 1970's standard, when would your income be high enough -today- to begin paying taxes?

One 1975 dollar is worth about four 2009 dollars. 4 x $34,000 = $136,000.
Do you make less than $136,000? How much are you paying in taxes this year?

Starting to get an idea of the Massive Proportions of this 30-year-grand theft?
Its negative effects on you, your children, grandchildren, your country and your world?

What are you going to do about it? I don't know about you but I am going to do the same thing I have been doing for the past few decades: Work to Throw Republicans out of office.

Posted by: elme13 | February 4, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

A Republican should not have or want the desk of legendary Democrats.

Posted by: cmlawry1 | February 3, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A Republican should not have or want the desk of legendary Democrats.

Posted by: cmlawry1 | February 3, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

A Republican should not have or want the desk of legendary Democrats.

Posted by: cmlawry1 | February 3, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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