George W. Bush's efforts to repeal the estate tax went down in flames today in the Senate. This diary at Daily Kos has the details. If you read through the comments, you'll see a note about the number of people in Washington State who would be affected by the tax: 1.5%. Does anyone know how we might calculate such a figure for North Carolina? It would be interesting to ask Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole, two of the suckiest senators in US history, why they voted to help X percent of North Carolina's silver spooners get even richer at a time when the government will be running record-breaking deficits as far as the eye can see.