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"...utter calamity that has, and is, befalling our state and country."
Aw -- c'mon! Who wrote that? This is local theatre, writ tiny.Mar 27, 2011
"But...but...but (the red ones sputter)...they're CORPORATIONS! They don't have to be REGULATED!!Mar 27, 2011
Excellent points about arms on military posts. I'd forgotten. So stringent, arms for USAF personnel were kept locked-up on bases in Viet Nam until an actual attack was underway. 'Course, the Marines would tell you that was for THEIR safety.
Considering the dramatic recent increases in deceit and misdirection from the political 'tards I'm developing an ugly feeling about arms on college campuses: Perhaps someone wants an incident or three involving students to provide an excuse to lock the campuses down, to become very overbearing about security and maybe strip rights to gather and demonstrate. College students are often, around the world, groups that can be counted on to resist some of these ultra-conservative abuses - they get vocal, have rallys, get news media attention. In other words, they tend to be more liberal than not. Perhaps, along with unions, colleges and universities are on the "list" for suppression, too.Mar 10, 2011
Heck, why stop now...
Yep, nearly 2/3 of US corporations and 68% of foreign corporation pay no federal income tax.
Enjoying record profits and taxpayer-funded bailouts as the economy slowly recovers from the financial crisis, nearly two-thirds of US corporations don't pay any income taxes, instead opting to abuse tax loopholes and offshore tax havens. According to a study from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, 83 of the top 100 publicly traded corporations that operate in the US exploit corporate tax havens.
Since 2009, America’s most profitable companies such as ExxonMobil, General Electric, Bank of America and Citigroup all paid a grand total of $0 in federal income taxes to Uncle Sam. Tax havens alone account for up to $1 trillion in tax revenue lost every decade, money that could be invested in K-12 education, colleges, public health, job creation and hundreds of other worthy public programs. (Or, just for you Gary, this could eliminate $1 Trillion from the deficit. And the Deficit equals how much....?)
But this is not good enough for the GOP. They are urging Obama to seek further corporate tax cuts while cutting 60 billion dollars out of education and programs that serve the poorest of the poor.
So Gary....do you really LIKE paying income taxes while your Senators and Congresscritters are becoming millionaires off of the bribes from these mega-corporations? Don't you think they, and the corporations, should SHARE some of that wealth with you? Maybe by paying THEIR fair share?Mar 6, 2011
Oh, and while I'm thinking about oil companies...
Gary, YOU paid more in income tax last year than, say, ExxonMobil.
From the U.S. Congressional Record: "The most profitable corporation in the history of the world last year not only avoided paying any Federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million refund from the IRS. If that makes sense to anybody— maybe it does—it surely does not make sense to me….
ExxonMobil is the same huge oil company that has had enough money to provide a $398 million retirement package to its outgoing CEO, Lee Raymond, just a few years ago. They made more money than any corporation in the history of the world last year. They did not pay any Federal taxes..."
Mar 6, 2011
Maybe cutting the $18 Billion in oil company subsidies would be a better place to start. The MOST profitable industry in the world, exceeding 20% annual profits (billions in profits) and we, the taxpayers, keep subsidizing them.
Gotta love those political donations...Mar 6, 2011
Single-payer, Medicare for all. It's the best solution.
Break the health insurance cartels, and reduce overall costs.Mar 6, 2011
"Lawmakers" want to stop lawsuits? Bet they haven't consulted their lawyers about this yet.
Call this one DOA.Feb 20, 2011
Susan, get stuffed.
It's obvious you know little about what's actually going on in Wisconsin, or the other red governor states just itching to follow the Republican agenda and attack the unions.
The teacher's union in Wisconsin has ALREADY agreed to the monetary changes in the bill. They're saying OK! But that jerk governor wants the true plan to succeed, which is to break the union's collective bargaining rights. This isn't about MONEY. Look at the numbers -- Wisconsin's budget problem is TINY compared to others.
This is all about Republicans taking care of their buddies the corporations, who want union power completely eliminated. Union power, as in "people" power. You know, "representation." Something we all used to have through the political process, until we no longer could afford the bribes and the corporations stepped in to feed the pigs. Now they own them.
Yes, there have been nasty union abuses in the past. Put them all together and they pale in comparison to the scam being run on America by Wall Street, bankers and the Republican Party.
This isn't about Wisconsin's budget, OR the teachers you poor fool. This is about power.Feb 20, 2011
....which programs immediately get perverted into free private school tuitions for the oh so many needy students in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and others.
The program already was an immense giveaway, especially to a few politically connected who even established schools to feed off of it. Then the legis-tards sweetened it still further, as pointed out above.
I WANT some of what you're smoking. It must be really good stuff! Feb 20, 2011