|—||Cornel West (via anticapitalist)|
In 2009, 1,470 households reported income of more than $1 million but paid no federal income tax on it, through their use of various tax loopholes and shelters. Tax rates for millionaires have fallen by 25 percent since the mid-’90s, while one quarter of millionaires currently pay lower tax rates than the average middle-class household.
Can someone say “income inequality?”
The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness. A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.
As president of the Pacific Exchange in the late 1990s, Warren Langley oversaw the West Coast’s biggest financial center, a trading floor where some 17 million shares of stock changed hands daily. Though he served at the pleasure of traders and investment banks such as Morgan Stanley, he is no longer interested in pleasing them. Yesterday, he stood on a hillside in San Francisco’s Financial District in front Morgan Stanley’s and Goldman Sachs’ regional headquarters to declare his support for Occupy Wall Street West, a coalition of 50 groups planning a slew of anti-bank protests Friday.
“From the inside, I watched Goldman Sachs, the big banks, the hedge funds bet our money and then get bailed out when they lost,” said Langley, surrounded by protesters holding images of a devious-looking Mr. Moneybags (Monopoly) character.
“I saw corporations and the 1 percent buy our congressmen and senators and then pay no taxes, get subsidies, andmove jobs overseas. This is our last chance to level the playing field and let you and our kids and grandkids have the opportunities that I started with.”
I’m going to go out on limb here and say that this is not new info for any of you.
>You’re probably getting the impression by now that Ron Paul thinks that pretty much everything the federal government does is unconstitutional. That’s because Ron Paul thinks that pretty much everything the federal government does is unconstitutional.
I also had to restrain myself from facedesking at #13.
You upset about SOPA? Here’s one of the people you should be upset at.
Recently on FOX News former Senator Chris Dodd said (as quoted on news site TechDirt), “Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,” This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the “above the law” status people of Dodd’s position and wealth enjoy.
He is one of the head lobbyists for the Motion Picture Association of America, one of the main corporate sponsors for SOPA.
The worst that can happen by signing this bill is letting people know how upset we are over guys like these.
It has 1400+ signatures, but that’s nothing compared to what I can see you guys do. Reblog!
Ron Paul Promotes Revisionist Civil War History in Front of Giant Dixie Flag
After a minute, he starts sounding like a conspiracy theorist.
Not to mention he seems to forget that the South actually attacked the North to start the war because they wanted to separate themselves from the North and avoid slavery regulation, which we all know worked beautifully for the South.
what the fuck
there are always people like that
I can’t even make the dinosaur joke because dinosaurs get sick too
Yeah, I never understood this particular Libertarian stance. “Abolish the FDA!” Exactly how many people have to die from allergic reactions or drugs that don’t work before the “free market” can decide not to buy them? Do they really not care about the human capital involved with “letting the markets decide” when it comes to things like doctors and prescription drugs??? Like, yeah, if we didn’t have an FDA, and I heard that a bunch of people died from taking a drug, I wouldn’t buy it. But those people had to die first. What kind of freedom is that?
good comic yes
On the one hand, Texas congressman Ron Paul, Republican candidate for the presidency, is a zealous champion of limited government, free markets and low taxes. On the other hand, he reportedly thinks the U.S. should not have gone to war against Nazi Germany. What to make of this heresy? In a word, a great deal – for it may define Mr. Paul’s isolationism.
So sitting and watching the Republican candidates bicker made me realize something: If we elect any of them, we’re going to take about ten years’ of steps backwards in ethics.
Why is this bad at all?
See, it’s in pretty much human nature to focus on our own troubles first. It’s easy to ignore an elephant in the room when you’re dying of terminal cancer or something like that. Issues like health care, gay marriage and abortion are on top of a lot of people’s minds because it happens to immediately concern them.
But the reason why the Republicans don’t see this as an issue is because, often, they don’t need to focus on these issues. They’re probably not gay, have more than enough money to get the best doctors, and (since Michelle Bachman has dropped out) are all men. They’re all white (since Hermain Cain left too) and Christian/Catholic, so they aren’t going to face discrimination.
Obama was elected because people thought he could solve this political backlog, since he came from a relatable background. And yes, it was right to put him in office for this purpose so that later, the common people can focus on other things, say, foreign policy and economics. And yes, he has cleared up a lot of it, but the news station aren’t focusing on the little things he’s done. They’re focusing on the backlogged issues, like foreign policy and economics, so that it seems like the Obama Administration isn’t doing anything.
This is why the removal of DADT is a huge step in military policy - now the soldiers can focus on their work more than whether they’re going to be blackmailed by their fellow soldiers. They can focus on reporting the actual issues, like sexual harassment and violation of other ethical codes.
And this is why we need to just get the legalization of gay marriage and abortion over with - so that the would-be-former-ralliers can focus on the important things. These shouldn’t be issues at all to start with.
Basically, this is the time when the liberals need to take charge - and perhaps later, we can see more power from the other side.