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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The past week saw both the passing of Ross Perot and the entry of Tom Steyer into the presidential race. It's fitting that the two events should coincide -- as one billionaire presidential candidate leaves us, another steps up to take his place ... But while "rich guy who tells it like it is" candidates are not necessarily doomed to electoral oblivion -- one of them sits in the White House today -- they represent everything dysfunctional about US democracy. read more

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Four years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an ambitious initiative to cure all VA patients with chronic hepatitis C. Today, the department is more than three-quarters of the way, healing nearly 100,000 veterans of the virus, with 26,000 more to go. read more

Sunday, June 16, 2019

This week we watched an unusual spectacle. The foreign minister of Germany, one of the United States' closest allies, went to Tehran and announced that a European payment system, designed as an alternative to the dollar-based one, would soon be ready read more

Eric Garris, June 9, 2019 | Stop War Today Project: Overview Film on Costs of War and Peacebuilding ... 24-minute overview film of StopWar.Today Project. read more

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Trump administration, citing high rents, plans to relocate Department of Agriculture economists and scientists from Washington to the Kansas City area, which has employees up in arms. read more


Warren Buffett's secretary has a higher percentage of federal tax burden than billionaire Buffett"

Specificity matters.


Don't make the mistake of getting bogged down in details.


Buffett's op-ed says his tax rate is lower than his employees' because money made off investments is taxed at a lower rate than wage income.

"If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine.

But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine -- most likely by a lot," Buffett said.

Keep it simple.

Workers are taxed at higher rates than billionaires, period.

It is completely delusional to think that voters want "Democratic Socialism". Pushing this ---- almost guarantees a second Trump term.



When the individual issues are polled, they all have majority support ...


Allow Government to Negotiate Drug Prices (79%)
Give Students the Same Low Interest Rates as Big Banks (78%)
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (77%)
Fair Trade that Protect Workers, the Environment, and Jobs (75%)
End Tax Loopholes for Corporations that Ship Jobs Overseas (74%)
End Gerrymandering (73%)
Let Homeowners Pay Down Mortgage With 401k (72%)
Debt-Free College at All Public Universities (Message A) (71%)
Infrastructure Jobs Program -- $400 Billion / Year (71%)
Require NSA to Get Warrants (71%)
Disclose Corporate Spending on Politics/Lobbying (71%)
Medicare Buy-In for All (71%)
Close Offshore Corporate Tax Loopholes (70%)
Green New Deal -- Millions Of Clean-Energy Jobs (70%)
Full Employment Act (70%)
Expand Social Security Benefits (70%)

All of the above are in line with Bernie Sanders' politics and all are extremely popular, with support across the political spectrum. For example, the infrastructure jobs program (a key element of Sanders' platform) had 91% support from Democrats, 61% from independents and even 55% support from Republicans -- compared to only 28% who were opposed.

So you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

It sounds like you're promoting violence.


Here you go, weenie.

The Pitchforks Are Coming ... For Us Plutocrats

Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires

You probably don't know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries -- from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion.

I'm not the smartest guy you've ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I'm not technical at all -- I can't write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future.

Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?

I see pitchforks.

I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won't last.

If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us.

No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality.

In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn't eventually come out.

You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state.

Or an uprising.

There are no counterexamples.


It's not if, it's when.

Hey, Madbomber ... you can always go whine to Rcade.

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