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Apr 222014

Since Ronald Reagans supply-side tax cuts for the rich followed by other giveaways like eliminating the death tax so billionaires can pass on their fortunes tolucky heirs the United States has been on a mad dashto oligarchy, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship note.

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting.According to Working for the Few, a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

Our now infamous one percent own more than 35 percent of the nations wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom 40 percent of the country is in debt. Just this past Tuesday, the 15th of April Tax Day the AFL-CIO reported that last year the chief executive officers of 350 top American corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average U.S. worker. Those executives made an average of $11.7 million dollars compared to the average worker who earned $35,239 dollars.

Mr. Moneybags from the Monopoly game

As that analysis circulated on Tax Day, the economic analyst Robert Reich reminded us that in addition to getting the largest percent of total national income in nearly a century, many in the one percent are paying a lower federal tax rate than a lot of people in the middle class.You may remember that an obliging Congress, of both parties, allows high rollers of finance the privilege of carried interest, a tax rate below that of their secretaries and clerks.

And at state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest one percent of the country pay are you ready for this? half that rate.Now, neither Nature nor Natures God drew up our tax codes; thats the work of legislators politicians and its one way they have, as Chief Justice John Roberts might put it, of expressing gratitude to their donors: Oh, Mr. Adelson, we so appreciate your generosity that we cut your estate taxes so you can give $8 billion as a tax-free payment to your heirs, even though down the road the public will have to put up $2.8 billion to compensate for the loss in tax revenue.

All of which makes truly repugnant the argument, heard so often from courtiers of the rich, that inequality doesnt matter. Of course it matters.Inequality is what has turned Washington into a protection racket for the one percent.It buys all those goodies from government: Tax breaks. Tax havens (which allow corporations and the rich to park their money in a no-tax zone).Loopholes. Favors like carried interest. And so on. As Paul Krugman writes in his New York Review of Books essay on Thomas Pikettys Capital in the Twenty-First Century, We now know both that the United States has a much more unequal distribution of income than other advanced countries and that much of this difference in outcomes can be attributed directly to government action.

Recently, researchers at Connecticuts Trinity College ploughed through the data and concluded that the U.S. Senate is responsive to the policy preferences of the rich, ignoring the poor. And now theres that big study coming out in the fall from scholars at Princeton and Northwestern universities, based on data collected between 1981 and 2002.Their conclusion:

Americas claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.Instead, policy tends to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.

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Terrorism charges follow article on al-Qaida video as claims of violence elsewhere are used to gag critics Human rights groups have warned of a crackdown on freedom of speech in Morocco as one of the country's few independent journalists prepared to appear in court this week on charges of aiding and abetting terrorism. Ali Anouzla, the editor of the Arabic news website Lakome , faces up to 20 …

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HAMBURG, N.Y., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Liberty Design LLC., dba Liberty Engineering, ( Liberty ) leaders in the manufacturing and supply of Industrial Gas Generators, is pleased to announce that …

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Apr 222014

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Apr 222014

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China says it is exercising self-defence right but experts say move will exacerbate tension between the two nations China has tried to establish its authority over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China sea by demanding that all aircraft flying in the region obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures". The East China sea air defense identification zone came into effect from 10am …

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ConLaw Class 25 – The First Amendment — Speech I
Barron v. Baltimore, New York Times v. Sullivan, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire.

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How to Fix Health Care (with Michael F. Cannon)
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Apr 212014

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection: Suinday, April 20, 2014
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BREAKING NEWS: Solomon Islands Hit By Second Major Earthquake – 13 April 2014
A tsunami warning has been issued after a strong, 7.5-magnitude quake hit near the Solomon Islands in the southwestern Pacific for the second time in hours. …

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Apr 212014

Big Conversation: How can we clean up our beaches?

12:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in News

During a two-daylitter-pick 40volunteers filled atleast one bin bag ofrubbish each fromSouthends beaches.


Ive been volunteering toclear up my local beacheswith Surfers AgainstSewage and you wouldntbelieve how many bluecotton buds we find. Thereason theyre there isbecause people are flushingthem down the toilet andtheyre ending up in the sea.

People dont realise thatswhere they end up and Idont blame them. I think itshould say on thepackaging do not flushand people should be madeaware they shouldnt beflushing anything like that.


Generally speaking, Cory doa good job of litter pickingand keeping the beach prettyclean as theyre out there inforce, but one of the bigissues is the general public.Weve got a good number ofbins, but people cant alwaysbe bothered to use them andjust drop stuff where theystand. Ive got a bin ten feetaway from the front door ofDoodahs and people still cantmanage to get their litter in it.We need a bit of education toencourage people to use thebins.


Theres a very simpleanswer which is for thecouncil to spend moremoney on their contractorCory. Every year they claimto do more for less, buttheres something wrongsomewhere. They used toremove washed up seaweedand tidy the beach, but nowthey dont bother. When youdont want to do something,you find an environmentalregulation so you dont haveto do it. Seaweed is natural,but when it has tamponsand plastic straws in it, itsanother matter.

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