The Corporate class has taken all the profits while the average worker has seen little or no increase in pay. This phenomenon is called capitalism.
Our gov’t shouldn’t be making billions of dollars by drowning our students in debt #BankonStudents
“The [immigration reform] bill, which would give millions of undocumented residents a path toward eventual citizenship, now goes to the full Senate, where it actually looks as though it’s going to pass. Any further progress would require cooperation from the House of Representatives, the circle of hell where the damned are condemned to spend eternity voting to repeal the health care reform law.” - Gail Collins
“… lobbyists have become a semi-permanent class with ever-expanding reach – they write legislation, they kill legislation. They have usurped many of the political functions that once belonged to elected officials, in part by adapting to new political ecologies faster than those who seek to counter their influence. Insofar as they are protecting the status quo, lobbyists insulate calcified interest groups from challenge….At a time when sectors of the economy ranging from health care to education to manufacturing are under more or less permanent siege, the tentacles of the lobbying community are choking off open exchange between officeholders and the voters they represent. They have created and now maintain a stifling stasis. It is hard to see how this ends well.”
- Thomas Edsall, in the New York Times
EXAMPLE: the prescription drug industry spent $116 million lobbying for legislation to prevent Medicare from bargaining down drug prices — legislation that enabled drug companies to make an additional $90 billion annually.That amounts to an extraordinary 77,500 percent return on investment.
You know, I’m, I guess, of a generation that I don’t — I wonder — I listened to some of the Supreme Court justices and one of them said, ‘Well what’s next after that? Is it two people, three people?’ —
Former Defense Secretary and universal asshole Donald Rumsfeld refused to tell Larry King whether he supported same-sex marriage but he suggested it could lead to polygamy.
“Of a generation” is conservative cover for small-minded bigot. Don’t speak for a generation, speak for yourself.
What a coward. On every level.
Maybe the senator from Utah ought to learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States. —
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) crushes tea-bagger Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on the Senate floor.
McCain could call out the entire Republican party for failure to govern.
The orange man needs to go.
Not only do the lost tax revenues hurt Federal funded programs like education [which Apple complains there are not enough homegrown techies and must get overseas talent] they also screw taxes on a local level:
“Apple not only does its utmost to avoid paying federal taxes in the U.S., but also to minimize its taxes at the state and local level. One favorite trick: Nevada. The Times: “With a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states. Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains. California’s corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent. Nevada’s? Zero.”
Apple avoids US taxes then complains our schools are lousy.
Science means having to produce evidence. The GOP lives the fact-free lifestyle.