Monthly Archives: February 2011

How GE, Exxon Mobil, Citibank, Bank of America, Boeing and Wells Fargo Dodge Taxes

From ThinkProgress:

Carl Gibson, the founder of US Uncut, which is organizing some of today’s UK-inspired massive demonstrations against tax dodgers, explains that while ordinary Americans are being asked to sacrifice, major corporations continue to use the rigged tax code to avoid paying any federal taxes at all. As he says, if you have “one dollar” in your wallet, you’re paying more than the “combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank, and the Bank of America“: [Gibson] explains, “I have one dollar in my wallet. That’s more than the combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank, and the Bank of America. That means somebody is gaming the system.”

You Have More Money In Your Wallet Than Bank Of America Pays In Federal Taxes.

Andy

February 26, 2011

We Were Here

Went to Castro Theatre tonight to see 'We Were Here-' a documentary about the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s. A portrait of how a neighborhood and community bonded together to confront a medical disaster in the face of bigotry and indifference.

We Were Here

Gov Walker’s Bill Includes Privatizing Everything and Screwing the Poor

Krugman takes a closer look:

What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy. … For example, the bill includes language that would allow officials appointed by the governor to make sweeping cuts in health coverage for low-income families without having to go through the normal legislative process. And then there’s this: “Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).” … The language in the budget bill would, in effect, let the governor privatize any or all of these facilities at whim. Not only that, he could sell them, without taking bids, to anyone he chooses. And note that any such sale would, by definition, be “considered to be in the public interest.”

Shock Doctrine, U.S.A. – NYTimes.com.

Andy

February 25, 2011

The Craigslist Congressman and the Crossdressing Prostitute

Remember how fast Chris Lee resigned after it was found out the married Congressman was looking for companionship on Craiglist? It was a matter of hours. I'd guessed there was something probably more revealing he was trying to keep secret:

The Craigslist Congressman and the Crossdressing Prostitute