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I've been around here for a while... I get to rant ....

It's OK to rant on GD.. right?

I’m reading “The Fine Print” by economist David Cay Johnston. It’s about how we are being royally screwed by the big corporations and the people who run them.
Slow reading, since I can only read about two pages at a time without going ballistic and yelling and throwing things.

An example:

David Tepper of Appaloosa Management hedge fund “earned” $4 Billion in 2009. That means he “earned” $2 Million. An HOUR! (Measured like most of us do in our work lives...50 weeks... 5 days... 8 hrs a day)
He can “defer” paying any taxes on 20% of that as long as the fund survives.
His tax rate...? 15%. That’s AFTER taking all the deductions available to him. And there are many.
Forbes says he’s going to have an even better year in 2013.
He’s not alone.
The heads of the 25 biggest hedge funds all “earned” over $1 Billion per year.
And they all deferred part of their taxes... and they all paid the 15% tax.

What they don’t pay in taxes... we have to.


Michelle Bachelet Elected Chile President

Source: Huffington Post

Chile's once and future President Michelle Bachelet has won a runoff election after promising profound changes in society in response to widespread street protests.

With more than 57 percent of the votes counted, Bachelet has an unbeatable 63 percent to 37 percent for the center-right's Evelyn Matthei.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/michelle-bachelet-chile-president_n_4450273.html

Yay Bachelet! Please CIA - honor the will of the Chilean people!

OMG!!!1111!! Obama reaching out to Muslims....

"President Barack Obama held a press conference to announce that he is declaring the month of November ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’.
“The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,” Obama told reporters. “We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So from now on, November will be a month to celebrate the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran.”


Found this little gem on FB this AM. 30 seconds of search found it repeated by every goddam whackjob RW site on the planet. An additional 30 seconds of search (DU was no help on this one) and I found the original. National Report is a satire site. Every one of those RW sites picked this up and ran with it as if it was real. Or... they knew it was bullshit and ran with it anyway. I vote the latter.

Original satire post: http://nationalreport.net/obama-declares-november-national-muslim-appreciation-month/#sthash.1TvrnBXu.dpuf

"Welfare" is dead...

I was just reading... http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023932756#post3

...about public assistance.

One question...haven't been able to find out...

TANF has a lifetime maximum of 60 months.

What happens if you are still out of work and shit out of luck and you've used up your 60 months?

I know... "You're fucked." But does somebody actually know what's happening to those folks who ran out of TANF?

Ok, guys... come clean...

.. many of you are trolling the RW sites and doing the agent provocateur thing... aren't you?


There can't be that many completely deluded dumbshits in this country. Cruz is a hero, McCain is a RINO, the ACA is worse than anything Hitler did...

It's a little over-the-top... even for DUers. Nobody is gonna believe there are that many brain-dead people who can write.

Suggested name for this fiscal clusterfuck...

The Teabag Tantrum of 2013

Whudaya think?

Breitbart site says Obama has closed 1100 sq mi piece of ocean....

No... I won't give the URL

Anybody have a sane report on this?

Has there ever been an analogous situation...

.... a possible/probable shutdown over a law already passed and OKd by the Supremes?

By either party?

Anytime..? If the Dems have done it, I can stand hearing it.

(Sorry if this is in another discussion... I've been fishing pretty solid for the last 2 days.)

Tax experts... How can the Walton's inherit....

... all that money and not pay giant taxes?

How can they pass it on without paying giant taxes?

Yes.. I know they have tax lawyers and loopholes and all that, but... shit!... $6 Billion is a lot of lettuce to pass on. Can't the rest of the country get some of it back?

A broader question, of course, is why do we call the old lady with the 137 cats crazy, and the old guy with 527 wrecked cars in his field a nutjob, but money-hoarders who couldn't possibly spend a tenth of their money are cultural heros to many?

Can anybody explain to me the outrage...

... from the RW about Obamacare.

I have - foolishly - tried to answer FB posts and newspaper LTTE comments about Obamacare.

They use words like "freedom" and "socialized medicine"... so I know they are idiots.

But... what are the reasonably sane opponents of Obamacare saying is the problem? Lower premiums? Coverage for kids..?

I don't get it.

For the record, I'm a single-payer fan, and I'm on Medicare, so I don't personally have a dog in this fight... except that I want health care for Americans.

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